Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wii wins



Flawless victory

First they came for the smokers

And I did not say anything because I was not a smoker, then they came for the guns... and I said a little bit but not a lot, then they came for fastfood and i said "doode whats wrong with you" and now......

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and four other automakers were sued by California for making vehicles that contribute to global warming, causing pollution and erosion that costs the state millions of dollars.

The lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court in Oakland said General Motors, Ford, Toyota Motor Corp., DaimlerChrysler AG, Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co., the six largest automakers in the U.S., have created a ``public nuisance'' by making millions of vehicles that emit huge quantities of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.


This stuff should simply be laughed out of court

Ninja V Pirate



this would have been more awesome if their was a Lumberjack run-in

Saturday, September 16, 2006

I got some Comment spam of a strange sort

I deleted it but if the person who posted this spam can email me... I would like to talk to you, please.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Alienating our Allies

In a world thats much more thoughtful, and sensitive world our metrosexual priesthood tells us “Our allies would support us.... and in the world of unintentional ironies their words end up being as ignorant and foolish as the path they decry...

First we must define the word allies a bit, and I will get into some international relations theory here (but thats ok it will not be painful). The Realist school of International policy has one ultimately valid point, beyond all others. That point is nations do ultimately what is in their self interest, and best interest. During what we saw during the Second World War and the Cold War (up until the late 60s to early 80s) was keeping America part of the international system, and happy was in their best interest. Young men from Omaha to Nassau were ready to put their lives on the line to defend Belgium, Tokyo, And Sydney from Communist and Nazi death. But the problem is with best interest.... like any kind of interest the rates do change.

In the late 60s to the early 80s a school of thought came onto the stage which was known as Detente. In the world of detente getting huggly and snuggly with the Russian bear will protect us. Taking the red hordes and encouraging them to join the family of nations and then (later) peace and capitalism will come. Detente only worked because Nixon punched a wedge in the communist alliance by brining a strong relationship with the US to Mao's most self oriented self interest. And when the idea came that we should be thoughtful and sensitive when dealing with the red hordes did we find ourself in a problem that is most familiar.

With an unpopular war, and the costs of that war leading to a weakening American economic position the nations of the world found their best interests were not in aggression... indeed they felt aggression was the opposite of their best interest. These nations clothed themselves in Socialism, they challenged the rectitude of the US position. They called for Pacifism and engagement.

Then came some great titans. Folks like Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Margie Thatcher, and some heads of state who realized that communism was a moral evil. They realized that communism dehumanized and brutalized people who lived under it. And so they challenged communists and their proxies around the world. This shadow war through the prism of the cold war was very ugly, and many more problems were caused but in the end the other nations came along because it was in their best interest to.

Being a leader is hard. No one wanted to save Czechoslovakia when Hitler came. No one wanted to save Austria. A world tired of War did not want to stand up for the rights of the people under the Iron Curtain. The path of acceptance is very easy, the path of diplomacy is very easy. But diplomacy to have any meaning at all must have a final line that cannot be crossed.

Otherwise, how can we know our own interest, and make it the interest of others?

Our allies will not come until they see it is in their interest and they see some one will lead the fight. So lets put aside the metrosexual talk and lets talk like men who live in a real world.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More Democratic Electoral Doom

Oil Speculators are going to soak it to the democrats by leading to low oil prices


Oil traders bet that such worrisome developments would drive up the future price of oil. Oil is traded in contracts for future delivery, and companies that take physical delivery of oil are just a small part of total trading. Large pension and commodities funds are the big traders and they're seeking profits. They've sunk $105 billion or more into oil futures in recent years, according to Verleger. Their bets that oil prices would rise in the future bid up the price of oil.

That, in turn, led users of oil to create stockpiles as cushions against supply disruptions and even higher future prices. Now inventories of oil are approaching 1990 levels.

But many of the conditions that drove investors to bid up oil prices are ebbing. Tensions over Israel, Lebanon and Nigeria are easing. The hurricane season has presented no threat so far to the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. peak summer driving season is over, so gasoline demand is falling.

With fear of supply disruptions ebbing, oil prices began sliding. With oil inventories high, refiners that turn oil into gasoline are expected to cut production. As refiners cut production, oil companies increasingly risk getting stuck with excess oil supplies. There's already anecdotal evidence of oil companies chartering tankers to store excess oil.
.....

This was all part of Bush's Master Plan

Should oil traders fear that this downward price spiral will get worse and run for the exits by selling off their futures contracts, Verleger said, it's not unthinkable that oil prices could return to $15 or less a barrel, at least temporarily. That could mean gasoline prices as low as $1.15 per gallon.

Other experts won't guess at a floor price, but they agree that a race to the bottom could break out.

"The market may test levels here that are too low to be sustained," said Clay Seigle, an analyst at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consultancy in Boston.
.....

"That takes six to nine months. If we don't have a really cold winter here [creating a demand for oil], prices will fall. Literally, you don't know where the floor is," Verleger said. "In a market like this, if things start falling ... prices could take you back to the 1999 levels. It has nothing to do with production."

2008 Elections, High Comedy




The Iraqi information Minister gets channeled by John Kerry
Kerry says the only reason he didn’t compete in more states in 2004 was that he ran out of money. He says this was also the reason he did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry’s service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war.

“They had money behind the lies, and we did not have sufficient money behind the truth,” Kerry laments.

Asked if he dreads the prospect of being “Swift-Boated” all over again, Kerry counters that he would relish such a fight.

“I’m prepared to kick their ass from one end of America to the other,” he declares. “I am so confident of my abilities to address that and to demolish it and to even turn it into a positive.


2008 looks to be trainwrecktastic just on this alone.

and the mindnumbingly stupid response from Kerry that makes me eager as a Kid living in Cambodeia on Christmas to see Kerry 2.0

Eager to shed his image as an overly cautious politician, Kerry now prefers to “let it rip,” according to several of his closest advisers.

“I learned a lot of lessons in the campaign,” Kerry tells The Examiner. “And one of them is to keep it simple. Direct.”


Really John... you mean Campaigning for Congress, Lt. Governor, and Senator Multiple times Didn't teach you that?

glad to see your showing your ability to learn which is such an important presidential trait.

High Commedy thy name is the 08 Democratic presidential Primary

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Oliver Stone

Good Ole Oliver stone made a nice movie about the Heroism of 9-11 and it felt weird like aliens replaced Oliver

No no..... He's back

Moscow -- U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, who surprised many with the patriotic flavour of his new film World Trade Center, hinted in Moscow yesterday that he is considering a more controversial follow-up investigating the "conspiracy" around 9/11.

"There is a great story in a movie, a conspiracy by a group of people in the American administration who have an agenda and who used 9/11 to further that agenda," he told journalists in Russia.

Monday, September 11, 2006

You Tube needs A HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEAlin

The Revrend Gisher has been banned on YouTube, for showing the slutty and skanky content we see on the interweb and what big name companies sponsor it.

What the good Rev showed us was stuff that we see on You Tube, and he censored the objectionable material

yet... he gets banned.

Google Video has the Healin... which will soon be coming to MSNBC

silly silly Youtube.

Look at the Rev's content and look at his own response but I back the Rev for his abused free speech rights. Because all he was doing was showing the smut that is on YouTube right now

Hmmm this is intresting

Reporters are always awesome when they tell you information inadvertantly

-observe-

The new measures took effect immediately upon being issued by the state Xinhua News Agency. The regulations give Xinhua broad authority over foreign news agencies, requiring them to distribute stories, photos and other services solely through Xinhua or entities authorized by Xinhua.

The rules would affect The Associated Press, Reuters and other foreign news agencies seeking wider access to the rapidly expanding Chinese market. It was unclear how other news organizations would be affected.


So China is Censoring things, so what I bet you say. But then you would not have learned the most important rule of Al-Press

the meat is always later in the article

Under a decade-old set of regulations, foreign news agencies were allowed limited distribution of financial data and other information — deals that the new rules appear to rule out


hmmm Financial Data

President
Hu Jintao's leadership has sought to rein in state-controlled media that have strayed from party dictates in search of profits and market share. Journalists and editors have been fired and arrested.


Hmmmm

As part of its new powers, Xinhua also will police the distribution of news in the mainland by agencies from Hong Kong, a former British colony now ruled by China but that operates under separate laws and with a free press. It also affects agencies in Taiwan, which Beijing claims but does not control.

Under the rules, any reports that disrupt "China's economic and social order or undermine China's social stability" will be banned as will news that undermines the country's "national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Xinhua said.


hmmmmm

Other news banned by the rules includes information that may "endanger China's national security, reputation and interests," violate "China's religious policies or preach 'evil cults' or superstition," or "incite hatred and discrimination among ethnic groups" or undermine their unity.

Also forbidden is "other content banned by Chinese laws and administrative regulations," it said.


From an older post I found this gem

In 2003, a boom year, their median rate of return on assets was a measly 1.5 percent. More than 35 percent of state enterprises lose money and 1 in 6 has more debts than assets. China is the only country in history to have simultaneously achieved record economic growth and a record number of nonperforming bank loans.


In other words..... Their is bad economic news in China. Foriegn press not only can't report it internally in china this deal also effects their ability to get it internally from china and express it to the outside world.

I will see if when I get home I can dig up some of my other Red Dragon related posts

oooooooh Burn

Mitt is a class A flip flopper

but this is awesome

As for McCain, Romney says he is delighted to see him anointed as the early front-runner by the mainstream media.

“There’s nothing I’d like better than seeing someone else out there as the front-runner,” he says. “Back in 1968, my dad was the front-runner and he lost.”

Indeed, former Michigan Gov. George Romney was the early favorite to capture the Republican presidential nomination nearly four decades ago. But he torpedoed his own campaign by remarking that his early support for the Vietnam war had been the result of “brainwashing.”

From the Speaker Pelosi file

More defeat from the Jaws of Victory ahead

The Democrats’ inability to gain traction can be measured in the fund-raising disparity between them and Republicans, and is reflected in interviews with strategists in both parties and independent analysts. The national party assesses the strengths of a campaign according to several factors, including the ability of candidates to raise money on their own and their standing in polls.

Some Democrats argue that national party leaders are making a strategic mistake by not being more aggressive in contesting Congressional seats early in a heavily Democratic state like New York. This year in particular, strong campaigns by Eliot Spitzer and Mrs. Clinton, who are both expected to win primary races tomorrow by wide margins, could help generate a huge Democratic voter turnout on Election Day.

Dan Maffei, a Democrat running against Representative James T. Walsh, a Republican representing the Syracuse region, argued in a recent interview that the national party should do more to help him and other Democrats challenging potentially vulnerable incumbents in New York. He said that such support would, if nothing else, give Democrats a strategic advantage in the larger battle for the House and force national Republicans to allocate resources that they otherwise plan to use to defend Republicans elsewhere in the country.

The Congressional campaign committee “needs to be contesting in more districts,” Mr. Maffei said.

“If you open up this front,” he said, “the Republicans will have to defend it.”

Among the seats Democrats have hoped to capture is the Albany-area seat held by Mr. Sweeney, a four-term Republican who has come under criticism for his ties to lobbyists. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat trying to unseat him, also argued that Democratic leaders in Washington ought to be aggressively expanding the map by stepping in with financial support for races like hers.


The Democrats have a slight advantage on their congressional committee side -YET- they are not giving out money this early when in races like this money could be critical.

When you hear the cheery predictions of Democratic power... you follow the money, and look at where it isn't being spent

New York has a chance of Spitzer having coat tails for local democrats... so why keep the money tight?

The answer is they expect to get hit hard in later innings...but they aren't closers (for the most part) which is what makes me scratch my head

I don't think the democratic leadership knows how to move the chess pieces

5 years later......

This is the third time I have started this post over from scratch, though while this time occurred because of technical difficulties I think this was for the best as on my way to school the barrage of stuff hit me and gave me more fodder for thought.

Where was I 5 years ago….

5 years ago I was working at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. I was getting in about 9 o’clock then with my schedule (which was highly flexible at the time), I remember most the stream of wild and crazy news stories... Everyone at that time had a different rumor or story before the second plane hit. My first thought was when I heard that a small passenger plane hit that it simply was not right. It did not make sense. I heard some one else say they heard the small plane had a missile on it. In this world where we have instant 24 hour news what struck me (mutedly then) and still does today was how in this time of crisis it was like a giant game of telephone.

The President was in my town, reading my Pet goat in that famous picture we all seem to remember. I remember how after the visit he gave some encouraging words to the students and teachers at Booker Elementary before heading off. This speech really makes me to this day remember that Bush could speak well if he spoke to his strengths.

I was not afraid or even all that shocked, though I must admit I to was struck by the images and how they seemed so unreal, so much like some fancy movie special effect.

I made my choice about what I wanted to do with my life then, something I have modified somewhat and may modify again now that the wheels have turned. I had gotten myself on a decent financial footing and god knows when I will see that again with my re-entry as a college student.

People talk about the World Changing on 9-11… the world did not change and we as Americans did not really change all that seemed to happen was we hit a snooze alarm. We have had 5 years of searches of every passenger to try to restrict weapons, as numerous new acts have happened where spotting the suspect –not a suspect device- proved those ideas as faulty.

We got into the politics of the Islamic world, it seems by its nature Bin Laden, and his top echelons are now sitting comfortably in Pakistan in a region their government can’t control.

On Glenn Beck I heard a woman say that our freedom is why they are beating us. Glenn argued (and rightly so) it is not our freedom that holds us back but it is our fear…. The only fear I think I can find in this situation

…our fear of ourselves.

We have as a society done truly awful things to racial and ethnic minorities, and as such, we are unable to risk the possibility that we would do it again. And we have created through our politics a power in being the victim, a power that people lacking in a certain sense of ethic and morality exploit.

That’s not our freedom, that’s our folly.

In my college paper I see this folly again and again


The fact that 19 hijackers could alter American foreign policy so drastically is still a bit overwhelming. These attacks created a new era - a War on Terror that would root out terrorists and their appeasers.

But the nation's success in this endeavor is highly debatable. Violence in Afghanistan - you know, that place the United States originally invaded seeking to crush the Taliban and Osama bin Laden? - is escalating. The Iraq war has cost too much in terms of American lives and money, and the Iranians continue to defy calls to halt uranium enrichment (though a hefty dose of skepticism is warranted for intelligence estimates of anything).

Oh, and don't forget those North Koreans; they round out the "Axis of Evil" of unresolved crises.


Their is a critque that is legitimate in all these words


and yet look at those words. The kind of Marxist societal divisions which failed in Marx's time (as good socialists and communists fought and died for their country in WWI and WWII) seem to be born out in our own age.

-though in the authors defense he eventually gets to the point that "they are all bumbs" but thats not his lead and in the papers its the lead that matters not whats bellow the fold-


again from my school paper

Hundreds of millions of Americans will spend the rest of their lives coping with the havoc 19 determined individuals wreaked on this society five years ago. Remember the day's events as they happened, not as someone wants you to believe they happened. Everybody's experience on that day was unique.

Don't let anyone sell you your memories or manipulate them for personal or political gain.


These are the people who felt the world changed for them, yet they end up doing what they always did

9-11 was an awful thing because some 3000 people or so lost their lives, but what we saw in just a flicker for hardly a year... that is at the core of who we are as americans at our own deep level.

and sadly two so is what we see represented by the folks in my school paper.

I was a militia sympathizer back in the 90s but let me say this

When you focus to much on the wrongs of your country you lose the ability to see the big picture

You lose it to when you focus to much on the good

and this War on Terror, this generational war, is all about the Big Picture.

obligatory 9-11 post

will come later...

A neat AMV



instead of using actual movie style it flips through still kinds of images

Huh

a 6.0 Quake hit 260 miles from here and I didn't feel it.

yet people in Pedro did

weird

To to funny

Politics is often Theater

Lamont criticized Lieberman earlier this week for his handling of the Clinton matter, telling reporters and editors at The New York Times that Lieberman should have discussed the matter privately with the president rather than creating "a media spectacle."

"You go up there, you sit down with one of your oldest friends and say, 'You're embarrassing yourself, you're embarrassing your presidency, you're embarrassing your family, and it's got to stop,"' Lamont said.


O Rly

while Ned Lamont has been given a hot Clinton Support infusion he should remember that government officals tend to save documents

Lieberman's staff on Saturday called Lamont's recent criticisms hypocritical in light of a 1998 letter sent by e-mail. However, Lamont said he stands by his position that the public rebuke exacerbated the situation.

The Lieberman Senate office released copies of the letter, which Lamont sent to the senator shortly after Lieberman took to the Senate floor to chide Clinton in September 1998.

"I supported your statement because Clinton's behavior was outrageous: a Democrat had to stand up and state as much, and I hoped that your statement was the beginning of the end," Lamont wrote.

Lieberman's rebuke made him the first prominent Democratic lawmaker to openly criticize Clinton's conduct with Lewinsky, once a White House intern. The boost to Lieberman's national profile helped him to secure the party's nomination for vice president in 2000.


more intellectual vacancy

Saturday, September 09, 2006

More snatching defeat from the jaws of victory department

CBS ran a rather mean spirited "Dramatization" of the Reagan administration. Many angry letters from conservatives later and the movie went to show time.

Democrats however offered with a Dramatization of the clinton failures in dealing with terrorists handle it... just a little bit differently

The Democratic letter to ABC was more blunt than a monetary fine. There was an implied threat to ABC. The senators claim presenting such "a deeply flawed" film to the American public and to schoolchildren (Yes, have to put the children in there) would be a "gross miscarriage of your corporate and civil responsibility."

The letter goes on to remind ABC executives "The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest."

In other words, we gave you that license and, if you broadcast anything the government disagrees with, we can take it away.


What I have read about this documentary so far I think several events that happened in the Clinton administration got compressed and dramatized to fit into a 2hour movie

( I mean, lets face facts.... 8 years of events isn't going to fit purely into 2 hours)

Novak points out some more fun


WASHINGTON -- The unusual Democratic outrage over ABC-TV's "The Path to 9/11" film to be shown Sunday and Monday reflects private concern in the party that the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack can reverse the political tide running against Republicans.

The highly partisan Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York composed a tough letter to Robert A. Iger, CEO of Walt Disney (ABC's parent company). The letter cites two scenes from the program casting doubt on the Clinton administration's legacy in fighting terrorism.

Slaughter added as co-signers of the letter three senior Democrats who would join her as committee chairmen if Democrats win control of the House. They were Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, senior member of the House; Rep. Jane Harman of California, a top party spokesman on national security; and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, a left-wing leader.


Top Democrats are threatening a TV network when the real buisness of this country needs to be done, and beyond threats of boycotts and the like... serious threats

it puts what they take serious into perspective

Thursday, September 07, 2006

You ever wonder

Some mornings why you get up? when the frustration mounts and mounts and you just want to stay under the covers

today was one of those days, and after Wensday which was a very good day for me till i got home.

I have plenty of better job prospects lined up..... just not in enough guarenteed hours to help me pay the bills and suppliment what the government gives me.

Then I have my leasing office sending me a rent bill thats 60 dollars deficit the actual value of my rent....and then I get a fine over there mistake

I walking into school today see kids who are 18 and 19 with I-Pods and new cars, having bags which probably contain lap tops.

I work at a job where I see people who I know are illegal aliens (because they admit to it) with gold credit cards and cell phones.

Its moments like that where I feel like atlas and I shrug... because thats all I can afford to do

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Things to do when I improve my income.....

Getting off blogger. Now the school provides me with a chance to see what those of you with poor pop up blocking see

yick

Japan is good for my brain

I am starting into Japanese I and I feel less alien t it then I did in Arabic 1

the writing system makes better sense but the use of Romanji in teaching makes me actually have a better feel for pronunciation

I missed out on voting in the Primary

I missed my first election, and I feel somewhat bad about it.... But I did miss my first primary election. I've only been able to vote in a couple of those (02,04 Presidential Prefence-democrat, and 04 Republican) so I don't feel as bad about that as if I missed the General election

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Base III, Establishment... less then III

Looks like the Immigration Bill is D.O.A till after the election

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 — As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength.

With Congress reconvening Tuesday after an August break, Republicans in the House and Senate say they will focus on Pentagon and domestic security spending bills, port security legislation and measures that would authorize the administration’s terror surveillance program and create military tribunals to try terror suspects.


And I expect after the elections the will of the voters will be more clear

Sunday, September 03, 2006

My question

Is it better then the real thing?

He has smuggled fake artwork into Tate Britain, and sprayed a vision of paradise on the Palestinian side of Israel's "security wall".

Now, the "guerrilla graffiti" artist Banksy has taken aim at the cult of empty celebrity and its current poster child, Paris Hilton.

The secretive artist has smuggled 500 doctored copies of Paris Hilton's debut album into music stores throughout the UK, where they have sold without the shops' knowledge.

In place of Ms Hilton's bubble-gum pop songs, the CDs feature Banksy's own rudimentary compositions. On the cover of the doctored CD, Ms Hilton's dress has been digitally repositioned to reveal her bare breasts; on an inside photo, her head has been replaced with that of her dog.

On the back cover, the original song titles have been replaced with a list of questions: "Why am I famous?", "What have I done?" and "What am I for?"

Hildabeast Agnosticism Ho

I've been on this Bandwagon before darned near anyone else so lets see what the Timesonline has to say...

The solution, insiders say, is for Clinton to take over as Senate minority leader in 2009 from the lacklustre Harry Reid, senator for Nevada. One well-respected blog, The Washington Note, recently claimed that Reid privately told Clinton the job was hers if she gave up her presidential ambitions.

Reid’s office denied it, but the claim made its way into the Los Angeles Times where it was suggested she would make a “superlative Senate leader” while keeping her options open for the 2012 presidential race.


If this is being considered by The Hildabeast its because she wants to have some more gravitas....

and thus if this plays out she will Cuomo herself.

fun times

The School sent my money, but the Bank's computers are down so I don't know if I have my money

is this kinda like a tree falling in the woods?

Friday, September 01, 2006

I may owe rosie an apology

She says it was photo-shop on her blog

so lets see how rosie handles this packaging...