Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Commercial Actor

That kid in the Capital One commercials with David Spade must have a hell of an agent. He also appears in the NFL attire commercials and in an Enterprise Rental Car commercial. I can't remember another commercial actor featuring so prominently in three different ad campaigns at the same time.

Refilling Oil Fields pt 2

The issue is coming up again. First I read a post at a blog called Never Yet Melted. This had some links to articles I didn't mention in my earlier post. I wonder how long it will be until the main stream media investigates?

Friday, November 25, 2005

Visas? We Doan Need No Stinkin' Visas! pt 6

Well the pandering party has come up with a new one. First they told us they were not illegal aliens, they were undocumented workers. (of course the reason they were undocumented is because they are here illegally, and many of them are not workers but are instead dependents) Now we learn that ignoring their crime and giving them citizenship is not amnesty, but is instead an "earned transition". (earned how? By breaking our laws and coming here illegally?) (hat tip: The Corner) The article goes on to say that there is little support for mass deportations of the 11 million illegal aliens. First, I'm willing to be there are significantly more than 11 million people here illegally. Secondly, I am perfectly willing to see mass deportations, and I know I am not alone. People also need to understand, this is not a white v Mexican thing either. Increasingly blacks and legal Hispanics are becoming just as much, if not more, frustrated with the situation. If something is not done soon, it could get really ugly.

Possible Iraqi Pullout

The mainstream media and the Democrat party are collaborating in an attempt to reproduce our treachery at the end of the Vietnam War. But what both of them are forgetting is that this war is not the same type of war. As far as the terrorist forces are concerned, this is literally a war to the death. They see mercy and restraint as weakness. They will definitely see a withdrawal as a cut and run. And it will only encourage them. They won't be content with torturing and slaughtering their own citizens like the Communists in Indochina were. They will follow us home and slaughter us here. Let me, and hopefully the Republican party, make this clear: It will be totally the fault of the Democrats and the media. The Democrats have been sabotaging our national defense for political gain for sixty years. This will be the worst and most dangerous example of it yet. And we haven't even talked about the disastrous effect it will have on our military yet. It took our military a generation to recover from the effect our retreat from Vietnam had on it, this will be even worse.

This issue is too important to be polite, or to worry about politics. The Republicans have to be willing to talk in blunt terms about a withdrawal and what it will mean. They have to be willing to label the Democrats as the cads they are. The American people will support them, polls be damned. The American people know what is at stake here, and if the Republicans roll over and betray the Iraqi and American people they will not only be worthy of contempt, they will let the Democrats and the media off the hook.

Moonbat Thanksgiving

I just heard on CNN Headline News that the protesters outside Mr. Bush's ranch at Crawford Texas at a "typical Iraqi meal" for Thanksgiving. They did this to represent the deaths of Iraqi people at the hands of our country. Typical. While President Bush and millions of Americans were thanking and remembering the sacrifices of our servicemen, the moonbats were providing propaganda for our enemies and undermining support for our president, servicemen and country.

They should have been thanking God that they lived in President Bush's America instead of Saddam Hussien's Iraq. I believe in a loyal opposition. The moonbats have once again left the realm of loyal opposition and descended into the gutter of irresponsibly aiding and abetting our enemies.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Pajamas Media/OSM/Pajamas Media

There is a new conglomeration of blogs that has had considerable trouble so far coming up with a moniker. Apparently at this point they have settled on Pajamas Media, but given the events of the past week, that could easily change. Their website is here. Of interest is the fact that their URL still refers to Open Source Media, a previous moniker they were forced to change because it already belonged to someone else.

The past several days has seen many bloggers critique this new organization and its missteps. Some of these are bloggers I really enjoy reading. The Pajamas Media (PJ media?) folk have responded very defensively in my opinion. In fact, their reaction has seemed very high-schoolish to me. The Pajamas Media folk are some of the more prominent bloggers. If there was one common characteristic among them, it would be a rather rabid opposition to all things Islamic or Arab, and a sweeping endorsement of all things Israeli. I have read most of them in the past, and I expected better from them. In fact at several points they have been forced to admit that their critics (whom they have attacked) were right and that they did make significant mistakes.

I can see no real need for what Pajamas Media does. Apparently it is an effort to make blogging more profitable. Good luck, but frankly, in my opinion blogging shouldn't be about profit. You will notice I have no ads on my blog, but then again, I blog on a free site. If someone wants to take ads to pay for their costs, I don't really have a problem with that. But blogging should not be a profession. If you want to write as a profession, become a journalist. The news links they do are done better by Drudge and I think the site The Huffington Post has shown how ineffective conglomerations of bloggers are.

Well the next several weeks will show whether this idea will work, and will probably be full of infighting among bloggers on either side of the proposition. It'll be interesting to see if, and how, the mainstream media cover this contretemps.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Time to Halt the Gravy Train Pt2

I just found out how many hotel rooms FEMA is still paying for, three months after the hurricane. 52,000. That's right, you and I are paying for 52,000 hotel rooms because the people in them have refused to find a place to live after three months! Now they are pissed because we are telling them to find a place to live........even though we are still going to pay for it!

Yeah tell me again how forty years of welfare have helped......

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Poseidon Adventure

The re-make for TV version of the Poseidon Adventure just started. Now instead of being a result of a huge wave, the disaster is apparently the result of a terrorist attack. Well it's starting off down hill...........

Terrible Terrel pt 2

There is talk about Terrel winning his arbitration case and returning to the NFL this year. I hope this doesn't happen. If it does, hopefully Philly will simply pay him and keep him on the inactive list. He is hoping that the Eagles will release him and allow him to go somewhere else. I would like to think that all the other teams are principled enough not to pick him up, but sadly that isn't true. This jerk has no concept of team, and is a cancer. The owners of the league should draw a line and show the players there is a limit to the misbehavior they are willing to tolerate.

Update (10:30 AM 11/23/05)

The arbitrator has ruled. Terrel lost every part of the case. He said not only can the Eagles suspend him for four games, but they can also put him on the inactive list and force him to sit at home the rest of the season. Sanity has prevailed!

College Football

Yet another amazing game from USC. What most people fail to realize is just how hurt their defense is. They are almost to the point of pulling fans out of the stands to suit up at DB. For most of the game last light they had two true freshmen playing inside linebacker. They started the year young and inexperienced on defense and a string of injuries has only made it worse. The fact that they are still undefeated is even more impressive. The time off between the UCLA game and the Rose Bowl will hopefully allow them to get healthy.

Until last night, I was firmly in the Leinart camp for Heisman. Not anymore. Reggie Bush truly deserves the trophy.

I wish Texas would lose one of their two last games, but I don't think it is going to happen. But after last night Penn State would probably go if Texas loses, and I think Penn State deserves their shot. Texas does not play a tough schedule, and they play in a comparably weak conference. Plus it would restore the Pac 10 v Big 10 match up to the Rose Bowl if Penn State went.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Time to Halt the Gravy Train

Hurricaine Katrina hit New Orleans On August 29, 2005. Due to a corrupt and incompetent local and state government, and to an irresponsible population, the tragedy was compounded.

This week FEMA announced that it would no longer pay for hotel rooms beginning on December 1, 2005. That's right, three months later, we are still paying for hotel rooms for those displaced. I wonder how many of these people in hotel rooms are from New Orleans, and how many are from Mississipi which was hit as bad or worse?

Predictibly, those still in hotel rooms three months later (Why not? They aren't paying and I bet they love the room service.) are now crying foul, and attacking FEMA. Now, let us be clear, FEMA isn't saying they are going to cut these people off. FEMA is still willing to pay for their housing. They just want them to move into trailers or houses. But that is too much trouble for these people to go through. Three months later and they can't be bothered to find somewhere to live! Even when the government is still going to pay their rent!

Now FEMA is showing signs of backing down from their deadline. Nobody has the moral courage to throw these bums out. Strike that, we aren't even throwing them out, just asking them to move!

Let's talk cold hard facts here. Most of these people have been living off government handouts for most, if not all, of their lives. Many of them are living better than they were before Katrina. They have no experience of providing for themselves. They are going to suck on Uncle Sam's teat for as long as we let them, and then go kicking and screaming when and if we finally do kick them out. Its time to start kicking them out, and/or forcing them to work.

That incompetent blow hard Mayor Nagin is flying to Washington D.C. every week (I wonder just who is paying for that?) begging for $250 billion dollars to rebuild his city. If that is what it is going to cost, let's send in the bull dozers and let it return to swamp. New Orleans isn't worth $250 billion of my tax dollars.

There is a so far unconfirmed story that the N.O. police force had 700 phantom officers. Supposedly the FBI is investigating. If this is true, it explains why the police commisioner retired so suddenly. It also would explain much of the incompetence of the N.O. police in dealing with Katrina. If this is true, people need to go to jail.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Dump the U.N.

I used to be a big fan of the United Nations. I participated in the Model United Nations both in high school and college. In fact in high school I participated in International MUNs in London and The Hague. I believed it played a vital role in managing the world's problems.

I did have some problems with the UN, like the fact that the US was paying far more dues than any other nation, and that the USSR had two votes in the General Assembly. But I thought in the balance that it did more good than evil. I no longer believe this.

The UN has become a cesspool of corruption. Third world diplomats enter the UN penniless and leave as millionaires and billionaires. Billions of dollars are wasted and stolen every year. Atrocities such as Sudan are ignored. The only useful services that the UN currently provide can be done more efficently by other NGOs.

Kofi Annan has finally destroyed the UN.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

How Far They Have Sunk

You want to know just how bad things have gotten for the Dodgers since the O'Malleys sold the team? Today they hired a new general manager from the Giants. FROM THR GIANTS!!!!!!

Look this Ned Colletti might be a great guy, and a great GM. But he was working for the Giants!

One of the great imponderables of my early life was how Dusty Baker could have gone to work for the Giants. I put it down to a from of mental illness. But this.........

If he hires a Giant as the new manager.........well you thought the O.J. riots were bad.........

The best thing he could do is steal Mike Scioscia from the Angels, but since he just signed a new two year deal that isn't going to happen.

The frickin Giants..........

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Lessons from Vietnam for Iraq

I just saw an interview panel on TV talking about Iraq. One of them said that perhaps we should pull out of Iraq, and used our betrayal of South Vietnam as an example of how it would work successfully. He said that our pullout did not result in a domino effect, (which is both wrong and right.....the dominoes of South Vietnam and Cambodia did fall) and thus it was a success. No one on the panel had the courage, knowledge or perspective to bring up the effect our withdrawal had on millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians. The millions in Pol Pot's killing fields, the millions who died on rickety boats in the South China Sea, and the hundreds of thousands who died in the re-education camps should all weigh on our national conscience.

Does anybody believe that if we pullout of Iraq now it won't descend into civil war, dictatorship and opression? That millions of Iraq won't be killed and oppressed? We cannot abandon people seeking freedom.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day. Thank you to all who have served, including my Dad.

Originally this was Armistice Day. The ceasefire to end World War I went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. That war was originally called the war to end all wars because of the carnage involved. Then thirty years later an even greater war began. One of the great wonders of the last fifty years of the twentieth century is that a third world war did not emerge from the wreckage of World War II. One of the biggest reasons for that was the courage and sacrifice of our men and women who served in our armed forces over that period.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Nov. 8 election pt 2

I've been pretty disgusted with the way that the unions have been behaving in this election cycle. Instead of debating the propositions on their merits, they have spent millions attacking the governor and turning this into a referendum on him. It only reinforces my support of Prop. 75, paycheck protection. I would certainly never have agreed to have my money spent this way, even though I side with the union on two of the other propositions. Add on to that the manner in which the union borrowed money and imposed an extra $60 a year for three years in dues without allowing the membership to vote on it.

Commander in Chief

There was another gratitous attack on Pres. Bush in tonight's show. We see Geena reading a book to some children when she is told of a crisis. She immediately asks the kids who would like to finish reading the book, and then jumps up to deal with the crisis. Fairly subtle, but a clear attack.