Saturday, November 29, 2008

Today I toured around St. Augustine in the daylight.

Look at that corner to the left of the center. It still has remnants of the red paint that was used to identify a fort as Spanish, back in the day.

Then I went to the Kennedy Space Center. Here's a representative picture:

And finally fetched up in Fort Pierce, FL.

Let me say. with all sincerity, that the "Mi Rancho" Mexican Restaurant in Fort Pierce serves a great chicken fajita quesadilla, but an even better margarita. I've had four of them, and my head is spinning. This place is at Okeechobee Road and I-95, one of the Fort Pierce exits. Good chow, good service, and great margaritas. Recommended.

Friday, November 28, 2008

I heard a BBC World Service interview with these guys.

Asked what they liked about America, they both indicated baseball. Asked what else, they both answered "rules of the road."

I suppose driving in India must be a bit of an adventure.

I see The Religion of Pieces (tm) is having a go at Mumbai, killing Jews, Hindus, etc., with the sort of ferocity we've come to expect.

There are about a billion Muslims. They're currently having a go at two billion Hindus, a billion Christians, and a couple of billion atheists and animists. Oh, and a few million Jews. That's five-to-one odds, among other things.

The Dar al-Islam may want to be a bit more careful about its Dar al-Harb.

There's no doubt in my mind that Pakistan after Musharraf is playing Arafat's game: proclaim in English your love for peace, stability, and progress; proclaim in Urdu your support for killing all infidels. With that in mind, please consider that Pakistan has nukes. Oh, and enjoys playing silly buggers over Kashmir. Speaking of which, I caught a BBC interview today where the BBC guy basically accused an Indian government official of causing the outrage in Mumbai because India refuses to turn turtle on Pakistani demands for Kashmir. Jesus! Just listening to that BBC prick, with all his plummy accent and attitude, I wanted to reach through the radio and strangle him.

UPDATE: Any chance some TSA flunkies could be deployed around power stations, major bridges, electric sub-stations, etc? Does anyone doubt that terrorists could land on American soil, just as they did in India?

I'm making a slow trip from Atlanta to Miami for the SpringOne Americas conference.

Today I made it to St. Augustine. Nice little town. Oddly enough, every other house seems to be for sale.

I went to a Mexican place by the name of "Acapulco" for dinner. Guacamole dip appetizer and a hot and spicey beef burrito for the main course. Plus margaritas - which turned out to have zero alcohol in them. Total rip-off. The food's decent, but avoid the drinks, they're totally watered down.

Here's a crap picture (forgot my tripod) showing Jupiter above Venus, over St. Augustine, just after sunset:

UPDATE: I woke at 0700 to the clear sounds of someone beating out a loud rhythm on a base and snare drums, with occasional reference to cymbals. This was followed by what I can only think was a long solo for castanets. No rest for the wicked, I suppose.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Since I won't be in town for the R-U-N-O-F-F-T, I went over to vote at DeKalb County's voter registration office this evening.

The view of the county jail from its front door surely keeps the felons away.

Anyway, after the damnable traffic from Marietta to Decatur, I parked in Mordor's front lot and sauntered over to vote. Once inside the voter registration offices, I was handed an early voting form and a pen, and told to go to the end of the line.

Walking. Walking. Walking. I'm walking. Walking. Walking.

From head to tail, the line from the voting booths stretched easily 100 yards. And that was completely inside the building. I have to say, I was impressed with just how much corridor there was in that building. It went on and on. And on. And the polish on those floors!

The staff was out, helping people get forms filled out properly, so you'd be good to go once you asked for the electronic ballot. Three separate people crosschecked my drivers license and voting form before I got to the e-ballot pickup desk. This meant there were no last minute screw-ups in the line. Despite its length, I was in and out in 45 minutes, with minimal hassle.

DeKalb County made this fairly pain free. I was impressed.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Charles Rangel (D., NY), looks like a tax cheat

I'm sure it's just that the tax code he supervises is impossible to understand. Ahem.

Given such proud antecedents as Alcee Hastings (D., FL) and William Jefferson (D., LA), I expect Mr. Rangle will have a long and profitable life in office.

UPDATE: I note party affiliation because the legacy media won't.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

There's something you don't see every day.

Thomas Jefferson on religion.

Money quote:
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

Holy Land Foundation defendants guilty on all counts.

Money quote:
"It's a sad day," said Mohammed Wafa Yaish, Holy Land's former accountant and a defense witness. "It looks like helping the needy Palestinians is a crime these days."
Man! Can they do US media-speak, or what? I mean, left unsaid is that what needy Palestinians need is more in the way of Qassam rockets to rain down on innocent Israelis.

When is the world going to realize that Palestinian suffering is completely the fault of their own corrupt terrorist leaders who keep back all the monies and resources sent to the Palestinian people from abroad - including from the Israeli government - in order to "grow" suicide killers, as well as to fund their relentless terrorist war against Israel?

Why are the Palestinians still refugees? Why don’t they have their own state? Why are the people poor? Because the Palestinian and Arab leaders have adamantly refused their own state from 1947 on to this very day. Their object is to exterminate the Jewish state, not to build their own. They prefer dead Palestinians to live Israelis.

Palestinians. Feh.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hillary Clinton may not become SoS, because of emoluments.

Look for Kos, et al., to demand a strict constitutional interpretation. Because the US Constitution is a living document when the say it is, and not a living document when they say it is.

UPDATE: Where is Lewis Carroll when you need him?

Now they tell us.

Hey, Hillary, five words: Foreign trip after foreign trip.

She's the Secretary of State, after all, nominal manager of relationships with foreign countries. Let her be America's face to the world, and thereby have more mindshare than Obama.

Then challenge him, four years out, but do it from a well-consolidated position of power. It'd be unprecedented for a cabinet officer to challenge the President, but what the hell. It's all about you, right?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What's good for GM is good for...Brazil?

UPDATE: Saxby, you magnificent bastard!!! This is how we send the illegals home! Right?

UPDATE: Saxby, just who is waxing the wings on your plane, these days?

This guy is a minor God, no matter how you regard the "God" thing.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

So, Hillary's going to be Secretary of State. I am, frankly, amazed.

I find myself, as the old political saw goes, wondering what she means by this.

In any event, it'll make for all sorts of interesting scandals in the next few years. All sorts of colorful characters turning up after donating millions to the Clintons. I see loads of central Asian despots calling in chits.

Oh, and Bill's back.

Though, God help us, she might be an improvement on the utterly feckless Rice.

Anyway, after all the changiness and hopiness, it looks like the Obama administration will be a tossup between Carter II and Clinton III. I'm leaning towards Carter II, with the Iranians acquiring nukes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

As Obama makes his appointments, his cabinet is beginning to look like Bill Clinton's.

You might say "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss," but I think what's actually happening is that Obama is revealing the thinness of his resume, experience, and inner circle. This is to be expected: he's been in the US Senate a short time, and has no executive experience. Unlike Clinton, with his posse from Little Rock, or Bush, with Rove, et al., Obama has nobody, mostly because he hasn't had the right experiences (Ayers, Dohrn, Wright, et al., don't count).

So, if his Cabinet is going to look like Clinton's, what impact will this have on his Presidency? Will these experienced political operators bring him success? Will they undermine, to open the way for Hillary? (Who, by the way, will never be in any Obama cabinet.) Hard to tell, but I look forward to a lot of back-stabbing and strategic leaking in the next few years.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Why do they still hate us?

BTW, and reports from the oceans? Or Gaia?

I don't know if I've asked this before, but did John Edwards have as much experience as Sarah Palin when *he* became the VP nominee?

Obviously not: His was the life of a successful ambulance chaser, nothing more. Well, apart from the fact that he's pretty. And I mean, *pretty*.

So, why did he not come into a Sarah Palin-level amount of obloquy?

Oh. Yeah. Democrat.

Iranian grain ship seized as Somali pirates hold world to ransom.

I don't know who to cheer.

OK. OK. Law and order. So, let's start killing pirates.

Just as Obama starts banging the drum for Kyoto, Europe throws in the towel.

Poor man. Elected by the generally clueless, and driven by the ideologically bankrupt - if Europe's an indicator, he spews the leftist orthodoxies, even as the leading edge leftists begin to repudiate them because of their effects on the real world.

When I consider Obama, I see a rooster crowing from the top of a midden.

This is not "bootless prayers" and "whispering humbleness."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I guess it's easy to get elected when you've got almost no record, the record you have is obscured, and people are getting their information from Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report.

I can't shake that niggling feeling that the press has not served the Republic well.

Monday, November 17, 2008

After Iraq is completely stable, will Halliburton be able to apply for a bailout package as well?

This show is so stupid, so improbable, it makes me laugh until I'm rolling on the floor.

UPDATE: "I can't believe we summoned a troll. Why didn't we think of this earlier?"

And now for something completely different.

The wife made me change my header. Too angry, she thought.

Global warming is a complete fraud.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I heard about this story on the BBC World Service, on XM Satellite Radio.

What's missing here is an interview with a Taliban spokesman, who not only denied the attack, but protested that the Taliban had even stopped beheading people.

Such moderation. Such mercy.

Bail out GM? Screw that. Put the money here.

Money quote:
Trivia: During the running of the 2003 Gumball 3000 rally, it has been reported that a Koenigsegg driver received a ticket in Texas for driving 242 mph in a 70 mph zone. That's the biggest speeding ticket on record.

Huh. I thought political violence was the exclusive realm of the right.

The Maldives have decided to hedge their bets, despite the election of The One.

I hope he doesn't find their lack of faith...disturbing.

UPDATE: I can't hear The One without beginning to giggle. My God, such utterly empty rhetoric from such an utterly empty suit. Oh, and there's talk of a new holiday, Obama Day, to celebrate his election. I suggest waiting until he's actually, oh, done something.

UPDATE: Please, oh One, give us a King Canute moment.

UPDATE: Yes, I am a heretic.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Peter Hitchens has a wonderful broadside against The One.

UPDATE: YES WE CAN! (What, exactly?)

A lot more of this, and Somalia might be a decent tourist destination.

UPDATE: They hijacked a supertanker. Damn.

Somalia, a fine land of violent, AK 47-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts. A country of sexually hyperactive indigents, with millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world.

The wide-eyed boy-child Sally Struthers begs us to save will, 20 years or so from now, be a priapic, AK 47-bearing hearty, siring children whenever the whim takes him. When he's not pirating supertankers.

Africa receives billions in foreign aid. All it gives back is AIDS and genocides.

Cut off the aid. Seal the borders. Re-colonize after 25 years or so.

We've been had.

I note that my dunces-for-Senators voted for the bailout. I'll take great pleasure in voting against Saxby, this coming December.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No mosques were targeted.

Because, you know.

UPDATE: What's a Democrat to do? I mean, it's like an environmentalist type finding out that the Northern Spotted Owl's favorite food is the Snail Darter.

UPDATE: Stomp that cross! Little old ladies won't fight back!

Yeah, that'll get you public sympathy.

UPDATE: I'm guessing al Qaeda is not involved.

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job.

Money quote:
The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, "It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can't catch a break."

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hmmm. Now there's a headline you don't see every day.

Reflecting on this evening's events. it occurred to me that I live quite close to the city of Decatur, GA, named for Stephen Decatur (I once visited his former house in Washington, D.C. - it's now a textile museum, IIRC), who's now rightly famous for the toast
Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!
I quite like that. Definitely prefer it to the modern bowdlerism.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Fox News just called it for Obama. I weep for the Republic. An actual Ayers/Wright/Alinsky/Dohrn/Farrakahn type at the levers of power. Jesus!

I expect that four years out we'll be more racially and ideologically divided than we are today. I hope for better, but that's how collectivists operate. See influences, above.

Still, there is a great deal of ruin in a nation. And he's human, he'll die eventually.

There's probably more than enough energy in this country to bury Obama's vitriol. Tonight, let's celebrate the election of a black man to the highest office in the land - and pray the professional grievance lobby will finally shut the hell up. (Not holding breath.)

UPDATE: At lunch today, at Meehan's, myself and the lads (all Democrats, damn their eyes) toasted another peaceful transition of power, and to hell with the consequences. And that's the strength of America: nobody was going at anybody with a machete. It was pints and humorous sallies all the way. Compare and contrast: Rwanda.

UPDATE: Coming soon, on my bumper, "Don't blame me, I voted for Barr!"

UPDATE: The 2010 campaign begins tomorrow. Christ! Can I bear this?

I hope, against hope, we don't see too much of this.

Oddly enough, Obama appears to have won in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia: Chicago on the Delaware.

Dewey defeats Truman?

And so it begins.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Obama's fund-raising. Nice.

I can see how a partisan Democrat could view this with equanimity. After all, his guy's about to win and illegality be damned. An American had better have a different reaction. Otherwise the Republic is screwed, and sooner rather than later.

So listen, Democrats: Enjoy your victory. Just remember: lawbreakers are not choosy.

The laws Obama is breaking now, they're a sort of canary in the coal mine. Wait 'til he has a DoJ at his bidding. And a compliant congress. And the mob. Wait 'til Ayers and Wright emerge after the election, baying for blood.

UPDATE: I'm strting a new campaign. From now on, when I feel the need to say "That's stupid!", I'll say "That's Democrat!".

So, if I take it right, Obama wants to bankrupt coal power plants (50% of America's electric power), but doesn't have an actual replacement in mind.

Sounds Democrat. I mean, crazy and all.

Roll on Jimmy Carter II.

Or maybe, you know, he'll lower expectations on this.

Oh yes. We're going to get the Obama we deserve, good and hard.

A couple of my colleagues recently commented that Sarah Palin believes dinosaurs walked the earth with men. They heard it from some such reliable source as Jon Stewart, I suppose. In any event, I reacted with shocked disbelief.

I decided to google about for the truth, google apparently being an unassailable barrier for Democrats and members of the legacy media. The story appears not to be true.

Oh, and I didn't invent the magical search phrase to uncover the truth. "Sarah Palin dinosaurs" on google brings up the truth as the first link. This probably means Republicans control Google, I guess. Let me google that....

My God. People now depend on Matt Damon for the information behind their voting decisions. Nay, their actual humorous sallies.

Matt Damon?!?!?!!! Can that guy chew gum and negotiate an open door at the same time? Reliable political commentator?

Poor credulous fools.

They'll get the Obama they deserve, good and hard, I'm afraid.

If they will indulge such stupidities in a green tree, what will be done in the dry?

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Money quote:
One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, "so there's not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair."
I guess the seas will continue to rise, and Gaia will not immediately begin to heal. Oh, and Peggy Joseph, you'll have to pay for your own damn gas, and pay off your own damn mortgage.

The One is revealing himself as the standard political Number Two. I predict tearing of shirts and gnashing of teeth.

"The One." My God, people actually believed that drivel?!?!! After the hiring of Joe Biden (D., MBNA)?!?!?!!

Obama's likely to be elected. Between legacy media swooning, ACORN's fraud, and the $600 million in iffy donations from "Doodad Pro", et al., he's got more than the wherewithal to steal this election. Thing is, this empty suit will then have to discharge the duties of the office. He's right to start lowering expectations. Were I him, I'd go out the day after the election and proclaim "Jimmy Carter II," just to set the proper tone.

Well, yeah.

Someone probably let it loose to catch the mongoose they'd let loose to catch the rats.

Offered without comment.

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