I Am Also in Love…

…with the idea of a leatherneck who goes by ‘Lt. Col. Lionel Urquhart‘, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment‘.
Jeez, with a name like that how Braveheart can you get? The MSNBC story about the Marines is quite good ~ lots of Jarheads interviewed. Pravda’s story, on the other hand, is headlined ‘Marines Mount 2nd Drive on Insurgents in West Iraq’ and, of course, it’s all Army brass and some Shiite Iraqi Army quotes. Not one young Marine spoken of or to. And they don’t capitalize ‘Marines‘. That pisses me off like a big dog, the loser liberal SFB’s.

I’m Freakin’ Starving

On Hot Dogs from Pravda. Since I can’t get myself a dirty water dog and limp sauerkraut in the schwamps here, I hie thee hither to the Winn Dixie, grab a package of Nathan’s and force Major Dad to light the coals. Sauerkraut, De Maille mustard and Heinz organic ketchup. Sweet Mary, Mother of mercy. Kosher heaven on a bun. And you?

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Attention Aspiring Headline Writers

Have fun with this.

Received A Package Today…

Inside was a letter:

Mr. Bingley!
Here is your genuine, official, personalized, U.S. Army desert camouflage boonie hat, presented in recognition of your valuable but unspecified services to your nation. Of course, I would like to detail how your support of the Global War on Terrorism greatly assissted the Armed Forces in their fight against the terrorists, and how it seriously impacted the operations of scumbag terrorists around the world, but then I would have to kill anyone who read this letter…so we’ll just have to settle for this vague but sincere unofficial letter that no one at the Pentagon will ever acknowledge as genuine.
Agent XYZ, Kuwait

And beneath the letter was…

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RIP Thurl Ravenscroft

You’rrrrrrrrre Grrrreat!!!
Though I must admit I prefer you singing the Grinch song.
Lileks will be very sad today.

Ken, You Could Always Just Move…

I guess Ken’s Tin Foil Hats just don’t provide the protection they used to.

Launch the Alert Five Fighter…

…turn up your speakers and DUCK !!

Cawring Hans Brix

Spent the whole weekend watching Team America. Oh My God what a hoot!

Sorry, JeffS Old Man…

About the chocolate chip pecan cookies, I mean. Know they went to a good cause.

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Chris Rock’s Making Friends Again…

…but not how you’d think. (In this month’s Elle.)

ELLE: Did you have a favorite candidate in last year’s presidential primary?
CR: I liked—who’s the “yahoo” guy?
ELLE: Dean?
CR: Dean. He had a passion to him, at least. Kerry didn’t want to win. I’m a Democrat, but hats off to Bush—he wanted to win. He said, “You know what? We’re gonna have our convention in motherf–kin’ New York.” That’s what generals do. They go, “They don’t like us over there, that’s where we’re going.” [Claps his hands, tips his baseball cap] Yet Kerry knows—all the Democrats knew going in—the race is gonna come down to Florida or Ohio. So where we gonna have our convention? Oh, let’s have it in Boston! Bitch. [Unfurls his middle finger] Of course you lost…
…ELLE: What do you think about Condi and Colin Powell?
CR: I’m glad Bush hired a lot of black people. Frankly, he hires more than the average liberal. He really does. And you know, policy aside, little black girls and little black boys are gonna see Condi Rice, Colin Powell. White kids, too—when it’s time for them to pick who they’re gonna work with, there’s not gonna be a mental block in their heads. So Bush…hey. [Again tips his hat] The only thing I’m mad at Bush about is the war, because I have a cousin in Iraq. A girl cousin, all right? Nia Rock. Nia Rock is there right now, driving a truck.


In the wee small hours of last night, whilst waiting for Northwest Airlines to continue their voodoo juju on Major Dad, I got to watch (uninterrupted) the DVD wide screen version of The Hunt For Red October. It only reinforced my initial feeling that Alec Baldwin was meant to be Jack Ryan and he is a horse’s ass for letting his bloated ego blow it so completely. (‘Bloated’ being the operative word. What a sickening surprise when he popped on screen during Notting Hill. And STFU already.) Pffft. Loser.

Au Contraire, Mon Petite Poulet

Senior politicians and Eurocrats yesterday abandoned their previous chorus of upbeat, inspiring calls to build a new Europe on a foundation of French values*.

Seems the chirpy promises of living This Perfect Day haven’t persuaded enough French voters to mark in the ‘yea’ column, so they’re switching to doom and gloom pronouncements. Pestilence, penury and political pugilism are on tap if the French d*ck this one up and everyone’s gonna point the finger at them.

Appealing to French pride and sense of rivalry with the United States, he raised the spectre of international scorn for the EU. “People would say, ‘There you go, the Europeans are not able to agree on a constitutional treaty,’ ” he said.

Oh yeah. ‘There you go‘, ‘take that‘ and the always terrifying ‘everyone’s talking’. I wonder if folks in the other member nations were aware the EU was meant to make them all…French? Maybe they wouldn’t have been so quick to vote okey-doke, n’est pas?

*Emphasis on parTICulairly scary phrase (French values ???) all mine.
Swill Salute: Samizdata.

Oh, Good Lord

I don’t think he looks anything like her. (Bingley will correct me if I’m wrong.)

“Michael Isikoff has become the Lynddie England of the Washington press corps. For inadequately sourcing a story reporting that the Quran of a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay prison had been flushed in a toilet, the Bush administration has turned the Newsweek reporter into a scapegoat for the disastrous consequences of its torture policy.

More drivel here.

Highway Robbery

The Saints are threatening to March out of New Orleans. They do have it exceedingly tough there.

Under the current agreement, the state will pay the Saints $15 million this year and in 2006, $20 million in 2007 and 2008 and $23.5 million in 2009 and 2010. The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District refinanced bonds on the Superdome to cover this year’s payment.

And they want the new ritzy stadium, blah, blah, blah but the frickin’ State of Lousiana expects them to HELP PAY for it! BASTARDS !!

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Florida’s Packin’

There’s a nice post over at Volokh by David Kopel on the new Florida Right-to-Defense law. Go read all of it, as the Man says:

WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that it is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves and others, and
WHEREAS, the castle doctrine is a common-law doctrine of ancient origins which declares that a person’s home is his or her castle, and
WHEREAS, Section 8 of Article I of the State Constitution guarantees the right of the people to bear arms in defense of themselves, and
WHEREAS, the persons residing in or visiting this state have a right to expect to remain unmolested within their homes or vehicles, and
WHEREAS, no person or victim of crime should be required to surrender his or her personal safety to a criminal, nor should a person or victim be required to needlessly retreat in the face of intrusion or attack, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Boba Fett

Gets Funky.
Okay, not this funky. Has everyone lost their collective minds???
(Oh wait. ‘Collective’. Different movie. No “backpack/with jets…”)
UPDATE: Hot Off the Presses ~ a paparazzi shot of Bingley looking Sithy at the premiere last night.
(He would be the Darth Elvis in the photo 3.)


I think it stand for ‘geriatric mental capacity’. CNBC offers this concerning a J.D. Powers quality survey:

General Motors Corp., which has lost critical U.S. market share this year, had five vehicles winning top marks in quality, and its Hummer lineup of SUVs scored the biggest improvement among brands, J.D. Power and Associates said.

Okay, so your $65,000 Hummer doesn’t suck quite as badly as it used to. However, I don’t own one, nor does anyone of my aquaintance except Roy Jones (And he doesn’t count as I’m not about to do what he does for a living). So how ’bout we go fishing for what sort of quality GM feels is enough for the little guy.

However, GM’s Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saab and brands all scored below average in the study.

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How Odd

First Thickly Settled makes its appearence, then I stumble over this

Chockbilderna av Tonya
Harding: Nu har jag fått figur som en boxare

I think we should all take a stab at translating.

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All The More Reason To Make It Tighter

So Mexico doesn’t like the US tightening border controls from “laughable” to “merely ludicrous” eh?

Mexico is complaining about tough new U.S. rules on foreigners that make it more difficult for millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico to get driver’s licenses.

I don’t want it to be tough, I want it to be impossible. I want our borders secure. End of story. If it means that strawberries cost a little more or someone in Rumson has to mow their own lawn, so be it.
Our border has been the escape valve for all of Mexico’s social ills. It’s time for the mexican elite to face the music of their corruption.

The MOST Compelling Reason…

…for not allowing military recruiters anywhere near a high school??

“They’re spending $4 billion a month in Iraq, but we have to cut our race relations class, which costs $12,500,” Ms. Hagopian pointed out. “That’s an important class for our kids.”

Stolen Shamelessly From Armavirumque

This is why.

Liz and her Ivy-educated, Hamptons-trotting colleagues disapprove of Rudyard Kipling, natch, but reading through the disgraceful comments of the press from today’s White House Press briefing, I couldn’t help thinking of Kipling’s poem “Tommy”:
Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ’ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

Thickly Settled

I was up in Andover, Mass. the past few days at a golf outing off-site meeting. One thing that always cracks me up about New England are some of the different terms they use. Here in Joisy we have signs that say “Slow Children At Play” (which I guess says something about our youths’ IQ) or “School Zone.” When I turned onto the quiet residential street in Andover where the meeting was being held there was this nice official sign saying “Thickly Settled.”
Heh, I love stuff like that.

Word of the Day

Brought to you not by email from M-W, but Tom Maguire of the Maguire Report.

émi·nence grise
Pronunciation: A-mE-näns-grEz
Function: noun
: a confidential agent; especially : one exercising unsuspected or unofficial power

Used to describe Carl ROVE, get outta town!!

Although one can scarcely tell by checking Memeorandum, there is other news than Newsweek in the “Immedia” – Bill Frist may press the nuclear button this week on behalf of Judge Priscilla Owens of Texas. The Times tells us that Karl Rove is the eminence grise behind her rise, which is the sort of connection that Avedon Carol loves to read about.

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You Can Send Me That Bottle of Opus Now

The Supreme Court struck down the Direct Sales Ban.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – States cannot ban direct out-of-state wine shipments if they allow their wineries to sell directly to consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a decision that could lead to lower prices and more easily available choices.
By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that the bans involving out-of-state wineries unconstitutionally discriminated against interstate commerce. Such laws have been adopted in 23 states while the other 27 states allow direct wine sales, industry officials said.

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Swilling Keeps Kidneys Sharp

No, really!!! It does!

In a finding that runs counter to conventional wisdom, researchers have found that consuming moderate amounts of alcohol — about one drink a day — may prevent kidney function decline in men….
“…This is the first study to show a consistent reduction in the risk of chronic kidney disease with light to moderate drinking. Given the new findings that traditional cardiovascular risk factors are associated with kidney disease, the data is not surprising. This study may be broadening our knowledge of alcohol and disease prevention,” Kurth said.

Research science at its finest.

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