Wednesday, August 01, 2007

A Movement Whose Time Has Come...or is it Gone?

For Tim Dellinger.

The Top Ten Best Darwinian Pick-up Lines!

My Favorite:

I want to take you home tonight. I know it may seem impossible without the intercession of a creator, but if you’ll give me a chance, I can show you a sequence of small steps that will have the same result!

WARNING:

Not Safe For Work-Language

The Age of Ignorance

Because it's funny when smart people are made to look foolish.

Arab Psychosis

From the article:

What Khalaf and every other phony Arab intellectual want you to believe is that Zionism is the heir to Nazism. These pseudo-intellects want to portray the Arabs as pre war Jews, fighting a war of a sorts, defenseless and and persecuted, made even worse because their ‘oppressors’ are Jews themselves.
Well, Arabs are not the equivalent of pre war Jews. Prewar Jews were not engaged in wholesale violence. Prewar Jews were not engaged in bigotry and racism that targeted minority groups. Prewar Jews did not threaten to blackmail the governments of the nations they lived in with violence if their demands were not met. Prewar Jews did engage in acts of terror and prewar Jews were not rioting and committing criminal acts, encouraged by their religious leaders. Prewar Jews were not living off government largesse and refusing to adapt to the values of their new home nations.

Gin Up New Business

I think I may ride the train more in the future.

Britain Can't Have Two Best Friends

A time for choosing.

Imams drop passengers from lawsuit

Last week, lawmakers in Congress reached a deal on a homeland security bill to include language, crafted in response to the imams case, that would give immunity from lawsuits to people who report suspicious behavior.

Goetz said the amended complaint had "absolutely nothing to do" with the action in Congress.

Too funny for words.

More Good News on Iraq

I'm not a big fan of Keith Ellison but credit where it's due. He seems to have an open mind.

Bridge Collapse near Twin Cities

Nobody is talking about terrorism yet but an engineer on CNN just said the way it failed is highly unusual.


Update:
So far it seems to just be a horrible accident.

Makes Sense to Me

I guess this means I was pretty smart as a teenager.

The Party of Defeat

This quote is telling:

Many Democrats have anticipated that, at best, Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker would present a mixed analysis of the success of the current troop surge strategy, given continued violence in Baghdad. But of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be "a real big problem for us."

History Descending a Staircase

If today’s youth seems disinterested to the output of modern public intellectuals, perhaps it’s because of the awful dreck they produce. They write unreadable books; make unwatchable movies and the music…well let’s just say the less said the better.

This is of course deliberate. By making their work incomprehensible and obtuse they limit their work to elite chaste of those willing to suffer this nonsense or at least claim they do. Who would you rather read Eugene O'Neill or Noam Chomsky? Would you rather listen to Cole Porter or Phillip Glass? Once upon a time, artists actually had to succeed in the marketplace and consequently their work had to be accessible to a large audience. No longer, as our society has become wealthier it can support a high brow niche culture separate and apart from popular culture. People forget Mozart was a rock star in his day. The affection the author has for the likes of Aaron Copland is understandable. I share it myself but the broader society prefers Brittney Spears.

Maybe they should use Korn instead.

It is Rolling Stone after all.

http://www.korn.com/

More on Ag subsidies here:
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/07/post-30.html

Obama the Hawk?

"The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion."

To recap:
He’s proposing attacking a sovereign country without provocation because its military dictator may be harboring terrorists and whose government definitely has a nuclear program.

Why does this seem so familiar?

The Affection Europeans have for these Clowns is Incomprehensible

The rot that is the United Nations continues to fester.

Left Illusions

A number of peopple have been noting this trend for some time.