Archive | June, 2008

Friday Funny

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Ed Z

Why?  Because I laughed my ass off.

 

 

If you’re interested, here is a compilation of Brainiac’s Things
but Very Slowly
.

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Second Amendment Upheld

Posted on 26 June 2008 by Ed Z

Today
the SCOTUS ruled 5-4 that Americans have a right to own guns for self defense
and hunting
.  This strikes down DC’s ban on handguns.

Here is a brief commentary/ summary from SCOTUS
Blog
.

Individuals have a
constitutional right to possess a basic firearm (the line drawn is
unclear, but is basically those weapons in general lawful use and
does not extend to automatic weapons) and to use that firearm in
self-defense. The government can prohibit possession of firearms
by, for example, felons and the mentally ill. And it can also
regulate the sale of firearms, presumably through background
checks. The Court leaves open the constitutionality of a licensing
requirement.

The Reuters article, linked above, is obviously against this
ruling.  To mention a shooting in Kentucky within a story reporting on the
facts of the ruling, is clear attempt to trick the reader into believing
shootings will  increase as a result.  Par for the course.

Though a closer vote than I would have likes, I’m still very
pleased that the Second Amendment has prevailed.  However, I’ve been
hearing that future laws will target ammunition thus rendering the weapons
useless.  I’m not sure to what extent there will be bans on ammunition but
I’ll post more when I find it.

For me, the bottom line is each American has the right to
protect themselves and their families from those who wish to do them harm, be it
criminals or government.  Some in government would have you rely solely on
them for protection, and that’s how they like it, but for now, we have an
option. 

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Oil Solution and a Curious Problem

Posted on 25 June 2008 by Ed Z

Eric Bolling, host on Fox Business Network and contributor to TheStreet.com, lays
out a logical and completely reachable solution to our current "oil
crisis"
.  I put that in quotes because, as Bolling points out,
this is not a matter of the world running out of oil.  In fact, there are
billion of barrels there for the taking.  And as he says, "Certain
people in Congress would have us believe that those barrels are 10-plus years
away from our refiners’ cracking towers. That’s just not true
".

Drilling the Outer Continental Shelf, protected areas of the US, and adding
nuclear power are all outlined.  However, there is an aspect that he
touched on toward the end of his piece that really grabbed me.

After many discussions with
these drillers, I am convinced that there is great reason to
believe that Cuba has not only discussed the possibility of
allowing China and Venezuela to drill on her sovereign leases, but
has already begun seismic studies. This may seem innocuous, but it
is not. You may say, "so what … let Cuba ruin its coastline
… we are going to protect ours." There is a very important
fact that no one has addressed. They all agree that these oil
finds are immense. The scary scenario plays out like this:

Cuba, China and Venezuela
develop some of these oil fields. They sit on Cuban land, which is
adjacent to U.S land. The majority of the oil may actually sit
underneath our land. If they get a jump on us and develop those
fields, they may be pulling oil right out from under our feet.

If this is even a possibility, we have too take action to make
sure this never happens.  To ignore our own fields may be naive on our
part, but to allow other countries to steal oil from our own fields under Unites
States land would be criminal.

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Rubber Chicken Alert: Will Smith

Rubber Chicken Alert: Will Smith

Posted on 25 June 2008 by Ed Z

It is a textbook example of a Rubber
Chicken
; Will
Smith, while promoting his latest movie I won’t see, let this quote loose
:

You know I just, I just came
back from Moscow, Berlin, London and Paris and it’s the first,
I’ve been there quite a few times in the past five to 10 years.
And it just hasn’t been a good thing to be American. And this is
the first time, since Barack has gotten the nomination, that it,
it was a good thing.

So Will, for the first time in 10 years it is good to be American?

Forbes
has Will ranked #11 in its list of top 100 celebrities
for 2008 earning an
estimated $80 million for the year.  In 2007
he was ranked #57
earning $31 million, in 2006
ranked #49
with $25 million and in 2005
he was ranked #13
earning $35 million.

Pulling in $171 million over the past four years, I’d say American life has
been pretty good to Mr. Smith.  Maybe that little dip between 2005 and 2006
is what he’s talking about?  Oh the humanity!

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Random Thoughts on Writing

Posted on 21 June 2008 by Ed Z

Writing is like a sickness. Some people, its genetic, terminal, they’re
taking it to the grave and most likely it’ll be the death of them. Poor sons of
bitches, they never saw it coming.

Then there’s the ones who get it like a cold. And even then you can get it
real bad. Tears you up inside and kicks your guts in. But one day, you wake up
and it is gone. They knew that was coming, thought it never would, but they knew
it.

Lastly, there are the ones who get a cold and it splits, but like
hypochondriacs, they refuse to admit it. They think they’re sick all the time.
They’re inventing illnesses. But everyone else knows it just ain’t so.
Ninety-nine percent of the people who put words on paper are like this. God
knows they think they got it, but baby, they don’t.

 

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UN Official: Investigate 9/11 for Controlled Explosion

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Ed Z

I’ve written
before
about the scam that is called the UN
Human Rights Council
.  Their transparent bias and utter failure to accomplish
anything is well documented.  And now a UN official would like to spend
resources on investigating
if September 11 was an inside job
.

Richard Falk, the special
rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories,
investigates alleged Israeli violations of human rights law for
the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

But the former Princeton
professor would also like to investigate whether “some sort of
controlled explosion from within” destroyed the Twin Towers, he
told FOXNews.com.

“I do think there are
questions that haven’t been answered, questions about the way
the buildings collapsed and the failure to heed a variety of
signals that there was danger coming,” Falk said.

John Bolton calls Falk’s beliefs "fruitcake city" and rightfully
so.  A member of a UN watch group thinks he should be fired.  That too
is a good idea.  But will it really change anything?  I think
not.  As Bolton continued he said, "among many delegations to the U.N.
it’s probably the conventional wisdom". 

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New York City Waterfalls

New York City Waterfalls

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Ed Z

It isn’t a very good picture but after months of staring at the metal scaffold
the water has finally turned on.

It is part of an art exhibit simply called New
York City Waterfalls
, which consists of four man-made waterfalls located
around the city.  They are the creation of Danish artist Olafur
Eliasson
.

The Waterfalls are
deliberately located so that all four are visible from one
location – the South Street Seaport. By standing at the end of the
Seaport’s Pier 17, it’s possible to get a good glimpse of the
installations. The effect of seeing all four waterfalls rising
from New York Harbor is sure to be impressive, but from this
vantage point none of the falls are close enough to really get a
feel for their scale.

 

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Obama Photo-Op Gone Bad

Posted on 18 June 2008 by Ed Z

Ok, sometimes
people do stupid things
.  Maybe volunteers are the best people to be
organizing photo shoots.

Two Muslim women at Barack
Obama’s rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind
the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s
headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with
the candidate

The Obama campaign quickly apologized and said this wasn’t "the policy
of the campaign".  But the thought comes from somewhere?  It may
not be the policy, but certainly it is the culture of the campaign to distance
him from anything remotely resembling a relation to Islam.  And this is the
man who claims to deal in a different type of politics.

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Only the Myth Matters

Posted on 18 June 2008 by Ed Z

I read this Newsbusters
piece
on Monday and wanted to share it. It details an article by James
Kirchick, assistant editor of The New Republic, where in his editorial to the LA
Times, he discusses and dismissed the myth that President Bush lied in order to
go to war with Iraq.

The article, Bush
never lied to us about Iraq
, shows us (as a Newsbusters commenter pointed
out) only the myth matters for the liberal mindset. The amazing thing however
is, if you know The New Republic, it is a Liberal magazine. To have one of their
own turn is sure to ruffle some feathers. It may just get the Kirchick family
off some "Seasons Greetings" card lists.

In 2003, top Senate
Democrats — not just Rockefeller but also Carl Levin, Clinton,
Kerry and others — sounded just as alarmist. Conveniently, this
month’s report, titled "Whether Public Statements Regarding
Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by
Intelligence Information," includes only statements by the
executive branch. Had it scrutinized public statements of
Democrats on the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed
Services committees — who have access to the same intelligence
information as the president and his chief advisors — many
senators would be unable to distinguish their own words from what
they today characterize as warmongering.

The above excerpt from Kirchick illustrates the importance an accomplice in
myth building.  When the MSM willfully ignores that both sides used the
same language the myth of lies is substantiated.  Well done.

In the end, Kirchick finds
no shred of proof that Bush "lied" about anything. In
fact, he scolds every Democrat and partisan leftist for saying
that he did and that the claim that Bush lied us into war is an
"unsubstantiated allegation" that is "cowardly and
dishonest."

A good summary from Newsbusters’ Warner Todd Huston, but read both pieces,
well worth the time.

While it makes a good bumper sticker, the Bush Lied People Died mantra is
itself a lie. So next time you hear that belch out of a liberal’s mouth when
discussing Iraq, direct them to Kirchick’s article.  At the very least,
they’ll be annoyed a fellow lefty is going against the grain.

 

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Tim Russert Dead at 58

Tim Russert Dead at 58

Posted on 13 June 2008 by Ed Z

 

Tim Russert died today of an apparent
heart attack
.  He was only 58.

Truly a shock.  RIP Mr. Russert.

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