June 29, 2006
Here's a doozy. A guy in Poland gets pulled over for DUI, reeking of vodka. What is his defense?
A Polish former MP has escaped a drink driving ban after telling cops he had only been using vodka as mouth wash.Call me cynical but I think the fact that he was an ex-member of Parliament might have had a little something to do with this. But still, is this a Polish politician's version of "I didn't inhale"?
Grzegorz Gruszka was arrested after being pulled over by police in a routine check and failing a breath test.
He was acquitted after he told prosecutors he had not actually swallowed any alcohol, and had only rinsed his mouth with "jogobelka" - a popular local mixture of vodka and mustard.
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June 28, 2006
A little to "personal" for my tastes. Do they issue penalties for giving wedgies or is this just a cultural thing and I don't get it?
Do you think the guy even considered running around his opponent or was "straight through his crotch" his first instinct?
According to a tip to Matt Drudge: "The Clinton aide, Laurie Rubiner, was overheard saying to Reid spokeswoman Rebecca Kirszner, You suck and How could you do this?.
Democrats loved this policy just fine when they were in the majority of the Texas legislature. Now that they're on the outside looking in, they whine about it and take it to court.
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AP chose to ignore the scores of scientists who have harshly criticized the science presented in former Vice President Al Gores movie An Inconvenient Truth.Dafydd at Big Lizards eviscerates the AP's claim:
In the interest of full disclosure, the AP should release the names of the more than 100 top climate researchers they attempted to contact to review An Inconvenient Truth. AP should also name all 19 scientists who gave Gore five stars for accuracy. AP claims 19 scientists viewed Gores movie, but it only quotes five of them in its article. AP should also release the names of the so-called scientific skeptics they claim to have contacted.
The AP article quotes Robert Correll, the chairman of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment group. It appears from the article that Correll has a personal relationship with Gore, having viewed the film at a private screening at the invitation of the former Vice President. In addition, Corrells reported links as an affiliate of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that provides expert testimony in trials and his reported sponsorship by the left-leaning Packard Foundation, were not disclosed by AP. See http://www.junkscience.com/feb06.htm
The AP also chose to ignore Gores reliance on the now-discredited hockey stick by Dr. Michael Mann, which claims that temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere remained relatively stable over 900 years, then spiked upward in the 20th century, and that the 1990s were the warmest decade in at least 1000 years. Last weeks National Academy of Sciences report dispelled Manns often cited claims by reaffirming the existence of both the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. [my emphasis]
This is about as self-selected a group as it's possible to compose: climate scientists who actually take Algore seriously as a spokesman for the dangers of "global warming pollution!"Curt at Flopping Aces cuts to the chase:
(While AP is quick to note that some of those they contacted were "vocal skeptics of climate change theory," you may notice they oddly fail to mention how many of the 19 who responded to them were among those "skeptics." At a guess, I'd have to say -- zero?)
If you're a climatologist -- and even if you more or less support the IPCC position on global climate change -- how likely would you be to seek out a showing somewhere of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth? Most scientists I know cringe at such populist caricatures, even if they agree with the basic premise... especially if they agree.
Scientists tend to be irritated anyway by the depiction of science in movies, even so-called documentaries: everything from orbits that "decay," to explosions that can be "outrun," to a rotating space station that produces a gravitational-like force... directed along the axis of rotation.
But they're even more skeptical of science when the subject is controversial within the scientific community (which anthropogenic global warming certainly is) -- and in spades and doubled when the moviemaker is not himself a scientist but a politician with no formal training in any math or science beyond what he learned in high school (which, considering Algore's GPA at St. Alban's and at Harvard, was probably not very much).
Most climate scientists would steer so far away from An Inconvenient Truth, even if they supported global-warming theory, that they would probably pretend they didn't even know it existed. Those who went to pains to actively seek it out would be a special breed: scientists who were so tickled that someone as important as Albert A. Gore, jr. would make a movie about their crackpot theory, that they could hardly stop themselves from gushing.
I wish the Associated Press had thought to ask those 19 gushers who they thought had really won the 2000 election.
The very essence of scientific consensus is that every person must give an opinion; every position must be canvassed; all objections must be answered. If you contact 100 scientists and only 19% have seen some work, their opinion is not a consensus: at best, it's a sampling; but more likely, it's a biased pool that does not represent the whole. [all original emphasis]
How much you want to bet those 19 agreed with Gore before they saw the movie. Now how much you want to bet the other 81 didnt want to see the movie because its fiction?The enviro-scaremongers will always find fellow travelers to prop up their claims. And the antique media is only too happy to be complicit in distorting reality for those who only skim headlines and buy into this silliness...because some scientists say it's true.
June 27, 2006
I mean, just look at the choppers on this puppy:
1923 - 2006
Spelling was a pioneer in "bad" TV shows that so many of us grew up with and loved so much. Who can forget Saturday nights watching "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" (with the same guest stars rotating through each show)?
Spelling's shows created pop culture icons and launched careers from "Starsky and Hutch" to "Charlie's Angels" to "Dynasty". What we most remember about the '70's and '80's we owe to him. Even made for TV movies like "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" with John Travolta were his babies. If you recognize the names Dan Tanna, T.J. Hooker or Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, it was Aaron Spelling who's responsible.
And of course, who can forget "Beverly Hills, 90120" and "Melrose Place"? C'mon, admit it. You watched them and you couldn't get enough of them!
RIP, big guy.
A study in Canada (why do these studies always seem to come from Canada anyway?) is claiming the the more older brothers a man has, the more likely he is to be gay. No, it's not an argument in favor of environmental factors. It seems the people behind this study believe that having many older brothers has the effect of "tricking" the womb into making you gay. Check this out:
[Professor Anthony Bogaert] suggests the effect is probably the result of a "maternal memory" in the womb for male births.Huh? Their kidding, right? "Credible evidence" now equates to some crack-pot theory that homosexuality is caused by an immune reaction in the womb?
A woman's body may see a male foetus as "foreign", he says, prompting an immune reaction which may grow progressively stronger with each male child.
The antibodies created may affect the developing male brain.
In an accompanying article, scientists from Michigan State University said: "These data strengthen the notion that the common denominator between biological brothers, the mother, provides a prenatal environment that fosters homosexuality in her younger sons."
"But the question of mechanism remains."
Andy Forrest, a spokesman for gay rights group Stonewall, said: "Increasingly, credible evidence appears to indicate that being gay is genetically determined rather than being a so-called lifestyle choice.
Look, do I know exactly what factors go into making someone gay? Of course not. Nor do I claim to. But if someone's going to convince me that it's 100% biological, they're going to have to do a whole lot better than this nonsense. And if you ask me, based on the content of this article, it flies in the face of journalistic integrity to have the headline read "Womb environment 'makes men gay'" as if it were a statement of fact.
But then, we are talking BBC News here.
June 26, 2006
"The American people expect this government to protect our constitutional liberties and, at the same time, make sure we understand what the terrorists are trying to do. The 9/11 Commission recommended that the government be robust in tracing money. If you want to figure out what the terrorists are doing, you try to follow their money. And that's exactly what we're doing. And the fact that a newspaper disclosed it makes it harder to win this war on terror."HotAir.com come has the video. If he was holding back, you could've fooled me.
Turn on a World Cup game, and within 15 minutes you'll see a grown man fall to the ground, clutch his leg and writhe in agony after being tapped on the shoulder by an opposing player. Soccer players do this routinely in an attempt to get the referees to call foul. If the ref doesn't immediately bite, the player gets up and moves along.Is it machismo? Is it stoicism? Are we suppressing the little girl inside all of us? Perhaps. But faking an injury to gain an advantage is just so...wussy.
Making a show of your physical vulnerability runs counter to every impulse in American sports. And pretending to be hurt simply compounds the outrage. Basketball has floppers, but the players who do it--like Bill Laimbeer, whose flopping skills helped the Detroit Pistons win two NBA championships--are widely vilified and, in any case, they're pretending to be fouled; they never pretend to be injured. When baseball players are hit by a pitch, the code of conduct dictates that they can walk it off, if they must, but by no means may they rub the point of impact. And pretending you're hurt? There's not even a rule against that--every red-blooded American baseball cheater knows nobody would ever do that.
Not to mention that a scroll through the most recent posts at "Caption This?" doesn't exactly reinforce a "manly" image of the sport.
June 24, 2006
Norm Mineta was fine in his office until 9/11. Then he instituted the "search everybody at the airports" rules that wasted valuable resources in identifying possible terrorists. Mineta is the reason the average air traveler - who in no way fits the profile of an Islamofascist terrorist - has to be pulled out of line and searched. STUPID PC BULLSH*T!
And why? Because when he was a kid his family, which is of Japanese descent, was interned during WWII. So because he was still smarting from that experience, he made sure that we avoided any appearance of ethnic profiling. Rich Lowry of National Review wrote about this ridiculous policy back in 2002:
Asked on 60 Minutes if a 70-year-old white woman from Vero Beach should receive the same level of scrutiny as a Muslim from Jersey City, Mineta said, "Basically, I would hope so." Asked if he could imagine any set of circumstances that would justify ethnic and racial profiling, Mineta said "absolutely not."I can think of a justification for focusing on Arab men aged 25-40. All of the terrorists have been Arab men aged 25-40! Any 70-year old ladies? Umm, NO! Duh.
Bush has replaced so many other cabinet members in the last five years, yet he kept this guy hanging around. Mineta should have been shown the door years ago.
Unfortunately, this policy - his legacy - is still in place. Hopefully, his replacement can make some changes. But I'm not holding my breath.
June 23, 2006
Lorie Byrd writes this morning what I had suspected about this as well as some advice for Democrat politicians:
"The new Chicks CD sold well the first couple of weeks, topping the charts. It is hard to imagine with the cover of Time Magazine, a 60 Minutes feature and an avalanche of favorable media, that the CD would not be a top seller. I recently heard Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. say he went out and bought a copy the first week.The advice, alas, is sure to be ignored. It's an elitist mindset. And it would be more than appropriate to identify them as "Dixie Chick Democrats" - tone deaf, from a marketing perspective.
I suspect that many who never would have paid a dime to listen to the Dixie Chicks when they were a kitschy country band, went out and purchased a copy as a political statement.
Although sales the first week put the CD at the top of the charts, compared to the previous Dixie Chicks CD, sales were down considerably. Concert ticket sales in some venues have been so slow that some shows may even be cancelled.
The example of the Dixie Chicks rejection by many country music fans is one that carries a lesson those marketing any product would do well to heed. It easily translates from musicians and fans to politicians and voters, too. When politicians treat voters as ignorant and backward for not accepting their position on an issue, the voters are likely to go elsewhere."
Then again, if Natalie Maines can't understand the NYC subway system, how can we expect this dim bulb to understand her fans?
In the meantime, check out the buns on Brazil!
June 22, 2006
hat tip: John Hawkins
Because the only word besides "fail" that's more appropriate to be read in the same sentence as the name John Kerry is "gigolo".
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