November 30, 2007

Joe Cartoon 2008 Presidential Poll[sinistar@doubleplusundead]
— Open Blog

This is fun, from Conservative Belle, Joe Cartoon has a poll for the 2008 presidential candidates and even would-be candidates. Being Joe Cartoon, it of course involves kitchen appliances and violent cartoonish demises. This is the one poll where you won't mind spamming for Ron Paul.

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EU - Iranian talks on Uranium Enrichment stall [krakatoa]
— Open Blog

An 18-month attempt to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment collapsed Friday after a senior EU envoy failed to dent Iran's resolve to expand the technology, despite the threat of new U.N. sanctions.

(emphasis mine)

Really? I would have bet hard cash that threat of sanctions would have worked this time.

The Iranian envoy on sanctions, past and threatened:

"What did they achieve?" he asked about the two sets of sanctions already in place "Nothing. In fact, we made the greatest technology headway and breakthroughs in that specific period of time."

In other news, Michael Moore announces his 18 minutes of intense dialogue with "four rotisserie chickens, two racks of Applebee's baby back ribs and a gallon of egg nog" ended "rather well". Reports that he later turned down a waffer-thin mint have yet to be substantiated.

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Anyone here speak cat? [laura's Hump]
— Open Blog

I've been nervous about cats ever since last month when my host decided that a shower was just too much of a bother what with the latest developments in de-funk technology, and I started smelling vaguely like the year-old bologna she keeps for special occasions.

These guys look suspicious to me.

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Dana Perino Pwns Helen Thomas [Kensington]
— Open Blog

Over at the Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez points to an exchange between lovely/creamy White House Press Secretary Dana Perino:

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and hideous terrorist apologist Helen Thomas:
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Evel Knievel Dead At Age 69
— DrewM.

He was an X-Games guy long before there was an X-Games.

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RedState and Human Events Offer A "Do Over Debate" To Republican Candidates [Nice Deb]
— Open Blog

Dissatisfied with the disgrace that was the CNN-YouTube debate, Redstate and Human Events has joined forces to offer the Republican candidates a "do-over", this time with conservatives in charge of vetting the questioners:

We have a base of readers who represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party. You – and the Republican Party – deserve to face the questions posed by undecided Republicans, not Democratic activists. We will solicit and obtain YouTube videos from those people and vet each questioner to establish that they are – really - - undecided Republicans. We hope to include soldiers in the field in Iraq, Young Republicans, and others who still have not decided among you.

Today, allow us to make you this offer: We will organize a debate at a time and date amenable to you all. We will work with a national broadcaster to broadcast the debate as well as offer it online. We, not the liberal drive by media, will ensure the questioners are who they say they are. And we will choose them based on criteria that will be fully disclosed to you all which ensure the questioners aren’t activists for any Democratic candidate.

This is an excellent idea. I hope the candidates take them up on it.

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CBS Is Looking For An Environmental Reporter…No Actual Environmental Knowledge Required
— DrewM.

Style over substance at the Tiffany Network? Considering no one actually watches their news it’s probably not that big of a deal.

You are wicked smart, funny, irreverent and hip, oozing enthusiasm and creative energy. This position requires strong people, reporting, story telling and writing skills. Managing tight deadlines should be second nature. Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus, but not a requirement.

The Deciders…remember they are smarter and better trained than the rest of us.

h/t The Corner

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CBS Is Looking For An Environmental Reporter…No Actual Environmental Knowledge Required
— DrewM

Style over substance at the Tiffany Network? Considering no one actually watches their news it’s probably not that big of a deal.

You are wicked smart, funny, irreverent and hip, oozing enthusiasm and creative energy. This position requires strong people, reporting, story telling and writing skills. Managing tight deadlines should be second nature. Knowledge of the enviro beat is a big plus, but not a requirement.

The Deciders…remember they are smarter and better trained than the rest of us.

h/t The Corner

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Radio Correspondent Gets Circumcised to Fight AIDS
— Gabriel Malor

A Zambian radio correspondent opted to get circumcised on the air to protect himself and raise awareness about AIDS prevention. Researchers last year concluded that circumcised men are less likely to get HIV from vaginal sex.

Gondwe, who says he undergoes an AIDS test several times a year, said in an interview Friday he finds it "sad" that more people don't talk about circumcision as a prevention method.

"We as journalists also have a role to play in the fight against the disease," he said.

Gondwe, on the radio piece and in an online diary Friday, recounts his Nov. 22 procedure. Listeners can hear him gasp as a doctor injects him with a local anesthetic, but he assures them the procedure is otherwise painless. He was up, walking to his car and driving himself home soon afterward.

Gondwe and the radio station are receiving messages from offended listeners, but the AP piece doesn't tell us what it is that has offended them.

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Suicide Bomber Hostage-Taker at Clinton HQ in NH
— Gabriel Malor

Final Update for This Post:

All hostages released. The hostage taker may be a local crazy guy named "Troy Stanley." They're still trying to get him out of the HQ. There is some conjecture that his bomb is actually made up of flares.

Earlier post:

I'm just looking through the story now.

Michelle Malkin is all over it.

As is Gateway Pundit.

Thanks to SOC and geoff for noticing it.

More: FOX has it, CNN is covering the train collision in Chicago.

The fellow, in his 40s, has taken two hostages. I see in news stories he's described as "armed", but it's not clear that they mean with a gun or are just referring to the bomb (or fake bomb) duct-taped to his chest.

There are sharpshooters standing by.

Question: what is it that this guy wants? He obviously doesn't want to kill others and die or he would have done it before he let two others go. So is he just a nut?

Oh, okay. FOX reports that his demand is to speak with Clinton. Weird.

And again: Arbalest points out that it was hella premature to call this fellow a "suicide bomber." At this point he's just a hostage taker with a bomb. God willing, he won't become a suicide bomber and that the two hostages will be released soon.

This is going into its second hour and it doesn't look like the New Hampshire authorities are releasing any official information (they've understandably got more important things to do). It's just conjecture at this point.

CNN briefly covered it before going back to the train crash to hypothesize that the bomber had himself released the first two hostages and told them to call 911.

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Great Moments In Male Stupidity, Part 886,337
— Ace

Dude, I think I can totally pull a 360 in this completely unsecured metal pipe! Pipes aren't the right shape to roll or anything, right? That's rectangular prisms, isn't it?

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Syracuse Profs to Military Guest Speaker: FYNQ
— Ace

But after students and some faculty object, he gets to have his say.

"I didn't understand the problem with having the actual troops come and speak," said Katelyn Hancock, a student who helped to organize the event. "We can have Michael Moore come and speak on campus, but the troops can't come?"

The short, quick and dirty answer is "Thats right."

A longer, more thoughtful answer is "That's precisely right."

CJ again.

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NYT Completely Botches Claim On Racial Disparity In Cop-Stops, Plus Calls Hispanics "Them Hispanic People" For Good Measure
— Ace

Journalism.

Whites are more, not less, likely to be given "summosnes" (sic) by cops, and more cops were found to hassle whites than originally reported.

Other than that, the article is perfectly accurate, though we await a response from "them Hispanic people."

Thanks to CJ.


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Sarkozy Nudges Unions with Tax Breaks for Businesses, Incentives for Workers Aimed at the 35-Hour Work Week
— Dave In Texas

It's not Maggie kicking the coal unions. But it's a start.

Competition requires that you, what's the word?

Compete.

Yes, that's it.

Don't even get me started about f'n' Bastille Day.

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Two Cents
— LauraW.

On the whole debate kerfuffle, if you're not sick of it all yet.
For me the whole thing boils down to not whose ox is getting gored, but what the elemental purpose of these exercises is.

The purpose of these debates is for the candidates to identify themselves to the public. Not just to showcase their bullshit parrying skills, but also to articulate their platforms and plans.

The purpose of these debates is to assist VOTERS- partisans and leaners- in accurately choosing a favorite to represent themselves in the general election.

The Democrat candidates and voters are being afforded the full substantive benefit of this process.

The Republican candidates and voters are being denied the benefits of the debate process.

Utterly denied. How can a candidate distinguish himself among his competitors when outside people are deliberately subverting the debate process until it is a sideshow conveying nothing but irrelevant information?

He can't. FY, NQ.
Thanks to Sharkman for the new battle cry.

UPDATE: Found this little nugget from fulldroolcup among the scorching comments in Gabe's last post on the subject.

Here is exactly what Bohrman said on topic in the story, just a few days ago:
"This debate is to let Republican voters pick from among their eight candidates,"said David Bohrman, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president for CNN. [emphasis fulldroolcup's]"We are trying to focus mostly on questions where there are differences among these candidates."
Bohrman also told "The Caucus (ht: ProteinWisdom)," the blogger for the New York Times that they would weed out any "gotcha" questions."

(As an aside, the correct answer to the Confederate Flag question is "Sir, I am not running for Governor of Georgia. Fly the flag, don't fly the flag, honestly, most Americans see this as a regional controversy best left to individuals and States. Fuck You, Next Question.")

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More Iraqi Reconciliation- Sistani: Shi’a Must Protect Sunnis
— DrewM.

We hear a lot about the need for ‘political progress’ in Iraq but what most critics of US efforts in Iraq mean when they say that is really a list of items congressional Democrats insisted the administration come up with. Sometimes societies make progress in ways unplanned by people half a world away.

The Tank at NRO has what looks like a pretty big story about reconciliation in Iraq that has gotten zero play in the media (shocking, I know).

Leading Shiite cleric in Iraq Ali Sistani Tuesday banned the killing of Iraqis, particularly the Sunnis, and urged the Shiites to protect their brother Sunnis.

Sistani bans the Iraqi blood in general the blood of Sunnis in particular. His announcement came during a meeting with a delegation from Sunni clerics from southern and northern Iraq. The clerics are visiting Najaf to participate in the first national conference for Ulemaa of Shiites and Sunnis.

Sistani called on the Shiites to protect their Sunni brothers, according to Sheikh Khaled Al-Mulla, head of the authority of Ulemaa of Southern Iraq, noting that the Fatwa of Sistani would have positive impacts nationwide.

"I am a servant of all Iraqis, there is no difference between a Sunni, a Shitte or a Kurd or a Christian," Al-Mulla quoted Sistani as saying during the meeting.

The link to The Tank has more on the story and the importance of Sistani’s statement.

I am sure that the advocates of surrender will claim that this isn’t political progress since the government didn’t do it. The fact is, one of the most important elements of any national political process is delegitimizing the idea that it’s okay to kill your neighbor for religious or any other reason.

I’m sure the left is busy packing up the goal posts for another trip across the field as we speak.

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More Iraqi Reconciliation- Sistani: Shi’a Must Protect Sunnis
— DrewM

We hear a lot about the need for ‘political progress’ in Iraq but what most critics of US efforts in Iraq mean when they say that is really a list of items congressional Democrats insisted the administration come up with. Sometimes societies make progress in ways unplanned by people half a world away.

The Tank at NRO has what looks like a pretty big story about reconciliation in Iraq that has gotten zero play in the media (shocking, I know).

Leading Shiite cleric in Iraq Ali Sistani Tuesday banned the killing of Iraqis, particularly the Sunnis, and urged the Shiites to protect their brother Sunnis.

Sistani bans the Iraqi blood in general the blood of Sunnis in particular. His announcement came during a meeting with a delegation from Sunni clerics from southern and northern Iraq. The clerics are visiting Najaf to participate in the first national conference for Ulemaa of Shiites and Sunnis.

Sistani called on the Shiites to protect their Sunni brothers, according to Sheikh Khaled Al-Mulla, head of the authority of Ulemaa of Southern Iraq, noting that the Fatwa of Sistani would have positive impacts nationwide.

"I am a servant of all Iraqis, there is no difference between a Sunni, a Shitte or a Kurd or a Christian," Al-Mulla quoted Sistani as saying during the meeting.

The link to The Tank has more on the story and the importance of Sistani’s statement.

I am sure that the advocates of surrender will claim that this isn’t political progress since the government didn’t do it. The fact is, one of the most important elements of any national political process is delegitimizing the idea that it’s okay to kill your neighbor for religious or any other reason.

I’m sure the left is busy packing up the goal posts for another trip across the field as we speak.

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Artistic Types Meet The Laffer Curve [chad]
— Open Blog

Want to turn a bunch of unwashed grunge band wannabees and indie radio hotshots into supporters of supply side theory? It's simple enough just just raise the royalty rates on songs played on internet radio by about 300%. Suddenly when the shoe is on the other [stinky] foot, people who have disdained the laffer curve and supply side economics as only helping make the rich richer when applied to tax cuts are full on supporters of its miraculous economic power to increase revenues by keeping prices lower.

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November 29, 2007

Packing Day
— Ace

After taking far too many trips down to NYC to scout apartments I finally took one. I'm moving down there Saturday.

And I haven't packed a damn thing.

So Friday is going to be somewhat light for me on blogging, and by light, I think I mean "nonexistent."

Open Blog, I guess. If you want.

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Duncan Hunter Writes Thank-You Letter To Hillary For The Lovely Plant
— Ace

Cute:

Regarding the “plant”, retired Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr, that you sent to ask me the question at the CNN-YouTube debate last night in Florida …

Send more!!!

Merry Christmas,
Duncan Hunter

Peggy Noonan agrees, and celebrates the tough questions from obvious Republican partisans in the Democratic You Tube debate:

I will never forget that breathtaking moment when, in the CNN/YouTube debate earlier this fall, the woman from Ohio held up a picture and said, "Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, Mr. Edwards, this is a human fetus. Given a few more months, it will be a baby you could hold in your arms. You all say you're 'for the children.' I would ask you to look America in the eye and tell us how you can support laws to end this life. Thank you."

They were momentarily nonplussed, then awkwardly struggled to answer, to regain lost high ground. One of them, John Edwards I think, finally criticizing the woman for being "manipulative," using "hot images" and indulging in "the politics of personal destruction." The woman then stood in the audience for her follow up. "I beg your pardon, but the literal politics of personal destruction--of destroying a person--is what you stand for."

Oh, I wish I weren't about to say, "Wait, that didn't happen." For of course it did not. Who of our media masters would allow a question so piercing on such a painful and politically incorrect subject?

I thought of this the other night when citizens who turned out to be partisans for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards asked the Republicans, in debate, would Jesus support the death penalty, do you believe every word of the Bible, and what does the Confederate flag mean to you?

PS: It is of course perfectly absurd to speculate that the media would be so unprofessional as to allow hardcore partisan feelings to infect their news judgment.

Thanks to CJ.

PPS: Yes, Jones, I know the question was never asked. That's the point of her remark. I didn't think I should spoil the fun right away but instead chose to play around.

Catch up, people. I won't be slowed down by laggards and goldbrickers.

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