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January 2, 2005


This is only a test...

UPDATE: Ok, looks like I won't get bitten by the year-end wraparound problem...

January 17, 2005

linky love

Ahhh. I hate the holidays. I hate them cubed when I have the flu for several weeks.

Feh. Enough. Time to start posting again. Right now, some "link love." :)

Dean Esmay has managed to find a way to piss off half of Known Space with one of his iconoclastic positions here, wherein he challenges conventional thought on what really causes AIDS.

VodkaPundit Stephen Green lapses into premature Olde Farte Mode while ruminating on the origin of Twixters, with a bonus link to a delightful Lileks column on Olive Garden in the bargain.

Captain Ed at Captain's Quarters raises a good point while discussing the legitimacy of the upcoming Iraq elections

We managed to muster out a whopping 60.7% of our registered voters nationwide for our election -- and that was the best in over a generation. So far, I don't hear calls that our past nine elections should be invalidated due to their low turnout.
Food for thought... :)

John of Arrrgh! mentions the work his Rotary Club does, including tsunami relief, Polio eradication, and sending school supplies to Iraq. One of his on-the-ground correspondents in Iraq included an adorable picture of some schoolkids saying "thanks."

Finally the always lovely (and talented) Ambra Nykol thinks Governor-theoretically-elect Gregoire is evil. Her reaction to Mr. Gregoire's title as consort-elect of First Gentleman: 'Riiiight. I am so not calling anybody a "First Gentleman".'


January 18, 2005

But there are no racist liberals...

Dean Esmay recently linked to this article by Michelle Malkin, about some of the issues that minority conservatives uniquely have deal with, as conservatives.

Some of the comments at Dean's World display a remarkable lack of sympathy for Ms. Malkin, including the observation that

freedom also includes the right to not be locked up in a cage simply because you belong to a certain race. That's something Malkin doesn't understand.
not to mention the discussion of Ms. Malkin's "narcissistic rambling." apparently "supposed to make liberals look bad."

My reaction started life as a response in that thread, but I decided to put it up here as well.

Continue reading "But there are no racist liberals..." »

Fail Safe in the real world

Don Sensing links to a story about the man who said "No."

Stanislov Petrov was in charge of the Soviet Union's DEW system on September 26, 1983. Soviet pilots had just shot down KAL 007 three and a half weeks earlier.

Just after midnight the Oko ("eye") satellite array indicated a launch of five Minuteman II missles from Montana. Petrov had just a few minutes to warn the Soviet leaders who had to decide on a response, but something felt wrong to Lieutenant Colonel. Why only five?

So he told those leaders it was a false alarm: "I imagined if I’d assume the responsibility for unleashing the third World War — and I said, no, I wouldn’t.”

January 19, 2005

It's a boy! (but you already knew that)

The Dynamic Duo, Rosemary and Dean are even now having their second baby.

Since they cheated, they already knew it's a boy, and they've named him Draco Malfoy Esmay.

Ok. Just joshing. His real name is Drake. ;)

Godspeed, you two, and let's send our prayers out for them.

Rationality not included

It really should say that on some columns. Honestly. Take this one, for example, in which Michael Demmons blames the pregnancy and abortion rates in America on Republicans, although in a later comment he backtracks in order to place the blame more squarely on the "social conservatives."

The mind boggles...

Naturally, I felt compelled to reply. ;)

Continue reading "Rationality not included" »

January 20, 2005

Minor update

I forgot to mention a while back that the Smart Cleric -Paul Burgess- went and got hisself a blog of his ver' own!

Worse yet, I didn't update my link so that it pointed to said blog. That's fixed now.

So run on over and give Let the Finder Beware a try; maybe Paul's old Sci-Fi comic book is up your alley. Or perhaps discussions of philsophy a la Camus are your forte. Or maybe you just like hot chicks like Uma Thurmond and her huge hands...


January 21, 2005

Ok, maybe not so dumb

Ok. In this post, I accused Michael Demmons of bad reasoning.

Discussions in the comment thread with Michael cleared things up somewhat. He was commenting on which party -if any- was responsible for abortion rates in the US. Thing is, one of the posts upon which he was commenting linked back to Oliver Willis; someone I avoid reading in the same way I avoid "reality" TV and Ben Affleck policitcal commentary. Hence I didn't read the original posts.

I have to admit that "if you had to blame a party, I would blame Republians" (later changed to "social conservatives") is semantically much different from the absolute statement that Republicans (or "social conservatives") are responsible for the abortion rate, etc.

So I retract the vehement tone of my original post, but stand by the facts presented. Said vehemence was due to percieved bad reasoning, not the social position per se.

Yes, boys and girls, that's one of the things that gets Casey fired up: really bad reasoning. Now you know. :)

Oh, Lord, make it stop!

I've been enjoying the recent weather here in southwest Ohio; fifty degrees in January is a good thing.

But it was too good to last. I get up Friday morning, shower, and find a message from work (I was due in at 11:00 am): we don't think we'll need you for lunch.

I look outside and see five more inches of bloody snow.

I can't wait for spring.

Was going to add a shot of the front yard, but computer is currently ignoring the USB cable to the camera... :(

January 22, 2005


It seems that John of Arrggg! has become a Mortal Human two days in a row.

I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlord and master...

Heh. Good on ya, John.

January 24, 2005

My first annual...

Thursday, January 27, will mark my first blogiversary. I doubt I'll hit 6,000 visits by then.

But hey, it's been a fun 12 months anyway...

My thanks to those who dropped by, and to those to even commented.

Especial thanks to those who have linked to me, and my BlogDaddy, Dean Esmay.

Here's to the new year!

January 25, 2005


I don't know if it's just the local area (maybe I'm lucky enough to be in a test market), but I just got an email from RoadRunner explaining that they just increased the bandwidth to 5Mbps (megabits/second).

So I trotted over to testmy.net; a great place to see just how fast your throughput really is.

I tested out at 4683Kpbs (4.68Mbps)! Another way to measure that is 572 KB/sec (Kilobytes/second).

Or, as the web page says "You are running: 84 times faster than 56K and can download 1 megabyte in 1.79 second(s)."


January 27, 2005

My first annual... (revisited)

There's some great people out there. Dean, naturally... :)

Then there's Rocket Jones; someone who I really should link to more often, since rockets are da bomb (metaphorically speaking).

Right now I especially want to thank Annika for some linky love, especially since she's of Danish extraction (what can I say, Nordic women are sexy), and she links to cool airplanes (what can I saysquared, Nordic women who link to airplane photos are really really sexy, heh).

I gotta say, MuNuvians really are the nicest people...

January 30, 2005

The elections are on...

It's Sunday, January 30, 1:00AM Eastern time as I write this. I see from One Hand Clapping that the voting has already started in Iraq. Apparently the first man to vote was Interim President Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, a Sunni Muslim. As Don Sensing points out, it would seem that this was choreographed so that Sunnis would be encouraged to vote.

Don includes a link I've seen mentioned elsewhere, and I've been meaning to mention it here: Friends of Democracy. Do not walk, run over there and read (as they say) the whole thing. The people writing there are Iraqi citizens. They aren't "shills" for any US political party, nor are they CIA operatives. They are just men and women who want to make a difference for their country.

For those who are oh-so-blase about the elections, and the odds for success: here's a photo of Mehsin Imgoter absentee voting in Michigan. His son was killed in the 1991 uprising.

If that picture doesn't touch you somehow, there's something wrong with you...

UPDATE: I foolishly forgot to mention the ever-indispensible Command Post for up to the minute blogging as the Iraq election unfolds.

You just knew it...

Dean has been (rightfully) happy about the great turnout in Iraq today. Of course, he's right that the MSM would find a negative spin. CNN, for example:

President Bush today called Iraq's historic election a "resounding success" as Iraqis "take rightful control of their country's destiny." With polls now closed, Iraqi officials are reporting a higher turnout than expected, despite a spate of attacks and threats aimed at disrupting the vote. At least 25 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in a string of attacks.

First sentance: Bush is happy too.
Second sentance: turnout is "higher than expected." (as opposed to the rumored 70%+ we've seen cited elsewhere)
Third sentance: yep, gotta bring up the terrorists insurgents.

Call it the speed-bump method of spinning the news; each successive sentance is progressively more negative. Also note the complete absence of context, either in the lede or the body linked above.

So instead of reporting that attacks (and casualties) were damn near non-existant, with an excellent turnout, CNN instead quotes Bush, then implies with two down-twists to imply that he's being over-optimistic again.


January 31, 2005

Someone that should go to Canada

Captain Ed has done an excellent job dissecting blithering idiot former General Attorney Ramsey Clark's ...defense... of Saddam Hussein.

Apparently we've been "demonizing" Hussein. This definitely qualifies as a Duranty Report.

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