November 30, 2005

France To Launch Satellite News Channel

In an effort to compete with the dominant BBC and CNN channels, the French government has announced that it will launch it's own 24-hr news network, en francaise.

Executive marketing decision #1 should be:

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Hire THIS woman, Melissa Theuriau, and CNN will end up closing their Paris bureau.

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Economic Growth Revised "Up"

Third-Quarter GDP which originally clocked in at a solid 3.8% has now been revised to an even more robust 4.3%.

The upwardly revised reading for GDP in the third quarter also exceeded the expectations of business analysts. Before the report was released, they were forecasting the economy to clock in at a 4 percent pace.

Consumers and businesses did their part to keep the economy rolling — even as they coped with elevated energy prices during the third quarter.

Must be all those Bush "tax cuts for the rich", huh?

Add this news to the rise in consumer confidence, the surge in home sales and the Dow approaching the 11,000 mark and it's easy to see why Democrats are putting all their eggs in the "Iraq" basket.

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Liberal Projection

Michelle Malkin has a column up at TownHall.com about how ironic it is that the Left tries to play up this idea of "right-wing rage" rather than look in the mirror at themselves. Yeah, Conservatives are passionate about their beliefs, they get annoyed with Liberal Moonbattery from time to time and they may even be rightly indignant when they see those on the Left trying to undermine our National Security. But "rage"?

Air-America host Janeane Garofalo accused the Right of having "an anger management problem". Granted, if that were true it would make it a lot easier to laugh off Conservative ideas and positions. But election after election, those ideas and positions end up winning elections. And the more Liberals lose, they not only get angrier but they start acting on their anger. In fact, many are become downright "Unhinged".

Consider the examples of anger-induced behavior on the Left that Malkin gives:

It isn't out-of-control conservatives tossing Molotov cocktails at police officers in San Francisco, burning American soldiers in effigy, and smearing pig's blood and feces on the walls and windows of military recruitment centers across the country to protest on behalf of peace.

It isn't rage-blinded conservative professors who embrace fragging (the murder of American soldiers by their fellow soldiers on the battlefield) as a legitimate anti-war tactic.

It isn't vengeful conservatives torching SUVs, condo developments, and research facilities, and targeting biotech and pharmaceutical company employees and their families to protest on behalf of the environment.

It wasn't mad conservatives sporting "F--- Bush" license plates, punching cardboard cutouts of the president, and vowing to secede after losing the 2004 presidential election.

It wasn't rabid conservatives who gloated over Ronald Reagan's death or John Ashcroft's pancreatitis.

It wasn't a gut-busting conservative journalist who vowed to kill herself if Dick Cheney ran for president. (That would be the perpetually aggrieved Helen Thomas.)

It wasn't hate-filled Republican officials who reportedly screamed "faggot" and "fruitcake" and "I'll break your nose" at their political opponents. (Those were all Democrats: Pennsylvania state legislator Vincent Fumo, California Rep. Pete Stark, and Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, respectively.)

It isn't fanatical conservatives joking about the assassination of President Bush and the execution of his Republican aides. (That, Ms. Garofalo, would include your Air America colleagues. But I'll forgive you if you weren't tuned in to them. Few are.)

And it wasn't ruthless conservatives who cheered last week when a liberal Bush-hater wrote on the popular DemocraticUnderground.com website last week:

"I am an American, Born and Raised, but I am NOT a citizen of BUSH'S America. I want nothing to do with the country these people have created.

And for those who support them, Let's get Something Nice And Sparkling CLEAR:

Stay The [F---] Away From Me. Stay OUT of my personal space. I want NOTHING from you. I want NOTHING to do with you. I want NOTHING to do with your "vision" of what the world should be.

What DO I want from you?

Honestly?

I will freely admit there are days, and they are becoming more than not, that the Alien at Area 51 in Independence Day and I share quite a common ground on the answer to that question.

And I am NOT apologizing for it.

In the words of the Late, Great Bill Hicks, about the most conciliatory thing I can say for those people at this point is simply this:

Kill Yourself"

And it's the Right who's angry? Hmmm. One would be hard pressed to come up with examples of this kind of insanity from Conservatives. But all one has to do is read through sites like DU and you'll find commentary like this is pretty standard.

This is the fuel of today's Democrat Party machine. It's where the money comes from and it's where the grassroots organizing comes from. It's also the beast that must be fed red meat by Democrat politicians on a regular basis or the beast will turn its anger on them.

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November 29, 2005

Naive Dipshits Blame U.S./U.K. For Hostage Taking

So four idealistic idiots get kidnapped while trying to "reason" with terrorists, and it's the American and British governments who are to blame?

Well, apparently that's the story that the Christian Peacemaker Teams organization is pushing.

"We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people," Christian Peacemaker Teams said in a statement.
Um, no. It's because you freaking fools have no clue what kind of evil you are dealing with. Do you think these animals will think twice about beheading your friends simply because they act as useful idiots for their cause?

It's really a shame that these people have gotten themselves into this mess because of their own stupidity. It's a bigger shame that organization that they represent has no ability to comprehend the fact that kidnapping and killing hostages has less to do with American foreign policy than it has to do with the Islamofascists' desire to wipe out all "infidels". Having the word "Christian" in the name of their organization probably qualifies for an extra dozen virgins in the terrorists' minds.

These were probably the same idiots who volunteered to act as human shields for Saddam before we went in there. What the hell is wrong with these people?

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What Men Want

Dr. Joy Bliss over at Maggie's Farm posts a list of 16 things that she believes (as a mental health professional) men want. Speaking as a man, I'd say she's pretty right on with most of 'em.

I tried to compile such a list once. All I could come up with was Boobies and Beer.

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The "Bad Girl" Blog

Or "Adventures In Google Chumming".

It seems like forever ago that - just for shits 'n giggles - I posted this pic, which came from some Hollywood premiere:

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Guess what I named the .jpg file? "Bad Girl". Makes sense, huh?

Well, since then it's THE number one Google Image search hit for "bad girl". Of course, wouldn't you know it brings them to by old site on BlogSnot.

And the most interesting part is that the vast majority of the searches come from Europe and the Middle East. Those dirty dogs!

And thanks to Steve the Llama Butcher for enlightening me to the term "google chumming". Of course, he is the google chum king.

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A Beacon Of Sanity In A Party Of Defeatists

I don't have a whole lot of use for politicians in Connecticut - Democrat or Republican. But as I've said before I'm proud to be represented by Sen. Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate.

Lieberman just returned from his fourth trip to Iraq and reports on the success story of the Iraqi people in their quest to reclaim their country. Successes that are so often ignored by the MSM and lied about by his fellow Democrats. In an Op-Ed today in the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com, he lays out the case for staying the course, something that will no doubt earn him further scorn by Democrats.

In the face of terrorist threats and escalating violence, eight million Iraqis voted for their interim national government in January, almost 10 million participated in the referendum on their new constitution in October, and even more than that are expected to vote in the elections for a full-term government on Dec. 15. Every time the 27 million Iraqis have been given the chance since Saddam was overthrown, they have voted for self-government and hope over the violence and hatred the 10,000 terrorists offer them. Most encouraging has been the behavior of the Sunni community, which, when disappointed by the proposed constitution, registered to vote and went to the polls instead of taking up arms and going to the streets. Last week, I was thrilled to see a vigorous political campaign, and a large number of independent television stations and newspapers covering it.

None of these remarkable changes would have happened without the coalition forces led by the U.S. And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country.

The leaders of Iraq's duly elected government understand this, and they asked me for reassurance about America's commitment. The question is whether the American people and enough of their representatives in Congress from both parties understand this. I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago, and by Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in next November's elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead.

Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.

How sad that a man who was once his party's nominee for Vice-President has become a pariah among the shameful "cut and run" Moonbats that are today's Democrats.

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Tolkien Geek Update

The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter Five is posted (with a little Peter Jackson controversy added for good measure),

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November 28, 2005

Quote Of The Day

OK, I'm a big fan of John Cusack's work going back to The Sure Thing. So I'll take the following with a grain of salt:

On being attacked from the right as a Hollywood liberal: "So maybe I'm smug, and maybe the Democrats are petty. Maybe you're right. But you're ordering people to their deaths. How are those two things comparable?"
Reminds me of one of his more philosophical lines from Better Off Dead:
"Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?"
You can get a feel for the same kind of tortured logic in either quote.

h/t: KLO @ The Corner

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Film Saluting "Deuce Four" Is A Go...

David of IsReallyCool.com gives the lowdown of a film inspired by the writings of blogger Michael Yon that will portray the heroism of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq. And it will star my favorite Action Movie actor, Bruce Willis.

The film will depict the exploits of the heavily-decorated Deuce Four (1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Division) in Mosul. Willis will play Lieutenant-Colonel Erik Kurilla. Michael Yon's post of the homecoming banquet for these soldiers is here. Willis, who was in attendance at the ball, gave a speech praising the work of our military and expressed frustration at the negative way Hollywood usually presents them.

It's great to see guys like Bruce Willis using their box-office clout to help bring a film like this to fruition.

h/t: Ace

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The End Of The Trainwreck?

If there was ever a person who grossly overestimated their own noteriety, it's this gal:

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Cindy Sheehan waited this past Saturday for the crowds of supporters to come out to her camp in Texas and have her autograph copies of her book. It was a long wait. They didn't come.

This woman, who jumped the shark weeks ago, still holds on to the hope that she will be the spark that ignites the fire of an anti-war uprising the likes of which this country hasn't seen since the 1970's. In doing so, she has made a fool of herself. She has alienated her family. She has driven away her husband. And all the Left-wing nutjobs that she thought were her friends have squeezed the last bit of anti-Bush propaganda out of her and tossed her into the trashcan like an empty tube of toothpaste.

Now she has nobody, except for two guys with cameras who showed up for the free coffee and donuts.

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November 27, 2005

RINO Sightings

This week's Carnival of the RINO's is up at Don Surber's site.

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What A Day

Well, the day got off to a rousing start when the family and I loaded up the Tactical Urban Assault Vehicle minivan and headed across the state to my in-laws' neck of the woods. Our mission: to go out and get our Festivus Pole Christmas Tree.

After canvassing the entire tree farm we finally stalked and killed our very own tree, as seen here with Ryan (holding the saw) and Justin (in the background).

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We stopped at my brother-in-law's place for hot chocolate all around. Then we hauled it back to the homestead where I proceeded to wrestle with said tree until I could get it to stand up on its own while still looking somewhat straight from at least one side. The needles of a Blue Spruce are not to be taken lightly and my hands and arms are covered in red dots from where I was stuck by those little sap-laden buggers.

To make the day complete, I got a call from my sister-in-law in Atlanta who informed me that, if I wasn't watching the Giants game, I should turn on the TV as it had just gone into overtime. She warned me that being as the game was in the hands (and feet) of our kicker Jay Feely, the Giants didn't have a prayer because, well, he SUCKS. She should know because Feely used to be on the Falcons. Sure enough, he blew it and the Giants choked it in almost exactly the same fashion as the Cowboys had only three days before.

Now next week's game is basically for the division. With Dallas and New York both tied at 7-4 (and Dallas having won the first meeting), if the Giants lose next week they can pretty much hand the division title to the Cowboys right then and there.

Now I need to go pick dead fallen needles out of my living room carpet. Grrrrrr.

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November 26, 2005

Diane Lane Photo of the Week

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Gary hasn't called me once since he's been posting those Melissa Theuriau pictures. Sigh.

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November 25, 2005

Tolkien Geek Update

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

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This Is What We Are Fighting

Islamofascist Bastards Attack U.S. Toy Giveway:

A suicide attacker steered a car packed with explosives toward U.S. soldiers giving away toys to children outside a hospital in central Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 31 people. Almost all of the victims were women and children, police said.
Anyone who can continue to naively delude themselves into thinking that 1) there is some kind of moral equivalence between America and these animals and 2) ignoring this threat will make us safer is so drunk on the Left-wing Kool-Aid that the brain damage is probably irreversible at this point.

h/t: The Corner

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"Qigong" Jin's Powerful Light Saber

I'm halfway between impressed and appalled at this one. Here's a guy who is Master of Qigong, an "ancient Chinese art of moving and breathing to increase energy". Specifically, Master Tu Jin-Sheng is best known for his Iron Crotch branch of Qigong.

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The guy pulled a pick-up truck with his johnson.

A documentary film director and producer from London were on hand to shoot the jaw-dropping feat for a three-part series called Penis Envy, scheduled to air next year on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Footage from the truck pull will be used for the series piece on building the perfect penis.

Hes very special. Powerful. Superman, said an awe-struck Shawnee Wang, who studies Qigong with Jin-Sheng at his gym in Cupertino. I just came here to watch my master perform.

Jin-Sheng, the grandmaster of Iron Crotch, a branch of Qigong also known as 99 Qigong, is said to have 60,000 followers worldwide. Its practitioners are known to lift hundreds of pounds with their genitals to increase energy and sexual performance. One of Jin-Shengs most famous students, a 70-year-old man in Taiwan, is said to have lifted more than 660 pounds with his penis. The grandmaster teaches Iron Crotch and Qigong in Fremont and Cupertino.

Jin-Shengs performance drew a hearty applause (and only a few gasps) from the sparse crowd. He wrapped a piece of fabric around his waist to conceal his genitals from the crowd, but in the heat of the second truck pull, when he tied the cloth around his testicles only, it was pushed aside to reveal a ball of flesh that looked ready to burst.

Jin-Sheng wiped the sweat from his brow after the show and said through an interpreter that he felt comfortable and warm.

When asked if he was in any pain, he laughed.

And how does this fellow get himself "warmed up" for such an exercise? He has one of his students give him a swift kick to the nuts.

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I'm speechless. My five-year old accidently whacks me in the old bait and tackle and I cry like a baby.

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November 24, 2005

Cowboys Lose!!!

Chokin' it up in overtime. Giants lead the NFC East.

My only question is why the hell didn't Ron Dayne bust a run like that when he played for the Giants?

On a personal note, I brought home more turkey leftovers tonight than I have from any other Thanksgiving - ever! Whoo-Hoo!

Now the Mrs. wants me to sit through "Cold Mountain". And my 9-year old gets to watch Star Wars: A New Hope on DVD. Damn.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Best wishes to you and yours. The author is busy eating, drinking and watching football. There will probably be no other posting to...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Send A Message Of Thanksgiving To The Troops

Dan at A Slower Pace alerts me to this site where you can type up a message to our men and women serving overseas, via "Operation Dear Abby".

Before you head off to wherever you're going today or before you get too involved in preparing your own meal, head on over and send a message of support and thanks (and don't wait too long, after all Thanksgiving is almost over on that side of the world!)

And spread the word to family and friends. The link is here: http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/

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