It’s Very Sad To See

The abuse and bile being spewed about the net with regard to Terri Sciavo is amazing, and disgusting. The crap that Insta has had to put up with is simply vile. Sure, some guys clearly think it adds a few sorely needed inches to their wienies to attack him, and I guess they’re feeling impotent because Chimpbushhitler has no more elections to lose, but can people grow the heck up please? Yeah, I think it is unconscionable that she was taken off the feeding tube and effectively murdered. But I also think that it was wrong to have a special session of Congress to pass a ‘law’ that pertains to one person. And I think Jeb made the right decision in not sending in marshalls to ‘rescue’ her. There’s enough in here to piss off everyone from multiple angles.
The whole situation sucked from top to bottom, and screaming epithets and wishing ill on others shines a brighter light on your own shortcomings than it does on your pearls of wisdom.

100 best April Fools Day hoaxes…..


Let’s Play: ‘Name That Bandit’ !

He’s just dying for some snappy kinda tag line.

Woman walking dog has poop bag snatched
San Diego police searching for gunman; ‘Misty’ unharmed
SAN DIEGOThe hunt is on for a different kind of burglar.
Police in San Diego are searching for a gunman who swiped a bag of poop from a woman out walking her dog.
The woman told police that she was out walking her dog, Misty, on Monday night when a man in his 20s ran up behind her and grabbed the bag she was holding.
When the gunman discovered what was in it, he threw it down in disgust, pointed his gun at the 32-year-old woman and demanded money, San Diego police detective Gary Hassen said.
He then aimed his .22-caliber semiautomatic at Misty and pulled the trigger twice but the gun didn’t fire, Hassen said.
The robber ran to a waiting small, silver car and fled the scene, police said.

He’s obviously a sore sport as well.

Some Cheerful Economic News

And Lord knows, we can use cheerful. Iraq? Damn-they voted and attacks are down. The economy? Well, with reports like this, if Bushchimphitler can get the oil thing under control, whatever are the Democrats going to do?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economy seems to be on firm footing, according to reports on Thursday, with strong consumer spending, moderate inflation and a robust outlook for Midwest factories.
However, a jump in first-time jobless claims last week helped dim some of the optimism. U.S. government bond prices initially rose on the jobs news, but then pared gains on news the Chicago purchasing management index rose to 69.2 in March, the highest level since 1988. In addition, the PMI’s factory employment index jumped to the highest level since 1983.(all emphasis mine)

*Update:Whoops!! The news just continues to deteriorate…for the Dems. The March unemployment rate, which is calculated from a separate survey, declined to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent.

Well, She’s Died.

May Terri Schiavo finally have some peace.

Tsunami Images from Phuket and Banda Acey.

A fellow on an Aviation board I am on put this link up to pics he took. Pretty incredible stuff.

A report from the earthquake zone….

I just got this last night from a close friend of Mrs Crusader who we attend church with. One of her co-workers has a son who works with Samaritan’s Purse (yup, we would prolly qualify as Fundies in most of your books, so get over it….) and his team is one of the last in the areas affected by the tsunami. He sent along this email describing what the latest quake was like:

Hello everyone,
Well, if you have turned on a TV then you probably know that we got some excitement last night. At about 11:10pm local time (11:10am EST) we got shaken by an 8.7 (so I’ve heard) earthquake. This marks the 5th earthquake that I’ve felt in the two months that I’ve been here (not counting the tiny little shakes we’ve had, which have been numerous). I was awaken by my bed violently shaking. I instantly knew what was happening but it took an extra

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Love Is In The Air

Bloggers falling in love with other bloggers is so yesterday.
Truly hip and happening bloggers are arranging their kid’s marriages.

I had a Lileks Day Today

And while I’m sure Gnat is a wonderful child, I of course much prefer my little girl. In fact, I had such fun while I was in the Big City today with daughter that I’m not going to look and see what sort of damage THS and Crusader wrought in my absence. Thanks to Emily I knew what time it was when we left the house this morning:

We rode the ferry in to Pier 11 (at the foot of Wall Street), popped into my office for a minute, then took the Lex Line up to 59th and from there we walked up to the Frick on 70th. We spent quite a while there just ooing and ahhing at the fantastic displays. I can never look at the painting of Thomas More too much. No photo of it can possibly do it justice. And one simply can not look at the painting of Lady Hamilton as Nature without smiling. It seems every other painting of that era showed the women with these flat, forced smiles, yet here is a woman who is truly joyous and turning a blind eye to misfortune (Oops! Sorry; that was her boyfriend).
We then walked up to 80th and spent a few hours at the Met, hanging out in egyptian tombs and checking out the furniture exhibits. Great stuff, and, shockingly, we never did get to the best stuff; oh well, maybe the next time DaveJ is in town…
Daughter then decided it was time to go “shopping” on 5th Avenue, which I agreed to so long as she remembered that “shopping” is not synonymous with “buying”. So we strolled from 80th down to the mid-50s and wandered in and out of various stores. The highlight for her was spending time in Saks getting her makeup done at the Lancôme counter.She had a wonderful time. The only possible hitch to all of this is that NJSue has given daughter very clear instructions that she is not allowed to leave the house with makeup on. I think the loophole we found is that, as per her mother’s instructions, she did not, in fact, leave the house with makeup on; we had it put on in Manhattan.
I may not live to see the dawn.
The highlight of the long walk back to 34th and the East River was seeing a bus that fell into a hole:

Well, aside from the two margaritas at lunch, mind you…

Tin Pots, Hot Spots, Tempests and Despots

You’re right. Africa.
I’ve been doing an admirable job, blonde-wise, of keeping up with the goings, comings and hand wringings about Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Chad…the misery list seems interminable doesn’t it? Major Dad’s photos from Somalia sit framed on our sofa table (they were one of the first Marine Corps heavy helo outfits in) and he talks sometimes about what a jolt Mogadishu had been. Even to jarheads who’d prowled the depths of Olongapo and thought they knew what third world was. This time though, I find myself nodding ‘ah so’ or giving Major Dad a smidge more background to the story they just had on the screen because of a book I picked up last year. I’d like to recommend it, if you haven’t read it and have an interest in such things. It’s called Dark Star Safari: overland from Cairo to Capetown, by Paul Theroux (2003). It’s a travelogue. Forty years before he’d been both a teacher in Uganda and Peace Corps worker in Malawi. On the eve of his 60th birthday he determined to go ‘walk-about’ in the Africa of his 20’s. See if it was still there, if any of his friends were, if any of those dusty days spent teaching had sown seeds.

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Annan Cleared in Oil-for-Food…

MSNBCdotCom is reporting, from a AP flash. Can’t wait to read the whole thing. I’ll link when available.
*Update: Here it is. He’s the teflon secretary, so far. Damn! It’s good to be king…

NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators probing the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq will criticize U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his son, and the Swiss company that employed him but will not accuse the U.N. chief of corruption*, officials said.
The report to be released Tuesday will fault Annan for failing to take aggressive action to deal with possible conflict of interest in the awarding of a U.N. oil-for-food contract to Cotecna Inspection S.A., which employed his son, Kojo, in Africa, the officials said.

It will also be highly critical of Kojo Annan for concealing information about his dealings with Cotecna and for deceiving his father, and it will blame the Swiss firm for failing to make information public about the secretary-general’s son, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

*emphasis mine
**Update: Today’s Wall Street Journal Opinion Page says Annan is a schmoo. Ya think?!

Grey Lady, Your Knickers Are Showing…

In our house, say when Ebola conveniently ‘forgets’ or ‘neglects to mention’ some sort of pertinent fact, we call it ‘selective memory‘. When the New Yawk Times does it, it’s still called ‘journalism‘. What a great system. The first batch of pertinent, neglected information is pointed out in paragraph one. Continue reading the whole schlmeal for the whole reveal…

March 29, 2005 — THE brush-back pitch thrown by The New York Times at the New York Yankees in an editorial on Sunday had Bronx Bomber executives accusing the broadsheet of hypocrisy and bias yesterday.
The Times editorial — which accused the Yankees of “acting like a superstar free agent and asking for the moon” in its plans for a new stadium — never mentioned that the Times Co. is a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox and has a substantial self-interest in stopping the Yankees from building a new, more profitable stadium.

A Yankee insider snickered, “The Gray Lady’s Red Sox are showing.”

BUUUwaaahahahahahaha !!!!

The inept and innocent Mr. Bingley is taking the Bunny on a culturalizing tour of the Big Apple, leaving Crusader and myself

unrestrained and unsupervised. Oh GIRD YOUR LOINS, Townspeople….

A Video Giant Slayer ?

Or Slayer of Video Giant?

Sony Ordered to Halt PlayStation Sales
March 28, 2005 09:47:00 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp. said on Monday it was ordered by a U.S. court to halt sales of its blockbuster PlayStation consoles in the United States and pay $90 million in damages to a California tech company, Immersion Corp. (IMMR), whose shares jumped more then 5 percent.

Seems the big guys had pinched (‘infringed’, heh) Immersion’s technology that makes a game controller vibrate in sync with actions in games. Buy yours now, before the order goes into effect. Or better yet…don’t. Corporate fascists.

8.3 Quake In the Tsunami Area

Oh Man.

Word of the Day

Saturday’s was too good not to post:
gorgonize \GOR-guh-nyze\ verb:
to have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on : stupefy, petrify
The bus driver could gorgonize any unruly child with a single glance.
That isn’t the only word that starts with ‘gor‘ and winds up being stupefying…

Had to chuckle on the ride in to work today…

hearing (the singer formally known as) Cat Stevens singing this on the radio. I am sure that that is always a hit around his Islamic buddies ….

The Ted Kennedy VW Ad

It’s getting hard to find it these days, so as a service to our loyal readers here it is.
I scanned it out of the National Lampoon Encyclopedia Of Humor (copyright 1973) that I, um, borrowed from THS a few years ago…like 20.
It still makes me laugh.

Culture Alert

Daughter has the week off from school, so I’m taking her to the Frick on Tuesday.
And maybe tea at the Plaza, for the last time.
And then we’ll go look at the good stuff at the Met!
(my sweet bride has to work, and she’s very jealous about this)

Happy Easter

Looking foward to the traditional Easter meal of burgers with guacamole and a lot of australian chardonnay…

Some More Good News From Iraq (sorry Arthur)

MPs and Medics make us all proud during and ambush on a convoy. It’s all about training and discipline in a firefight. Well done guys!
(Thanks to Real JeffS for the link)

Sod Off Swampy T-Shirt Photo Submissions

We have been promised (and are giddy with anticipation) a military beefcake photo shoot, courtesy of our Middle Eastern correspondant The Real JeffS. (Who has also been plied with cookies and Sumo videos to ensure his co-operation.) Oh…baby! Should any of you proud posers be so inclined, we would be delighted to see the fruits of our vivid imaginations displayed in all their cantankerous glory. If the bashful type, please wear them in good comfort and better company, whilst remembering the words of a fine British patron of ours:
“Right, I’m off to annoy some environmentalists…”

Lunch In Buzios

Yum. A grilled 2 lb. lobster and a caipirinha.
Everything goes great with caipirinhas.

The THS Rail Road Tie Wall

Because I Need A Laugh

I will link to this outrageous assault on my good name.
I’m shocked, shocked.
Now where are my winnings?

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