July 31, 2006

Blog Interview With Head Of Kurdish Development Corp.
— Ace

Rob from SayAnything interviews Bayan Rahman:

Rob: What is your opinion of the invasion of Iraq? Do you think it was justified?

Bayan: Yes, absolutely it was justified. I think you have to remember what life was like under Saddam Hussein. He was a brutal dictator. He controlled Iraq through cruelty and violence. He had children spying on their parents, reporting if their parents ever said anything negative about the government, reporting on their neighbors. He had a campaign of death against the Kurdish people. About 200,000 people disappeared in that campaign and now we’re finding the mass graves so we know where those people ended up. He used chemical weapons against people of Kurdistan. In one attack 5,000 Kurds were killed in the town of ---- so this was Iraq under Saddam Hussein so of course it was a liberation. It is a liberation and that’s actually why I’m here in the United States. I’m here to thank the people of America for liberating Iraq and for giving us our first real opportunity to have democracy in our country.

I'm not sure if "merely" removing a vicious thug from power, and incidentally giving the Kurds their own semi-autonomous homeland, is enough to justify the cost in lives of the Iraqi invasion.

It certainly weighs in the balance, though.

PS: I still quit. What's with Michael thanking me?

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July 30, 2006

Thank You, Ace . . . -- Michael
— Ace

. . . for the opportunity to play with your blog. I still haven't found your stash of lesbian porn that must be here somewhere, but still, it was fun. Don't forget to change your password tomorrow.

Thanks also to my fellow guest posters, who made this a memorable weekend.

Now, by "guest posters" I am of course referring to those who were invited to post. Because, you are not really a "guest" if you crash the party.

*Michael gives the stink-eye to Dave @ GR, Wuzzadem and Slublog*

Well, OK, thanks to them also. I guess we're trying to be all "civil" and shit now thanks to Noted Blog Personality Jack Michaels.

Innocent Bystanders is accepting nominations for the Lamest Guest Post that exemplifies the highest standards of blogospheric suckitude here.

I'll see you down in the threads.

P.S. Ace, we beat your average Sunday traffic numbers too. Hah!

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Ready To Get Pissed-Off? -- Harrison
— Ace

Take a look at the wire photos coming out of Qana, Lebanon. EU Referendum has a few and you ain't gonna like what they've found.

via Little Green Footballs.

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Stop posting this silly shit [Thomas Jefferson]
— Ace

You morons. For the love of the Deity whomever it/he/she might be.


Many of you love reading my quotations, and it is to your education and betterment as human beings and Americans that you do. I thought I'd take advantage of the moment and share some of my personal best.

On government.

The best form of government that has ever been devised for protecting the rights of the people has been found to be the republican form. While not perfect, it nevertheless gives a voice to the people and allows them to correct the course of government when they find it completely sucking ass.

The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it. The grumpy asses will just have to deal.

The freedom and happiness of man... [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government. Ride, Sally ride.

On justice.

Law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. Never draw to an inside straight... that's just crazy.

An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental. An equal application of Gold Bond powder to a rashy rash will cure a man's rash behavior and that right quick.

On war.

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. But the temper and folly of our enemies may not leave this in our choice. If that comes to be, f*&@ them over and be quick about it.

'Retribution for the past, and piling on for the future,' is our motto.

War. Huh!, good God y'all, what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin, say it again!

I've enjoyed sharing these thoughts with you, and wish you all peace and prosperity, my fellow Americans.

UPDATE: Yes, this is a good one. Commenter "The Drizzle" apparently has the latest revision of Stuff I Said.

I really did say this too.

"You know, my worst fear is not that the Republic we have birthed will fail: My worst fear is that douchebags will constantly say that I said stupid shit I never fucking said".

From: "A letter to Ben Franklin by Thomas Jefferson"

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Is Africa Hopeless? -- Michael
— Ace

Maybe not.

Updated: 6:07 p.m. ET July 30, 2006
KINSHASA, Congo - Millions of Congolese voted enthusiastically in their first free elections in over 40 years on Sunday, hoping to end years of war, corruption and chaos that have brought the mineral-rich African giant to its knees.

U.N. officials and foreign observers said turnout was high and voting was mostly orderly and peaceful at the landmark polls, aimed at turning the page on a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states and killed 4 million people.

Seems like a miracle that people are peacefully voting in such a wretched part of the world. But here they are, headed for the ballot box:

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Reuters - Congo votes in first free election in forty years

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Performance Art Achieves a New Pinnacle -- Michael
— Ace

Diet Coke and Mentos

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That's Right, It's Rocket Science -- Michael
— Ace

Mentos and Diet Coke:

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Old School AoSHQ - Part II [BrewFan]
— Ace

Haiku Flame War!

ace's sock puppet
has to do double duty
pass the lotion, please

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A Few Words From Mr. Gibson
— LauraW.

PREEMPTIVE UPDATE: For background on this post, click here.

First of all, though I didn't appreciate Ace's post about my recent indiscretions, I forgive him because he and I have been friends for many years. Sometimes close pals say things you aren't really interested in hearing. Even families fight, but at the end of the day they're still family.

Second of all, I'm here today to tell you all to get off his tits. more...

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I'm in the high fidelity first class traveling set [Dave in Texas]
— Ace

and I think I need a Lear jet.


The Eclipse 500. This little jet received its FAA certification recently. You can have one for a mere 1.5 million bucks. There is a waiting list.

I know. Most of you don't think about the cost of a private jet. They cost more. A lot more.

This little jet is going to turn the private air transportation industry on its head for two reasons... one, it's cheap. two, it can handle shorter runways. i.e. it's easier to go places that aren't congested.

I'm ready. Hey, it ain't a flyin car, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Online Gambling Law
— LauraW.

In the State of Washington. This is worrisome.

The new law echoes a federal law that already makes Internet gambling illegal and upped the crime to a felony.

I was told about this law yesterday by this fellow, who knows a thing or two about gambling. Some internet poker sites have already revamped to exclude U.S. players.
The Poker Players Alliance is a non-profit Las Vegas-based lobbying group that formed a few months ago with the primary purpose of combating an online betting ban under way in Congress. It is gaining membership and some measure of respect. They keep their members informed on the latest news concerning legislation that affects online poker. If you play poker online they need your support to help with the lobbying efforts to fight the ban on Internet Poker.

Personally, I don't care a whit one way or the other about online gambling. But there's a free speech issue crystallizing at the heart of this thing. The verbiage used by politicians is infuriating and discouraging.
Rick Day, director of the Washington State Gambling Commission, said most people don't need to worry. The state isn't out to get gambling aficionados who blog about casinos or post tips on how to beat the dealer at blackjack, he said.

But he said links or references to online gambling conceivably could spell trouble for Web site owners[emphasis me].

One fellow whose website only reviewed online gambling sites has already shut down. There was never any betting at his site.

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A Sunday Plea for Civility [Jack M.]
— Ace

Dear Internet Friends, Readers, Commenters, and Blogospheric Warriors:

Today is Sunday, a day that is traditionally reserved for rest, religious observances, or simple quiet contemplation. It is in that spirit that I come to you today to ask for your indulgence.

For you see, I am concerned about the amount of bitterness and bile that seemingly has become much more prevalent in recent days. We have already seen it begin to take its toll. For example, our host at this site has announced that, in the lag time between all of his future posts, he has quit blogging altogether. Can we afford to let good people be driven out of the game by such an acrimonious atmosphere? If you are like me, you can answer this question in only one way; with a resounding "No!".

Now, I know what you are thinking. "Jack M.", you are saying to yourselves, "what can we possibly do to clean up the atmosphere on the Intertubes?"

The answer my friends is simple: rather than focus on the negative, spend your time dwelling on the positive! After all you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. At least I think that's how that gay thing my Grandmother used to say goes.

OK. See, how pervasive this whole "attack dog" mood in the blogosphere has become? I just did it myself. I took a perfectly nice platitude and demeaned it as "gay" for no apparent reason. As you can tell, I need to start taking my own advice. So I will. Change that last sentence to "At least I think that's how that thing my Grandmother used to say goes, not that there is anything wrong with that." See, much better. Much more civil.

Now, as proven by my personal example, withdrawing from the bitter pools of snark and bile may not be easy. That is why I come to you with some starter tips. Consider the information presented after the jump to be your starting point for dealing with bloggers or commenters who get under your skin. Just remember, the goal is to focus on the positive. more...

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A Public Service Announcement -- Harrison
— Ace

Something Ace has neglected to tell all you nice folks... more...

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I Loves Me Some Fast Cars -- Harrison
— Ace

Renault small.jpg

It's hot outside, I think I'll watch racing on the tube.
Formula 1 on Speed at 8:00 am (repeats at 12:30 pm).
Rolex Sports Car Series on Speed at 3:00 pm.
Champ Car on NBC at 3:30 pm.
Indy Car on ABC at 3:30 pm. All times Eastern.

Here's a lap of Le Mans from 1995 in a McLaren F1.
God Bless Youtube.

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July 29, 2006

More Big Dig - Time to call Shenanigans --DDG
— Ace

In an act of shameless promotionalism, I link to my own site. Why? Well, this stuff is a little geeky, and I got a little long winded.

But Ace had a good series on the Big Dig a few weeks ago, and it bears discussion. Especially in light of this new article. Project management is not my thing, really, although I've done quite a bit of it. But it is appalling to me that the standards for big projects have just slid into the ditch. Can you imagine what would have happened to the Mercury program if these jack asses were running it.

In spite of what I said at my blog, there is clearly a way to run big projects and to make them work. What's different now than 50 years ago? What ingredient is missing? Is it enough to just say "Welfare State", "Socialist", and "Public Education"? Or is there more to it?

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Cry On The Shoulder Of The Road -- Michael
— Ace

I'm askin' myself, how much country music has been featured at AOSHQ?

None. That's how much.

I'm going to fix that.

UPDATE: Yes, I've been hitting the Jack again.

UPDATE 2: BTW, Ace, we pwned your average Saturday traffic numbers.

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Giant Frickin' Outerspace Blobs -- DDG
— Ace

Oh man, Gene Roddenberry was right again.

An enormous amoeba-like structure 200 million light-years wide and made up of galaxies and large bubbles of gas is the largest known object in the universe, scientists say.

Oh it gets better ...

Some of the gas bubbles are up to 400,000 light years across, nearly twice the diameter of our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy. Scientists think they formed when massive stars born early in the history of the universe exploded as supernovas and blew out their surrounding gases. Another theory is that the bubbles are giant gas cocoons that will one day give birth to new galaxies.

Giant frickin' pregnant gas cocoons.

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Well, What Do You Know?
— Slublog

When I saw who ace, in a drunken frenzy had let post on his blog the wonderful slate of guest-bloggers from IB, I immediately wondered whether my login still worked.

I guess so - at least, until ace realizes that I'm still listed and corrects the oversight.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to alert all of you to some breaking news from Maine, because I care, and know you were all worried.

And yes, Maine has its share of moonbats. But they're sincere moonbats. I mean, one of the people in this story has gone a whole 16 hours without food to protest the war in Iraq.

I have a novel idea. Instead of fasting over the war, maybe some people in this state should fast because we're freaking huge up here.

Just a thought.

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Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock Get Married -- Michael
— Ace

LOS ANGELES - She was once Pamela Anderson Lee. Now actress Pamela Anderson is Mrs. Kid Rock. The former "Baywatch" babe wed the rock star Saturday in St. Tropez, Anderson's spokeswoman, Ann Gurrola, told The Associated Press. She said more details on the wedding would be available Monday

All my best to the happy couple. Hope it works this time.

Anderson, 39, and Kid Rock, 35, were engaged in Las Vegas in 2002 but split up the following year.

The two were photographed together earlier this month in St. Tropez, and two weeks ago, Anderson wrote in her online diary that she was "in love" and planning to marry again.

"I'm happy," she wrote. "I see the light. Sounds dramatic but it's true."

She also seemed to allude to her on-again-off-again relationship with Kid Rock when she wrote, "I've raised my kids alone in hope of a miracle."

"Well my miracle came and went. And came back and back because he knew that I'd wake up one day and realize that I was waiting for nothing," she said.

See, that's what I like about Pamela. She's obviously talented and intelligent, but still romantic and poetic. One look at the happy bride in St. Tropez and I'm sure you will see the intelligent-yet-romantic look in her eye that makes her so appealing.

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A Glossary - Harrison
— Ace

Victor Davis Hanson pens "The Vocabulary of Untruth" to assist you in your news consuming.

“Disproportionate” means that the Hezbollah aggressors whose primitive rockets can’t kill very many Israeli civilians are losing, while the Israelis’ sophisticated response is deadly against the combatants themselves. See “excessive.”

Anytime you hear the adjective “excessive,” Hezbollah is losing. Anytime you don’t, it isn’t.

Go and read.

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