Thursday, August 31, 2006

MTV workers get nasty

This sort of thing is so ironically funny. The liberals/left are always going on about how they are the ones that support diversity, equality and free speech but it also seems they are the first to stop others from having their free speech.

Watch the video. And as to “Rock the Vote” see my prior, related post on voting: Stupidity in action, example #1

Monday, August 28, 2006

Beech Sheets

I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond the other day getting some bed linens. I was looking for Jersey Tee-Shirt sheets. They are really good, comfortable sheets that are soft, cool and flexible. I must have checked half a dozen stores looking for them. I finally made my way to BB&B and they had tee-shirt sheets but not Jersey.

They also had something called Pure Beech sheets. The sample swatch felt quite good so I figured what the heck and got a couple of sets to try. I have been using them for a week now and I must say, they are really good sheets. They feel very similar to quality tee-shirt sheets with an extra touch of silkiness. I do like them quite a bit. The BB&B site says "These unique sheets are made from modal, a fiber created from the beechwood tree. The result is a fabric that is soft and light as silk..." I have to agree. We will see how well they stand up to the test of time but right now, they get two thumbs up.

Update: 2/12/08
Have been using these sheets on and off since they were purchased. They have resisted "pilling" and have remained comfortable and soft. They have shown very little ware. A good buy indeed.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Healthcare can be good, fast, or cheap, and you get to choose two. Just like most every other engineering problems.

That is a balls-on accurate statement in one of the comments to the initial posting. My choice for the two out of three are good and fast. I can usually live with good and cheap but want the first option available when needed.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

In a scary world, America can be scarier.

That is a good line and a good article. Read the whole thing.

I just wish that line above was the line that he ended the article with. Instead it was followed by: But it's all a long time ago now.

Sadly, he may be right.

Is the CFC solution worst than the problem?

I have just got to laugh at this sort of thing. This really is "ironic".

Once again, in their rush to "fix a problem", it seems that the environmentalists have only managed to make it worse. Cause, well everyone just "knows" that there is a global warming problem and has been for years. Everyone who is anyone. From Green Peace to Al Gore. So we must "do something" and fix it NOW. Why waste any more time with silly things like studying the problem to see if there really is one and evaluating options for fixing it when it is just so much easier to jump to conclusions and rush into action. Cause at least that way you are "doing something" and in this "feelings" over "facts" era we currently live in, regardless of outcome, you can at least say you tried to do something.

News crew still missing!

The Fox News crew composed of American Steve Centanni and New Zealand-based cameraman Olaf Wiig are still missing. It has been over a week since they were kidnapped while in the field in Gaza. Where is the MSM on this story?

Update: 8/22/06
What kind of asinine, partisan garbage is this?

...the Fox sales pitch has been to deride other media, to declare itself the one source of the real truth, the sole source of 'fair and accurate' news reporting. As a result, there's not a reservoir of kinship or good will with Fox on the part of the rest of the news media.

Actually, what is so awful about declaring in front of the world that you strive to be "fair and balanced" unless that is so out of step with the rest of the media that it causes you to be excluded from the club. Also, to be so petty that you will put ideology before being human is just sick. If it were a crew from CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or any other news group but Fox, there would be nightly announcements as to the status of the kidnapped crew. But this is Fox, so it is not news at all and they just got what they deserved cause, well, they are Fox.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Melanie Phillips on “Londonistan”

A very direct woman discussing a very important issue. It is a bit long but you should watch the whole thing. She is not afraid to tell it like it is.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

WOW, Some in Hollywood do get it!

It would appear that at least 85 citizens of Hollywood get it. It being terrorism and the true instigators. No mention of the U.S. or Israel here. In this case, hurray for Hollywood!

Media bias? What media bias? II

An 8/14/06 Associated Press headline reads "Rockets Hit Lebanon Despite Cease-Fire".

This sure as heck sounds like Israel has broken the cease-fire doesn't it? Well not really because if you bother to read down to the second paragraph of the story it goes on to say:

... Hezbollah guerrillas fired at least 10 Katyusha rockets that landed in southern Lebanon early Tuesday, the Israeli army said, adding that nobody was injured. The army said that none of the rockets, which were fired over a two-hour period, had crossed the border and so it had not responded.

Would you have written that headline for this story?

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

A strong dose of clarity...

Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity. That has never been more evident than in the last three weeks, as the West has proven utterly unable to distinguish between an attacked democracy that seeks to strike back at terrorist combatants, and terrorist aggressors who seek to kill civilians.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Palestinian video you won't see on CBS

This is a long video that attempts to document what is going on in the Palestinian battle video clips that you see on the nightly news. Watch it all.

Update: 7/8/2008

This video is (I am surprised to say) still available on YouTube. These generally don't last all that long.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

The rest of the "Qana" story...

Watch the entire video.

Nothing up my sleeve…

It seems to me that anytime you try to have a substantive debate with “leftists” on an issue, the issue gets reframed to be about something else that is easier for the leftist to defend. As an example, I was watching one of the Sunday morning shows and the show did a segment on immigrants and immigration. They showed clips of lovely, happy people marching in parades and waving American flags, having cookouts, playing sports, etc. All the while droning on and on about how these people are working to assimilate into American life. There was even a clip of a birthday party and the producers took great pains to point out that the children all had American names. Who can or would want to argue against that? People coming to America to work and live in American communities and make a better life for themselves and their families while working to integrate into America and the American dream. The answer is almost no one.

The current issue is not nor has it been about legal immigration. It has been and is about illegal immigration. People coming into this country in violation of our laws. Living and working under the radar, paying no taxes while making use of our social services, educational system, and healthcare. Not striving to assimilate into American life but demanding that America accommodate them by allowing them to get drivers licenses, photo IDs, and bilingual education, documents and signage. This is the debate. Not the smiling, happy legal immigrant family working to fit into America like the millions that came before them. That though is a much harder debate to have if you are pro-illegal immigration and support lax immigration enforcement. So what do you do if you support what nearly all other reasonable people would oppose? You reframe the debate and hope that no one is paying attention. You don’t have to worry though, because you do have help. The media is always eager to go give you a hand, mostly by slanting their news and stories to help support your position (like in the weekend segment above). This way you don’t have to argue your position that our immigration laws may be unfair and unjust and make it too hard for poor people to get into the country legally and as such have no choice but to break in, which is a valid debate to have but harder to defend. Instead you and your cohorts reframe the issue to paint those that oppose illegal immigration into people that oppose immigration. Makes it much easier to vilify them and gives you catchier sound bites. Heck nearly everyone in this country is a result of immigration. Only a fascist would be against immigration! See how much easier it is to argue that position? A little slight of hand, a little miss-direction and there you go, a much more tenable position. If you yell it often enough, many will forget the original issue and believe that the lie is the issue. Only problem with that is honest debate and honest solutions are lost.