Saturday, June 04, 2005

The wife and I went
and saw Madagascar this afternoon. I thought it was pretty good, though not as good as The Incredibles or Shreck.

The penguines are the best.

Surprise performance: Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G) as King Julian the Lemur. Not having watched his show, I wasn't sure of his skills. I believe I had put him somewhere in the league of Ashton Kutcher. Now, I may actually have to take note if he's in a film or, more correctly, if he's supplying vocal talent to an animated film.

I like to move it, move it.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Ted Turner: A Soldier's Story --
In response to Joe's post, I have prepared the following lampoon.

Ladies and Gentleman: In order to bring you, the reader, a far more entertaining and logically consistent post, please hum "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as indicated by the instructions.

(Begin humming.)

The story of Ted Turner's life is that of any soldier's, fraught with selfless sacrifice, unwavering discipline, and acts of great courage in defense of his nation.

Where to start? Let's see...uhh...he went to an all-male college prepatory school. That's sort of like being in the Army.

Oh! He earned the nickname "Captain Outrageous" at college and Captain is a rank in the Army.

What else? Uhh...hmm...he sometimes dresses in a Confederate officer's uniform, showing a caring and charitable nature toward losers.

Speaking of losers; he has pledged $1 billion to the United Nations. They have those blue helmet dudes, so they are kind of a military thing.

Oh, yeah! The helmets reminded me! He was married to Jane Fonda, and she wore a North Vietnamese Army helmet and manned an anti-aircraft gun during the Vietnam War. What's that? Wrong side? Oops. Sorry.

What else is there? Did I mention the Confederate uniform already? Right.

In conclusion, Ted Turner's life has been one of strict adherence to the principles of duty, honor, and country. These principles and his steadfast commitment to national defense made it possible for him to play a major role in winning the Cold War, far overshadowing anything that others, such as Ronald Reagan, may have done. His life is one for all soldiers, not just the French, to emulate.

(End humming.)
I wonder what
the theological justification for this is (Hat tip: Best of the Web).

The God as female thing has been around for a while, and steps have been taken to eliminate gender-specific language from religious texts to accomodate this view. I know some newer translations of the Bible have removed masculine pronouns, and some churchs have been modifying hymns. I think the Lutheran Church even modified The Book of Concord to remove gender-exclusive language.

But this Christ as a woman thing has me baffled.
"Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries"
over at Human Events Online. I can't argue with any of the "winners", though as an old Rand-fan I find the lack of Kant's The Metaphysics of Morals disturbing.

Also, Darwin's Origin of the Species gets an honorable mention. What's up with that? Must be a bunch of right-wing religious whackos! ;) [Ah crap, I just used an emote. :( ]
David, you may remember some of our
fulminations on Attorney-General Phil Kline's attempts to get access to abortion records here in Kansas. Rich Lowry's take can be found here.
Hey, Kill-Bot!
Ted Turner's taking credit for ending the Cold War. What the (un)official DoD take on that?
I read
this story and immediately had flashbacks to Lethal Weapon II. "It's your ass, Cochise."
I checked.
While I own a few Liberty Head nickles, I don't have one of these. Damn.
Proof that Jonah
drinks heavily.
Syria is up to no good. It seems they test-fired three Scuds last week, raising the Israelis' hackles. The most interesting part is that one of the Scuds went into Turkish airspace, broke up, and rained debris on two small villages in the province of Hatay. The Syrians have stated it was "just an accident." Imagine the conversation if the Scud had done more than fall apart. The following is a transcript of the recording made by the "What If Recorder." Let's listen in:

Turkish Foreign Minister: Hey, Phil, I think one of your Scuds may have flown off course and blown up a small village in Hatay. You guys know anything about that?

Syrian Foreign Minister: Gosh, Bob, we were testing some Scuds today, but that was just an accident. We did not mean for it to go into Turkey. I think some of the missile boys may have had a few too many last night and were a little funny in the head.

Turkish Foreign Minister: Well, Phil, how am I supposed to explain this to the families of the 267 dead people in that village? I hate to say this, but they may be a little upset.

Syrian Foreign Minister: Really? We blow up villages, kidnap families, and torture people all the time in our country and nobody even raises an eyebrow. I think you guys need to lighten up a bit.

Turkish Foreign Minister: You may be right. Sorry for flying off the handle like that.

The "What If Recorder" lost its signal at this point. We can only guess where the conversation went after that.
I take a day off and you guys go crazy. I meant to post yesterday, but I had a terrible migraine after work. You know; one of those headaches that makes you feel like a vampire. "The sunlight! It is killing me! Bleh!" Anyway, 13 hours of drug-induced sleep later, I am ready to take on the day. Far more entertaining and logically consistent posts to come!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Home schooling reason #285:
Missed this piece at Reason about Kansas' intention to teach Intelligent Design in its public schools:
The anti-evolutionists affect not to know who or what the "intelligent designer" of their theory might be. He, she, it, or they could be little green men or purple space squid or a race of intelligent supercomputers—or maybe, just maybe, an omnipotent God. Who knows? We're all just innocently asking "scientific" questions here.

But away from the glare of media attention, this pose of scientific objectivity cracks. "ID has theological implications. ID is not strictly Christian, but it is theistic," admitted board member Martin. The intelligent design proponents in Kansas ask: Why not let children in public schools hear arguments for intelligent design in biology classes? Schools could "teach the controversy."

Biologists retort by asking, "So it's OK then for high schools to teach astrology, phrenology, mesmerism, tarot card reading, crystal healing, astral projection and water witching, too?"
Our new blog slogan!
Coined by Joe: Far more entertaining and logically consistent than Andrew Sullivan .
Sticks and stones...
An interesting tidbit (that appears for no apparent reason) from this article about the SEC (emphasis mine):
Atkins and Glassman both take a free-market approach to regulation, which often means the less regulation the better. Atkins is frequently called a libertarian, a label he says he dislikes.
The piece does not explain why he doesn't like being called a libertarian. I suppose the reader is supposed to understand this on his own.
Can we now officially say
that the paparazzi in this country have gone crazy?
After Lohan made a U-turn to evade Ramirez, he intentionally crashed his minivan into the driver's side door of Lohan's Mercedes Benz coupe, police said.
When does pursuing the story (in a First Amendment protected way) turn into out-and-out stalking (in a you're-going-to-jail-you-psycho sort of way)?

A slightly unrelated comment: Lohan is starring in the upcoming "Herbie: Fully Loaded." Is it just me, or does the Matrix spring to mind here? For some reason, I expect a sequel to be titled, "Herbie Revolutions."
I'm sure if you go back far enough
in my lineage, you'll find that someone, somewhere did something horrible to someone else. I'm of Swedish descent, and I may have some Vikings in my background. I have no idea. However, I will never apologize to the French, Russians, British or whoever else my ancestors might have pillaged. Why? Because I don't accept guilt for something that I didn't do, and those that were wronged have been dead for hundres of years, anyway.

In fact, if you go back far enough in anyone's lineage, you're going to find a whole litany of sins committed against others. No civilization or culture is pure.

Well, I see that Wachovia Securities is officially apologizing because this North Carolina based business may have owned slaves some 150 years ago. Slavery is a horrible blot on world history, but I fail to see what this apology means. Everyone having anything to do with slavery is dead.

Watch for the lawsuit.
Yeah, yeah, I know,
I haven't blogged for a while. Since this blog only has three readers (not including its three authors), I didn't figure a hiatus would really bother anyone. If Andrew Sullivan can take off the entire month of August every year, I can take off the month of May. Especially since I'm far more entertaining and logically consistent than Sullivan (whom, you should be happy to know, I actually haven't read in quite a long time).

A few left over thoughts for a bit:
  1. The revelations regarding Deep Throat: Whatever one thinks about Nixon and his involvement in Watergate, I do have to say that Deep Throat's being revealed makes the whole episode seem far less heroic. Deep Throat wasn't some flunky deep in the bureaucracy who had learned that the President was engaged in illegal activities. No, he was a high ranking government official throwing a hissy-fit because he wasn't named head of the FBI. Had he been made head of the FBI, he never would have come forward, and Nixon would have served his full term. How heroic is that?

  2. Doctors wanting to ban knives: Given the ease with which anything can be turned into a weapon, I don't see how banning knives is going to solve anything. Yeah, you might eliminate stabbing deaths (unlikely, because when has banning anything eliminated it?), but you'll see a precipitous increase in, say, beating-deaths with tire-irons or crowbars.

    This episode raises the question: Is public health the new Commerce Clause? The Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution is one of its most abused provisions. Intended to prevent New Hampshire and Vermont from engaging in tariff and boycott wars, it gave the U.S. government sole control over regulating interstate commerce. It's been used to justify almost every possible regulation because somewhere, somebody's doing something that involves movement across state lines. Will public health take its place now? Will we have to endure endless regulations because of over-zealous public health officials? Remember, it was the public health department in Boston that originally filed that city's lawsuit against gun manufactureres.

  3. Rainbow parties: When did pop-culture decide that being a whore was cool? Are girls being raised with such little self-respect that they see this as a viable guide to life in high school?

  4. Star Wars ROTS: It's the best of the prequels (my favorite in the series is still The Empire Strikes Back).

    Worst moment: "Hold me, Anakin, like you did by the lake in Naboo, when there wsa nothing but our love." That, or, "You're breaking my heart," said to Darth Vader by Padme after she figures out that he's become a murderous psychopath.

    Silliest moment: James Earl Jones yelling, "Noooooooooooooooo!" after crushing everything within a five-mile radius.

    Best moment: Emperor Palpatine gleefully whipping those Senate lift-pods at Yoda.

    As to David's controversy, I side with David's wife. If the Emperor could hold his own against Yoda, he could have held it against Mace. He allowed himself to be defeated so that Anakin would come in and seal the deal in becoming a Sith. Notice how the Emperor complains of having no power left, and then unleashes holy hell on Mace once the die is cast.

  5. President Brownback: Not going to happen. First, history teaches that Senators don't become presidents, Governors do (think Dole, Kerry, Ted Kennedy vs. Bush, Carter, Reagan and Clinton). Second, he isn't even party leadership. I know he's popular in some circles, but that doesn't mean anyone has any idea who he is. However, a presidential run is something that might make him more known. Do a preliminary run in 2008 to get his name out there, then run again in a future election.

  6. The flushing of the Koran: Since I've yet to see a toilet big enough to accomodate this task, I'm guessing this isn't true. Anyway, I'd like someone to explain why it is that if the U.S. government merely looks at the Koran funny, protests in the Muslim world kill a score or so and cause tremendous property damage, but when Muslims blow up their own stuff, other Muslims don't care.
For all none of you that haven't seen Revenge of the Sith yet,
QandO has a good review.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Eeeh gads! Nooooooooo, indeed.
Sam Who?
Sam Brownback doesn't have the name recognition to run in 2008.
I don't get the point
of this piece by Lee Harris. The author gives valid reasons why Bible stories should not be studied in public schools (as opposed to, say, studying Greek mythology) and yet conludes by saying, "There is something unspeakably philistine about those who wish to forbid the reading of the Bible in public school." Eh? So is it okay or not?

I have no problem with students who want to read the Bible at school during their spare time, or with groups of students that want to have Bible study during recess. That's their choice, one not pushed upon them by the school. But to formally study the Bible as part of a class is a clear violation of the separation of church and state for the very reasons given by Harris.
It ain't just the Left
that uses the so-called anti-conservative fallacy I linked to yesterday.

Exhibit #1: Yesterday on his radio program, Glenn Beck talked about the swell of attorneys looking to represent the Gitmo detainees. Instead of considering the actual issue - do these attorneys have good cause to believe there have been abuses? - Beck dismissed them all as simply being motivated by money.

Exhibit #2: Listening to Alan Colmes discussing the same issue last night, he had one guest that was arguing there are problems at Gitmo that require the detainees to have representation and another guest who was arguing that everything there is peachy keen. Guest #1 started listing off a bunch of alleged abuses that took place there and Guest #2 responded by quite literally questioning the first guest's patriotism, that he's out to support the terrorists against the U.S.

It's a tactic common to all sides. What a shame.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

This is close.

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Gauntlet Adventurer.I am a Gauntlet Adventurer.

I strive to improve my living conditions by hoarding gold, food, and sometimes keys and potions. I love adventure, fighting, and particularly winning - especially when there's a prize at stake. I occasionally get lost inside buildings and can't find the exit. I need food badly. What Video Game Character Are You?

However, I don't get lost in buildings and I don't eat that much. Other than those, it's pretty much right on.
"Deep Throat"
has supposedly been revealed and it turns out the guy claiming the title is a former Deputy Director of the FBI. More comments on him later. First, a rant:

I am sure I will be lynched for this, but I think Richard Nixon was a fine president. He opened relations with China, ended the debacle in Vietnam that Kennedy and Johnson created, and instituted an all-volunteer military. He had many more accomplishments of merit than Bill Clinton ever had. What he did not have was "image consultants."

Nixon was not a charismatic man. He was not handsome. He did not play the saxophone. Nixon was a man of action. When he saw a problem, he fixed it; an opportunity, he took it. Unfortunately, he made a terrible mistake with Watergate and it tarnished his entire presidency. The media made short work of him, whereas Clinton's mistakes were put on the back burner, while his few minor accomplishments were lauded as mankind's greatest achievements.

Am I trying to cover for Nixon? No. What he did was wrong. My rant is simply meant to point out that all are not treated equally in the court of media. Thank goodness for the sanity of bloggers.

Now, back to "Deep Throat." I applaud any person who stands up for the truth. If Mr. Felt is indeed "Deep Throat," he should be thanked for coming forward with the truth about Watergate. However, I am not sure I agree with his methods. As a former, semi-professional journalist, I am very leary of anonymous sources. I can understand his want for privacy, but if you have the intestinal fortitude to spill the beans, you should also be able to look the people you are accusing in the face. It will be interesting to see how things play out for Mr. Felt. I am sure there are many that still harbor a great dislike for him. I will reserve my final judgment of him until more facts are brought to light.
The case for Gitmo
from Power Line.
Michael Ledeen is questioning President Bush's resolve
over at [gasp!] NRO.
The anti-conservative fallacy
as explained by Edward Feser.