June 28, 2008
— DrewM It may not be the best example of the genre but the reactions of the soldiers are absolutely hysterical.
Language warning: several F-bombs were dropped in addition to the 2,500lbs one that hit the Taliban.
It's nice to see people enjoying their work, isn't it?
— Dave in Texas Fastest ever recorded by a woman at this tourney.
As this is the most powerful tennis serve recorded at Wimbledon by a chick, in the world, and it woulda knocked your testicles clean off, what you gotta ask yourself is "do I feel lucky"?
Well, do ya? Punk?
— LauraW Right now AOSHQ exists on two sites.
We're still blogging and updating at the old site. There's a small time lag between when these items are posted and when they hit the new site.
We strongly encourage everyone to make their comments at the ace.new.mu.nu site instead of the old one. The old site only shows comments left there, and then shoves them into the new site with a bad date stamp, kind of wrecking the order of the thread.
Again: the old site does not display any of the comments left at the new site, where the commenting party has mostly moved to.
Please bear with us during this transition. Pixy is working his behind to the bone.
Lord knows, he's not lying drunk on the floor of an Aussie pub right now in a urine-puddle of undetermined origin. Heavens no.
Is everyone OK? Are you going to be comfy in our new home?
May I offer you some pudding? There's a bowl of smoked almonds over there, if you'd like.
How's about a drink, my darling moron lovies? Yes?
Valu-Rite martini, coming right up! I hope you don't mind, I substituted hobo toes for olives...
— DrewM McCain addressed immigration policy in his speech today and gave his normal comprehensive reform and enforcement talk. More telling, I think, was his answer the question, one of the two or three questions he received on the issue, "...will comprehensive immigration reform, and not just enforcement, be one of your top policy priorities in youre first 100 days in office"?
It will be my top priority yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And my friends, thank you for the question, and let me just review for you again, we tried. I reached across the aisle to Senator Ted Kennedy, and by the way I know that hes in your prayers, and we worked in bipartisan fashion. And we were defeated. And by the way, it wasnt very popular, lets have some straight talk, with some in my party, and so I did that and worked together so we could carry out a federal responsibility. We have to secure our borders, thats the message. But we also must proceed with a temporary worker program that is verifiable and truly temporary, we must also understand that there are 12 million people who are here and they are here illegally and they are Gods children, they are Gods children and they will be treated in a humane fashion based on the principle obviously that someone who comes here legally cannot have priority over someone who comes here illegally.
(note-I saw the speech live and the last line was clearly just an innocent flub, though you may of course draw your own conclusions on the nature of the slip)
I hate this formulation. I dont think we should be trading enforcement for amnesty in some grand compromise. Lets get enforcement first and see how it works for a few years and see where we are then. Perhaps attrition will work and make the problem more manageable. If we can't get an enforcement only plan, let's run on that in the 2010 mid-terms. I don't say that meaning I just want a political issue, I want good policy and if that means waiting an election cycle to do it, so be it.
Either way, I think the idea that people who came to this country illegally should be rewarded for that, at the expense of people who are playing by the rules and waiting to come here is unacceptable. Ultimately, that's what 'comprehensive reform' boils down to.
And Maverick cut the Gods children crap. No one claims that those here illegally arent Gods children. Of course they are and should be treated with basic decency. But being a child of God doesnt exempt them from the consequences of their actions anymore than it does a citizen or legal immigrant.
There are complaints when there over immigration raids or laws that lead to people leaving the US. Yes families are often separated and its sad when that happens but the same thing happens when citizens are arrested. Families are torn apart and lives are disrupted. Why is it a greater tragedy when it involves people who made the choice to come here illegally?
You can say being here illegally isnt really that big of a deal but there are a number of crimes that citizens are prosecuted for all the time that would fit into that category as well. Yet their lives are turned upside down and their families impacted. Should we stop enforcing those laws as well?
McCain doesnt seem to see enforcement as a good in and of itself, rather its just something to trade off to get what he wants comprehensive reform, aka amnesty.
Yeah Obama is as bad if not worse on the issue. So?
Sorry to be Mr. Immigration guy the last few days but it's the big political story of the day. more...
— Open Blog This video is via Instapundit, Samizdata, and EUreferendum. It depicts various EU parliamentarians showing up for work at 7am on Friday morning, luggage in tow, with the intent of signing in and immediately leaving to enjoy their weekends at taxpayer expense. So many of the smarmy Euro elites show up to scam the system that it is obvious that the practice has become an institutionalized practice.
The best part of the video is the Green Party Member of Parliament who upon seeing the camera focused on her, scurries like a rat towards the elevator only to walk straight into a wall.
Apparently the European parliamentarians are not so high and mighty after all. Sadly politicians are scumbags no matter where they reside. more...
— DrewM Sure they have a relatively sane President now and a smoking hot first lady but the place is still messed up beyond redemption.
What's the latest craze in France? Country line dancing! And they've managed to muck even that up by regulating the hell out of it.
They turn out in their hundreds in Stetsons and boots as hits such as the Crazy Foot Mambo and the Cowboy Strut echo around their village halls.
They are drawn by a love of American culture - although definitely not American politics - and a passion for line dancing, which enables them to swing but avoid all human contact.
...In a peculiarly Gallic approach to the phenomenon, French civil servants say line dancing should be submitted to the same rules as sports such as football and rugby. This means imposing training courses for line dancing teachers and a state-approved diploma for anyone who wants to give lessons or run clubs.
...Amateur instructors will have to take 200 hours of training under the new rules. Professionals will get 600 hours, including such subjects as line dancing techniques, the mechanics of the human body and the English (or at least Texan) language. They will also learn how to teach line dancing to the elderly.
The cost of the courses, about 2,000 (£1,570) for the professionals and 500 for the amateurs, will be largely met by taxpayers. Mr Chauveau said the regulations highlighted the French state's obsessive desire to organise all public activity.
Of all the things that the French could pick to worship from America they go with line dancing and Jerry Lewis. And they think they are so superior why exactly?
— Open Blog
Thank GOD we live in a country where 6 year olds can express their sexual identity without fear of judgement or anybody saying hateful things like "no, you can't play with that Barbie."
Related: Fecal vomiting
— LauraW Give Smoov Stallion Dmitri a listen:
Ohhh. The edge of anger in his voice when he leaves the second message....
Are you all as turned on as I am right now?
UPDATE: Oh, there's something wrong with him, alright. Yikes!
June 27, 2008
— LauraW Don't try this at home. This guy ruined his microwave.
Ugh. Poor guy. You know how it is with microwaves.
Once you burn up popcorn, or cheese, or a bastard offspring of Satan in there, it just always makes that god-awful smell every time you use it.
I hate that.
Seriously though, very nice/ creepy video.
— Open Blog I was going to do a piece on North Korea blowing up one of its Nuclear Reactors and how that's a feather in the cap for Bush's foreign policy, but that whole story is being covered by some other news service that wants to be paid for their inimitable reportage.
Reuters happens to have a video of it though.
So instead, I'll talk about how bad Duke Football is.
Duke Football is so bad, Crystal Mangum couldn't be bothered to accuse the team of rape.
Duke Football is so bad, Mike Nifong is trying to walk-on to the team in order to lower his public profile.
Duke Football is so bad, the Judicial System told Louisville that they couldn't in good conscience claim that Louisville is suffering any hardship whatsoever from Duke's reneging on the remaining three games they scheduled.
In a lawsuit filed late last year, Louisville asked for $450,000 in damages and any additional damages the court saw fit.
But Duke's lawyers argued that the Blue Devils' performance on the field was so poor that any Division I team would suffice as a replacement. Duke is 6-45 over the past five years, 13-90 since 1999.
Judge Phillip J. Shepherd of the Franklin County (Ky.) Circuit Court agreed, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
"At oral argument, Duke [with a candor perhaps more attributable to good legal strategy than to institutional modesty] persuasively asserted that this is a threshold that could not be any lower," Shepherd wrote in a summary judgment issued Thursday, according to the paper. "Duke's argument on this point cannot be reasonably disputed by Louisville."
* Yeah. I'm stuck in Montreal for the next 6 months. So I'm learning to speak Canuckistanian. Or whatever the hell they call it up here.
— Ace She's selling her house -- and her hand in marriage, hopefully to the same lucky bidder.
She's tried night clubs and online dating sites, but now a 42-year-old single mother is looking for love where everyone else's heart is breaking the real estate market.
After a year of trying to sell her four-bedroom home and eight years of singledom, Deven Trabosh is offering her South Florida home and a shot at marrying her on the Internet.
"I figured let's combine the ad because I'm looking for love and I'm looking to sell the house," said Trabosh, a Barbie-esque blonde who teeters around the nearly 2,000 square-foot house in patent leather heels.
Her Craigslist ad markets her, um, properties as "A Princess Lost in America, and has a more enticing picture.
But then, you know real estate photos. It's not what you see, it's what the picture is crafted to keep you from seeing.
Thanks to pjmomma.
— Ace You know that Massachusetts legislator who explained how he'd interrogate child-rape victims into psychological trauma if the state passed a minimum-sentence law?
CNN actually covers it.
Guess what? They can't find out what party he belongs to. They can only verify that he is a "legislator" of some sort.
That's from Dave @ Garfield Ridge, so you know it's fresh.
— Dave in Texas This one from Amnesty International: the Rolling Gitmo Replica.
Complete with sad looking chained up prisoner.
A Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs is quoted about how it misrepresents actual conditions at Guantanamo, but that misses the point. The only people who like this sort of nonsense are raving lefties who imagine this kind of silliness is really speakin truth to power.
The rest of us look at it and say "It's nicer than I thought it was. Sure wish they'd do something about that".
— Open Blog
The wave, called Pororoca, is a tidal bore at the mouth of the Amazon River. Its created when the leading edge of the incoming tide from the Atlantic forms a wave that travels up the river. Still a secret to most, the wave has developed into somewhat of a legend amongst surfers and an annual championship has been held there since 1999.
Watch the video below the break. more...
— Gabriel Malor I don't have a legacy media link on this, but a few lefty blogs are talking about the reintroduction of the Federal Marriage Amendment in the Senate on Wednesday. They are tittering because Senators Vitter and Craig are cosponsors. Because of course, to leftists, gays are monolithically in favor of gay marriage. Erm, not to imply anything about Vitter and Craig. Heh.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: ::Sigh:: I see that Allah's laughing about it, too. Also, Britt in the comments correctly points out that Vitter was in trouble for lady hookers, not laddy hookers. My bad.
Original Post Continued:
Anyway, social cons who support the federal amendment will have to be content with knowing that a few senators haven't forgotten their issue. It's not likely to get out of committee, thank God.
Meanwhile, John McCain sat down with social conservative leaders in Ohio in an effort to reassure them that he's better than Obama. I think he's striking back at Obama's similar effort two weeks ago.
And, according to participants, [McCain] indicated that he would take seriously their requests that he choose an anti-abortion running mate and would talk more openly about his opposition to gay marriage -- a pledge he carried out later in the day by endorsing a ballot measure in California to ban gay marriage.
"It was obvious there were a lot of changed hearts in the room," said Phil Burress, who led Ohio's anti-gay-marriage ballot measure in 2004. "We realized that he's with us on the majority of the issues we care about."
Many conservatives have been upset that McCain opposed a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a position he said he took because he believes states should decide the issue. At the meeting, McCain sought to reassure conservatives by emphasizing his work on behalf of an anti-gay-marriage measure in his home state.
No one is sure how important the gay marriage issue was in 2004. Pro-traditional marriage groups claimed that the presence of so many state amendments and initiatives made a difference for the presidential and state races. But, exit polls showed that it wasn't high on the list of the average voters' concerns. I suspect that the issue is of more importance to social conservatives than the rest, and that McCain will need those voters.
— Ace They had trouble activating the suicide belt. Fortunately, American troops -- who are all about the helpin' -- were there to assist him.
Multinational Forces Iraq named Abu Khalaf as al Qaeda's emir, or leader, of Mosul who was killed during a raid by Task Force 88, the hunter-killer teams assigned to disrupt terrorist command networks in Iraq and elsewhere. Khalaf was killed by US forces as he reached for a gun and his associate attempted to detonate his vest.
Khalaf had close ties to foreign al Qaeda terrorists, according to his associates in custody. "Khalaf traveled much of the time with foreigners," the US military said. Abu Khalud, his aide wearing the suicide vest at the time of his death, was a Syrian national.
The US military has decimated al Qaeda's command network in Mosul since major operations kicked off early this year.
Unfortunately, our troops murdered a civilian woman at the terrorist house as well, who was innocently attempting to detonate the suicide belt on her fallen friend/murder-pimp.
(Sarcasm, she was Al Qaeda too.)
— Ace Actually it's called "Britain's Missing Top Model," but amputees are featured prominently.
WWTDD is angry that this will be the vilest of cheap exploitations, with competitions like "Open this Can."
Question: the Asian model on the right is hot and has no visible disability. I'm guessing she's deaf.
How do you keep her from running away with the competition? Deaf people have a disability, but I wouldn't say a deaf person is at any particular disadvantage in a foot race. Sort of the same thing here.
Thanks to spongeworthy.
Hm: Readers say the "Asian" girl isn't Asian and seems to have a full prosthetic leg.
So, two strikes against her.
— Gabriel Malor Noonan has a must-read op-ed today about McCain's media problem, but I suggest that those who have already decided that Obama will be president should skip it; she's extremely pro-McCain.
The big political headline this week, of course, involves John McCain's endless and humiliating attempts to placate Mitt Romney by bowing to demands he hire his operatives and pay his campaign debt. So far all he's got is a grudging one-sentence endorsement from that rampaging rage-aholic Ann Romney.
Oh wait, got confused, that's Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Like frogs in a pot, we tend to become accustomed to some pretty outrageous things as the campaign season heats up. The slow accumulation of extreme positions or idiotic blunders is overlooked simply because it's Business As Usual. "Of course Candidate A has larger-than-life mistakes," says the voter, "she's a larger-than-life person! And her opponent is the same, anyway." Hell, that explains John Kerry's entire candidacy. Half the country woke up one morning in December 2004 and thought, "what the hell was I thinking," although they'd never admit it in mixed company.
During campaigns, candidates have to do something so unusual that voters are jolted out of their adrenaline high and take notice of just how far from the ordinary things have strayed. Howard Dean's "YEEAAARRGH!" comes to mind. A whole bunch of Democratic voters realized that night that Dean is a nutcase; they didn't actually know anything new about him. Rather, they realized just how far from acceptable the race had strayed.
And that's why the so-called "October surprise" is so important. I was quietly banging my head on my desk when Obama's Rev. Wright issue broke in the spring. That would have been the perfect story to get voters' attention in October. It's just the sort of thing that would cause even Democratic voters to pull back from the brink. But now it's come and gone and been rationalized away. Pfleger and Meeks were just Business As Usual, and so too Ayers. What Democratic voters and Obama-leaning independents need is a slap in the face and a stern, "Look at what you've done!" But I don't think it's going to happen from any future revelations about Obama's associates. They've already reached a nice, familiar boil on that issue. Throwing another log on that particular fire isn't going to change anything.
So I'm pleased that Noonan is pointing out another surreal moment in Election 2008. Hopefully, some voters will have a waking moment: "What the hell? Is he actually paying off Clinton's lenders in order to buy her supporters?" The answer is "Yes" and "No, this is not Business As Usual." The only thing distinguishing this from corruption is the fact that Clinton hasn't explicitly promised to deliver the goods.
We need more of the same, especially in the two months prior to the election. My money is on the presidential debates. We all know that Obama's going to want zero debates and McCain will want as many as he can possibly get. I firmly believe that Obama will open his mouth one day and tell us what he really thinks. He's too inexperienced not to make the politician's most obvious mistake. To most effectively take advantage of this, McCain needs to be grabbing issues that resonate with voters.
So, as the summer goes on, oil will increasingly be on voters' minds. McCain has already staked out a strong position on oil, one that has broad appeal for both conservatives and increasingly for liberals. (I'm not saying he couldn't improve on ANWR, mind you). Now he just needs to lay in wait for Obama to say something truly outlandish---something that conforms with his true beliefs, but about which he has thus far managed to prevaricate.
The War on Terror is another issue that fulfills the same criteria. McCain already has the popular position, especially in key states. He needs to keep the Iraq War in the news and in the minds of voters long enough for Obama to tell us just how he really feels about it. The presidential debates are a perfect opportunity. They're not too early that voters have time to adjust. And with a candidate as radical as Obama, there are plenty of issues that provide fertile ground for a trap.
— Ace Tired of the same old pussycats and ice-skaters and Christmas revellers?
How about some exxxtreme snow-globes with some balls?
Yeah, now there are some snow-globes for a man.
— Ace Will the last man in the Mahdi Army please turn on the Victory Lights?
The Mahdi Army suffered a significant blow during fighting against Iraqi and Coalition forces this year, according to an Iraq intelligence report. The heavy casualties suffered by the Mahdi Army have forced Muqtada al Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army and the Sadrist political movement, to change his tactics and disband the Mahdi Army in favor of a small, secretive fighting force.
"More than 2,000 cadres from the Mahdi Army leaders were killed recently," an Iraqi intelligence official told Gulf News. "This led to the almost complete collapse of the army," the official said. An estimated 1,300 Mahdi Army fighters "escaped to safe houses in Iran." Muqtada al Sadr currently resides in Qom, Iran, under the protection of Iran's Qods Force.
The Mahdi Army took heavy casualties while opposing the Iraqi security forces in Basrah and the South and against US and Iraqi forces in Sadr City during operations to secure the areas in March, April, and May. More than 1,000 Mahdi Army fighters were killed in Sadr City alone, according to a Mahdi Army commander in Baghdad. Another 415 were killed in Basrah. More than 400 were killed during fighting in the southern cities of Najaf, Karbala, Hillah, Diwaniyah, Amarah, Samawah, and Nasiriyah in late March and early April, according to numbers compiled by The Long War Journal. Thousands more have been wounded our captured.
The setbacks in Baghdad, Basrah, and the South have forced Sadr to turn the Mahdi Army into "a secret military organization," the Iraqi report stated. "The number of members doesn't exceed 150-200, hugely down from the total estimated number of 50,000 in the past two years."
50,000 down to 150-200? "Decimated" means "reduced by ten percent." What's the word for "reduced by 99.6%"? Oh, right -- destroyed.
Who wants to be tied down with thousands of followers anyway? This was probably his plan all along.
Yes it's just an efficiency-increasing move. Sadr's Iranian hiding hole has banners up telling his followers Don't terrorize harder, terrorize smarter.
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