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:: Saturday, May 27, 2006 ::
Memorial Day:: Friday, May 26, 2006 ::
Good News: The insurgents in Iraq have been instructed to abandon all forms of electronic communication including cell-phones, the internet and land-lines in favor of "oral or written messages". Via Iraq The Model [>]
Er, more crushing of dissent:: Sunday, May 21, 2006 ::
"To recap: he loaded seven buckets of fried chicken (and all the side dishes) into a Halliburton pickup during a PETA protest. That's like at least four of my major life goals accomplished in one day. Grand Junction seems positively crowded with fine folk..."
Buffett: Newspapers in "permanent decline""What multiple should you for a company that earns $100 million per year whose earnings are falling by 5% per year rather than rising by 5% per year? Newspapers face the prospect of seeing their earnings erode indefinitely. It's unlikely that at most papers, circulation or ad pages will be larger in five years than they are now. That's even true in cities that are growing.
"Under the new "comprehensive immigration reform" bill (Posse Como Estas?), a posse of National Guardsmen will be stationed in the Arizona desert but only as Wal-Mart greeters to escort members of the Illegal-American community to the nearest Social Security office to register for benefits backdated to 1973."
Call me a racist but...:: Saturday, May 20, 2006 ::
It's back with a vengeance: miya-hee, miya-hoo, miya-haa miya-UH OH...
Have an MBNA credit card? If so, you might want to take a look at this. [via Brian Maloney]:: Friday, May 19, 2006 ::
"For those around the world who would want to see a reduced American role in the affairs of our globe, I have some quiet advice. That is, be careful of what you wish for. Because a retreating America will leave a more vulnerable world."
More hack journalism at the LA Times. One would think they'd get tired of being outed - daily - by bloggers but they're shameless propagandists.
USA Today NSA story imploding?"I mentioned in the last piece the big telcos were likely to be sued over this and that was one of the reasons for the strong denial. That turned out to be dead on.
"It seems that the civil war has begun," said one medic, who did not want to give his name...No, it's not Iraq.
Good Hugh Hewitt interview with WH Press Secretary Tony Snow via RadioBlogger.:: Thursday, May 18, 2006 ::
So I drop in on Lou Minatti for an update on the housing bubble and get a blast from the past instead:
Looks like Germany has a little border problem of their own. I guess they'll let anybody in; even "refugee Minister for Refugees kind of refugee types"
Roger Simon on the Phonies of the Los Angeles Times:
:: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 ::
The Religious Policeman takes a humorous look at Google and the sexually frustrated Arabs.
Zacht Ei has an update on the Dutch Citizenship status of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.:: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 ::
Now Playing: NP interview with the last French intellectual - Bertrand Latour - via Hot Air.
Here's a link to the NRO Symposium on Bush's speech last night. The reaction from these conservative reviewers is simply: Bush proposed amnesty.:: Monday, May 15, 2006 ::
This is extraordinary: Hirsi Ali booted from the Netherlands. Welcome to the States Ms Ali. It will be interesting to see if the "liberals" in the US will tolerate your voice.
Grab a free glass of box-wine and peruse the razor-sharp, cutting edge of contemporary art at the Whitney Biennal with your intrepid reviewer, Scott Burgess.:: Saturday, May 13, 2006 ::
Another story you're unlikely to see in the New York Times: Iran supplying al Quaeda insurgents in Iraq with advanced weaponry including shoulder-fired Sam 7 (Strella) missles via Iraq the Model.
Question::: Friday, May 12, 2006 ::"What do you get when you take two world wars, add the two most malign ideologies of the century, throw in genocide, the collapse of religious institutions, radical secularism, a political elite sealed off from opinions it finds distasteful, spiraling social costs, deathbed demographics and growing numbers of an unassimilated immigrant population?
Def.: pollaganda: outcome-based opinion samples (polling instruments designed to generate a preferential outcome) based on prior-opinion indoctrination or cultivation by the media, the results of which are then used to manipulate public opinion further by advancing the perception that a particular opinion on an issue has majority support, and then presenting this "data" as if it were "news.":: Thursday, May 11, 2006 ::"We say "outcome-based" because most polls reflect intentional propagation of a particular bias by Leftmedia television and print outlets to manipulate public opinion. They accomplish this by first saturating viewers with "reporting" that reflects a particular bias. After a thorough indoctrination, the media outlets then conduct "opinion polls" which, of course, reflect that indoctrination. Then they use the poll results to further proselytize by treating the results as "news." This in turn induces "bandwagon psychology" -- the human tendency of those who do not have a strong ideological foundation to aspire to the side perceived to be in the majority -- and thus further drives public opinion toward the original media bias, ad infinitum.
Ya know, if you're still using the print-press for your primary source of information you're woefully uninformed. This phenomenon is well understood by those who have abandoned MSM [main stream media] for the web. The examples are legion and, frankly, shocking, but do yourself a favor and check this out. This book's been around for a long while but its message still rings true; don't ever - ever - believe what you read in the newspaper; they're either a) lying or b) pathetically uninformed. [I choose to believe they're willfully lying; there's no other plausible explanation].
Don't miss...:: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 ::
Gateway Pundit has link-filled post on the Saudi couple who enslaved and sexually assaulted an Indonesian woman. IMHO, the story here is not that the Saudis enslaved a human being - that is hardly newsworthy or surprising. The real story is that Saudi nationals - and other wealthy, "connected" criminals receive special treatment from the American legal system. The Rocky Mountain News treats the story in an off-handed and superficial way, and doesn't burden it's readers with background information on why this phenomenon is happening. I mean, it's not like it's all that uncommon.
A message the "feminist" left is loath to hear:"If a feminist dares raise the specter of Jew-hatred and the demonization of the Jewish state among leftists and feminists, she will quickly discover that she has become unwelcome in the mainstream media and among leftists (who actually think of themselves as liberals), and among feminists. Palestinianized Western feminists are more concerned with the so-called occupation of a country that does not exist (Palestine), than with the occupation of women's bodies worldwide under Islam. The fact that feminists and leftists still continue to call for boycotts of Israel and to actively demonstrate against a war-time president even after 9/11, 3/11, and 7/7 tells me that they have literally been brainwashed and that reality has no defining role in determining their thoughts or their actions."
:: Monday, May 08, 2006 ::"The death penalty is a barbaric institution that has no place in a civilized society. Only pathetic Americans would be so reactionary and retarded as to resort to something outdated like that."
RIP:: Friday, May 05, 2006 ::"What difference in practice is there between those irresponsible "socialists" who, as soon as they come to power, impose their untested ideological principles on the management of the nation, with the result that production drops by one half - and, on the other hand, those irresponsible capitalists who permit an economic crisis in which a fall in production is accompanied by inflation and unemployment?
Screaming Dean Update:: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 ::"I was recently asked about the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties," Dean said. "When it comes right down to it, the essential difference is that the Democrats fundamentally believe it is important to make sure that American Jews feel comfortable being American Jews."
Michael Totten is continuing his compelling reportage from the middle east, supported entirely by your generous Paypal donations. Check in frequently and don't forget to hit the tip jar on your way out.
Must read: [if you have the stomach for it] Europe's Two Culture Wars
In honor of May Day, Lou Minatti peruses the "The Peoples Weekly World" and concludes: Communists suck.
Hermann the German comments on the increase in the "Reichensteuer" or rich tax leveled on wealthy Germans. Yes, it's 45% now. Taxing their way to prosperity, what a novel idea.
James Taranto wonders why liberals are so humorless. It's truly one of the greatest alltime mysteries of the political blogosphere. If you can find a witty leftoid blog, Tim Blair would like to know about it.:: Monday, May 01, 2006 ::
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