Archive | February, 2008

Quote of the Day

Posted on 28 February 2008 by Ed Z

I meant to post this yesterday, but I didn’t have the time.

"If someone gets into
your house, which would you rather have, a handgun or a telephone? You can
call the police if you want, and they’ll get there, and they’ll take a picture
of your dead body. But they can’t get there in time to save your life. The
first line of defense is you."

-Tom Pamer, from The Cato Institute, as quoted by John Stossel.  Stossel
explains clearly that gun control is not crime control.

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William F. Buckley, November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008

Posted on 27 February 2008 by Ed Z

William F.
Buckley
has died today at the age of 82.

Thank you for all your contributions.  My thoughts and prayers are with
his family.

The National Review has the
announcement and Hot
Air
has some info and clips of WFB in action.

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NHL Trade Deadline

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Ed Z

Today at 3pm marks the NHL trade deadline.  If you’re a fan of hockey,
this is usually a busy day.

Several big trades have already taken place with the Buffalo Sabres sending
impending free agent defenseman Brian Campbell to the San Jose Sharks for
forward Steve Bernier and a pick.  This takes the best available defenseman
out of play for other teams looking for a powerplay quarterback.  The New
York Rangers will not be pleased.

Also, the Tampa Bay Lightning sent 2003-04 Conn Smythe winner Brad Richards
and goalie Johan Holmqvist to the Dallas Stars for goalie Mike Smith and
forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern.  Tampa Bay makes salary space for
the recently signed  defenseman Dan Boyle (another Rangers target) and gets
a potential star starting goalie.  The Stars add offensive punch with
Richards who is bound to improve with a better cast around him.

One of the last big name players available is Atlanta Thrashers sniper Marian
Hossa.  His rumored destination has been The Montreal Canadiens.

TSN has a
running log of all the activity for the day
.

And for a look back at some of the past blockbuster deals on deadline day check
out this ESPN article
.

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Friday Funny

Posted on 22 February 2008 by Ed Z

I laugh every time I watch this. Enjoy.

 

 

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A Visit to Bizarro World, aka the BBC

Posted on 20 February 2008 by Ed Z

From The
Corner
:

BBC:
McCain is al-Qaeda’s choice

It just boggles the mind how these liberals think.

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Michelle Obama is Disappointed in You (If you don’t support her hubby)

Posted on 18 February 2008 by Ed Z

Today in Milwaukee Michelle Obama commented
on her feelings for America during her "adult life"
.

"What we have learned
over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a
comeback and let me tell you something, For the first time in my
adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just
because Barack has done well, but because I think people are
hungry for change. I have been desperate to see our country moving
in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration
and disappointment. I have seen people who are hungry to be
unified around some basic common issues. It has made me
proud."

That is quite a statement coming from a potential first
lady.  Bryan
at Hot Air lays out some basic achievements
since she turned 18 that should
make her proud, but apparently that doesn’t matter.  How completely tasteless.

So what did she think of our country?  It would be
interesting to know.

She’s only impressed that some have taken an interest in her
husband being President.  So if you’re not in favor of a no experience,
empty promising, class warfare candidate she’ll be disappointed in you. 
Please, put me on the top of that list.

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The Safety Valve

Posted on 13 February 2008 by Ed Z

Here is scenario: Obama wins the nomination based on slogans, slick YouTube
videos, and the fact that right now, he isn’t Hillary Clinton.

He says nothing, he stands for nothing and truly, he has accomplished nothing
that makes him qualified to run the country. Hot
Air recently highlighted an Obama focus group that could barely form sentences
when asked to name one of his accomplishments
.

Hope and Change. That’s it.

So, what happens when more Democrats start
to think like Dawn
?

Obama is untested to say the
least. He’s 40, has won exactly one statewide election -where his
opponent was a transplant from another state – and he didn’t even
give a crap about that job enough to so much as finish a half of
it before he decides no running the United States is what he’d be
better at.

The safety valve.

An associate of mine brought to my attention the enduring myth that
Democratic delegates are "bound on the first ballot". They
are not
. So, come convention time, if Obama’s hollow act is played out and
his numbers versus McCain are suffering, you might see Hillary come in to save
the day. Would there be any better script for her? There is no doubt in my mind
that she and her cronies will be working behind the scenes to put this into
play.

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Commercial Rotation

Posted on 08 February 2008 by Ed Z

My office has CNBC on all day. That alone is enough to make me wish for a
good old-fashioned punch to the jaw. There is however another form of torture,
and that is the rotation of commercials, or lack thereof.

There is the New York Times home delivery commercial with an annoying woman
encourages us to get the paper by squawking "call". This ad is on all
day.

Then there are the seasonal commercials that get heavy play and it would seem
every time you stop and listen it is there in the background.

This past Christmas it was the screaming Fortunoff’s lady. No wonder they’re
bankrupt. And over the summer, we had a Mercedes-Benz
Summer Love Event
. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love
you, I love you, I love you… for pity’s sake end it now.

Valentine’s Day is coming so I get to see and hear the Vermont
Teddy Bear commercial
. This has a song so excruciating it makes waterboarding
look good.

I have a very simple solution to this. The companies that pay for these
commercials to be produced should be required to sit in a room and listen to it
over and over again. If you can get through the day without clawing at the
locked door, then let it run. I would guess that five or six repeats of any of
the above commercials above would have resulted in them all being shelved.

All of these companies have lost my business forever (well I would never
touch the NY Times anyway) because of their ads. I wonder if they know this.

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All About the Sun

Posted on 08 February 2008 by Ed Z

I’ve always been skeptical of the impact human beings have on the plant’s
weather.  While I know we can be brutal to other species, even driving them
to extinction; the big picture may reveal that our SUV’s have little consequence.

Back in 1991, before Al Gore
first shouted that the Earth was in the balance, the Danish
Meteorological Institute released a study using data that went
back centuries that showed that global temperatures closely
tracked solar cycles.

To many, those data were
convincing. Now, Canadian scientists are seeking additional
funding for more and better "eyes" with which to observe
our sun, which has a bigger impact on Earth’s climate than all the
tailpipes and smokestacks on our planet combined.

It
is all about the sun
.

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Giants Parade Photos

Giants Parade Photos

Posted on 05 February 2008 by Ed Z

The head count comes to over one million people and the noise and energy
seemed like 10 million.

JR set up a gallery of his pictures, click on the photo below to check it
out.

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