Germany never attacked us.
Germany has no connection to Pearl Harbor.
FDR is a warmonger.
The questions. The answers. The lazy and uninspired.
Germany never attacked us.
Attention Michelle Malkin: leave the race-baiting to the libs.
The Supreme Court of the United States has a great advantage that deflects some criticism of its excesses. To explain what I mean by that, I'll explain a bit about the Constitution.
Sigh. Chessbase is excitedly bleating about Accoona's Ultimate “Man vs. Machine” Chess Match. Let's run down this title, shall we?
Accoona: What exactly is Accoona, you are wondering? Well, it looks to be a cheap Google knockoff. They even go after the same style, though on the few experimental searches I did, Accoona disappointed greatly. So a second-rate search engine company with no original formatting at all is going to sponsor the Ultimate “Man vs. Machine” Chess Match? Yeah, I thought it sounded dumb too.
Ultimate: Words do mean things, and the word "ultimate" conveys a sense of finality, an unconquerable bastion of quality and savagery mixed into one in such a way nothing else could ever come close. Since this is a so-called "Man v. Machine" match -- the Ultimate one at that -- you would reasonably expect the best of the best humans to take on the best of the best computers. We all know that computers don't really play chess, but that's neither here nor there.
Man: So, who's the "man"? Is it Kasparov? Anand? That could make this match "Ultimate." Is it Topalov? Leko? Kramnik? Anyone in the FIDE top ten? Top 15? Top 20? How about the top 30? ...ummm... no. You need to go to number 33 on the FIDE rating list to find the former so-called FIDE
bullshit blitz champion, Rustam Kasimdzhanov.
Machine: And who is this decidedly NOT-ultimate man playing? The Accoona Toolbar. This, of course, isn't a machine at all. Granted, it's powered by Fritz 9, but we couldn't just say that, could we? Especially as the top grandmasters continue to prove they are better than this software, and the also-rans like Kasimdzhanov keep acting like they have something to prove.
In other words, a crummy search engine hired a crummy grandmaster to play its crummy toolbar in a crummy attempt to drum up some publicity. And Chessbase falls for it, hook, line, and sinker. Thanks, Chessbase, for making yourself a tool once again.
You don't own your property. Ever.
Justice O'Connor said "under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner, so long as it might be ... given to an owner who will use it in a way that the legislature deems more beneficial to the public."I hope you never get too attached to your property, since your local government (what's to stop the extension of this principle to other levels of government, by the way? Oh, right, nothing! YAY!!!) can force you to sell it for fair (riiiight) market value at any time if it would be more beneficial to the community in other hands. Or more beneficial to the government who's forcing you to sell it. In fact, what's to stop the authorization of a bunch of seizures of houses to enrich big businesses who donate to politicians' campaigns? The Supreme Court certainly won't stop it, since the liberals have just announced that they favor the interests of the rich and powerful above the rights of middle-class and poor individuals.
I happen, even as a conservative, to have some reservations about the amendment to prevent desecration of the American flag, the "anti-flag-burning amendment."
And he leaves us stuck with the bill. Again.
A seminar will be held in Altoona this morning for the leaders of local municipalities and their boards to discuss the implementation of the Commonwealth's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy.
Its all part of the Governor's pledge to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. In order for the clean-up to occur, there needs to be a reduction in the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment entering streams and ground waters that find their way to the bay.
The implementation of the program will cost significant amounts of money to local municipal entities because there is no funding mechanism from the state to pay for the cleanup. It will also require wastewater treatment plants to change their methods of operation.
In other words, Governor Rendell wants to make a more or less useless, albeit costly, gesture, and stick us with the bill. And a big bill it is:
Residents of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will see sewer rates jump as municipalities attempt to comply with the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, experts said Tuesday.
More than half of Pennsylvania is within the watershed, including Blair and surrounding counties.
"Sewer rates will increase; that is a reality," said engineer Jodi L. Reese of CET Engineering Services, the Harrisburg-based firm that presented an informational seminar on the program Tuesday in Altoona. "They could increase by 50 to 80 percent."
Well great. I am moving at the end of this month to a new house, and therefore for the first time in my life will be responsible for sewer bills. (Sewer is included in my current lease.) And how am I greeted at this new place? With (hopefully, Rendell says) expanded bills and no increase in salary to compensate.
"But Auskunft," I hear you bleating, "Cleaning up the environment is a GOOD thing! We need clean water and yak yak yak yak..." Well, yes. True. Very true. But tell me, if you fracture your left arm, you don't go to the doctor with the intention of having a full body cast, do you? Do you want to have your appendix and tonsils removed along with a frostbite-afflicted toe? Of course not. You fix the problem only, right? Well, please, take a look at this map. As you can see, nearly the entire state of Pennsylvania is in the green or orange stages, which means that there is not enough so-called pollution to worry about (green) or that the water table itself is not susceptible to nitrogen waste. (Of course, the nitrogen itself is of no concern; the fear is that nitrogen could combine with other chemicals and form nitrates. If nitrogen itself was such a problem, well, ooops, the atmosphere is 78% or so nitrogen. Damn chemical scare tactics...).
Back to the map: as you can see, the only area of Pennsylvania at the highest risk is the region surrounding... Philadelphia! You guessed it! And, of course, you're not really surprised, right? This only begs the question why Ed Rendell won't expend all this energy (and increase the financial burden) on the counties actually responsible for hurting the watershed the most, rather than going after us out here in some of the most rural (and clean!) sections of the state. But you don't need me to tell you the answer, do you? Fast Eddie Rendell was mayor of Filth-adelphia, and because of that and only that city was he elected Governor of the state. And ever since then, he has done his very best to ensure that Philly gets every kickback possible; the rest of the state, who didn't vote for him, can screw ourselves.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if this entire maneuver was a lashing out by the Governor for so many schools refusing to opt-in to his Act 72 nonsense and the General Assembly refusing his minimum wage garbage. After so many rather humiliating defeats (of which Rendell has had a great share) Fast Eddie found a way to stick it to all of us in return. And since it is in the name of conserving the watershed and bay and whatever else he says, it is difficult to effectively argue against it. Language is hijacked again by the liberals, right on the heels of de facto taxes.
I have been asked more than once so far why I wrote that article about PBS so long after the story came out. My first reaction was "A week is so long after a news story, but in today's digital blog-licious atmosphere I guess it is. My reasoning was a news story from Penn State that the university sent to my e-mail:
1. PUBLIC BROADCASTING FACES PROPOSED 45-PERCENT CUT IN FEDERAL FUNDING
Penn State Public Broadcasting joins other public broadcasting stations throughout the nation this week in a campaign to raise awareness of a 45-percent cut in federal funding proposed by a key subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. ... The Penn State Public Broadcasting Board of Representatives, composed of volunteers within the viewing and listening areas, has mobilized a grassroots effort in response to the potential shortfall in funding. WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM are running announcements to encourage listeners and viewers to call their legislators to express where they stand on the issue -- for or against the proposed cuts.
I do have to say that this is a good idea; I will be sure to contact Senators Specter and Santorum as well as Representative Shuster to let them know I am in favor of slowing the handout of free money to essentially worthless so-called "public" TV and radio.
I guess what set me off was the fact that the university is whining about losing this free money, though Ford-forbid they go a week without starting to construct a new building on campus (at University Park, of course -- the branch campuses [campi?] don't really count). Please. Just jack up tuition more to cover it. Or jack up tuition anyway... cause it's cool to do so. But give this a rest already. To what end should these stations, or any, receive federal money? Remember that trendy (if misguided) liberal diatribe about balancing the budget? Here is a step in the right direction for a change.
I mean, after all, being forced to listen to music is essentially the same as murdering someone in cold blood, using a knife to remove their dead, lifeless, yet still bleeding skin, stretching it out, curing it with salt, suspending it to air dry, immersing it for at least a week in hydrated lime and then in lactic or acetic acid, and then cutting it and shaping it to fit your furniture of choice. Yes! That procedure there, making lamp shades out of the skin of what used to be your grandmother, your brother, maybe your husband or wife, or your son or daughter -- for the heinous crime of having an -itz at the end of their name! -- is equated by Dick Durbin with forcing someone intent on killing you and your family to listen to rap music.
GIVE ME A BREAK.
This worthless excuse for a senator refuses to apologize. Anyone surprised? I hardly think an apology is appropriate anyway. This boor needs to be censured, removed from office, arrested for sedition, and spend a few years with a federal penitentiary. This behavior is inexcusable! Completely, totally, 100 percent inexcusable. The Republicans need to repeat these claims over and over and over again. Durbin should not be allowed to live down these horrible statements, ever. He should be able to be forced out of his so-called leadership position fairly easily and out of the Senate just as easily. Any Republican or Democrat should be able to beat him, even in Chicago, by reminding the people of these claims he made.
Letterman said it best last night: some of the terrorists locked up in Gitmo have experienced "mild, non-injurious physical contact." Quoth letterman: "It's just like going six rounds with Mike Tyson!"
Well, everyone is atwitter about the House's plan to slash the free cash they give to so-called "Public" TV and radio stations. Oh the horror!
[These] funds are particularly important for small TV and radio stations and account for about 15 percent of the public broadcasting industry's total revenue.
Oh dear merciful Ford in Heaven! Fifteen percent!! The world as we know it will surely end now, what with the blatant bias and shoddy half-truth-embracing "news" and "cultural programming" being affected slightly. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe they could all figure out how to better run their stations and nothing will be affected at all -- save my taxes which will not be used to such an extent for this garbage anymore.
"Americans overwhelmingly see public broadcasting as an unbiased information source," Rep. David Obey (Wis.), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee, said in a statement. "Perhaps that's what the GOP finds so offensive about it. Republican leaders are trying to bring every facet of the federal government under their control. . . . Now they are trying to put their ideological stamp on public broadcasting."
Wow what a collection of nonsense, David. Thanks for giving my brain cancer with your ridiculous claims and non sequiturs. Americans do NOT believe that public broadcasting is bias-free; unlike you, however, I spent a few precious seconds of my time to find sources. Here is one example though I am quick to tell you a poll is a poll (and a roll is a roll, and...,). However, at least someone attempted to sort all this out, unlike Rep. disObey, who just makes crazy claims about the American people. This isn't, however, even the biggest issue I take with his statement; how is trying to prevent wasting as much money as possible by taking a little from the so-called public TV and radio tantamount to "trying to bring every facet of the federal government under their control"? Are the scary and evil Republicans trying to hog the remote now, too? Is that what this is all about? Because I can scarcely think that increasing the federal spending on TV stations, just not as much as the stations had hoped, is scarcely a usurpation of power. Prince John didn't suddenly take control of all of England by granting lavish funds to the puppeteers while not quite giving them everything they wanted and didn't earn. That whole sentence is ridiculous. Just like Obey and all this whining. All of you, grow up and earn a living.
The New Skeptic is so named because the authors are skeptical of contemporary attitudes towards politics, philosophy, art, manners, &c. We are also committed to truly free thought, not the kind of self-styled open-mindedness and free-thinking that replaces one body of dogma with another. The dogmatic atheist, who simply believes in atheism, humanism, materialism, &c. without making his own beliefs susceptible to criticism and correction if they are proven untenable, is exactly as disgustingly dogmatic and closed-minded as the worst religious fanatic of the Middle Ages. Free thought and healthy skepticism are not functions of a different set of beliefs but of an attitude of humility before truth, of examination of all opinions and facts, especially one's own, and of a desire to match opinions with truth. Engaging in a sophistical tearing-down of beliefs and opposition to truth is not intellectually honest skepticism, but a kind of game played with philosophy, using thought to destroy thought, and unworthy of anyone but an errant schoolboy.
Critics contend that "Missing Heaven," the book chosen for the new Chester County reading program, has faith in God as a central theme. At least two groups have voiced concerns about the choice, and county commissioners -- who first endorsed the selection -- have apologized, saying they had not read it and were not fully versed on the story line.
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Anti-Defamation League said that "Missing Heaven" and questions posed in an accompanying discussion guide have an inappropriately heavy focus on religion for a public library program.
The book may entangle (the county and the library) in a philosophical question that is best left in the family and the church.Why is the "Freethought Society" so concerned with silencing any discussion of religion, and indeed trying to dissuade people from reading a book that uses religious themes? Are the "free-thinkers" frightened of opinions that do not match their own? Having rejected religion themselves (except, probably, an atheism so dogmatic as to count as a religion itself), they seek to interfere with others' coming to their own open-minded, freely-debated conclusions about religion.
Syria thinks it's safe; shall we teach them a lesson?
Syria cannot imagine a scenario that would warrant moving its troops back to Lebanon, and will avoid giving the United States any such "pretext" to attack, Syria's ambassador to Washington said on Monday.
"If we send back our troops, this is a dream, a wish list for the Bush administration. ... We're not going to put ourselves in a confrontation with the tiger."Sadly, Syria (aka Iraq Lite), there are some problems with your reasoning. Like, it's totally fallacious. The United States doesn't attack on mere "pretext," but when there is an overwhelming cause to start armed conflict. Iraq was a rogue state, supporting terrorism and possibly possessing WMDs (even the liberal New York Times said so!). Since Syria is just another Islamofascist state in the Iraqi model, and has supported terrorism, and may be holding those weapons that the Russians moved out of Iraq, I'd say we have more than "pretext" for attacking Syria. Perhaps, a moral imperative?
Wow. Check out this e-mail I just got:
The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is pleased to offer all faculty and staff a workshop on transgender issues, Understanding the 'T' in LGBTA.
Everything from basic definitions to gender identity and expression and inter-sexuality will be covered in this informative and fun workshop. The workshop will include video, personal stories and informal discussion as well as resource information.
All emphasis original -- ed.
I am glad that this is what my job has come to: a workshop on basic definitions of sexual... ummm... whatever. I already know these definitions: men shoot DNA and women receive it. THAT'S ALL THERE IS.
If you want to be a deviant, that is your decision, but I don't see how we need to use money ripped from the students under the guise of "tuition" to fund a so-called "workshop" to celebrate this nonsense. If people's lifestyle choices are going to start impacting MY job, then by golly there is a bigger problem than understanding what a transsexual is.
John H. over at Right Wing News has issued another challenge to bloggers such as myself (and, I suppose, to the good ones as well). The Discovery Channel is running a show with a flawed premise: namely, they are going to order the hundred "greatest" Americans. So, yes, out of the billions of citizens that America has had over the past 229 or so years, the Discovery Channel of all people thinks they can come up with an ordered list of the best of the best of the best.
Of course, so do I.
I won't make nearly as pompous a claim as the Discovery Channel people, but I will give this activity my best shot. My method is to use quotas, as part of a
legislatively judicially mandated affirmative action discrimination program. I will select four people from each of the following five categories: politics and government; science; military and safety; music, art, and popular culture; and other entrepreneurs.
James K. Polk
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ulysses S. Grant
Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller
Wilhelm (William) Steinitz
There you have it. I make no claim about this list being complete or anything like that; in fact, should I sit down to do this again, even in an hour or so, it would likely look vastly different. But still, it is difficult to argue that these twenty individuals did not have a great and positive impact on America.
Massachusetts mulls banning punishment. No, really:
A bill filed by an Arlington lawmaker and backed by more than 60 residents from communities including Waltham and Newton would make it illegal to inflict "the willful infliction of physical pain" -- including spanking -- on children under 18.Well, all right, to be fair, punishment is defined as "the intentional infliction of physical pain as the just response to a moral crime." So, technically, this darling piece of legislation leaves the option open to abuse kids emotionally when they do bad things, leaving those internal scars we've always been told last far longer than physical ones.
"We must recognize that corporal punishment is risky behavior thatcan lead to injury and death," Arlington's Susan Lawrence said in a written statement she gave to the Legislature's joint Judiciary Committee yesterday.Why am I being called on to recognize something that's not true? Oops, shut up!
The measure is not about prosecuting parents for spanking but is about preventing abuse, Pollard said. In 41 percent of cases where a child is killed by parents, she said, the parents raised the defense they were using corporal punishment.Yeah, it's too bad killing your kid isn't already illegal, since making anything illegal prevents its ever happening. Oh wait...
Spanking can cause damage to kids' spines, nerves and testes, according to a book on physical punishment Lawrence cited. Spanking can lead to emotional, social and learning problems, according to a report she referenced.Let me just do your job for you, since you seem totally unable to deal with the task set before you. You have to prove to anyone with half a brain that making corporal punishment illegal will prevent these ill effects on children; otherwise, your bringing them up as an argument for the legislation has no basis other than as an emotional appeal to "think about the children!" In other words, this is what you must show: there is a correlation between the legality of corporal punishment and acts of punishment so frequent and/or severe as to cause serious physical and emotional problems. You must argue that those parents who, and let's stop the moral equivalence between beating and corporal punishment, beat their kids would stop doing it if corporal punishment were illegal. Wait, isn't beating your kids already illegal? Hey, problem solved!
Not long after these scumbags were arrested, even before I could Google the story (having heard a bit about it on the radio) we have the "pro-terrorist" side of the story! Thank you, MSM.
"They're regular people. They've never talked against their own country," said Usama Ismail, 19, Hamid Hayat's cousin. "They've never said 'I want to hurt anyone, I want to kill anyone.' They're not that kind of people. They're warm-hearted people."It's a good thing they interview this entirely unbiased person with a neutral perspective...wait, did that say Hamid Hayat's cousin?!?! Why do I even have to read such obvious lies? The media aren't stupid, so they know this kid is full of it - why bother even reporting it? A pathetic attempt to instill doubt that only an idiot could fall for?
...But not in so many words. Ever since Ed Rendell fast-talked his way into the Pennsylvania Governor's mansion, he has been trying to destroy Pennsylvania businesses and make the state even poorer at encouraging new companies to start up. What a good little socialist. The sad thing is, he may have finally found a way to succeed, by hitting the state lawmakers at their most vulnerable spot: their own wallets.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday he favors increasing state judges' pay "no matter what," but would not approve a raise for state lawmakers unless they agreed to boost the state's minimum wage.
"If they're interested in revisiting the pay raise bill, they have to make it clear to me that they'd approve a minimum-wage increase," Rendell told reporters after speaking before about 2,000 AARP members outside the Capitol.
Well, that is just peachy. Nothing gets a socialist's rocks off like mandating ridiculous policies whose only purpose is to hurt successful businesses. Usually once a week I go to a nearby McDonald's for lunch, because I can fill myself up with three items from the Dollar Menu (which is $3.18 after our sales tax). The McDonald's here is staffed almost entirely by high school and maybe college students, with an adult manager running the place and babysitting them. Most of these kids earn minimum wage during their four hour shifts; even those who are above the minimum level likely do not earn the $7.15/hour Rendell is
So, let's say that my local McDonald's increases everyone's pay to a minimum of $7.15/hour. Suddenly their expenses jump way up, and there is NO compensating surge in income or business to make up for it. Wow! Who didn't see that coming? I mean, it's great that the high school kids have a few more bucks each week for their weed and cell phones, and whatever other unnecessary and worthless pursuits in which they may engage, but McDonald's will need to do something to offset their new expenses. You can bet the items with the lowest profit margins will disappear pretty quickly; there goes the Dollar Menu. It takes little imagination to see similar scenarios play out all across the state in nearly every aspect of business.
Fortunately there is one state lawmaker who calls Fast Eddie on this garbage.
But House Majority Leader Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, said he wasn't interested in making such a trade-off.
"If we consider a pay raise, it'll be on the merits of a pay raise itself, and if we consider a minimum-wage bill, it'll be on the merits of minimum wage," Smith said. "I'm not linking them, and I think it's wrong for the governor to do so."
I just hope that Representative Smith can avoid Rendell's reeducation.
This is enough to make me sick to my stomach a lot.
TYRONE (PA)- From the broken window of a Sunday school room to the blackened pulpit of Christ United Methodist Church, the two juveniles police allege set fire to the church left behind telling evidence of a thrill-fueled rampage that ended in arson.
The fate of the church, a fixture at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue since 1913, remains in question.
High above the sanctuary floor, littered with hymnals and debris, the fire's tremendous heat left ceiling fan blades twisted and smoke- blackened light fixtures.
Is this not amazing? Is nothing sacred? Having family living in Tyrone, I am privy to a few more details than the Altoona Mirror gives in this online snippet (oh, and by the way, Mirror, tell your webmaster to NOT use frames for crying-out-loud!). I have learned that the kids in question are 17 and 16, and the DA is on record saying that he wishes he could do more, but he has to charge the two of them as minors. The DA reportedly feels sick that the kids will get off with worthless sentences that will be expunged in a year or two, as the case may be. (When links to those statements become available I will post them.)
Usually I hate sounding so sinister, but there is perhaps one saving grace here. Tyrone is a very close-knit town, for starters, with people looking out for one another. It is also a fairly conservative, religious, working class town, and a good many of the people are hunters. Many residents of Tyrone are not willing to forgive the actions of these kids, and have different views on justice than the liberal laws provide. These kids very well cound have to move soon, because their names will get out, and many people will know them. Things will likely be unpleasant for them in the meantime.
As soon as I discover their identities, I will likely pass them on to other interested parties, perhaps. I just may be a bit of a gossip at the weekly bridge club... or something.
Update: Here are some more links to news on this heinous crime. More will be added as available.
State College.com -- (This will probably scroll out of the news fairly soon, but you can still search for it.)
Internationalism, an idealistic philosophy on global political relations that argues for global cooperation as the means to maintaining peace and security, is nothing new. Immanuel Kant, a favorite of mine, sketched a vision of international cooperation, diplomacy, and disarmament in To Perpetual Peace more than two hundred years ago. The irony apparent in a Prussian's adherence to such internationalism the century before his native land would defeat the Danes, Austrians, and French, unite the Germanic states, and form a militaristic state that, in the twentieth century, would take on the entire world twice, seems to me a testament to the futility of the internationalist vision. But I think there was at least something to be said for internationalism at the time of Kant. Kant grossly misunderstood international politics and the nature of the relations among states. He chose to believe that all men were essentially good, had the same values, and could be made to agree if given enough time to deliberate. Machiavelli, so long a whipping-boy of the Right, at least understood the inherent selfishness and cunning of mankind, and the enlightened self-interest that is required in promoting oneself on the national or international level. It is rather a testament to Machiavelli's understanding of human nature and his genius than a true reproach to Kant that Kant happened to be so misguided. After all, Kant did not have the experience of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to correct his judgment.
For those of you who are still blissfully unaware, I live in the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania. The main news-radio station is 1240 AM WRTA. I like this station; in fact I linked them over there on the sidebar. They have a nice morning program followed by three hours of local talk divided between three hosts, with Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, and then Colmes to take you through the afternoon and evening. ABC News and Fox News keep you informed every half hour. All in all, it is a decent station.
WRTA reworked their website within the past year. It is now actually pretty nice, with classified ads and crosswords and local news links; all in all what you could expect from a respectable news station's web site.
The only drawback to this site is their "Letters to the Editor" section, which is routinely filled with garbage from barely literate people. Unlike newspapers, which will generally only print coherent and well-written letters, WRTA apparently posts everything they receive.
Take for instance this "letter" which is so incredibly bad I think it gave me cancer.
I first want to start off by asking this question to all those that read this editorial do you know that Altoona has a sweat shop? if you said no you didnt know that well than im gonna explain we have a sweat shop that is ran by an organization that says they are trying to help out those who are mentally challenged and have disabilities yet this organization does not even pay these mentally challenged people minimum wage so the companies that use this organization are using a sweat shop they get cheap labor from those people that can not defend themselves its time we the people stand up for those that can not defend themselves and protect them from those predators that seem to think they can get cheap labor in this country by skirting around the laws that say we have to have a minimum wage the Government is just as much as at fault as this organization is they help this organization by giving them funding to keep this sweat shop going its time America stops blasting other countries for sweat shops when we have a sweat shop right in the heart of our city.
Holy Ford Almighty! What kind of editorial staff would allow Joel Walters make such a complete ass of himself? Let's only hope that his case of the stupids isn't contagious. The best part of this whole assemblage of mostly words is that I, as a resident of Altoona, have nary a clue what the hell he is talking about. Seriously. Not a clue. Thanks, Joel, for telling us exactly what organization you are "writing" about.
Shame on WRTA for allowing this drivel to get through the system and infect my eyes and brain with its nauseating horror.
Well, if this doesn't beat all:
Joan Felt, who played a pivotal role in unraveling the 30-year secret that her father was the mysterious "Deep Throat" source, says he is lucid and feels reassured that he made the right decision.
Well, the only thing that I am interested in is the fact that so-called Deep Throat is still alive and aware. After all, that means he is fit to be tried and sentenced for his actions. There cannot be any claim about mental stability or competence to stand trial now; not that a trial would be necessary, as he has already pleaded guilty to his crime.
As both praise and criticism of Joan Felt and her family swirled last week in the national media, she disclosed the family's motivations for coming forward now, why money was a family consideration and how her father remains a "sensible and wise" participant.
Let's consider this paragraph now. There were so-called "reasons" for coming forward, with so-called Deep Throat himself contributing to the family's internal dialog, and the only reason mentioned at all was money.
In other words, the family felt they were entitled to profit from silly ol' grampa's crimes.
"There were many reasons why we decided to do it. I won't deny that to make money is one of them," Felt said. "My son, Nick, is in law school and he'll owe $100,000 by the time he graduates. I'm still a single mom, still supporting them to one degree or another, and I am not ashamed of this," Felt said.
Oh! The irony! Let's pay for junior's law school with profits from grossly illegal activities. The sad thing is, this wouldn't be considered an ethical and moral dilemma today like it would have been a generation or two ago. Besides, wasn't this so-called Deep Throat supposed to be a hero of the people, a selfless crusader against the evil Administration? This "selflessness" sure evaporated when profits were more or less guaranteed.
I am simply fed up with this entire ordeal. I sure wish the libs would celebrate Linda Tripp the same way they do this so-called Deep Throat. Maybe if she had a disgusting sex name more Americans would have liked her.
I was all set to mock Peter Leko, the loser (who drew his match!) against Kramnik for the BS Fake Chess World Championship (not to be confused with the FIDE tournament of the same name), when suddenly he went 3-0 after his 0-3 start. Now his match with Adams is tied. Instead of laughing at Leko for being a weak-sauce pathetic player, I have to laugh at both Adams and Leko (and who can resist mocking Kramnik for drawing with the latter loser?).
As a blogger who happens to be conservative (rather than a conservative blogger), I hold some views that are not in the conservative canon, and I have no compunctions about making these views known, though since my audience is largely conservative I can expect to offend more than a few people with them. So, of the twenty-five people who seem to actually care about The New Skeptic, twenty of you (give or take) may be in for a shock!
Well, not like this is news anymore, but Deep Throat finally coughed something up (one can only guess what it could have been) and found his voice for the first time in 33 years.
W. Mark Felt, former deputy directory of the FBI, has come out and admitted leaking information on the Watergate ordeal to the Washington Post.
Read that again. An assistant director of the FBI, entrusted by the government and the society at large to uphold the federal laws, as a head of a federal law enforcement agency, consciously made the decision to disregard all these laws and improperly and illegally leak selected information to the Washington Post.
Unfortunately, I cannot find online the laws relating to Felt's criminal activity. I am at the moment sitting at a noisy hotel's continental breakfast, and their wireless connection isn't all that fast or stable. If I can eventually find the appropriate statutes (or someone finds them for me) I will post them post haste.
Ultimately I am interested in the statute of limitations on such criminal activity. Frankly, I don't care that Felt is a semi-senile senior citizen. What he needs to do is, law permitting, spend the rest of his life in a correctional institute. OOOPS!! Breaking the law has consequences, unless of course you are an illegal alien. Laws obviously don't apply to them, but since Felt is actually an American citizen, he needs to be punished for his actions. Neither he nor his family should profit from his illegal, immoral, and borderline-treasonous activity.
Despite the bizarre term used for it.
Lawyers, those manipulators of the system and destroyers of lives who latch onto any affluent arm like a pack of ravenous leeches, are starting to get wise to their well-deserved reputations; now they're starting to fight back in their commercials.
WHEREAS the latest Star Wars "prequel" was wrought with logical inconsistencies, such as the absolute phrase, "Only Sith deal in absolutes," and;
Whereas Lucas left glaring inconsistencies in the plot lines connecting the "prequels" with the original Star Wars movies, e.g. Kenobi's claim that Yoda was his personal instructor in The Empire Strikes Back, and;
Whereas the cavalier regard for physics and time issues in Lucas's works is finally too great to gloss over further, and;
Whereas characters from the original Star Wars trilogy were introduced in a simply gratuitous fashion in the "prequels" for reasons unknown, often in a manner that beckons a probability whose difference from zero is negligible (see Chewbacca), and;
Whereas the plot style of the "prequels" is expository in nature, contrasted with the action and implied story advances of the originals, and;
Whereas the effects style of the "prequels" is designed in such a way as to make the original movies look as dated as possible, and;
Whereas, through poor directing, the CGI creatures and characters in the "prequels" appear to be more life-like and believable than actual actors, and;
Whereas the dialog is poorly written, lines poorly delivered, and the writing in general is awful for reasons enumerated above and for other reasons, and;
Whereas this attack on the Star Wars series through these "prequels" serves to destroy much of the magic of innumerable people's childhoods; be it therefore
RESOLVED, that The New Skeptic:
1.) Decrees said "prequels" to be horribly inferior movies, and;
2.) Decrees said "prequels" to be poorly written "fanfic" worthy of being posted on AOL-hosted forums, and;
3.) Decrees that any voluntary adherents of "The Force" or Lucas or the "prequels" is to be held in contempt and face punishment until such time as reeducation may take place.