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Thursday, February 19, 2004

This is the sort of leftwing horseshit that Democrats would foist on us if given any chance at all.

What's more they would do it because it's "what's best for us." Or maybe they'll be saying it's "for the chidren." Some people would be willing to put up with it, but I'm not one of them. It's not that I want to drink and drive. I just believe it's a bad idea to give up your rights. I especially believe it's a bad idea to allow MORE government intrusion into our lives.

Craig Kilborn was wrong to show a photo of candidate Bush in a set of crosshairs and it's still wrong to do it with John Kerry.

Reuters released the photo and then pled stupid that anyone would object to seeing a presidential contender for the most powerful office in the world in crosshairs.

Are they really so stupid to not know that this would be a controversial photo?

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

It looks like 64 bit computing will be the standard for the foreseeable future.

Wow. It was just a month ago that Howard Dean was the Democratic frontrunner and looked to be headed to a fall election campaign against President Bush. Yesterday Dean quit the race when he only won 18% of the Democratic primary in Wisconsin.

I said it a couple of weeks ago. The only thing the Democrats want to do is win. They will vote for anyone with the D after their name. Dean was the gut instinct of the party. He advocated for a form of government that most Democrats want. The problem was the he was unelectable to the majority of Americans and so they dumped Dean for Kerry.

Kerry is close to Dean in how he would govern except you knew Howard Dean believed what he said. Kerry says what he believes you want him to believe a la Bill Clinton and that's fine with the Democratic party so long as they win.

David Frum reveals some very interesting facts about Canadian politics and demographics:

Although French Quebeckers constitute only about 20% of the Canadian population, they number some 80% of the population in the country’s second-largest province – and within the borders of that province, they exert their power with the uninhibited enthusiasm of an untrammeled majority.

It is illegal to post an English-language sign in the province of Quebec. A Quebecker has held the prime ministership of Canada for all but 18 months of the past 36 years. And over those same 36 years, Quebec has received C$201 billion more from the federal Treasury than it has paid in. (Over those same years, the province of Alberta paid in $167 billion more than it received back.)

The tens of millions misappropriated in this latest in a long series of Quebec financial scandals may add only a few additional dollars to the balance. But you can understand why so few English Canadians continue to believe in the pieties that the Toronto Star urges them to mouth.

The Quebec-based Liberals have held power in Canada for all but 31 of the past 108 years – a better record than either Mexico’s Institutional Revolution Party or the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Under the circumstances, it is a wonder that they don’t steal even more than they do. At the same time, it’s also a wonder that Canadians have tolerated the stealing as long as they have.

I had no idea.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Fly the copter is a simple game, but it's fun.

I've been keeping this to myself, but it's time to share. Classic '80's games

There's Pac-man, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, and others. I'm crappy at video games, but I did play these.

Wow! Alex Rodriguez is now a Yankee, but I'm saying Wow! because as it turned out the Rangers paid A Rod a wee bit under $47 millon a year for the three years he was in Texas. $47 million a year to play baseball! It's little comfort to know that his original base salary for the Rangers was $25.2 million a year. That's still ridiculous.

I was so inspired by a post at Belmont Club that I just had to share it:

After attacking Kurdish leadership while celebrating Eid, they went on to destroy police station after police station. Yesterday at Fallujah, Islamic terrorists "staged simultaneous morning assaults on three police stations, a civil defense base and the mayor's office". In the future many observations will be made of this battle: that the Al Qaeda timed their assaults to coincide with US unit rotations through Iraq; that they chose the moment when the baton is passing from US soldier to Iraqi policeman. But if the Iraqi nation goes on to live another hundred years, it will remember this:

Officers from the 82nd Airborne Division stationed a 10-minute drive away could hear the battle clearly. They offered help but the Hammad said it wasn't needed. The Americans did provide additional ammunition and weapons, including light machine guns. After the battle, soldiers at the civil defense base proudly displayed a light machine gun and a pair of rocket propelled grenade launchers they had captured from the attackers.

That when dying and bleeding, beset by the flower of terrorism, with pistol to set against automatic rifle and grenade, the Iraqi police did not ask for help from 82nd Airborne. They asked for ammunition.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Daniel Okrent, Ombudsman for The New York Times, interviews himself in today's Times.