Archive | October, 2007

Hurricane Season Most Inactive in 30 years

Posted on 29 October 2007 by Ed Z

As this hurricane season is shaping up to be the
most inactive in thirty years
, I can only wonder where these forecasters are
getting their data?  Perhaps a forecaster knows if he doesn’t predict a
hurricane season in line with a global warming friendly stance, he may be

Unless a dramatic and
perhaps historical flurry of activity occurs in the next 9 weeks,
2007 will rank as a historically inactive TC year for the Northern
Hemisphere as a whole. During the past 30 years, only 1977, 1981,
and 1983 have had less activity to date.

Every year the prediction is for devastating hurricane activity
and so far they’re wrong.  I suppose if they keep predicting it and it does
eventually happen they can scream about how right they were.

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Jena 6 Top Twelve Myths

Posted on 24 October 2007 by Ed Z

highlights an article by Craig
Franklin, published in the Christian Science Monitor
, outlining the media
myths about the Jena 6.  Mr. Frankin is a local Jena journalist and his
wife is a teacher at the high school.

As it goes these days, the MSM will latch onto a narrative and fill in its
own story based on some fact and more myth.  Here are a few:

Myth 1: The Whites-Only
Tree. There has never been a "whites-only" tree at Jena
High School. Students of all races sat underneath this tree. When
a student asked during an assembly at the start of school last
year if anyone could sit under the tree, it evoked laughter from
everyone present – blacks and whites. As reported by students in
the assembly, the question was asked to make a joke and to drag
out the assembly and avoid class.

Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked
to the Nooses. Nowhere in any of the evidence, including
statements by witnesses and defendants, is there any reference to
the noose incident that occurred three months prior. This was
confirmed by the United States attorney for the Western District
of Louisiana, Donald Washington, on numerous occasions.

As disheartening as it is to speak with people who have formed strong
opinions on the story but don’t know anything more than what the MSM is telling
them, I can’t blame them for reaching their conclusions.  Who has the time
to do the research that the reporters should be doing?  Unfortunately, I
believe these are deliberate errors, done to create an impression, much in the
same way a trial lawyer will mention something he knows will be objected to and
sustained.  It may be stricken from the record, but will forever be in the
minds of the jury.

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Jury Duty

Posted on 23 October 2007 by Ed Z

I’ll be serving jury duty for the next few days. So far it has been as miserabe an experience as you could imagine.

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Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

Posted on 19 October 2007 by Ed Z

Via Hot
: "Hillary raking in cash from poor Chinese immigrants, many of whom
can’t be located"

Now comes the LA Times with
allegations of a broad base of “poor” Chinese donors, some of
whom seem to have scrounged up the money legitimately to get a
photo op with the great lady, some of whom seem to have done so at
the behest of “neighborhood associations” which exert “enormous
influence” over recent immigrants, and some of whom — well,
some of whom may not exist. Dummy businesses in Norman Hsu’s
case, dummy donors here?

The media runs stories about how Dems are blowing the GOP out of
the water in fundraising.  Will they talk about how that money is raised?

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Curse Jar, We Hardly Knew Ye

Posted on 17 October 2007 by Ed Z


Yehuda Baruch, a professor
of management at the University of East Anglia, and graduate
Stuart Jenkins studied the use of profanity in the workplace and
assessed its implications for managers.

They assessed that swearing
would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down,
but the key appeared to be knowing when such language was
appropriate and when to turn to blind eye.

The pair said swearing in
front of senior staff or customers should be seriously discouraged
or banned, but in other circumstances it helped foster solidarity
among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings.

"Employees use swearing
on a continuous basis, but not necessarily in a negative, abusive
manner," said Baruch, who works in the university’s business
school in Norwich.

Banning swear words and
reprimanding staff might represent strong leadership, but could
remove key links between staff and impact on morale and
motivation, he said.

"We hope that this
study will serve not only to acknowledge the part that swearing
plays in our work and our lives, but also to indicate that leaders
sometimes need to ‘think differently’ and be open to intriguing

For example you shouldn’t go to your boss and say, "Charlie
and I think you’re a f***ing moron."

Instead you should tell your boss, "That f***ing Charlie is
a f***ing moron."

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Buy a Brick at Citi Field

Buy a Brick at Citi Field

Posted on 15 October 2007 by Ed Z

I read over at MetsBlog
that the New York Mets are offering fans the opportunity to purchase engraved
bricks that will surround the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field.

Boy would I love to see a list of the rejected engravings.  And that got
me to thinking about what the top rejects would be.   Here is my list:

  • Go Yankees!
  • I hate you Tom Glavine.
  • Congrats ’86 Mets, you couldn’t have done it without me" – Calvin
  • I ordered 2007 playoff tickets and all I got was this lousy brick.
  • 0.1IP 5H 7R
  • This is not a brick, it is Buckner’s Glove
  • Benitez Ball Landed Here

Feel free to add your own rejected brick in the comments.

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Muslim Scholars: Make Peace for “Survival of the World”

Posted on 11 October 2007 by Ed Z

an open letter to Christians signed by Muslim scholars
they warn that the
"survival of the world" is at stake if we don’t make peace with each
other.  And while that may seem like a rational opening, the letter just
swings right back to the usual nonsense.

The Muslim scholars state:
"As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against
them and that Islam is not against them – so long as they do not
wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress
them and drive them out of their homes."

 Make peace, or else!  I’m sure all the criteria will
be defined by them and any slight, real or imagined, will be a violation.  
As always, there is a failure to look inward and address the problems of
Islam.  So much easier to point a finger and ask for compliance.

has analysis and the full text of the letter.

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A Rotten Article

Posted on 08 October 2007 by Ed Z

I finally got to catch up on some reading yesterday and was happy I
did.  Greg Gutfeld of Red
has a piece in The American Spectator recounting a night out drinking
with Johnny Rotten titled A
Rotten Affair
.  In a time where we’re bombarded with celebrities and
musicians who bash America to promote their movies and albums, it was refreshing
to read someone who seems to have their head on straight.

intellectually lazy, from the fat and stupid editors at Rolling
Stone to the Hollywood liberals he encounters everyday back in his
Venice Beach community. "You wouldn’t believe the
idiocy," he tells me on his umpteenth beer or vodka drink.
"Imagine me at a parent/teacher conference trying to explain
to them how to speak proper bloody English!"

How can I not admire a man
who believes Americans are the most honest people in the world,
and America is the greatest place to live (I am almost positive he
said that, but I was drunk). He’s lived here now for 30 years, and
has no intention of leaving. Truly a Yank — he prefers Steve
Miller over Sting.

And he also believes, like
me, that the real cause of terror is not religion, but lack of
fun. These nutty extremists just need a more active social life.
He wanted the Sex Pistols to play in Iraq, not just to troops, but
to the people of Iraq. "I don’t care if they hate us, but we
have to do it. But no one would sponsor us. Not even Rolling
Stone." Rotten may be the only rock legend who understands
the threat of Islamofascism and is willing to go there and face
it, without security and not behind a barbed wire fence. You don’t
hear Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen volunteering to do the same.
And you never hear your basic sensitive and outspoken Hollywood
celebrity — the ones mouthing off about Bush and right-wing
religious nuts — speaking out against the way gays and women are
treated in Islamic countries. Because they’re cowards. Rotten
isn’t. He wants to change the world, despite having done a lot of
that already.

 In the article, Gutfeld refers to having Rotten on Red
Eye.  Here is the clip from YouTube.

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A Lesson in Hillaryish

Posted on 04 October 2007 by Ed Z

What she said:  "I
like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will
grow over time"

Translation:  I like the idea of offering bribes to get votes.

End result:  Rejected

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Computer, Photos Stolen from New Indy Film

Posted on 03 October 2007 by Ed Z

Right on the heels of an
extra leaking all sorts of spoilers
, someone
steals some artifacts

Computers and photographs
for director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming fourth "Indiana
Jones" film were stolen, and DreamWorks Pictures SKG has
asked local law enforcement to investigate, a studio spokeswoman

"An investigation is
being conducted by law enforcement," said Kristin Stark, a
spokeswoman for DreamWorks.

Stark declined to say where
and when the theft took place. Officials from the Los Angeles
Police Department, the FBI and the Sheriff’s Department could not
immediately confirm that they were investigating.

Marvin Levy, Spielberg’s
spokesman, said the director was concerned that the thieves might
be trying to sell the materials.

"We want to warn the
media that anything that is offered is stolen property," Levy
said. "We know it is out there."

Perhaps they could find them, if only they spoke Hovitos…

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