March 29, 2006
— Ace ...after someone broke into the water facility and left behind a 5-gallon jug with a "strong odor."
You will not be shocked to learn that terrorism has already been ruled out as a motive.
Seems to me that if Bush/the government were really interested in "fearmongering," they would rule terrorism in as a possible motive once in a while. If anything, they err to far on the side of not unduly alarming the public.
No word yet on the ethnic extraction of the teenagers... which is never a good sign.
— Ace I'm not just linking this because it's my blogsite name, or even just because "Ace of Spades" is a cool song.
It's probably the best hard-rock performance by Ken dolls I've ever seen. And I've seen, like, zero.
The headbangin' groupie chicks are a nice touch, too.
Thanks to Blue Merle.
— Ace An on-line column, and only in Kansas City (one of the myriad Kansas City's, not sure which), but still: a column.
I just don't mean her politics, which are moronic. But the incredible stupidity she displays in expressing herself.
Has it really been three years? My how time flies when the Bushvolk are having fun!
Bushvolk. 'Cuzzin' they're like Nazis 'n stuff, I guess.
Theyve already invaded two Muslim countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, and are considering a third conquest, Iran. That ought to win some hearts and minds over there.
And you thought this wasnt a Crusade!
Yes, Iran may soon get hold of the Big Kaboom, but North Korea already does.
The Big Kaboom?
Incidentally, the Southeast is handled differently than the Middle East. Unlike the Koreans, who have the means to blow us to smithereens, the Iranians do not yet have the capability to act on their threats. Both nations are controlled by oddballs, so why the disparity in U.S. foreign policy, Comrade Condi?
The Southeast? Does she mean Southwestern Asia? Or East Asia?
Or does she mean "Southeast Asia," of which Korea isn't really a part?
And of course Iran isn't part of "the Middle East" either.
What the hell is she on? Doesn't she have access to a globe or, maybe, a map-insert from National Geographic For Kids?
This was a dumb "joke." Surely it's not worth assigning countries to the wrong areas of the world to make the "joke."
And-- Comrade Condi?
When did you last hear this president mention Osama bin Laden at length? During his propaganda blitz last week that began in Ohio, Mr. Disconnect was all Iraq, all the time. Osama bin Forgotten is more like it.
I know that Kansas City isn't the most cosmpolitan place in the world, but I'm pretty sure they've heard the "Osama bin Forgotten" line before. And yet she uses it as if she's minting a fresh joke.
Unbelievable. Any moron can get a column in a newspaper if they're liberal enough.
Thanks to Aaron.
— Ace Francis Fukuyama supported the war when it was popular. Now that it's unpopular, he heroically steps forward to lead from behind.
He also lies about a Charles Krauthammer speech in the process, which is unwise thing to do. First, Krauthammer's speech was taped and can be checked.
Second, don't betray Krauthammer and then leave him alive.
It was, as the hero tells it, his Road to Damascus moment. There he is, in a hall of 1,500 people he has long considered to be his allies, hearing the speaker treat the Iraq war, nearing the end of its first year, as "a virtually unqualified success." He gasps as the audience enthusiastically applauds. Aghast to discover himself in a sea of comrades so deluded by ideology as to have lost touch with reality, he decides he can no longer be one of them.
And thus did Francis Fukuyama become the world's most celebrated ex-neoconservative, a well-timed metamorphosis that has brought him a piece of the fame that he once enjoyed 15 years ago as the man who declared, a mite prematurely, that history had ended.
A very nice story. It appears in the preface to Fukuyama's post-neocon coming out, "America at the Crossroads." On Sunday it was repeated on the front page of the New York Times Book Review in Paul Berman's review.
I happen to know something about this story, as I was the speaker whose 2004 Irving Kristol lecture to the American Enterprise Institute Fukuyama has now brought to prominence. I can therefore testify that Fukuyama's claim that I attributed "virtually unqualified success" to the war is a fabrication.
In that entire 6,000-word lecture, I said not a single word about the course or conduct of the Iraq war. My only reference to the outcome of the war came toward the end of the lecture. Far from calling it an unqualified success, virtual or otherwise, I said quite bluntly that "it may be a bridge too far. Realists have been warning against the hubris of thinking we can transform an alien culture because of some postulated natural and universal human will to freedom. And they may yet be right."
Fukuyama now says that he had secretly opposed the Iraq war before it was launched. An unusual and convenient reticence, notes Irwin Stelzer, editor of "The Neocon Reader," for such an inveterate pamphleteer, letter writer and essayist. After public opinion had turned against the war, Fukuyama then courageously came out against it. He has every right to change his mind at his convenience. He has no right to change what I said.
Fukuyama is of course now the darling of the left, appearing on NPR recently. He never really strongly supported the war, but now claims to have been a supporter in order to make his conversion all the more dramatic, and futhermore... claims to have secretly opposed it?
Is he in the habit of supporting wars he secretly opposes?
Thanks to Allah.
— Ace No word yet as to whether he complied with FISA's 72-hour-warrant-application requirement:
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Rep. Jim McDermott violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.
In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court ruling that McDermott violated the rights of Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, who was heard on the 1996 call involving then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.
The court ordered McDermott to pay Boehner more than $700,000 for leaking the taped conversation. The figure includes $60,000 in damages and at least $600,000 in legal costs.
McDermott, D-Wash., has acknowledged leaking a tape of a 1996 cell phone call involving Gingrich to The New York Times and other news organizations.
The call included discussion by Gingrich and other House GOP leaders about a House ethics committee investigation of Gingrich. Boehner was a Gingrich lieutenant at the time and is now House majority leader.
A lawyer for McDermott had argued that his actions were allowed under the First Amendment, and said a ruling against him would have "a huge chilling effect" on reporters and newsmakers alike.
Lawyers for 18 news organizations including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post filed a brief backing McDermott.
But Boehner's lawyers said McDermott's actions were clearly illegal.
By leaking the tape, McDermott "chilled the free speech of others," namely Boehner and Gingrich, said Boehner lawyer Michael Carvin.
In a written statement, McDermott said he respectfully disagrees with the majority ruling.
"My position rightly defends freedom of the press and free speech in America," he said. "The American people have a right to know when their government's leaders are plotting to deceive them, and that is exactly what was happening during a telephone call in 1996 involving Republican House leaders."
So, political leaders can have their calls illegally recorded and disseminated, because it's crucially important to know when "their government's leaders are plotting to deceive them."
Those calling Al Qaeda long-distance, however, are entitled to full privacy.
If I saw this shit in real life I'd drag the young lady to the ground and stomp on her, thinking I was doing her a favor.
And where do you keep them at home? Behind the refrigerator?
March 28, 2006
— Ace Just about every word except for the f-word has been edited out.
F-bomb content warning.
Thanks to Allah.
— Ace Yale is kosher with a Talib official as a their newest freshman, but some beliefs are just beyond the pale.
A Christian Youth rally was held in San Fransisco. Some of the locals were less tolerant than one might expect.
Barricades separated Luce's crowd with counterprotesters about 6 feet away who said the Friday and Saturday event amounted to a "fascist mega-pep rally."
Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, told counterprotesters that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, "they're loud, they're obnoxious, they're disgusting and they should get out of San Francisco."
"...Backlash over sex party for S.F.'s elite nearly kills bond issue...The bond measure was heavily supported by the 49ers, the city's Democratic leadership...
But the entire drive for what was known as "Proposition D" nearly self-destructed a month before the election when the campaign's manager, prominent liberal political consultant and San Francisco power broker Jack Davis, held an X-rated party attended by Mayor Willie Brown, various elected city supervisors...
The party, which featured acts of profound sexual perversion, was a 50th birthday celebration for Mr. Davis, and was organized by some of his friends. There were both male and female strippers dancing at the party, as well as live and simulated sex acts openly performed on a stage throughout the night...
The bacchanalia concluded with a "dominatrix" beating a man in front of the crowd, urinating on him in full view of the audience, and carving a satanic symbol-a pentagram-into the man's bare back with a knife. Finally, the man was publicly sodomized with a whiskey bottle...
It's become socially unacceptable to say Jesus Christ in public (at least in a non-blasphemous manner), and yet it's intolerant to not want to sit on the stool just vacated by the guy wearing nothing but assless chaps and nipple-clips.
Thanks to RCL.
— Ace The SciFi Channel, in partnership with Stan Lee, has a contest for the best superhero concept. The winner will get a TV show made of the hero.
On the downside, you have to submit pictures of yourself in costume as the superhero.
Thanks to Chickpea.
— LauraW. ...are pretty short.
— Ace I'm giving myself one more shot. Click here at 4:05 Eastern to listen.
Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom was nice/stupid enough to offer to cohost, and I thought that sounded like a good/disastrous idea. So we're going to give that a go.
Our guest today will be Clint W. Taylor, who's been all over the Yale Taliban issue, and does the "Nail Yale" blog over at Townhall.com.
— Ace She thinks she ought to wait a few years to run, because right now she's so head-turningly hhhhhhot she'd just distract us too much.
She says: "I think Hillary Clinton is fantastic. But I think it is too soon for her to run. This may sound odd, but a woman should be past her sexuality when she runs. Hillary still has sexual power, and I don't think people will accept that. It's too threatening."
With all due respect, an expert on sexual power -- her husband -- would seem to disagree.
There's also less subjective evidence. Like this:
And that's a "glamor shot," too.
Thanks to pupster.
— Ace Sorry, I put these all up before I left for my "studio."
I guess it's Atrios time.
— Ace From yesterday's Best of the Web. The unthinking, reflexive contempt for anything the majority of Americans seems to believe is the precise analogue of jingoism. If jingoism is reflexively patriotic, this anti-jingoism is reflexively anti-patriotic.
In today's Yale Daily News, senior James Kirchick weighs in on the controversy over Yale's admission of erstwhile Taliban spokesman Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, and he makes a very insightful point:
Outrage over religious fascism ought to be the province of American liberals. But in Hashemi's case it has been almost entirely trumpeted by Fox News, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and right-wing bloggers. A friend of mine recently remarked that part of his and his peers' nonchalance (and in some cases, support for) Hashemi has to do with the fact that the right has seized upon the issue. Our politics have become so polarized that many are willing to take positions based on the inverse of their opponents'. This abandonment of classical liberal values at the expense of political gamesmanship has consequences that reach far beyond Yale; it hurts our national discourse.
During the past several years liberalism has come to be defined less by what it stands for than by whom it stands against. "The enemy of George Bush is my friend" might as well be the credo of American liberals at this moment in history. And since George Bush is the leader of our country, it follows that "the enemy of my country is my friend."
Correcting this may require waiting another three years, until Bush is out of office. In 2009 either a Democrat or a different Republican will be president. In the former case, liberals will have to act responsibly; in the latter, they will be forced to face the reality that hatred of Bush is not sufficient to win elections. Until then, brace yourself for more of the same.
— Ace Cowbell? You bet your ass.
- U.S. consumers perked up in March as economic activity gained momentum, sending an index of sentiment about the economy to its highest in almost four years, according to a report released on Tuesday.
The Conference Board, a private research firm, said its measure of consumer sentiment spiked to 107.2, up from an upwardly revised 102.7 last month and well above Wall Street's median forecast for a slight gain.
Grabbing that Golden Cowbell, like Indiana Jones grabbed the golden idol at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Bonus cowbell material below (mild content warning).
— Ace There have been a lot of these lists, but this one goes all the way to 100. (Mild content warning for the occasional bad-taste cover.)
It's good to see "Joyce" back, and Millie Jackson on the crapper. And it's really hot to see the "Sensual Black Man and Sensual Black Woman."
My favorite is below (slight content warning, but it's nothing worse than you've seen in a Boris painting). more...
March 27, 2006
— Ace Look, Ma, no mass:
Scientists funded by the European Space Agency believe they may have measured the gravitational equivalent of a magnetic field for the first time in a laboratory. Under certain special conditions the effect is much larger than expected from general relativity and could help physicists to make a significant step towards the long-sought-after quantum theory of gravity.
Just as a moving electrical charge creates a magnetic field, so a moving mass generates a gravitomagnetic field. According to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the effect is virtually negligible. However, Martin Tajmar, ARC Seibersdorf Research GmbH, Austria; Clovis de Matos, ESA-HQ, Paris; and colleagues believe they have measured the effect in a laboratory.
Their experiment involves a ring of superconducting material rotating up to 6 500 times a minute. Superconductors are special materials that lose all electrical resistance at a certain temperature. Spinning superconductors produce a weak magnetic field, the so-called London moment. The new experiment tests a conjecture by Tajmar and de Matos that explains the difference between high-precision mass measurements of Cooper-pairs (the current carriers in superconductors) and their prediction via quantum theory. They have discovered that this anomaly could be explained by the appearance of a gravitomagnetic field in the spinning superconductor (This effect has been named the Gravitomagnetic London Moment by analogy with its magnetic counterpart).
I don't know what any of that means, either, except:
1) It's not so dopey that they have gravity on the Millenium Falcon, and
2) Flyin' cars are that much closer.
— Ace Only one side effect: women taking it will become sexually insatiable and grow enormous cans.
I was born at the wrong time. Fifty, sixty years from now. That's when I would have like to have been born.
A contraceptive pill that may reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart disease and eliminate periods could be available within the next five to 10 years.
Scientists believe the development could transform the lives of millions of women and would be safer than current forms of oral contraception, which carry a higher risk of breast cancer and heart problems.
The new Pill could also bring an end to the problem of premenstrual syndrome and other painful gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis.
But experts warned that progress on developing the new contraceptive is being hampered by political pressure from pro-life groups and the Bush administration in the US, who object to the fact it works in the same way as the so-called abortion pill.
The new Pill also stops periods altogether, in contrast to the current versions which mimic menstruation with bleeding each month.
A world without periods.
— Ace I've been complaining about this for some time. In non-serious, light-comedy roles, Harrison Ford is terrific. He was good as Han Solo and perfect as Indiana Jones.
But whenever he does "serious" acting (which usually isn't all that serious), he reverts to the same method. It's this screamy, spittle-flinging style of overemoting that Sean Penn laughs at as being "too unrestrained."
Screenhead has assembled a montage of Harrison Ford's one-note growly/yelling guy "acting."
Bleg... It looks funny, but I can't hear a thing. Some audio setting on my computer got switched. I can hear .wmv files I've downloaded, but when I try to open up a film in a site, I get no sound. Does anyone know what setting I might have changed, and how to fix it?
I don't know if this is a related problem, but the speaker icon has disappeared from my start up tray, and I can only access sound by going into settings. I've got everything cranked up to 10, but no sound.
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