Saturday, June 14, 2008

She's a Grand Ole Flag

The Moral Imperative for Drilling.

I can confirm: The wealthier and better-educated seem less concerned about gas prices.

From my informal conversations, I'd go even further: The wealthy, especially political liberals, also like that high-priced gas translates into less burning of fossil fuels by others and will help accelerate research into alternative energies.

But what these elites don't seem to realize is that the energy policies they advocate are paralyzing almost everyone else - and that the truly ethical and environmental solution would require embracing positions long considered anathema to traditional liberalism.

Roman Glass Gaming Die: $17,925

Christie's has a Roman d20 for sale! I always assumed that one of my fellow Dungeons and Dragons geeks invented these things.

via Boing Boing.

Is Barack Obama Good for the Jews?

Jon Swift examines the issue with his tongue held firmly-in-cheek.

For most Presidential elections of the past 100 years, Jews have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, with the exception of the 1920 election when many Jewish women, overwhelmed by Warren Harding's goyische good looks, pulled the lever for the Republicans. But this year many Jews are asking themselves, Is Barack Obama is good for the Jews?

Judge Kozinski’s web site and Cyrus Sanai.

The Patterico blog has details of some of the coarse humor that was available on Judge Alex Kozinski’s website. Kozinski can be criticized for indiscretion in failing to realize that his website was publicly accessible, and opening himself up to this politically-motivated silliness, but I fail to see why a judge’s e-mail habits should be a scandal. Yes, Kozinski apparently has an immature sense of humor, but we already knew that.

Of more interest is that the attorney peddling this, Cyrus Sanai, has been targeting Kozinski for years.

Read the whole thing.

Best wishes to Ian Dale.

He's getting, "civilly partnered" to his partner John Simmons this Sunday. While my long standing opposition to gay marriage remains intact, he has my sincerest best wishes. May he find happiness and contentment.

Big Brown Seen Leaving Belmont Carrying Large Sacks Of Cash.

NEW YORK—Shortly after finishing in last place in the Belmont Stakes Saturday, Big Brown was reportedly seen leaving through the back exit of the Belmont stable locker rooms carrying several shopping bags stuffed with cash, which the 3-year-old colt placed into the back seat of his Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe.

"I could hardly tell it was him because he was wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap pulled down low over his eyes, and a long trench coat, but I remember thinking he was so tall he had to be one of the athletes," said horseracing fan Jason Larson. "Still, I didn't figure it out until I saw the 'Big B' vanity plates on his car."

So that explains it.

Go Ahead, Impeach Him.

I haven't commented on the attempt by Dennis Kucinich to impeach President Bush's stupid. The Anchoress isn't as circumspect. She thinks it's about high time that all the B.S. accusations against the administration, which the media allows to fester, be examined, under be followed by the appropriate rolling of liberal heads.

A sample:

1) Bush Stole the Election!
Let’s have the editors of the NY Times and the consortium of newspapers who took the time to actually Recount Florida Gore’s Way testify - under oath - that
their 10,000 word article admits that yes, Bush really did win the election, or that no, their piece was a lie. Let’s get it on the record.

And while we’re at it, let’s shine a little light on some real voter fraud.

Read the whole thing.


Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

h/t Maggies Farm.

Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

To Her Gracious and Sacred Majesty Elizabeth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Saint Christopher and Nevis and her other realms and territories; Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

The crew here at Diminished Expectations wish you a very happy (official) birth day. May you reign for many more.

h/t Theo

McCain attacks Guantánamo ruling.

John McCain on Friday described the decision by the Supreme Court to allow Guantánamo Bay prisoners to challenge their detention in US courts as “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country”.

Fred Thompson agrees. So do I.

Sometimes A Picture Really Is Worth A Thousand Words.

Orin Kerr has an epiphany on the Ohio death penalty decision:

My co-blogger Jonathan Adler earlier noted the quite puzzling decision by Ohio state court judge James Burge blocking the state's death penalty. After seeing the picture accompanying the USA Today's coverage of the decision, however, I think I understand.

via instapundit.

Countrywide's Many 'Friends'

Two U.S. senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations received loans from Countrywide Financial through a little-known program that waived points, lender fees, and company borrowing rules for prominent people.

Senators Christopher Dodd, Democrat from Connecticut and chairman of the Banking Committee, and Kent Conrad, Democrat from North Dakota, chairman of the Budget Committee and a member of the Finance Committee, refinanced properties through Countrywide’s “V.I.P.” program in 2003 and 2004, according to company documents and emails and a former employee familiar with the loans.

Irish voters reject EU treaty.

I never thought I'd say this but, God bless the Irish.

More Here.

Via Drudge.

Is France America's new best friend?

France, which has historically had a love-hate relationship with the US, has not had such an overtly pro-American leader since the First World War. Mr Sarkozy is ready to risk hostility from his own public by becoming Washington’s ally-in-chief, breaking with the Gaullist policy of isolation that Jacques Chirac pursued not least over the invasion of Iraq. “The frost is over,” said an Elysée Palace aide. “We want to show the warmth that now exists between the two countries after the frictions of the recent past.”

Worst analogies ever written in a high school essay.

Actually, I think some of these are rather good.

A few samples:

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.

More here.

Art Parodies.

More Here.

Peter Bradshaw reviews The Incredible Hulk

A sample:

"Hulk. Smash!" Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk not just smash. Hulk also go rarrr! Then smash again. Smash important, obviously. Smash Hulk's USP. What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment. Hulk in boring film. Film co-written by star. Edward Norton. Norton in it. Norton write it. Norton not need gamma-radiation poisoning to get big head. Thing is: Hulk head weirdly small. Compared with rest of big green body.

It goes on like that for several more paragraphs. Very funny.

A little Duke Ellington.

Take the A Train.