Wednesday, September 19, 2007

China Freezes Some Prices in Move to Contain Inflation

Historically speaking, this is just about the worst thing you can do when you're in an inflationary price spiral. What they NEED to do is tighten up credit. All this is going to do is create a black market.

Army builds foam and woodchip Humvee.

This is actually rather clever.


Vietnam War Memorial Vandalized

I wonder who could have done it?

Streetcar's unfortunate acronym seems here to stay.

I have no comment.


My Wonderful Trip To South Africa That Didn’t Happen Thanks To The TSA And Delta Airlines.


At this point, I've pretty much given up on flying altogether. My on my last trip the United check-in personnel at LAX were so rude (to other customers) that I demanded their names so I could report them to their superiors. Their response? Flee the area until I had passed through security. I guess their reasoning was if I couldn't identify them, my complaint would go nowhere.

On the plus side the United folks at O'Hare couldn't have been nicer and I've never had a problem with the TSA (though I haven't flown internationally since 9/11 so maybe I haven't seen them at their worst). I realize that everybody has good days and bad ones and that it's not fair to judge an entire industry based on a handful of experiences. Still, dissatisfaction is cumulative and between lousy customer service, seats designed by Torquemada, and the endless nickel and dimeing of their customers, I've had enough.

Presumed guilty

The most essential fact is that Nifong's case was absolutely untenable from the beginning, and that the entire incident illustrates how political correctness has metastasized into unabashed and systematic racism. The sad, but unsurprising, conclusion is:

The only people who, it seems, have learned nothing from all this are Mr Nifong's enablers in the Duke faculty. Even after it was clear that the athletes were innocent, 87 faculty members published a letter categorically rejecting calls to recant their condemnation. And one professor, proving that some academics are as far beyond parody as they are beneath contempt, offered a course called “Hooking up at Duke” that purported to illustrate what the lacrosse scandals tell us about “power, difference and raced, classed, gendered and sexed normativity in the US.”

Dozens of Iranians & Syrians Die in Sarin Nerve Gas Test


Frank J.'s Guide to Not Getting Tasered

Having seen the video a couple of times, I've overcome my initial shock and come around to the view that this jerk deserved what he got. I am troubled though that it took so many cops to restrain him, to say nothing about needing to resort to a taser. Even more amazing is John Kerry's claim that he didn't know about the tasering until after the event. Is he serious? I mean how could you miss it?

video here

More here

Suit Blaming Automakers Over Gases Is Dismissed

California may be full of hippie liberals, but we still love our cars.


Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over

I saw no violence in Baghdad, but I would never have taken off my body armor and helmet outside the wire. I certainly wouldn’t have done it casually without noticing it. If I had I would have been sternly upbraided for reckless behavior by every Soldier anywhere near me.

But in Ramadi the Marines are seriously considering dropping the helmet and body armor requirements because the low level of danger makes the gear no longer worth it. Protective gear doesn’t look intimidating, exactly, but it is hard to socialize properly with Iraqis while wearing it. It creates a feeling of distrust and distance.