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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Global Warming, Cooling, Whatever

"NASA was able to put a man on the moon, but the space agency can't tell you what the temperature was when it did. By its own admission, NASA's temperature records are in even worse shape than the besmirched Climate-gate data."

Considering the now totally discredited "evidence" for "global warming", one would have to be a really, really true believer to have any confidence whatsoever left in this hokem "theory".

But then I think it always was a matter of faith and hysteria. These sorts of scares happen all the time in history and are usually so embarrassing that once they're over, everyone wants to forget about them. As a result, we forget to be careful about the next one as well. The new ice age didn't happen, the ozone layer must have fixed itself, and I predict that in a couple years you won't be able to find anybody that admits to "believing" in "global warming". (HT: Instapundit)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

From the Hollywood 'Who-gives-a'shit?' file...

"Ewan Mcgregor - Mcgregor Blasts Bush And Blair Over War On Terror"

Uh, shut the f*ck up, moron. Or, to bring Plato back into it:
"But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom(.)"
Just look nice for the camera, bitch, and only say the words on the script, okay? Actors. Jeesh. (HT: Big Hollywood)

Che Guevara Quote of the Day

"The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and booze, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent."

How can anyone think this asshole was anything other than a mass-murdering, sexual-predator, pseudo-intellectual barbarian?

Che's immortal last words:

"Don’t Shoot! I’m Che! I’m worth to you more alive than dead!"


Current Reading: Greeks, Jews, and Englishmen

I'm currently reading Dicken's David Copperfield, re-reading The Clouds by Aristophanes, 1 and 2 Samuel in the Old Testament, and 1 John in the New Testament. I also recently re-read David Clammer's popular 1973 history "The Zulu War" (which is currently unavailable at both B&N and Amazon).

Aristophanes (c.455 - c. 380 B.C.) was an Athenian writer of comedies during the Peloponnesian War (the long war(s) between Athens and Sparta). I'm about half-way through the first act and there are interesting comparisons and contrasts with modern American media. One thing to note is how base and bawdy this play is. I've lost count of the number of flatulence jokes and rectal references I've already had to endure. Another thing - vis a vis the current American "culture war" - is how in-your-face this play is about expressing political positions and ridiculing, often by name, political opponents. In fact the entire premise of the play is that Socrates and his entire 'what-is-truth?' school of philosophers are a bunch of frauds and jackasses. Fun stuff.

Leftism, the Religion

Dennis Prager:
"Leftism, though secular, must be understood as a religion (which is why I have begun capitalizing it). The Leftist value system’s hold on its adherents is as strong as the hold Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have on theirs. Nancy Pelosi’s belief in expanding the government’s role in American life, which inspired her passion for the health-care bill, is as strong as a pro-life Christian’s belief in the sanctity of the life of the unborn."

Death sentence for 5 in Haryana honour killing

Now this is how "honour killings" should be dealt with! But a couple things occur to me:

First, if I interpret the names correctly the couple and caste involved are all Hindu. "Honour" killings are not exclusively a Muslim issue. They are a problem that exists in tribal and clan-based societies, of which Islam is the most familiar to us in the West.

Secondly, given the interesting political and demographic issues in India, I wonder if the court would have had the courage to sentence 5 Muslims to death if it were a Muslim honour killing rather than a Hindu killing.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Anybody know what kind of owl this is?

I went down the hill next to my house to haul some firewood out of the woods. I live in Eastern Pennsylvania. This fellow was sitting on the trunk of the fallen tree I was cutting up. He stayed there and watched me the entire time, maybe about an hour, and was still there when I left. Nervy bird.

Or maybe he figured since I was carrying heavy wood up a steep hill he should just wait to see if I had a heart attack so he could eat me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Re-reading Plato

Recently re-read Plato's Apology of Socrates and today I re-read Crito. It's been a while.

From 'Apology':
"But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought that they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom(.)"
I couldn't help but think of modern movie stars when I read that.

And from 'Crito' concerning one's duty to the government:
"And when we are punished by her, whether with imprisonment or stripes, the punishment is to be endured in silence; and if she leads us to wounds or death in battle, thither we follow as is right; neither may anyone yield or retreat or leave his rank, but whether in battle or in a court of law, or in any other place, he must do what his city and his country order him; or he must change their view of what is just(.)"
Old school stuff, that, and good stuff as well. I need to go back to reading more of the classics.

U.S. Troops to March in Red Square Parade

Is this a joke?

If this is true, I'm just not sure what to say. (HT: Powerline)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Surviving the Undead: Zombie Guns

So what is the right gun for zombie fighting?

(HT: Jonah Goldberg at NRO's The Corner)

‘The Good Wife’ – Anybody else smell a set-up?

Updated (twice) below.

I watched the TV show The Good Wife for the first time on Monday night. It’s a cross between a law-firm melodrama (when did that become a genre?) and the now-ubiquitous, forensic-science whodunit. Generally, the ‘who’ that ‘dunit’ in any of these shows will almost always be the white, heterosexual, conservative businessman, or whichever suspect comes closest to that archetype.

A guest character, played by actor Gary Cole, was introduced in this episode. The character is a ballistics expert that works for defense lawyers and he is very, very good. He refuses to work on cases if he believes the client is guilty; he does not charge high rates; and in the episode he promptly, efficiently and decisively showed the murder could not have occurred the way the prosecution alleged. He is a ruggedly handsome, outdoorsy, together sort of fellow. You can imagine he drives a perfectly restored old pick-up truck to his log-cabin home (where he has a spotless and functional personal ballistics lab). The sexual tension between him and one of the show’s main characters (law partner Diane Lockhart, played by actress Christine Baranski) hints that we will see him again later this season.

So what is the ‘set-up’ I smell? First of all he is too perfect. You rarely have this sort of male character in modern American TV unless he, as noted above, turns out to be the murderer. It’s kind of a rule. But in this case it’s even worse than that. Did I mention our guest ballistics expert is a political conservative with a picture of Sarah Palin on his desk? Did I further mention his name is Kevin McVeigh? McVeigh. That name’s familiar, isn’t it?

‘The Good Wife’ credits list Tony and Ridley Scott as executive producers. The Scott brothers are not famous for their support of conservative issues, and to the best of my knowledge are not great fans of the former governor of Alaska. Besides Sarah Palin, there is much the modern entertainment industry cannot abide. On the list of things that must not be allowed to stand are: strong, non-dysfunctional white, heterosexual men who are blatant political conservatives and who are attractive to powerful women characters on TV shows.

My prediction is that when we see McVeigh again, he will end up being very, very weird. He will be a criminal, some sort of sexual deviant, a psychotic, or a combination of all of the above. You can’t allow guys like him to run around on TV, giving people the impression there are stable, competent, honorable, conservative men in the world.

UPDATE: See comment from Robert King. Two things come to mind: a) I would love to be completely, totally wrong, and b) who in heck is Robert King, and how does he know about this post so fast? I didn't know anybody actually read my blog.

NEW UPDATE: So I searched for "Robert King" AND "The Good Wife". He is, uh, one of the creators of the show. Wow. Robert: I'll take your word for it. You just got one more viewer for the rest of Season 2.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jews You Can Use

I'm picturing Claude Raines playing the role of Dubai Police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim: "Major Strasser has been shot! Round up the usual Jews!"

Okay, it wasn't Nazi Major Strasser; it was some murdering goat-herd named Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. And it wasn't the movie Casablanca, it was real life in 2010 Arabia. But the question arises: so exactly how many Jews does it take to whack a Hamas terrorist hanging out in a luxury hotel? According to recent reports it takes 27 of 'em. This is getting ridiculous. The number of suspected assassins gets much higher and this hit-team would have enough guys to suit up for an NFL game.

Oh, and did I mention maybe it wasn't the Israelis that did the deed? The Reuters article linked above reports that Hamas suspects Jordan and Egypt of what I suppose is, strictly speaking anyway, a crime. No surprise. If I remember correctly, the Mossad didn't need 27 guys to snatch Adolf Eichmann in South America. They may not make Jews as tough as they used to, but I think the children of Israel could still kill a middle-aged arms dealer in a hotel room with no more than, say, 10 or 15 guys.

It's interesting that to Dubai, America, and Europe, the Israelis were the first suspects in this plot but apparently Hamas has reasons to know better. (HT: PowerLine Blog)