Wow, I thought Matt Lauer did an ok job, but the BBC's Jerry Paxman makes Ann Coulter look even more ridiculous than I ever thought possible. She was on his news program upon the release of her latest rampant idiocy committed to the page, Godless.
And what a beautiful introduction:
"Your publishers gave us Chapter 1, Ann Coulter... I've read it. Does it get any better?"Ouch.
Unrelated: Does CNN's Nancy Grace have to travel to a major city to shoot her shows and segments, or do they have some kind of backdrop setup in her double-wide?
I just noticed that her current web contribution to the national discourse is an online poll asking "Do you believe in psychic detectives?" The results indicate that 56% of the respondents believe in them, and 44% of the respondents think the other 56% are really, really dumb.
I must be on it.
What else could explain the President saying this:
"I have said consistently that global warming is a serious problem. There's a debate over whether it's manmade or naturally caused," Bush told reporters....when just a mere 12 days earlier I said, in response to yet more inane drivel from the mind of Ann Coulter?
"We ought to get beyond that debate and start implementing the technologies necessary to enable us to achieve a couple of big objectives: One, be good stewards of the environment; two, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil, for economic reasons as for national security reasons," he said.
I don't claim to have the answer, but - even if we're not making it worse - perhaps we should spend some money to look for ways to make it better. Head in the sand is great for being willfully ignorant and... uh... suffocating.I'm thinking Karl Rove is out and World Wide Rant is in, baby!
Britney Spears gets a lot of grief (much of it rightly deserved), but I'm going to go the opposite way with this post.
Unlike her trailered-up, weep to ye gods, "I am a human being!" appearance with Matt Lauer a week or two ago, I think she looks radiant and beautiful in her almost-nekkid Harper's Bazaar photo shoot, seen here.
I mean, yeah, sure, she's still married to future (and, uh, current) failed rapper K-Fed, but I'm willing to give a little praise where it's due. Who would have thought that K-Fed's evil, cursed swimmies could have such redeeming power? Not me, that's for darn sure.
Heck, while we're at it, let's also praise Mr. Federline for his amazing ability to become quite wealthy while having no discernable skills of value to anyone that has ever lived.
It's good work if you can get it!
It seems I'm the "blog of the day" at a blogging site called Eponym. Can't say that I know much about the good people of Eponym, but I know that they know quality and blogging splendor when they see it.
Sorry for the dearth of posts the last couple of days. Work is busier than it has been before, what with running one major project, facilitating another, visiting customers, and the minutiae of office life. In my limited time, I've followed the abortion discussion to this site.
Rob Smith, better known as Acidman over at Gut Rumbles, has left us. Reasons unknown as of yet.
I remember Rob from the early days of the blogosphere as we know it, when I was an almost-someone and he was an up-and-comer. At least I got to enjoy the breeze as he blew by.
Love or hate him, he said what he meant and he meant what he said, and he took no prisoners along the way. A good guy, in many ways misunderstood, but a good guy nevertheless. Maybe it's my Southern roots that let me see that in someone so many people found offensive (sort of like how the people of Mass. keep electing the Kennedy's - it's beyond explanation).
Goodbye, Rob. On the off chance we're both wrong about that God thing, I suppose I'll see you in h-e-double-hockeysticks in 30-40 years.
Like this one, for example. (And who knew that John Oates sang for the Oak Ridge Boys?)
Good news for red wine drinkers (hey, that's me!).
Red wine: a source of fiber!
Soluble dietary fiber was determined in several red and white wines from different Spanish regions by using a newly developed four-step analytical method: concentration of wine, enzymatic treatment, dialysis, and dietary fiber determination. Significant amounts of soluble dietary fiber were found in wine; dietary fiber content was higher in red wine (0.94 to 1.37 g/L) than in white wine (0.19 to 0.39 g/L).Red wine: good for your teeth!
A study in the Journal of Dental Research (March 2006) found that wine might prevent tooth loss. The antioxidants known as polyphenois, found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables, help to reduce the inflammation that arises from periodontitis. Researchers believe polyphenois could form the basis of a new approach to treating gum disease.Red wine: a natural sedative (and not just from the alcohol)!
Now, if they could just find some miracle powers for beer, whisky, and maybe even softcore "cinema" on cable, I might just live to be 150.
Grape skins - which are removed when making white wine - are bursting with melatonin, the hormone that keeps our body clocks in check and tells us when it is time to go to bed.
Wines particularly rich in the compound include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chianti.
Update: OK, so maybe the adult thespians do serve a purpose.
Anytime you're feeling like maybe we're the pinnacle of creation, the reason for everything we see, check this out.
What do you do if you have so much money that you don't know what to do with it?
"Brace yourself," Buffett warned with a grin. He then described a momentous change in his thinking. Within months, he said, he would begin to give away his Berkshire Hathaway fortune, then and now worth well over $40 billion.Those damnable evil capitalists! Somewhere a socialist is scratching his head in disbelief and beginning to think anew... ok, maybe not, as with most ideologues the evidence doesn't matter.
This news was indeed stunning. Buffett, 75, has for decades said his wealth would go to philanthropy but has just as steadily indicated the handoff would be made at his death. Now he was revising the timetable.
"I know what I want to do," he said, "and it makes sense to get going." On that spring day his plan was uncertain in some of its details; today it is essentially complete. And it is typical Buffett: rational, original, breaking the mold of how extremely rich people donate money.
SALT LAKE CITY - Republican congressional hopeful John Jacob believes the devil is impeding his efforts to unseat five-term Representative Chris Cannon.In a later interview, he said he was also very tired because of "things that go bump in the night" and that he walked funny because of the "greys and their alien probing instruments."
He says there's another force that wants to keep him from going to Washington and the devil is what it is.
We took the kids out to the Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-in for the day. Ewan, at a mere seven months of age, was more interested in napping or being on the boob than watching airplanes, but Fiona loved it.
Once upon a long time ago, shortly after Top Gun made every teenage boy want to be a Navy fighter pilot (or perhaps a Navy volleyball towel boy, depending on which way you lean), I was heavily into planes, even to the sad point that I could identify some jets just by the sound of their engine (I seem to remember the F-4 having a bit of a whine to it). Now, however, I'm left only to dream of what might have been*.
Fiona responded enthusiastically to my suggestions of some plane posters for her room... maybe a model or two from the ceiling... some books... the works.
I have passed the torch unto a new generation. My dream, unfufilled, burns with the fury of JET A-1 within the heart of my little girl.
You know, until something else catches her fancy in a month.
Or maybe, just maybe, I'll be pulling out the Top Gun DVD tonight. Awwww, yeah.
* Of course, that "legally blind in left eye" thing is a bit of a show-stopper for the armed forces. I do wonder if I'm able to get a private pilot's license though... that's be fun.
Ignore the main post if you like. The loony gets going in the comments.
Note: Does anyone make a medication you can take when dealing with people who are so dumb or irrational it's actually painful?
But not in that unhealthy Country-Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Mushy Green Beans, and Fried Okra way (not that there's anything wrong with that; I think it's a delightful gustatory selection).
No, tonight was Spicy Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing.
I subsituted some organic, grass-fed strip steak ($11.99/lb from Wild Oats, ouch!) and grilled it out of doors rather than on a grill pan. I also couldn't find fresh shallots, so I just diced up some white onion and threw it in in its place. It still tasted great.
Served it with a 2003 Trumpeter Malbec, and then followed it up with some fresh strawberries with homemade Barbados cream for dipping.
Sitting here working on my finances today, I paid a visit to my ING Direct account to see what was there, update some automatic transfers, etc. So, this seems as good a time as any to talk about your money too.
ING Direct, through their online savings account, is currently paying an APR of 4.25% on all deposits. Compare this to the typical Wells Fargo savings or money market account that is paying less than 1%, unless you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars with them. No contest.
To sweeten the deal, if you sign up for an account as a referral and deposit an initial $250 with ING Direct, they'll drop an additional $25 into your account. That's an immediate 10% return on your investment just for giving your current bank the finger.
Now, of course there's something in this for me... for every person that joins, up to 25 people, I get $10. So, not only do you get an instant 10% return on your investment, you get two-and-a-half times what I get.
See, I care about you. Yes, you.
Anyway, just thought I'd mention it.
If you're game, this link to ING Direct will let you open an account.
(If that link no longer works, it means someone took me up on the offer... let me know and I can post a new one... and then once your account is open, you can pimp it on your own blog just like I'm doing - hey neat!)
Hey all you fathers out there, myself included, happy day to celebrate our ability to not fire blanks!
Shortly, the "wee Fiona" and "Mr. McGregor" will treat me to some Brickyard BBQ, courtesy of my wallet. I will, of course, proudly be sporting my "#1 Dad" sticker, beaming at my beautiful children and thinking, somewhere in the back of my mind, "How did I get this old?"
It's a bit of a tragedy that in order to see your kids grow up, you have to grow old, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Update: Mmmm, BBQ good.
...but Ann Coulter, idiot.
John Hawkins: Would you like to see the Miranda decision overturned?Why should we require that people be made aware of their rights? Because the cops don't always want you to know.
Ann Coulter: Yes! But even more than that, I would like to meet one person, anywhere, anytime, who doesn't already know from watching TV that they have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney if they're arrested. What class of TV-deprived wretches is this rule intended to help, the Amish? Mountain-dwelling end-timers? Survivalist cave people living in polygamous clans?
When ABC News Correspondent Jim Avila asked former NYPD homicide detective Dan Austin if there are things that cops don't want you to know, his response was "absolutely." When asked why, Austin says, letting these things out of the bag "just makes an extremely difficult job, that much harder."Yes, those pesky civil liberties, always getting in the way.
I previously mentioned the new-ish Richard Dawkins BBC miniseries on religious belief and provided BitTorrent links for viewing them. Well, no need now - Google Video has them!
Well, uh, unless you believe in that sort of thing.
Is ignorant pandering by a Republican Congressman a violation of the Ten Commandments?
Kind of makes that whole "voted ourselves a payraise" thing seem like a counterpoint to "thou shall not steal."
When a woman says, “You turn me on,” it may be her brain that’s talking, as well as her hormones.I think the majority of women in the world like, to use the parlance of romance, "to get their freak on."
A new study shows looking at erotic images causes a rapid increase in women’s electrical brainwave activity, effectively turning their brains on.
"Usually men subjectively rate erotic material much higher than women," says Anokhin. "So, based on those data, we would expect lower responses in women, but that was not the case. Women have responses as strong as those seen in men."
The problem would seem to be that the self-loathing vocal minority that abhor their vaginas like a halitosic gingivatic kiss from creepy Aunt Edna get far too much coverage.
On a happier note, these nutty women also tend to stay single and end up owning lots of cats and doilies, leaving the desirable women to the rest of us.
Update: Let's make this scientific!
So, what is Rob blogging about intelligently? Not so much.
How about just blogging? Oh, that. Uh... intelligent design.
As I went through my year in high school Biology, I never really paid much attention to the chapter about evolution. I had glanced over it from time to time but never really read it in depth.Which, you'll note, is a great way to convince readers that you're qualified to talk about subjects like the scientific origins and diversity of life.
When it came time for the class to enter this now very controversial chapter, our teacher simply stated that she was not going to teach that chapter because it raised too many questions regarding religion and often sparked trouble with parents.Your teacher was a weak-willed wimp who did a disservice to all of his/her students by refusing to teach science because of the influence of faith.
So, we did skip the chapter on evolution.You don't say.
The debate rages today over evolution versus Intelligent Design, but I really can’t see what all the fuss is about.Neither can I. Asking students to choose between a solid scientific theory that best fits observations and with explanatory and predictive capabilities that have only served to strengthen its foundation and a going-nowhere argument from personal incredulity with absolutely nothing in the way of positive research to support it is just silly.
Intelligent Design theory only gives an alternative to the unproven theory of evolution.Pssst, hey, dude that didn't read the chapter on evolution... did you read the one on science itself? Nothing is ever proven; ideas may eventually reach a point where to question them without contrary evidence is irrational, but that's not the same thing as proven. All it takes is one ball to fall upward from Earth and that theory of gravitation will need some rethinking.
In no way does it endorse a particular religion. In no way does it say that Jesus, or Buddha, or Muhammad created the universe. It simply recognizes that a higher authority or supreme being created the universe. It is not specific as to religion or denomination and therefore cannot be associated with mixing religion or Christianity with science.Uh... when you posit a creative force outside of nature (aka "supernatural"), you enter into the realm of religion. So sorry. Guess your teacher skipped that whole chapter on the dictionary too.
Some of the greatest scientists in history did believe in a God that created the Universe. Sir Isaac Newton and Galileo were among those. Intelligent Design in itself is not the same as creationism as some has misunderstood.And maybe your teacher skipped that chapter on subject/verb agreement as well. Hey, don't feel bad, Rob; I was educated in Alabama, right next door to your home state of Mississippi, so I know what it's like. Happily, we had your state upon which to look down our noses.
While it does recognize that a higher authority created the universe, it stops right there while Creationism endorses the account of Genesis where God, the Father of Jesus Christ, spoke the universe and all we see today into existence in a literal six day time period, so there is a difference between Creationism and Intelligent Design.Bzzzz, thanks for playing, Rob!
Perhaps you'd care to explain, as documented in the Dover decision, why the key ID textbook, Of Pandas and People, had every reference to creationism and creation *snort* science changed to "intelligent design" when it became the buzzword of the ignoranti.
There is no difference. Intelligent Design is Creationism wearing nerd glasses from a prop store.
While no one really knows the actual age of the earth itself or the universe itself, scientists on both side of the political spectrum have their own views and theories. Secular scientists who dismiss the Bible as book of errors say that the earth is millions of years old.Pssst, genius - the Earth is believed to be 4.5 BILLION years old. Now, sure, there are a lot of millions in 4.5 billion, so you're technically correct; however, that would mean that saying "scientists believe the Earth is a whole lot of decades - a mess of'em! - old" would be correct as well.
That you can't even get the most basic facts straight is sad. And, well, further evidence that you and your teacher skipped more than one chapter during your high school career.
Dinosaurs existed and died out millions of years before man "appeared" on the scene. Christian scientists who do believe in creation say that the earth is between 4,000 and 6,000 years old and that mankind lived at the same time dinosaurs did and that the larger animals like dinosaurs died by drowning in the flood of Noah.Which is why we point at them and laugh.
Of course you might be laughing at this idea,Holy cripes, he could hear me through time and space and the internets??
but if you study it carefully and start to see the progress being made in Creation research, you might change your mind.Or, if you're a thinking individual, you might wonder just how Rob defines words like "progress."
The most asked question about this theory is "If man and dinosaurs existed at the exact same time, them why are human bones and dinosaur bones not found close together"?Rob, the question mark goes inside of the quotations. Yet another chapter skipped.
This is a very good question, but it also has a very good answer according to a top creation researcher Bodie Hodge, a staff member, and educated speaker/researcher for Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis group.Of course, it does. It might not have a good answer according to people who actually understand the subject, but if you ask the dolts at AIG, they'll clap and applaud like seals begging for Jesus fish.
He claims that during the flood of Noah, humans would have fled to higher ground like mountains. Perhaps huge dinosaurs couldn’t climb mountains?What about the ones that could fly?
Once the flood waters came, it buried plant life and animal life on the lower elevations and fossilized them first. Human bones would be the last to be buried by the flood waters since they were at a higher elevation.Apparently, those humans also carried a whole lot of seashells and ocean plants up the mountain with them, probably as offerings to their false gods!
It's all so clear!
If you look at fossil records, there may very well be much truth in this theory.And, if you understand that at which you are looking, you might realize that the goons at AIG are half-wits propping up their ideology with lies, misinformation, and general stupidity. But, hey, free country, blah blah blah.
I know what I was taught as a child and it’s hard for me to comprehend that the whole universe and everything in it just one day accidentally invented itself.Leaving aside the logical fallacy of the argument from personal incredulity (go look that one up, Rob, as I'm sure your philosophy professor probably skipped that chapter), you might want to pick up some books (without skipping chapters) on cosmology and theoretical physics. I've yet to find one that simplifies the math by saying "and the universe accidentally invented itself! NEAT!"
I am one to still believe in creationism where God spoke the world into existence.No way! Who knew?
So, rather than a natural universe that has always been here, you think it's more likely that an inexplicable and eternal deity (skip the chapter on how that deity got here, because that just makes the ol' noggin hurt) snapped his fingers and made it all out of pure imagination while Willy Wonka sang a touching tune about it.
You mention on your blog that you did well in classes... but, uh, if your teachers skip the hard and challenging chapters, that's rather like saying you placed first in the Super Special Olympics.
I suppose everyone is entitled to his or her opinion since we live in a free country, but evolution still makes no sense if all of the evidence against it is considered.Well, sure, if you take the theory of evolution and divide it by the evidence against it, you get a "divide by zero" error and your SQL routine just belches all over itself.
Even Darwin himself had some doubts about his own theory and yet we see some teaching it today like it is a proven infallible fact, and that makes for bad science indeed.Darwin's only doubts about his theory were that, as brilliant as he thought it was, certain complexities might be shown to be beyond explanation. Guess what, J-trooper, they haven't been. Irreducible complexity is a sham. Do some research somewhere other than AIG.
After all, if you wanted to know about evolution, would you consult evolutionary scientists or a porn star? I suppose it depends on if you're looking to get a little fluff action, actually, but no matter.
This battle against the idiocy of intelligent design is not going to be a battle of evidence or argument, but a battle of wills. We on the side of reason go where the evidence demands we go... those on the side of intelligent design demand reason go away, along with any evidence that doesn't fit their holy book.
It's frustrating, I know. It's tiresome; I've been there. But, behold, good people, there is hope, for yours truly came around some 13 years ago! I have lived in the cave of darkness and emerged into the light!
I used to be a newt, but I got better.
Pope John Paul II: knowledge is scary!
World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said Thursday that the late Pope John Paul II once told scientists they should not study the beginning of the universe because it was the work of God.Sounds like someone was a bit worried we might find out that there's no man behind the curtain. An entire industry would collapse overnight*.
Hawking, author of the best-seller "A Brief History of Time," said John Paul made the comments at a cosmology conference at the Vatican. He did not say when the meeting was held.
Hawking quoted the pope as saying, "It's OK to study the universe and where it began. But we should not inquire into the beginning itself because that was the moment of creation and the work of God."
* Who am I kidding? I give people too much credit for rational thought.
No, don't worry, this blog isn't going to become all-Coulter, all-the-time.
Just for a spell.
The evidence continues to mount that Ann Coulter is, surprise, a complete hack.
Right-wing response so far? Continued fawning adulation with a desperate hope of getting into her
pants black cocktail dress (which appears to be the only outfit she owns, as she wears it on every show at all hours).
Note: Yet more evidence.
John Hawkins has the proof*.
John Hawkins: Is global warming occurring and caused by mankind?As you'll soon see, science is not one of Ann's strengths. Piss-poor polemics, however, happen to be.
Ann Coulter: The temperature of the planet has increased about one degree Fahrenheit in the last century. So imagine a summer afternoon when it's 63 degrees and the next thing you know it's...64 degrees. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Run for your lives, everybody! Women and children first! Help! Where's FEMA, dammit?
Let's bring it down to the level of a child. In fact, let's even visit the EPA's site for kids to get the scoop on temperature change:
Average global temperature has increased by almost 1ºF over the past century; scientists expect the average global temperature to increase an additional 2 to 6ºF over the next one hundred years. This may not sound like much, but it could change the Earth's climate as never before. At the peak of the last ice age (18,000 years ago), the temperature was only 7ºF colder than it is today, and glaciers covered much of North America!P.S. Ann, you skipped the part about whether humans are contributing to the problem. I don't claim to have the answer, but - even if we're not making it worse - perhaps we should spend some money to look for ways to make it better. Head in the sand is great for being willfully ignorant and... uh... suffocating.
John Hawkins: If you were to pick three concepts, facts, or ideas that most undercut the theory of evolution, what would they be?My response:
Ann Coulter: 1. It's illogical. 2. There's no physical evidence for it. 3. There's physical evidence that directly contradicts it. Apart from those three concerns I'd say it's a pretty solid theory.
All your "contradictions" are belong to us.
John Hawkins: If the science behind evolution doesn't stand-up, why do you think so many people who should know better so fervently believe in evolution?Peer-reviewed scientific research and discovery has been redefined as "brain-washing." Amazing.
Ann Coulter: A century of brain-washing combined with a desperate need to not believe in an intelligent designer.
Yet taking the youngest of children to whatever church you may attend, requiring them to read and sing about your deity of choice, demanding that they talk to a deity that doesn't talk back (because, if he does, you're crazy), instilling in them the notion that something has to be believed to be seen... this is just "raising kids the right way."
Up is down. Black is white. Michael Moore is wafer thin. Ann Coulter has a hoohah.
Nevermind that plenty of god-fearing folks accept evolution for what it is: the best scientific theory that fits observations to date. Granted, the slopey-browed contingent of the same population doesn't feel the same.
Also of interest are the comments... plenty of right-wing dumb there (but not all of them). I wonder if those few souls feel, as I do, like a man without a country (well, political party).
* I lean to the right politically, but I'm no Republican. I enjoy John's site and I appreciate the traffic he's sent over here every once in a while.
However, Ann Coulter is the right's Michael Moore - an overbearing blowhard of an embarrassment. Combine the two of them and it's like a political Laurel & Hardy. Or maybe a Reese's Cup that tastes like poop and flies.
Sure, it's all over the blogosphere, but here it is again:
In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear....Turn about yada yada.
The technology, which relies on the fact that most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, was developed in Britain but has only recently spread to America — by Internet, of course.....
The cellphone ring tone that she heard was the offshoot of an invention called the Mosquito, developed last year by a Welsh security company to annoy teenagers and gratify adults, not the other way around.
It was marketed as an ultrasonic teenager repellent, an ear-splitting 17-kilohertz buzzer designed to help shopkeepers disperse young people loitering in front of their stores while leaving adults unaffected.
I'm actually just posting this to make note of the fact that, at the ripe old age of 34 years, 7 months, and 13 days, I can still hear the tone. I rock.
I guess all those times my father told me that loud music would make me go deaf he was wrong. Combined with the way something else was supposed to make me go blind, them thar old(er) folks aren't doing too well in the "conventional wisdom" department.
You can test your hearing here. (If that link doesn't work, my apologies, but the NY Times site had some other traffic measurement link info attached to it, which I removed).
...and a plagiarist?
One of his examples is, by my best guess, a case of copying; the other not so much. But with the added help he's getting from the publicity, it'll be interesting to see what other examples the Rude Pundit may find.
I suspect that the far-right will bellow that this is "no big deal," yet they certainly jumped on left-wing kook Ward Churchill at the least provocation of wrongdoing.
When the news of al-Zarqawi being killed broke, one of the thoughts I had was that he never knew what him. He never had the pleasure of seeing American troops standing over him. He never had a chance to realize that he, quite simply, lost.
"He was conscious initially according to the U.S. forces that physically saw him. He obviously had some kind of visual recognition of who they were because he attempted to roll off the stretcher, as I am told, and get away, realizing it was U.S. military," Caldwell said.I'm glad he got to see the stars and stripes before he saw the great nothing.
What else could explain Tom DeLay saying such inane things?
"For all its faults, it is partisanship _ based on core principles _ that clarifies our debates, that prevents one party from straying too far from the mainstream and that constantly refreshes our politics with new ideas and new leaders," DeLay said.Which is why when all the polls show that the "mainstream" is concerned with the war in Iraq and immigration issues, the Republicans felt it necessary to spend their time worrying about two men or women wanting to form a lifetime commitment. Yup, no straying from the mainstream.
A Democrat could be heard telling colleagues to walk out of the House chamber as DeLay criticized liberals who he said stand for "more government, more taxation, more control over people's lives and wallets." At least two dozen Democratic lawmakers rose and left.Apparently DeLay missed the increase in outlays, even when you don't count the war, under the Republican executive and legislative branches, as well as all the pork that the GOP has tacked on to every bill imaginable. Now, I'm not saying that the Democrats are any better, just that Tom DeLay is either a liar or a fool.
If this is true, it's very good news indeed:
errorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the coalition's most wanted man in Iraq, was killed in an airstrike near Baquba, jubilant U.S. and Iraqi authorities announced Thursday.Huge congratulations to our armed forces and the Iraqi people on taking this bastard out.
"Special Operations forces, acting on tips and intelligence from Iraqis, confirmed Zarqawi's location and delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq," Bush said.
(But don't forget, Dubya - we still want Osama too).
Note: Michael Berg, father of al-Zarqawi beheading victim Nicholas Berg, goes out of his way to prove that hate makes you stupid.
Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President Bush for his son's death.Unbelievable.
In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the father said: "I have no sense of relief, just sadness that another human being had to die.
Continuing his campaign to build support for comprehensive immigration legislation, President Bush on Wednesday emphasized that illegal immigrants who want to stay here should learn English....To make his point even more clear, he gave the audience a lesson in proper English:
He said immigrants should know there is a legal way to stay, if they are willing to make the effort: "One is to say you got to pay a fine for being here illegally. You got to learn the English language. In other words, you got to repay a debt to society and learn the skills necessary to assimilate into our society. Show us you've been working hard.""You got to pay a fine...."
"You got to learn...."
"You got to repay...."
OK, fine, so his lesson was one of "do as I say, not as I do."
For those who come here just for the sporadic culinary pointers, here's the WWR HQ menu, prepared by yours truly, for the last three nights:
Either way, there you go.
Behold (within yonder comments), as one man, Blake, seeks to give up his faculties of reason in favor of embracing the lunacy of blind faith.
Almost makes you wonder if maybe Evolution ever sits back in its easy chair, looks at humans, and thinks "Well, that was a waste of time."
President Bush's election-cycle "gay marriage" pandering nonsense has died in the Senate. It's fully expected demise, however, has not stopped a cavalcade of idiots from opening their mouths:
"We're going to continue to press this issue," Colorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard said. "If it's up to me, we'll have a vote on this issue every year."And each year you'll be sadly disappointed, once again proving that you collect a taxpayer-funded paycheck for being a dipshit. Congrats!
"We're making progress, and we're not going to stop until marriage between a man and a woman is protected," said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas.Apparently Mr. Brownback is aware of some nefarious plot to prevent men and women from marrying. I mean, why else would it need protecting? Is someone stopping them from tying the knot?
Oh, wait, you mean Brownback is just repeating ill-informed soundbites that can fit into the three-second memory of his idiot base? I see.
"This is an issue that is of significant importance to many Americans," Boehner said. "We have significant numbers of our members who want a vote on this, so we are going to have a vote."Um, no. The polls say that the war and immigration are much more important to the American people. However, those problems can't be solved with a simple up/down vote for codified and institutionalized bigotry, so no wonder the simple minds in the Republican party are focused on this.
From a CNN International article:
"I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one," said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican.Huh, let's see... the rebuilding and future safety of New Orleans (that would be in Louisiana, Senator Ritter, although I know an ignoramus like you might not have brushed up on geography)... the war on terror... the war in Iraq... immigration... oil.... yep, I can see where stopping two adults from having a legally recognized relationship is so very pressing.
I swear to any non-existent deity that I am leaning further left than my privates now. The Democrats, as flawed and misguided as they are, are not half as sickening as these Republican moral fascist pukes.
O! to want for a sane Libertarian candidate...
A Note, Just for You, You Special Person, You: Welcome, oh many Stumblers, to the World Wide Rant. The post below more or less deals with what I found while Stumbling around a while ago. If you click on "Main" above or here, you'll go to the main page, where - if you're not a right-of-center, small-L libertarian, atheist - you'll probably be offended by at least one post. Thanks for stopping by!
Yesterday I downloaded and installed the "StumbleUpon" extension for Firefox. Nifty little plug-in. You install it, select some of your broad interests, and then stumble around the web looking at sites that may or may not be up your alley... as you progress, you rate the websites and further refine your categories... and, much like that damn computer system that brought the Terminators into our timeline, it learns.
Anyway, here are some sites I came across that I thought were worth blogging about:
Because I'm sappy like that.
How beautiful... Matt Lauer proving to all of America (well, that portion that watches the Today Show) that, yes, Virginia, Ann Coulter is an idiot.
More: Wow. Her own book makes her out to be an even bigger idiot.
It's June 6, 2006.
Big freakin' deal.
If this actually concerns you for any reason other than maybe you have a bill that was due by the fifth, you are an imbecile and should probably go self-sterilize lest you spread your dumb genes further along.
Some people. Sheesh.
As the smoke from the wreckage of the Vonage IPO begins to clear, I doubt anyone is surprised to find lawyers standing at the ready:
Law firm Motley Rice LLC said this evening it has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Vonage Holdings Corp.The story continues with an excerpt of the lawsuit filing, filled with legalese and codes for this law and that, but I think I can sum it up for you:
The law firm issued a press release that accused Vonage of publishing a "false and misleading" Registrtion and Prospectus, an alleged infraction that has Motley Rice convinced that resulted in a 30 percent decline in the stock price since the stock went on sale, and the disillusionment of customers who were afforded he opportunity to purchase Vonage stock at $17 a share as part of the Directed Share Program.
Gimme gimme more more more »
Irrational exuberanceWhy, everyone knows that IPOs are supposed to go up, not down! What does it matter if the company (as much as I like their service) is bleeding money from every orifice? I mean, really, do profits and earnings and cash flow really have any importance? Sheesh
I seem to remember a time in the not too distant past when a bunch of companies with lots of "potential" (a mystery substance very similar, I am told, to the ether) and little else were hugely overpriced and then subsequently, and harshly, sent in the other direction. Just because a lot of people in the market learned their lesson and you didn't is no reason to be a cry baby.
Heck, I was even almost caught up in the "cool factor" of a company offering IPO shares to its customers; just not enough to actually complete the registration and put money into it. Hooray for me.
These days, I'm much more interested in value investing as a strategy - and from that perspective, there's very little to recommend Vonage right now. If you're interested in a pretty concise take on the matter, check out this entry from Phil Town's blog.
So here's the question for a business buyer like yourself, Todd: How much is Vonage worth today?In short, the pissed off shareholders are pissed because they bet and lost. But, hey, you pays your money and you takes your chances. Get over it.
And the answer? Who knows?
There is no way to predict where this business is going to be in ten years. None. They are trying to build a brand moat but who knows if they will get there. Seems to me a telephone business brand isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Telephoning is a commodity.
...you will see that it is pretty much impossible to know the value of Vonage.... And that makes this deal a lottery ticket.
« That's plenty, thanks!
Well, this is weird.
As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis’s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens. In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples...contain microbes from outer space.Given the track record so far on finding life from somewhere other than Earth, I'll refrain from getting too excited about this just yet. Now, I fully believe that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that some of it is probably intelligent, but given the vast emptiness of space, the enormous distances between stars and between galaxies, the odds of life from somewhere else plopping down here by accident strike me as quite small... but certainly not impossible.
Specifically, Louis has isolated strange, thick-walled, red-tinted cell-like structures about 10 microns in size. Stranger still, dozens of his experiments suggest that the particles may lack DNA yet still reproduce plentifully, even in water superheated to nearly 600˚F.... So how to explain them? Louis speculates that the particles could be extraterrestrial bacteria adapted to the harsh conditions of space.... If his theory proves correct, the cells would be the first confirmed evidence of alien life and, as such, could yield tantalizing new clues to the origins of life on Earth.
(found via UTI)
Once again demonstrating his states' rights conservative credentials (much like he loves to show off his fiscal restraint conservative creds), Bush, in his weekly radio address, is advocating a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
President Bush on Saturday backed a resolution to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman even though the idea has little chance of being passed in the Senate.A few thoughts:
"Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society," Bush said in his Saturday radio address. "Marriage cannot be cut off from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening this good influence on society."
This is not making a judgment about marriage as experienced in The United States of America, but simply pointing out that Bush is so full of crap on this topic that it's coming out his ears.
The fact that inane books like Harlequin romances and the Left Behind series are sold by the millions in bookstores does not diminish the worth of the literary classics on the shelf a couple of rows over.
The fact that a bunch of idiots like to nurse their inner Thetan and reach the state of Clear at Scientology centers around the world probably doesn't make anyone love their own God any less.
Thus, as I've said before, if two men or two women getting married makes you disrespect your own relationship or love your spouse less, then you have absolutely no business being in a relationship because you have the emotional and moral maturity of a learning disabled child... with a club foot... and really foul body odor to boot.
Not that it much matters, as between issues such as this, the War on (Some) Drugs, impotence on Social Security reform, and government spending and pork that would make any Democrat spooge all over a White House intern while on the phone with world leaders, the Republicans continue their march toward irrelevance when it comes to my next vote.
The Democrats have been there for a while, but I might have to make like my privates and hang left for a bit to help teach the GOP a lesson.