September 30, 2007
— Purple Avenger Resolved: Should Milwaukee have a (privately funded) bronze statue of Fonzie downtown?
The discussion is getting heated and people are weighing in on this serious question in earnest. The detractors seem to slightly outnumber the proponents right now.
The bulk of the detractors seem to think a Fonzie statue is somehow beneath the image of Milwaukee they have in their minds, or just consider it a waste of money.
Cities have wasted money on far sillier things than statues of Fonzie though, at least the statue would retain some intrinsic scrap value should future generations decide its presence is simply too painful to endure. Palm Beach has a large ceramic fish statue along one of the streets. Last time I checked, the scrap value of a large ceramic fish was $0.00/lb. You have to pay to have'em carted away.
As for those who think it besmirches the (false) image they have in their minds of Milwaukee - get over it fools. Milwaukee is not Chicago or NYC and will never be Chicago or NYC in my lifetime. The Cheesehead snobbery thing doesn't work. Trust me on that.
Immortalize the Fonze in bronze? - I'm down with it.
— Ace Jiggity said it was this bit, and not the song, that had him laughing.
Over at Hot Air, Allah's calling this and Samberg's similar gay-bating song "clapper" humor. Maybe, I dunno. I didn't really watch. I assume that SNL isn't very funny.
Still, I like any opportunity taken to call these guys homos. 1) Because it bothers them so much 2) because it's true.
— Dave In Texas I know, it's more NFL junk. But a bit of a noteworthy accomplishment for the Detriot Lions, who scored 34 points in the 4th quarter to beat the Bears.
Quite a comeback. Even the Bills coming back against the Oilers in '93 did more of their scoring in the 3rd quarter, not the 4th.
I don't know what's worse. Losing to the Lions. Or losing like this to the Lions.
It's special, I'll give you that.
— Ace More squirmy than funny, but worth a look.
I have to say I sort of think he's a dick. In his old days he took some shots at celebrities, but for more than 10 years he's been nothing but another ass-kissing starfucker. He goes after Hilton here not because he's a bad boy but because he's a pussy and he knows she's a safe target.
Not that I don't think she deserves some razzing. I'm just saying Letterman is trying to pretend he has balls by picking on a borderline retard.
Thanks to Dave in Garfield-Ridge.
— Dave In Texas It was those crazy newspeoples, ginning up some crazy idea that I'd run, that's what it was.
Funny. You don't sound like Ross Perot.
I don't think you're really trying very hard.
— Ace Why not? It's not my thing but obviously I'm in the minority. Well, actually the majority, but there's a large minority out there that's into this.
Phils ahead, Mets badly behind.
— Ace I have a theory which might cause some controversy. The theory, still being tweaked and subject to revision, goes like this: A franchise largely lives and dies on the strength of its quarterback.
I really hate Dallas. It sucks that they won the latest QB lottery. There's a drawing every three or four seasons and only one team takes home the prize.
— Dave In Texas Puns are supposed to be bad.
Former world chess champion Kasparov wins backing of opposition party The Other Russia, for president.
"The Other Russia" sounds like the name of a bar in Kiev, one I'd rather not visit.
Oh, and it's the 50th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik I.
I Was Just About To Post This [Ace]: Question Is Putin so confident of his tyrannical skills that he can kill, arrest, or cheat a national hero?
This is wonderful. Go, Gary, Go!
Hot Air's Bryan notes Putin has, of course, already subjected Kasparov to an investigation into his supposed "extremism" (a.k.a. dislike of Soviet KGB tyranny).
But as of yet he's been too afraid to put a bullet in his head as is his wont with journalists.
Perhaps a Litvinenko martini? [Dave in Texas]
— Ace CJ tipped me to this last night. I didn't want to link it as it's mind-scorchingly stupid and a deliberate attempt to outrage to get attention for the now-available-NYT columnists (yawn).
But my embargo isn't going to do much to dent the NYT, so it's here. Here's a sample.
Like all good satire, the [Onion parody about how dumb we were after 9/11] made me both laugh and cry, because it reflected something so true how much, since 9/11, weve become The United States of Fighting Terrorism. Times columnists are not allowed to endorse candidates, but theres no rule against saying who will not get my vote: I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We dont need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.
What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 mine included has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.
It is not that I thought we had new enemies that day and now I dont. Yes, in the wake of 9/11, we need new precautions, new barriers. But we also need our old habits and sense of openness. For me, the candidate of 9/12 is the one who will not only understand who our enemies are, but who we are.
Before 9/11, the world thought Americas slogan was: Where anything is possible for anybody. But that is not our global brand anymore. Our government has been exporting fear, not hope: Give me your tired, your poor and your fingerprints.
You may think Guantánamo Bay is a prison camp in Cuba for Al Qaeda terrorists. A lot of the world thinks its a place we send visitors who dont give the right answers at immigration. I will not vote for any candidate who is not committed to dismantling Guantánamo Bay and replacing it with a free field hospital for poor Cubans. Guantánamo Bay is the anti-Statue of Liberty. [Emphasis added there by ace. ]
Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association, told me that the United States has lost millions of overseas visitors since 9/11 even though the dollar is weak and America is on sale. Only the U.S. is losing traveler volume among major countries, which is unheard of in todays world, Mr. Dow said.
Id love to see us salvage something decent in Iraq that might help tilt the Middle East onto a more progressive pathway. That was and is necessary to improve our security. But sometimes the necessary is impossible and we just cant keep chasing that rainbow this way.
Look at our infrastructure. [Yawwwwn... ace.] Its not just the bridge that fell in my hometown, Minneapolis. Fly from Zurichs ultramodern airport to La Guardias dump. It is like flying from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. I still cant get uninterrupted cellphone service between my home in Bethesda and my office in D.C. But I recently bought a pocket cellphone at the Beijing airport and immediately called my wife in Bethesda crystal clear.
We cant afford to keep being this stupid! We have got to get our groove back. We need a president who will unite us around a common purpose, not a common enemy. Al Qaeda is about 9/11. We are about 9/12, we are about the Fourth of July which is why I hope that anyone who runs on the 9/11 platform gets trounced.
Thomas Friedman. Brought to you by The Deciders who deem his every fart worthy of your sniffing.
— Ace You've got fifteen or twenty minutes.
— Ace Jiggity tipped me to this SNL short from last night.
Samberg means it as a goof, but honestly, there really are a lot of Americans who naked-like Mahmoud.
— LauraW. Newscaster makes the most delightful flub.
You can't mince your way up a mountain, is what I think she's trying to say.
Thanks to Bart.
— LauraW. Really nifty series of pictures over at Man Of Substance's blog.
Good, good stuff.
They're so good I want to dip....eh, nevermind.
— LauraW. Pretty decent video mashup of moments from his speech. I almost want to dip my balls in it. Your mileage may vary.
Thanks to Jay at Stop The ACLU.
September 29, 2007
— Dave In Texas I'll make a prediction.
Apologies go better with checks.
— Ace Mind your M's and W's.
Via Dr. Helen.
— Ace Oooohhhchhhnnnyyaaa...
Uhh. Uhh. Nnnnyaaaachhhh.
I need a smoke.
Did you see that climb? That's when the magic happened for me, if you know what I mean.
Thanks to Drew.
— Ace ...which is what most of us expected his decision to be, but the threat of his running had a small amount of freezing effect on the race with some holding out hope for a Newt run and thus not examining the announced candidates seriously. I'm glad he finally decided.
He's a good spokesman for the conservative cause, but not, I think, a very strong candidate for president.
Gingrich would not endorse a specific candidate and said he "couldn't imagine" being a vice presidential candidate if offered the opportunity.
Gingrich joked with FOX News more than a year ago that his flirtation with a White House run was in part to sell books and give lectures, and to focus the debate on his issues.
For several months Gingrich said he would run for president if he could raise $30 million dollars. No candidate in this race has ever raised that much in one quarter.
Here's a very dumb MSM "scoop" on his supposed reasons for not running. Basically that he wanted to pursue his nonpartisan advocacy project at the same time as running for president but McCain-Feingold prevented that, so he chose to stick with his website.
Uh, yeah. That's what's keeping me from running for president too, NBC. You can quote me on that.
— Ace Because Guess That Party! was so much fun, it's spawned a sequel.
Rapist Receives 40 Years In Plea Deal reads the headline. Fair enough. An illegal status isn't quite on the level of rape. But how many paragraphs do you think you'll have to read to find this information out?
More paragraphs than you're willing to read? Ah, that's the intention, isn't it?
One had been asleep in her Haltom City home when she was attacked. Her children were in a nearby room.
Another woman had been waiting in her car for a friend outside an Arlington apartment complex when she was dragged from her car, forced to a nearby field and raped.
The third had just arrived home from work and was unlocking the front door of her Fort Worth apartment when she was hit from behind, shoved inside and raped.
Friday morning, the three women came together in a Tarrant County courtroom to address Jose G. Carrillo, the 32-year-old man who pleaded guilty this week to attacking them and one other woman in exchange for a 40-year prison sentence.
One after the other, the three women took a seat in front of the courtroom, looked Carrillo in the eye and explained why he was getting what he deserved.
'I will go on living, enjoying life. I'm going to enjoy my freedom. I'm going to enjoy watching my kids grow old,' the Haltom City victim told Carrillo. 'These are the simple things that will be taken away from you.
'It gives me great pleasure. I hope you realize in time that because of your sick, selfish, twisted, cowardly acts that you did to women, that you deserve the future that is set before you,' she added.
It was for a fourth case, the January 2006 rape of an 18-year-old woman attacked as she walked to work in north Fort Worth, that Carrillo was to stand trial Oct. 8. But on Wednesday, Carrillo, who authorities say is in this country illegally, opted to seek a plea agreement with prosecutors instead.
After a day of negotiations, he pleaded guilty to three of the charges for which he'd been indicted -- two aggravated sexual assaults and a burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated sexual assault for the Arlington rape. He had not been previously charged in that case because investigators had only a partial DNA profile linking him to the crime, prosecutors said.
Note that he couldn't be prosecuted in those previous rapes and assaults do to lack of beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence, and that's our system: Fine. But he could certainly have been deported previously based upon what seems relatively easy to establish beyond any doubt: That he was in the country illegally.
And yet he was allowed to continue raping and raiding at his pleasure because of our goddamned murderous political correctness.
I wonder if the latest victim of his vicious rape-obsession applauds the sanctuary city regime. I wonder if she, too, agrees that the it's somehow wrong to ask if a career felon is even in the country legally.
Thanks to AllenR.
— Ace Gee, I wonder what sort of "respect" he would have paid to the dead of 9/11. (No link yet; reported over the air on FoxNews.)
The Iranian parliament meanwhile has declared the US armed forces and CIA as "terrorist organizations" in a childish tit-for-tat over our branding of the terrorist Quds forces as terrorists.
We brought 9/11 on ourselves?
I like that logic, Mahmoud. Just remember that bit about "the chickens coming home to roost" when Nighthawks light up the skies over Teheran.
Just think of them as the blackest, stealthiest, coolest-looking chickens in the whole wide world.
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