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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Oh please,

...let this be true.


The side that learns the fastest, wins. And turning your fighters into more of a military force in the face of the strongest military force on the planet seems a little ill-advised. But then again, sweet reason isn't Al-Zhaqwari's prime motivation.

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Once again,

Hugh proves that he's the sharpest tack in talk radio.

Attention, KKNT : Lose the two fratboys you have in afternoon drive time, and bring Hugh back.

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Someone was listening

Give cheap video cameras to the troops, and let them make their own war documentary.

"Are things rosy? Are there butterflies flying around little squirrels and people hugging us?" he said. "No. But are we killing babies and destroying the whole country? Absolutely not."

Sounds about right.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Elitism, defined

Who'd have expected such insight from CBS?

"We Know What's Best For You".

Oh this is just too good

Dan Rather may blog after leaving CBS.

Where do I even start?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Adapt and overcome

What happens when you send tanks and armored personnel carriers to a country where their role is limited? You change the way you fight a war (warning: PDF link).

The side that learns the fastest, wins.

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Napolitano giveth,

the burden of proof is now on prosecutors to prove it wasn't self-defence in home-invasion cases,

and from the same article, Napolitano taketh away,

"Napolitano signed the self-defense bill one week after she vetoed an NRA-backed measure to prohibit her from imposing emergency restrictions on guns and ammunition during a declared state of emergency."

Buy them now. Avoid the disaster-rush.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Heaven knows I'm not a squid,

nor a snake-eater, but the idea of spending half a billion dollars on a sub just to deliver SpecOps troops sounds rather stupid, especially when you can buy subs that are just as quiet, and do so much more.

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On the outside, looking in

I can sympathize with this, as I am furrineer myself

A BBC Correspondent sees a Democratic party in disarray.

Which hurts the GOP, too, as you're only as good as your opponent.

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Happy birthday, dear Liz,

Happy birthday to you-oooo.

One of these days, you Yanks are going to learn the proper words to "God Save The Queen" and stop messing around with this bloody "My country, 'tis of thee" nonsense.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

To serve and protect. REALLY, REALLY protect.

So you've got a problem with crime in the parking lot of your store.

You hire former members of the Ghurkas, of the nastiest, toughest fighting units in history, to do your parking lot security.

"Bosses at the branch of IKEA in Nottingham, east central England, drafted in five ex-members of the feared Nepalese fighting force three weeks ago after a spate of thefts and high rates of car crime.

Since then, not a single crime has been reported."

Translation: Criminals in Nottingham may be dumb, but they're not THAT dumb.

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Hear, hear

*pounds shoe on desk*

Three ways to fix the Canadian military.

Via The Torch.

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Today We March,

tomorrow, we don't vote!

Kinda makes you wonder about how many people in that crowd of 100,000 here in Phoenix were actually able to register...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Woodley's blogging now!


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Fire away

Betsy's Page notes something I have as well : The lack of calm rhetoric on the Left side of the blogosphere. After the unfortunate demise of Kirk's blog, I've been struggling to find something to replace his blog on the links on the sidebar of this page, and I must say the pickings are rather slim.
I'm not devoted to any one party or the other, and I like the give and take of a robust political debate. You could call me very pragmatic about politics, whichever side works, I go with. And my hyperbole filters are set VERY high, which makes reading most lefty blogs (and more than a few ones to the right as well) hard for me to do on a consistent basis. As Jerry Garcia once said, "Ain't got time to hate, barely time to wait."


Jeff Jarvis states it well: "For what came out is that Dvorkin, Cunningham, and I agree broadly (I hope I don’t mischaracterize their views) that objectivity, as upheld in j-schools of yore, is a false god; that honest, fair, and complete reporting in spite of any personal perspectives, prejudices, or assumptions is the right standard; and that relevant disclosure is good. "

He's one of the very few old media guys who gets what the world we're in now actually looks like.

Monday, April 17, 2006

A good idea gone horribly wrong

Testing the fire-fighting foam dispensers is a good idea, right up to the point where they won't shut off.


Sunday, April 16, 2006

More, please

Via Small Dead Animals comes this account of a CTV reporter embedded with a platoon of the PPCLI.

We need this more than ever, and I agree with those who say we need more war reporters who've been through the military. We have ex-athletes aplenty in sports reporting, former politicians on talk shows, and ex-CEO's headlining business shows. Why can't we have more ex-soldiers reporting on military affairs? Why must Michael Yon be the (almost) lone voice, crying in the wilderness?

Friday, April 14, 2006


The Bull Moose is just one of many that are calling for Rumsfeld's retirement.

I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, no one's done more to shake the military out of it's post-Cold War doldrums than Rumsfeld. Cancelling Paladin and the Comanche took cajones.

But politically, something needs to be done, and soon, to bolster support for the Iarq War at home.

"Rumsfeld should resign because the Bush administration is losing the war on the home front. As bad as things are in Baghdad, America won't be defeated there militarily. But it may be forced into a hasty and chaotic retreat by mounting domestic opposition to its policy. Much of the American public has simply stopped believing the administration's arguments about Iraq, and Rumsfeld is a symbol of that credibility gap. He is a spent force, reduced to squabbling with the secretary of state about whether "tactical errors" were made in the war's conduct."

And I reluctantly agree with that.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

About time

A great Op-Ed today in the Washington Post.

Support the troops by listening to what they want. Why is that so hard to understand?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


No work for me on May 1st!

I will demonstrate my solidarity with the peaceful, freedom-loving workers of the U.S. by sitting out in my backyard and drinking a cold one (or three).

The backyard of my ostentatious display of Bourgeoisie materialism, built on the backs of the helpless proletariat, that is.

Hmmmn, maybe that's not what they were thinking of with this protest...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Fantasy's Island

If Doonesbury says it, it must be true.

Except, of course, it's not.

First, do no harm

Look, I understand times are hard in the photo-j biz. I used to be one myself.

But inaccurate reporting is worse than no news at all.

The photo agencies are in a difficult position. Western customers demand a constant stream of photographs from dangerous locations around the globe, said Emmanuel Dunand, AFP's bureau chief in New Delhi, but threats from terrorists or insurgents against Westerners often force the agencies to rely on local stringers to get those images. The pressure on these photographers can be very great, said Dunand, a native of France. "The entire population there says, 'Yes, this is an American shell that landed,' and this guy is being paid $5 a photo and will not go deeper, and he sends the photo with total faith."

Ummn, how about putting in embeds reporters again, or this that too blindingly obvious?

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The ugliness of persecution

Thousands of people will be marching in the streets Monday to defend their national heritage and their rights as immigrants. But there is an overlooked immigrant population in the U.S. who are ignored and whose rights are trampled on daily by the uncaring masses.

The Canadians.

You can buy salsa in every convenience store in the country, but just try to find a Circle K that carries Molson's!

There's mexican food restaurants all over, but no Tim Horton's!

Shamrock makes dulce de leche milk, but have you heard of Nanaimo bars?

We celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos, but no one in the U.S. knows when Stompin' Tom Connors was born!

I won't rest until the universal Canadian beliefs of aggressive forechecking in the neutral zone, adding a "u" to "flavor", "behavior" and "neighbor" and beer that doesn't suck is spread throughout the U.S.

I won't rest until Hockey Night In Canada is on PBS, just like Maya and Miguel and Plaza Sesamó. Our children need to learn that fighting gets you fight minutes in timeout, err, the penalty box.


Friday, April 07, 2006


It's a darn good thing that only conservative Republicans are insensitive bigots, otherwise Joe Wilson's latest comments might have been taken as gay-bashing.

Naw, a trusted security advisor to the Kerry campaign would never do such a thing. Only the GOP bigots do that.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

This is how you do it

Unlike other "conscientous objectors" whose idea of volunteer service is to cut and run on their friends at the first sign of trouble, 'Desmond Doss did it the right way.

Truly a hero.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Stop and think for a minute

News services all over the country are reporting that Iran's new "flying boat" really is a high-tech wonder capable of stealthy evasion of radar.

Aside from the fact that this "hi-tech plane" uses ideas that are quite old and ineffective, look at the picture in the story. In order for a plane/ship/whatever, the metal parts that reflect radar need to be hidden away and covered in stealthy material, a la the F-117 Stealth Fighter and the B-2 Bomber.

This Iranian wonder has the engine on a post, above the body, with a huge radar-reflecting propeller attached to it, a configuration that's as stealthy as a bungalow.

Funny how that little fact isn't making it into the news...

A worthy cause

This group first showed up as a blog ad on the right of the page, but I like what they're doing so much they deserve a post of their own.

Things like this and other "micro-capital" projects like Heifer International and Kickstart are what will change the world, not some mega-huge UNESCO project.

Power from the people

An interesting article on demographics and conservatism.

The liberal baby bust.

Monday, April 03, 2006

End of an era

The Black Watch Regiment is disbanding.

Sins of omission

Michael Barone on media bias.

"I remember a conversation I had with a broadcast news executive many years ago.

'Doesn't the fact that 90 percent of your people are Democrats affect your work product?' I asked.

'Oh, no, no,' he said. 'Our people are professional. They have standards of objectivity and professionalism, so that their own views don't affect the news.'

'So what you're saying,' I said, 'is that your work product would be identical if 90 percent of your people were Republicans.'

He quickly replied, 'No, then it would be biased.'"

Sunday, April 02, 2006

And somewhere in the Senate, a cricket is chirping

Senator Feingold's grandstanding censure stunt is getting all the support it deserves.