May 30, 2006
— Ace Great.
The party said it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether.
"A ban just makes children curious," Ad van den Berg, one of the party's founders, told the Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper.
Ohhhhhh... I see. It's for the children. The perverts are the only ones in society brave enough to speak for the sexually-oppressed children.
They want to protect children from "curiosity" by, um, satisfying that curiosity. If you have sex with a child, his curiosity is satisfied. No more mystery, right?
Genius-- let's protect our children from impure thoughts by allowing creaky old perverts to perform impure acts on them.
Kids are curious about sex, of course. How this fact can be construed to mean that filthy old pedophiles should be able to perv up on them at will is behond me.
— Ace Jack Murtha has demanded a full investigation into the "cold-blooded murder."
Thomas Autry, who authorities said will not be charged, had been walking home from his job waiting tables Monday night when four people got out of a car and chased him, Atlanta police detective Danny Stephens said.
One of the attackers had a shotgun and another had a pistol, Stephens said.
The suspects caught up with Autry, who yelled for help and pulled a knife out of his backpack. He kicked the shotgun out of one of the attacker's hands and stabbed both a 17-year-old girl who jumped on him and a man who also attacked him.
The suspects fled in their car but police found them later at a hospital where the girl was pronounced dead. The man stabbed in the incident was in critical condition, Stephens said.
They made the mistake of bringing guns to a knife-fight, which is a mistake if you're dealing with someone who's pretty good with a knife.
— Ace 1. 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.
In a you've got your chocolate in my peanut butter sort of genius synthesis, a delicious confection of crazy is invented.
several months ago i was doing some reading on a possible alliance that has been in exsistance with the military government and an alien race. i call this race the Anunnaki. (i could talk hours about who the Anunnaki are, but i'll just say they're an alien race believed to have visited earth thousands of years ago, and still mildly remain here today.) the alliance is thought to be this. the aliens agree only to abduct a number of humans for their experiments. in exchange the aliens give those in the know technology. this has sed to have been going on since shortly after the roswell crash. to make a long story short ... i'm under the impression that its possible that all the passengers on the planes were offered up as payment to the Anunnaki in exchange for some greatly advanced technology. what technology ... i dont know, but something big, something that would be considered a valueable asset to those wanting to control the masses.
That's from the threads at a goofball site called "Loose Change," a nutroots sort of blog with a heavy emphasis on insanity.
If that sounds crazy, then you'll have to check out the "debunking" of that theory, by someone who proposes something... well, equally as crazy, if not more crazy.
How Karl Rove and Jesse MacBeth fit into all this is not quite clear. But I'm sure they fit in there somewhere.
— Ace Lesson One: His name is Jesus Christ, not "The Despised One."
— Ace That's the claim from some on the hard left.
Mudville Gazette notes Jesse was brought to us by a Vietnam-era "peace activist" and military resistor. Heck of a deep-cover psyop, Greyhawk notes.
— Ace So says one poll.
For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, national security is no longer President Bush's trump card.
With violence grinding on in Iraq, a majority of Americans have been telling pollsters in recent weeks that they trust Democrats as much or more than Bush or his Republican allies in Congress to protect the country, combat terrorism and run a sound foreign policy.
"The advantage the president has had on national security is either much smaller now or is perhaps gone," said pollster Scott Rasmussen. "What has been new in the last few months is a decline in support among the Republican base. Republicans are beginning to have doubts about the connection between Iraq and the larger war on terror. And they are less confident that we are doing well in the war on terror."
That makes the Democrats' and media's salivating over the possibility of a November blowout more likely.
For those who want the GOP punished and chastised for their errant ways-- well, that's going to happen. You don't need to avoid voting; the GOP will probably lose one or both houses of Congress this November.
But maybe disaffected GOP voters should consider making sure they vote in record-high numbers-- to avoid a wholesale bloodbath.
— Ace I'd like to see the documentation -- receipts and such -- for this:
He said he was "carbon neutral" himself and he tried to offset any plane flight or car journey by "purchasing verifiable reductions in CO2 elsewhere".
Note he says he "tried" to offset his journeys. He tried? How often was he successful? How hard did he try? How much money, precisely, has he expended to "offset" any carbon-production his jet-setting was responsible for?
I expect the media to ask him this posthaste.
— Ace Isn't the first rule of Fight Club, "Don't videotape fight club?"
— Ace This sounds like a hoax...
MENLO PARK, California (AP) -- They may sport love handles and Ivy League degrees, but every two weeks, some Silicon Valley techies turn into vicious street brawlers in a real-life, underground fight club.
Kicking, punching and swinging every household object imaginable -- from frying pans and tennis rackets to pillowcases stuffed with soda cans -- they beat each other mercilessly in a garage in this bedroom community south of San Francisco.
Then, bloodied and bruised, they limp back to their desks in the morning.
Inspired by the 1999 film "Fight Club," starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, underground bare-knuckle brawling clubs have sprung up across the country as a way for desk jockeys and disgruntled youths to vent their frustrations and prove themselves.
"This is as close as you can get to a real fight, even though I've never been in one," the soft-spoken Siou said.
Menlo Park police hadn't heard about the local club and said they wouldn't be likely to take action because the fights are on private property between consenting adults. That could change if someone complains or is sent to a hospital, police said.
Gints Klimanis, a 37-year-old software engineer and martial arts instructor, started the invitation-only "Gentlemen's Fight Club" in Menlo Park in 2000 after his no-holds-barred sessions with a training partner grew to more than a dozen people. Most participants are men working in the high-tech industry.
Fencing and hockey masks are the only protective equipment used. Several fighters have suffered broken noses, ribs and fingers.
"Boys have these warrior fantasies picked up from popular culture, and schools sort of force that out of them," he said. In these fantasies, "The good guys always resort to violence, and they always get the glory and the women."
There is also a sadomasochistic thread running through underground fight clubs, said Michael Kimmel, a sociology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
"Real-life fight clubs are the male version of the girls who cut themselves," he said. "All day long these guys think they're the captains of the universe, technical wizards. They're brilliant but empty.
"They want to feel differently. They want to get hit, they want to feel something real."
May 29, 2006
— Ace The times gets all gushy about efforts to introduce new Hispanic, Chinese, black, and gay characters into the comics.
Because we're so nostalgic for Super Samurai, Apache Chief, and Black Vulcan.
Kind of annoying is the introduction of a lesbian "Batwoman." First of all-- aren't lesbians already super-heroes of a sort? Second of all -- DC, in particular, periodically promises us they will stop with the 40's and 50's era nonsense of just making new Bat-characters and Super-characters. In the eighties, they got rid of Supergirl, for example, and promised us that was the end of the Superman knock-offs; from now on, there would be no Super-dogs, Super-monkeys, Superboys, Superwomans, etc.; Kal El would be the Last and Only Son of Krypton.
That held for about three months, then Superboy and Supergirl came back.
It's kind of lame to just have a new Batman, only this time, she's a chick. And a "buxom, lipstick lesbian socialite." Okay, admittedly, that last part has potential, but come on, you know they're not going to have any fun with this. As most gay characters are portrayed, she'll be about as sexually adventurous as a 88-year-old Oklahoma deacon.
Another effort to link old and new characters centers on Kathy Kane, the gay Batwoman who will appear in costume for the first time in a July issue of "52." Batwoman was introduced in 1956, but she was one of several, often silly additions to the Bat family, including Ace the Bat-Hound (1955), Bat-Mite (1959) and Bat-Girl (1961). In her latest incarnation, Batwoman is a wealthy, buxom lipstick lesbian who has a history with Renee Montoya, an ex-police detective who has a starring role in "52."
What really bothers me, though, is that DC is introducing a team of ten Chinese superheroes. And when I say "Chinese," I don't mean "Chinese-American." Nor do I mean Taiwanese. I mean Red Chinese, and furthermore, directly controlled by the Chinese communist government.
And they don't seem to be bad guys, from the NYT's description. No, they're heroes-- who just happen to fight for Truth, Justice, and the Great Leap Forward.
Check out the "Socialist Red Guardsman," for example.
I am less bothered by the multi-culti crap than I am by the multinationalist stuff. The Chinese government can be described in different ways -- strategic competitor, rival, enemy biding its time -- but it cannot be described as an ally. And yet DC Comics has decided, it seems, to propagandize on their behalf.
Liberals often criticize corporations for not having the interests of the American people in mind... and they are, often, right. They have their own interests in mind, which is the way of the world.
But I'm becoming a bit more liberal in my view of corporations, as I see DC Comics attempting to help the Chinese government by giving them their own super-team, and Google censoring on behalf of the Chinese government, etc.
Of course, I realize that liberals probably defend these actions. They don't mind when corporations act against America's best interests, so long as they're acting in one of America's enemies' best interests.
I can't wait until DC unveils the "New Jihadis," a super-team of radicalized Muslims who gain their powers from an unshakable belief in Allah and who have all sorts of neat powers, like being able to blow up civilians without remorse. Hey, it's an underserved segment of the market; might as well try to make a buck there too, huh?
PS, DC is kind of tone-deaf as regards its Chinese super-team. One character, "Mother of Champions," gives birth to a "litter" of 25 super-warriors every three days. Another character, "Seven Deadly Brothers," can split into seven different fighters.
Odd, isn't it, that two of the Chinese teams' members have the power of superpopulating, eh? Why no character named "One in a Billion"?
Might as well call the team "The Yellow Hordes" and be done with it.
Thanks to Kent.
— Ace If you can bring yourself to delve once again into John Kerry's fanciful war record, Just One Minute has a good rejoinder for the media's nth attempt at debunking the truth.
A little taste. A major dispute concerns whether Bob Schachte was on the skimmer with Kerry; he disputes Kerry's (varying) accounts of how he got wounded in one engagement. Two men, Runyon and Zaladonis, back Kerry and claim that Schacte wasn't there, so couldn't know.
The media, of course, takes this as dispositive. Schachte wasn't there; he's a liar; two guys say so.
They don't consider the possibility that perhaps Runyon and Zaladonis weren't there.
Now, I don't imagine the Times will follow up on a point they raised in the story when they wrote this:
"The three guys who in fact were in the boat all say he wasn't there and will tell you he wasn't there," he said. "We know he wasn't there, and we have all kinds of ways of proving it."
However, if they do have an investigative reporter to spare, they might ponder this - there is precious little evidence, beyond their say-so, that Zaldonis and Runyon were on that skimmer with Kerry.
These skimmer crews were put together on an ad-hoc basis, and Runyon never served with Kerry before or after that night. Zaladonis, however, ended up on Kerry's boat (PCF-44) a week later.
But puzzle over this - Kerry did not remember the names of the two men in the skimmer with him when he discussed it with the Boston Globe in 2003. And Douglas Brinkley, who wrote Keery's "Tour of Duty" did not identify the two men either, even though he interviewed Zaladonis for the book.
I find that odd - here is Zaladonis being interviewed about his personal history with Kerry and he never mentions that he was with Kerry when Kerry had his first combat and got his first Purple Heart? How did that not come up?
That is quite odd indeed. Zaladonis now has such a vivid memory of the engagement, but didn't mention it all when interviewed about Kerry's war record previously. Kerry is quite certain that Schachte wasn't on his skimmer, and yet couldn't remember who was on the boat when interviewed before.
Now, of course, he's quite certain that the men who back his war (fish) stories were the guys on that boat.
This is what the media means when it says stuff like "the Swift Boats' claims have been throroughly discredited."
It's also amusing that the media sets up a Swift Boaters vs. Kerry controversy regarding his Silver Star, when in fact no Swift Boaters were present for that engagement, and say so-- the controversy actually concerns Kerry's inconsistent reports about the engagement. So it's a Kerry vs. Kerry dispute, not a Kerry vs. Swift Boaters dispute.
Obviously, either John Kerry or John Kerry is lying about about it. But the media don't really like that dilemma, so they simply make the dispute between the Good Guys (Kerry and his supporters) and the Bad Guys (everyone else).
Just One Minute snarks:
John Kerry wants to re-fight the Swift Boats wars. My goodness, that is the only thing that could get the Times to cover this - during his campaign they stayed about as far from this story as Kerry was from Cambodia at Christmas time.
The charges -- detailed, substantiated, and sworn to -- are entirely ignored. The rebuttals, however, are painstakingly reported.
— Ace Sounds like a damn good idea.
The Pentagon is seeking congressional approval for development of a new weapon able to strike distant targets an hour after they are detected, a newspaper reported on Monday.
The International Herald Tribune said the weapon would be a non-nuclear version of the submarine-launched Trident-2 missile and be part of a president's arsenal when considering a pre-emptive attack.
The report quoted military officials as saying it could be used to hit terrorist camps, enemy missile sites, suspected caches of weapons of mass destruction and other urgent threats.
General James Cartwright, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, said the system would allow U.S. forces to attack targets conventionally and precisely and "limit the collateral damage".
The Pentagon would like the system available in two years, the report said.
Why haven't they done this already? Cruise missiles are nice and all, but they have teeny-tiny little warheads. You can put a much bigger explosive load on top of a Trident.
But the program has run into resistance from lawmakers concerned it could increase the risk of an accidental nuclear war. Under the Pentagon plan, both non-nuclear and nuclear-tipped variants of the Trident-2 missile would be loaded on the same submarines.
"It would be hard to determine if a missile coming out a Trident submarine is conventional or nuclear," the Rhode Island Democrat said.
What a shock that resistance comes from Democrats.
Well, Mr. Reed, here's the thing: stealth fighters and stealth bombers can also carry nuclear weapons. Indeed, they were designed with that mission in mind. And yet we do not shy away from using some of our best first-strike planes in combat simply because they could carry nukes, and someone could get the wrong idea.
Why would Russia assume that a ballistic missile sub is launching a nuclear weapon, when they know the sub also carries conventional-warhead tridents? Wouldn't they sort of realize that's it's far more likely a conventional weapon is being launched?
And why would they then attack us with nuclear weapons, just because we may or may not be launching nuclear weapons against a third country?
The Left's attempt to cast themselves as The Company of the Fearless sure doesn't squre very much with their constant fretting.
May 27, 2006
— Ace It's about as decent a movie as could be made from the book, which is to say, not terribly good at all.
The movie is not terribly offensive -- its anti-Christian zealotry has been greatly toned down by the art-by-committee system that is Hollywood. That doesn't mean it's a good movie, or interesting, or fun, or exciting, or stimulating, or even something you should pay $4 to see on DVD. You probably shouldn't. But it is far less offensive to Christians than the book it's based on.
This review is, as usual, way too long and disorganized. I've put the theology stuff first because that's what I figure most people care about. I've probably spent too many words comparing the book and the movie, but I just experienced both, so, well, that's what I was mostly taking note of.
— Ace Here, at Digital Brownshirt, who first noted it.
They've now corrected the story. Without, of course, acknowledging the error that stood on their site for hours and hours.
— Ace Obviously, a man caught red-handed with a $100,000 bribe, with aides under investigation or indictment, presents a problem for Democrats attempting to accuse the GOP of having a "culture of corruption."
But that' a problem that the Democrats' liberal media spirit squad can fix rather easily, so that the public doesn't become "confused" about the "deeper truths" of corruption:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI director Robert Mueller signaled they would resign this week rather than give in to Congress in a dispute over an FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson's Capitol Hill office, an administration official tells CBS News.
Top law enforcement officials at the Justice Department and the FBI indicated to their counterparts at the White House that they could not, and were unwilling to, return documents to the Louisiana Republican which were seized as part of a bribery investigation.
A Rather large typo from CBS, eh?
Multiple layers of caretaking editorial fact-checking... with some consultations with the DNC.
Thanks to Digital Brownshirt.
— Ace MacBeth released his "discharge paper" on his MySpace page. You will not be shocked to hear it is forged. It seems to be a real dischage paper, but he's (crudely) used a paint-program to block out the real information and replace it with false information, using a different font.
Rather transparent, eh?
Once again, he displays his complete cluelessness by failing to even concoct a passable forgery. He fails to include key entries which should be present were he actually a Ranger.
His forgery says he's "Ranger qualifiyd" (sic). This kid is so stupid he gives you morons a bad name. He's doing a forgery, and he can't even be bothered to look up the correct spelling of "qualified."
Q & O got a hold of his real dischage sheet. He was a boot-camp washout, and spent exactly one month and thirteen days in basic training before being kicked out for failure to adapt.
Allah has a big round-up. This idiot was so clueless that he didn't even adequately paint over the blocks of information that gave the game away-- you can read through his attempt to white-out his true dischare information.
From end of second line onwards: PERIOD OF DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM [SEVERAL WORDS OBSCURED] LESS LEAVE (CREDITABLE FOR ALL PURPOSES EXCEPT PAY AND ALLOWANCE 49.00 DAYS [SEVERAL WORDS OBSCURED] MEMBER HAS NOT COMPLETED FIRST FULL TERM OF SERVICE // NOTHING FOLLOWS
As if this couldn't get more absurd, in some poetry forum, he claimed to have been a Navy SEAL, too.
Wow. He was really racking up the elite-forces training, wasn't he?
Allah's post links an awful lot of stuff, including the law on forgery. I'm not sure if MacBeth is guilty of a crime; the law specifies the alteration must be done with an intent to "defraud," which I would imagine has a definition like "likely to cause someone to change his position adversely due to the false information." As in getting someone to pay you money based on the forgery. I'm not sure that MacBeth's attempt to change political opinions would count.
He also links what may or may not be a bogus comment from MacBeth's sister (or half-sister, depending on which post of hers you read), stating that he's a lunatic (as in, officially committed) and a nasty little thief who steals from family members.
Finally, if it's not all sad enough, there is his incoherent defense of himself at MySpace and Indymedia. The kid is, it seems, borderline mentally challenged. I don't think his IQ could be far north of 80, tops. It's a a little disturbing that this drooling imbecile was even able to get into boot camp at all.
It hardly needs to be said that the lefty blogs and websites that pimped this little lunatic thief's "war stories" are now in distancing mode. I give them all the Fox Mulder The Truth Is Out There Award For Credulity Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty.
"I Want To Believe!"
— Tanker The best blog on what is happening in Iraq continues to outpace the MSM by a mile. If three Sunni brothers in the heart of Baghdad can tell the truth, why can't the degenerates at CNN do the same?
Yesterday Iraq's and Iran's foreign ministers had a joint press conference in Baghdad after which the CNN ran a headline that reads "Iraqi minister defends Iranian nuclear program" and wrote:
Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday.
"Iran doesn't claim that they want to obtain a nuclear weapon or a nuclear bomb, so there is no need that we ask them for any guarantee now," Hoshyar Zebari said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.
And now for something completely different...
I wasn't there at the press conference but I was able to find an audio clip of the same part of minister Zibari's statement through Radio Sawa, and what he said here is so much different from what the CNN claimed he did (my translation):
We respect Iran's and every other nation's right to pursue nuclear technology for research purposes and peaceful use given they accept [giving] the internationally required guarantees that this will not lead to an armament race in the region
Listening to the 2nd version of the story (in Zibari's own voice) it is clear that Iraq recognizes Iran's right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes exclusively and is moreover asking Iran for guarantees, not the other way around CNN!
May 26, 2006
— Ace Connecting the dots used to be a good thing, but here I'm sure it's racist. Or something.
Padilla has told authorities that his direct Al Qaeda supervisor was Ammar al-Baluchi who obtained flight simulators that the 9/11 hijackers used in training. According to Padilla, Baluchi was the right-hand man of Khalid Sheihk Mohammedconsidered the architect of the 9/11 attacks.
In documents filed during the recent death penalty hearing for Al Qaeda terrorist Zacharias Moussaoui, Moussaoui described Baluci as a key travel and financial facilitator for the Sept. 11 hijackers.
— Ace The list isn't all that bad, though it does skew heavily towards a conception of conservatives as prudes.
Wake Up Little Susie is conservative? Gimme a break. It's not even really pro-sexual-restraint. It's a thinly disguised bit of sexual titillation for an era when such was considered scandalous.
I wondered about this some time ago, and decided that Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It was the most conservative rock anthem.
No, seriously. Check the lyrics. Sure, it's superficially an adolescent rage against teachers and such. But what is the liberal establishment, even in its own self-conception, than an organization of unaccredited professors seeking to lecture the intellectually unformed through a never-ending series of "teachable moments"?
It doesn't make the list, of course.
Thanks to Oregon Muse.
Whoops! It was National Review's list, reprinted by the New York Times. I've edited out my previous statements about the NYT's occasional cluelessness in compling the list, because they make little sense now, don't they?
The errors were, yes, evidence of my jumping to conclusions and twacking liberal straw-men and all that good stuff. Guilty as charged.
I have to change my take on the list a bit. Before I thought it was okay, but a little infused by stereotypical liberal conceptions of conservatives. Now that I know it comes from NR, I have to say its okay, but a little infused by a somewhat stodgy conception of what the mostly-blue-state conservative staff of NR thinks religious conservatives would appreciate on the list.
Either way-- Wake Up, Little Susie is about a couple who had sex, but they've got their story about "just falling asleep all night" and they're sticking to it. Even if the Everly Brothers didn't mean it that way, I'd guess that most teenagers who heard the song at the time so interpreted it.
— Ace On Madonna's "courage" and "shocking" behavior:
Pity the pop star that ages unwell. What must she do to get noticed? For the 47-year-old Madonna Ciccone, known to her fans simply as Madonna, the bag of circus sideshow geek tricks looks emptier all the time.
On Monday night, fans in Los Angeles got to watch her latest attempt at outrageousness. She decided to hang from a mirrored crucifix while singing one of her oldies, "Live to Tell."
Upon hearing of Madonnas latest plea for attention, Catholic League President Bill Donohue told The Associated Press, "Poor Madonna keeps trying to shock. But all she succeeds in doing is coming across as a boring bigot."
Blaspheming the crucifixion even earned a federal subsidy once. Andres Serrano put a small plastic crucifix in a jar of his own urine, photographed it, and won an award that was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hey Madonna, that was the 1980s.
Now mocking Christian beliefs rates what? A couple of AP reporters desperately calling every Catholic organization they know looking for someone to be offended. I bet Madonna doesnt even get a mention at the MTV music awards for this stunt.
It's been my prediction -- and hope -- that Madonna would do this, more or less. Age very badly and very loudly to boot. I remember seeing Shelley Winters on Carson as a kid. Her beauty had long departed her, and she was reduced to telling about all the men she'd had sex with on books and national TV. It was sad and pitiable, trying to cling to an image of potent sexuality that almost everyone else refused to indulge.
Madonna will make Shelley Winters look like the most graceful woman who ever lived.
Cindy Sheehan's maudlin narcissism has already been extensively examined, but for those unfamiliar with her philosophy, Dear President Bush is a good primer. Was it freedom and democracy? she asks rhetorically about the purpose of her soldier son Caseys death. Bulls**t. He died for oil. This comes a few pages after her solution for problems in the Mideast: We need to be more fair with policies that way too heavily favor Israel.
But did Casey die for oil or Israel? Because if its Israel, then the obvious Peace Mom solution would be to do whatever those oil-producing, Israel-hating countries want. But if Bush only cares about oil, like she says, then why does he way too heavily favor Israel?
Saint Cindy questions that whole unilateral war-of-choice against Hitler, by the way.
Changed: I put these into their own post because posters were only discussing the Duke rape case when they were included with that story.
Not saying you have to discuss these or anything. Just providing an opportunity to do so without comments being lost in a sea of discussion of the Duke rape case.
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