Archive | December, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Posted on 31 December 2007 by Ed Z

Have a happy and safe New Year celebration.

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Beware Topless Women…

Posted on 29 December 2007 by Ed Z

… asking
to see your privates.

Robin Garrison, an off-duty 42-year-old
firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw
a woman sunbathing topless under a tree.

He approached her and they started talking
and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting her foot on his shoulder
at one point.

Eventually, she asked to see Garrison’s
penis; he unzipped his pants and complied.

Seconds later, undercover police officers
pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later charged with public
indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were
targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing
is legal in the city’s parks, exposing more than that is against the law.

Isn’t the woman, though part of the sting, an accomplice to the
crime?  If the police had found a man and woman doing the same thing, wouldn’t
they both have been arrested? 

I see this as entrapment.  And who are they targeting here?
Normal men?  We all know the difference between perversion and healthy
sexual desires.  Why doesn’t the law recognize this?

Via Drudge

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Bhutto Assassinated

Posted on 27 December 2007 by Ed Z

News is trickling in but it seems confirmed that Benazir
Bhutto has been murdered by a homicide bomber
.

Updates coming in at Hot Air.

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Christmas Hangover

Posted on 26 December 2007 by Ed Z

Food, food, and then more food.  Getting up for work today was very
difficult.  So, to celebrate my punchiness, here is something that made me
laugh for about 10 minutes.

 

 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Posted on 25 December 2007 by Ed Z

Merry Christmas to you.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday.  God
bless!

 

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Who has Christmas?

Posted on 24 December 2007 by Ed Z

It’s Christmas time yet Christmas has mysteriously disappeared from the the
land.  NRO’s Pete Sheehan writes Always
Winter, Never Christmas
,  and it sheds some light on where
Christmas went and who is behind its absence.

When I recently watched The Chronicles of
Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my sons, I came to a
disturbing conclusion: The White Queen of Narnia has quietly, but effectively,
infiltrated this side of the Wardrobe.

Readers of the book and patrons of the
film know that the enchanted realm of Narnia, under the tyrannical control of
the White Witch, suffered from perpetual winter without Christmas, as the faun
Tumnus, laments.

As it gets closer to Dec. 25 on our side
of the Wardrobe, few (save some presidential candidates) seem to want to mention
Christmas. My suspicion is that the White Witch has assembled an army of civil
libertarians, bureaucrats, advertising agencies, department stores, and
sometimes grumpy individuals to replace her wolves, dwarves, and magic wands.
This time, however, she is not confined to the perils of the childhood
imagination; the effects of her efforts cannot be escaped by closing the book.

Thanks to Morpheus
for sending me the article.

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A Christmas Appetizer

Posted on 22 December 2007 by Ed Z

I saw the movie Smoke, when it
was first released in 1995. It remains one of my favorite films centering around
my home, Brooklyn.

While sick in bed last week, one of the few bright spots was having to
opportunity to watch this again on television. It was a treat, since I probably
haven’t seen it in 10 years.

Maybe it was the shots of NyQuil or an overdose of tea, but after all these
years, I enjoyed it a little bit more.

The end of the movie has a wonderful monologue by Harvey Keitel based on a
short story by the movie’s author Paul Auster.

Listen
to Paul Auster read his story at this link
, then take a look at a clip from
the movie below.

 

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Consensus? Not Really.

Posted on 20 December 2007 by Ed Z

Consensus is defined as "an opinion or position reached by a group as
a whole
".  Environmentalists and Global Warming advocates would
have us believe there is scientific consensus when it comes to the source of
Global Warming, that source being human beings.

Of course, with perceived consensus, comes all the authority associated with
it.  When an issue is out there for debate, people can be skeptical of or
confident in the information being provided.  However, when there is consensus,
when something is displayed as fact, you’re either a believer or a labeled denier. 
And you have the pleasure of all the stigma attached to the word denier. 
Articles have been written equating Global Warming skeptics with Holocaust
denial
, confused
targets of corporate think tanks
, members
of a Big Oil conspiracy
or conspiracy
theorists
in general.

You’re meant to feel guilty for driving, having Christmas dinner, using too
much toilet paper, and even having children.  The hysteria has come to a
boil, and perhaps, with a release of the recent U.S. Senate Report, the boil
cane be lanced.

The report I refer to is the U.S.
Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming
Claims in 2007
and with any luck 2007 may be known as "the year
man-made global warming fears bite the dust."

Over 400 prominent
scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced
significant objections to major aspects of the so-called
"consensus" on man-made global warming. These
scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in
the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change),
criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice
President Al Gore.

The new report issued by the
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the
GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists, the
overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007.

The blog entry I linked to is a comprehensive summary, with links to backup
material.  I especially appreciated the section titled Examples of “consensus”
claims made by promoters of man-made climate fears
.  Specifically, Al
Gore’s quote that compares global warming skeptics to people who "’believe
the moon landing was actually staged in a movie lot in Arizona".

The more debate there is, the more we let science run its course without
political interference the better it will be for everyone.  Well, maybe not
for those who want to take your tax dollars and spend it based on a non-existent
"consensus".

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Giving Back

Posted on 19 December 2007 by Ed Z

As is the custom, this time of year I like to donate what I can to worthy causes. This year I am continuing my efforts with the Treats for Troops organization.
They specialize in sending gift packages to American troops all over the world. What is special about this program is you can sponsor an individual soldier who has signed up for the program and continue sending them packages throughout the year.
Something as simple as a phone card or some cookies might make their day just a little brighter; and in some small way show that we love and support what they do.
Go check out the website and their FAQ section.

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What Day Is It?

Posted on 18 December 2007 by Ed Z

I’ve been sick for four days and I have no idea what the heck is going on. It
has been a mix of medicine induced comas and horrible daytime television.

I hope to be back soon.

 

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