"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

I'm an
Alcoholic Yeti
in the
TTLB Ecosystem

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day - 2007


Monday, May 21, 2007

Breaking Medical News

A study conducted at the Quilmes National University in Buenos Aires has concluded that injection with Viagra helps hamsters recover more quickly from jet lag.

We just can't figure out how the little suckers fasten their seat belts.

More HERE.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Let's Pretend It's Not Amnesty!

Source, via NRO.


You've Been Warned

Having just spent 20 minutes staring blankly at this thing, I warn you: DON'T GO HERE.


News: Nothing New

"So what P[lanned] P[arenthood] is seeking to protect is not its right to privacy but its right to lie effectively."

And we thought undercover camera investigative reporting was the work of the angels. More HERE.

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Fred Thompson

Peggy Noonan on the next President of the United States:
Having watched the second Republican debate the other night, it's clear to me the subject today is Fred Thompson, the man who wasn't there. While the other candidates bang away earnestly in a frozen format, Thompson continues to sneak up from the creek and steal their underwear--boxers, briefs and temple garments.

He is running a great campaign. It's just not a declared campaign. It's a guerrilla campaign whose informality is meant to obscure his intent. It has been going on for months and is aimed at the major pleasure zones of the Republican brain. In a series of pointed columns, commentaries and podcasts, Mr. Thompson has been talking about things conservatives actually talk about.


Is he anything beyond a standard Republican conservative? Will he have anything beyond a Mideast policy that consists of win in Iraq, support the surge, and oppose any timetable? Does he stand for any strategic thinking apart from what John McCain unconsciously but aptly characterized as "Bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran"? On domestic issues, can Mr. Thompson go beyond standard conservative thought? I happen to be standard conservative myself, but sometimes old things need to be made new, the obvious needs to be made fresh.


Al Gore Our Inspiration

We were frankly skeptical on the subject of "carbon offsets." That's the practice of reducing or eliminating one's "carbon footprint" by paying someone else to do something that sounds environmentally friendly. Partly our thinking was informed by the fact that Al Gore promoted such things, thus leading to the presumption that it was some kind of scam. Partly our lack of enthusiasm resulted from certain disturbing historical parallels that, shall we say, didn't work out very well.

But that's all changed. What was lost now is found!

And that's not all! You can get your very own carbon offsets at Free Carbon Offsets.

Presented as a public service. Have a nice day, and really, truly, feel better about yourself!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fred Thompson vs. Michael Moore

So Fred Thompson smokes Cuban cigars. Which leads publicity-hound propagandist Michael Moore -- a great believer in the virtues of the Workers' Paradise -- to challenge Senator Fred to a debate. A few hours later, the next President of the United States responds:


Peep Through This Window

Watch, in real time, each picture being uploaded to the photo-sharing website Flickr, via FLICKRVISION.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers Day


Friday, May 11, 2007

Very Satisfying

And much, MUCH more, HERE.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Awful Things

Meanwhile, we did notice THIS from Governor Romney:
That's part of the history of the [Mormon] church's past that I understand is troubling to people. I have a great-great grandfather. They were trying to build a generation out there in the desert and so he took additional wives as he was told to do. And I must admit, I can't image anything more awful than polygamy.
The governor obviously suffers an imagination deficiency. There may be medication for that. Or he could glance at the front page of tomorrow's paper.

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We've been sick.

Actually, I've been sick. Coughing, chest pain, sore throat, fever, buboes, the whole nine yards.

It's not so much that we're not paying any attention to what's going on in the rest of the world, it's more that we just don't care all that much.

Friday, May 04, 2007

This Should Be Good

Like many large organizations, the New York Times has an "ombudsman," the fellow to whom customers are supposed to complain about the product. Of course, since the Times isn't really a business -- but instead constitutes a religious calling with Constitutional overtones -- it has a "Public Editor."

[Would it be mere snarky-ness to ask whether or not all the editors a the Times don't think they are doing the public's business? Are they "private" editors, devoted to a not-so-secret agenda? Hmmmmm . . .]

And now they have a new one:
The New York Times today named its next public editor, Clark Hoyt, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor who oversaw the Knight Ridder newspaper chain’s coverage that questioned the Bush administration’s case for the Iraq war.


Mr. Hoyt said that he could not predict what subjects he might focus on. “They are likely to be driven by what readers care about and complain about,” he said.

But over the last year, he has spoken publicly about his concerns about the future of the newspaper industry, arguing that weakening finances, a toxic partisan atmosphere and coziness with government officials threaten to undermine journalistic courage and integrity.
Yes, well: Certainly we can all agree that the primary problem with reporting in the New York Times can be traced to excessive "coziness" with Bush Administration officials. Fix that, and there's no telling where it might lead. And clearly the hiring of a person whose most important qualification is early infection with Bush Derangement Syndrome won't do anything to contribute to "a toxic partisan atmosphere." Nosiree.

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Old Dead Trees Smackdown

Don Surber:
The 1,363rd most visited Web site in the world tried to diss the president of the United States as not being among the world’s 100 most influential people.

The AP reported that No. 1363 thinks that the lives of the people of Afghanistan are more influenced by an heiress who starred in Blue Movies (OK, peagreen) than they are by the president of the United States.

No. 1363 also asserted that an actress in an American sitcom about an American TV show that is not shown outside the United States is more influential than the leader of the world.

No. 1363 also said a woman best known for her feud with a billionaire landlord who has bad hair is more influential on the lives of Africans than the man who had Congress appropriate more money to fight AIDS on that continent.

Apparently, this is No. 1363’s entire world:

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

24 For Kids

This looks like a really interesting idea, from the creative, edgy fellows at Fox:
Hollywood — Starting this fall, viewers can see what Jack Bauer was like as a child as Fox will spin off “24″ into a Saturday morning cartoon. “We’ll see a little Jack Bauer as a member of the Cub Scouts, torturing Arab kids at camp who look suspicious,” says “24″ creator Joel Surnow.

Just like the primetime series, the cartoon, “24: Little Jack,” will depict a 24-hour period in the life of young Jack Bauer.

“Just because we’ll show Jack as a little kid, doesn’t mean he’s going to stop kicking the ass of all those Arabs he runs into,” says Surnow. “We’re getting our message across to adults that it takes a lot of torture to get the truth from these terrorists, and we believe that children need to see that as well because they’re growing up in an extremely dangerous world.”
Of course, if you're a complete idiot, you might not realize this is a joke.

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The Urim and Thummim

Ahead of tonight's debate amongst the 10 (it can't quite be "between" such a crowd, can it?) Republican candidates for president, we were interested to see this announcement:
(2007-05-03) — A librarian at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where 2008 Republican White House hopefuls will meet for their first debate Thursday night, said today that the famous Reagan mantle is “for reference use only, and will not be loaned out to any of the current crop of candidates.”

The Gipper’s mantle and its companion legacy have not been seen in public since the former conservative standard-bearer wrote a letter announcing to his fellow Americans in November 1994 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Reagan mantle and the legacy are not items that anyone can just casually pick up and carry around,” said the unnamed librarian, “although it was President Reagan’s intention that they be kept in circulation, so far no one able to bear them has appeared.”

As for the 10 Republican presidential candidates, the librarian said, “They may come. They may look and talk, but they can’t touch this.”

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007


National Review? The Weekly Standard? Some crackpot from the Cato Institute?

Who writes:
In a couple of hundred years historians will be comparing the frenzies over our supposed human contribution to global warming to the tumults at the latter end of the tenth century as the Christian millennium approached. Then as now, the doomsters identified human sinfulness as the propulsive factor in the planet's rapid downward slide. Then as now, a buoyant market throve on fear. The Roman Catholic Church sold indulgences like checks. The sinners established a line of credit against bad behavior and could go on sinning. Today a world market in "carbon credits" is in formation. Those whose "carbon footprint" is small can sell their surplus carbon credits to others less virtuous than themselves.

The modern trade is as fantastical as the medieval one. There is still zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of carbon dioxide is making any measurable contribution to the world's present warming trend. The greenhouse fearmongers rely on unverified, crudely oversimplified models to finger mankind's sinful contribution--and carbon trafficking, just like the old indulgences, is powered by guilt, credulity, cynicism and greed.
But no! It is no less an established Apostle of the Unreformed Church of Secular Orthodoxy than Alexander Cockburn, in the May 17 issue of The Nation.


Welcome to the Future

We suppose it was only a matter of time before some hotel or other, recognizing the virtue of multiculturalism, replaced the Gideon Bibles in their night stands with the holy book of some other faith tradition.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

In Which We Welcome
Our New Feline Master


In Which Christopher Hitchens Tells Us What He Really Thinks of George Tenet

George Tenet, former Washington operator, skid-greaser, and all-around intelligence mandarin (as Congressional staffer and CIA director), has written a book. The book is titled "At the Center of the Storm."

Christopher Hitchens has written a review of that book. The review is titled, "A Loser's History -- George Tenet's Sniveling, Self-Justifying New Book is a Disgrace." He doesn't like the book.

Hitchens finds it hard to understand why Tenet has felt compelled formally to adopt the role of author:
Bob Woodward's 2002 effort, "Bush at War," was, in many of its aspects, almost dictated by George Tenet. How do we know this? Well, Tenet is described on the opening page as "a hefty, outgoing son of Greek immigrants," which means that he talked to Woodward on background.
In an administration not widely praised for competence or professionalism, Hitchens thinks Tenet stands out as particularly dim and ineffective:
The author is almost the only man who could have known of Zacarias Moussaoui and his co-conspirators—the very man who positively knew they were among us, in flight schools, and then decided to leave them alone. In his latest effusion, he writes: "I do know one thing in my gut. Al-Qaeda is here and waiting." Well, we all know that much by now. But Tenet is one of the few who knew it then, and not just in his "gut" but in his small brain, and who left us all under open skies. His ridiculous agency, supposedly committed to "HUMINT" under his leadership, could not even do what John Walker Lindh had done—namely, infiltrate the Taliban and the Bin Laden circle. It's for this reason that the CIA now has to rely on torturing the few suspects it can catch, a policy, incidentally, that Tenet's book warmly defends.
After reciting the litany of Tenet testimony respecting Iraq / al-Qaida connections, Iraqi chemical weapons and nuclear ambitions, Hitchens wonders why Tenet picks out the "slam dunk" remark, and concludes:
A highly irritating expression in Washington has it that "hindsight is always 20-20." Would that it were so. History is not a matter of hindsight and is not, in fact, always written by the victors. In this case, a bogus history is being offered by a real loser whose hindsight is cockeyed and who had no foresight at all.

[At least when we visited, Amazon was offering Tenet's book at a special price if you also bought Madeleine Albright's, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs. Ms. Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, unbelievably claimed that she didn't know she was Jewish until a reporter told her so. Amazon might consider adding "An Inconvenient Truth" for the clueless trifecta.]

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Happy May Day


Me Too

by Scott Adams.