PL pointed this one out:eBay item 2450501898 (Ends Jan-05-04 04:38:41 PST) - Aircraft carrier (deommissioned ) for sale
It appears that I'm finally a terrorist suspect:
FBI urges police to watch for people carrying almanacs.
Nude, but not in Omaha.
USATODAY.com - Woman ticketed for appearing naked on Internet.
We saw this coming: OnStar=Big Brother.
This Car Can Talk. What It Says May Cause Concern. (NYT).
From DEBKAfile, a site focusing on international terrorism, this observation - Indications Saddam Was Not in Hiding But a Captive.
2004 Will Be the U.S.'S Best Year Economically in Last 20 Years, The Conference Board Reports in a Revised Forecast - It appears that the economy won't be the place for leftists to attack President Bush.
More on Bush & Space Revival:Dennis E. Powell on Space Exploration on National Review Online.
The One - On ESPN2's chess championships, Garry Kasparov tries to stop the rise of the machines. - I saw some of this, it was fun. I must admit to pulling for 'man' in this one.
A column from August about Alabama's own Roy Moore by my favorite reformed English socialist - Moore's Law - The immorality of the Ten Commandments. By Christopher Hitchens.
We may be CourtTV junkies, but I just can't see how this guy got off COURTTV.COM - TRIALS - Millionaire Durst acquitted of neighbor's murder.
Along those same lines, but more fun is this one - Which famous artist most reflects your personality? - Quizilla.
I took the Myers-Brigs personality test at SimilarMinds.com - Free Personality Tests and Community and came out a "Promoter". If: Bored, then: Give it a try.
A lot of scandal while we were at the coaching clinic:
I am entertained by Ann Coulter. She is a leftist's nightmare - something that should not exist - an attractive woman who is a true-believing conservative who will not shut up and has no fear - she'll say anything to win an argument. Her latest bestseller, Treason, accuses the Democratic Party of being treasonous - since World War II. She has actually led some conservative/libertarians to question her on this one - (Frontpage.com, Andrew Sullivan). She doesn't care.
Baseball: It seems to me that Dontrelle Willis should have been on the NL All-star Team: rookie, 8-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 11 Major League starts, high leg kick, great attitude. He has said all the right things about being left off by Dusty Baker.
But in truth I find that the older I get, the less & less I care about the All-Star game. ESPN has eliminated the fact that I never saw AL guys except for every other Saturday & All-Star games. Who really cares anymore?
When government people who don't really know what they're doing or don't really care about Americans' privacy (i.e.- Total Information Awareness) tick off smart people who do know what they're doing, you get things like this - Government Information Awareness. Oh my... (in Wired).
I remember him as the king of the diving catch for the Crimson Tide. Now Joey Jones is one of the top coaches in Alabama High School Football. His Mountainbrook team beat us (Austin) in the 1st round of last year's playoffs. I talked to him before the game & he was particularly nice, considering the circumstances. He'll be at Alabama eventually, mark it down.
Michael Kinsley finally has a good idea - Abolish Marriage - Let's really get the government out of our bedrooms.
The NBA Draft was yesterday - a lot of foreign players & high school kids. Given the opportunity I'd draft college seniors (like the beloved Dallas Mavericks & the hated LA Lakers (1, 2) did). They've already been coached and can help right away, unlike these projects who can ditch you in three years anyway.
Anthony Daniels reviews A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson in The Telegraph.
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has proposed a new positive term for identifying people who are atheists, agnostics, humanists, free thinkers - those who have a world view that is free of supernaturalism and mysticism - Brights. A couple of websites that would be of interest to Brights - The Secular Web and the Celebrity Atheists List.
Edge.org is the website of a group of scientists previously known as The Reality Club. Several scientists whose work we like are involved in this, including Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Daniel C. Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. They are the kind of scientists who move the human race forward with few people ever knowing about it.
New Russian Space tourism for only $20 million - Tourist-Class Soyuz Seats Open for International Space Station Trip
Orrin Hatch pt.2 - If you'll recall, the other day Senator Hatch suggested that the computers of people who download copyrighted material illegally should be remotely destroyed. It appears that Sen. Hatch's website site may have been made with unlicensed software. Oh my...
Ann Coulter pulls no punches and her latest comes out next week - TREASON: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism.
I usually go to the Lycos50 for pop culture info & instead I found a new science history story - The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius Who Discovered a New History of the Earth by Alan Cutler. Nicolaus Steno (1638-1686) was the founder of geology and a scientific groundbreaker who was not supressed by the Church. We'll have to get this one.
Orrin Hatch, with whom I occasionally agree, seems to have completely lost it - "The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he favors developing new technology to remotely destroy the computers of people who illegally download music from the Internet." Oh my...
Missed yesterday - I had managed twelve straight. Better at least. I did "work" from 6:45am til almost 10pm yesterday, so I have a decent excuse.
Hypocrites everywhere - Massachusetts liberals, who pay lip-service (& checks) to environmental causes, are up in arms against a wind farm - in Nantucket Sound, which separates Cape Cod from Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. NIMBY. (Of course, this is from the NYT, so caveat emptor). (/.)
My dad came to visit today. I got to use a chainsaw on our fallen trees, probably the next best thing to an M-16. I cooked these 3" thick steaks he brought from Bannister's in Oxford, AL and we ate Pecan Pie. Plus, we got to hear my dad tell several great stories (so I come by it naturally).
Virginia Postrel in Wired - The Aesthetic Imperative: Why the creative shall inherit the economy.
160,000-year-old Fossilized Skulls From Ethiopia Are Oldest Modern Humans
A comforting article - British Scientist Puts Odds for Apocalypse at 50-50. The stuff of scary sci-fi ...
Three more weeks of summer school & then a little vacation. Woohoo!
Today was the first day of summer football workouts. It went well.
I'm ambivalent about Martha Stewart's plight. I like her mainly because so many people hate her (my usual contrariness). If she's guilty of insider trading then she should be tried like anybody else, but I suspect she's being singled out. I think at first a lot of the news media vilified her, but now there seems to be a movement to rise to her defense (SaveMartha.com). Maybe they found out she was a big contributor to Democratic candidates. She appreciates the support, gracefully of course.
I've watched most of a couple of relatively recent 'sword & sorcery' movies - Kull the Conqueror with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and The Scorpion King with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). They were both just awful. I guess it's a little much to expect all sci-fi to be Lord of the Rings or The Matrix, but the plots to these things are so simplistic that it's almost insulting. Oh well...
I'm teaching summer school. 7:45am-3:10pm with 8 kids who could not care less about US History since Reconstruction. We're just rocking along definitions, notes and a flurry of worksheets. An extra paycheck.
I found out about this fantasy/sci-fi writer Gene Wolfe by searching Amazon & other places & I'm reading Shadow & Claw: The First Half of the Book of the New Sun: The Shadow of the Torturer/the Claw of the Conciliator. I'm really enjoying this thing. It is so different from Martin & Jordan, in that it's one point-of-view and is in distant future Urth that is more like our past. It has a dense language and philosophical speculations that have been a nice change of pace. (turns out there's a GURPS worldbook).
I also have begun reading & taking notes on books on writing - starting with: The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile.
One major reason for inactivity was spring football practice at Austin High School. I've become the running back coach and will actually be paid to coach this year (my 9th year coaching, 4th getting paid for it). In the spring game my side won the game 27-19. My backs on both teams did quite well.
Ok, I haven't posted in over a month. I will make my apologies to my reader(s) by posting what we have been up to for the last several weeks and links to the cool stuff I've seen.
"Democracy!, Whiskey!, Sexy!"
- a newly freed Iraqi with the right ideas - Najaf, Iraq - April 4, 2003.
The last couple of weeks has been quite an experience. We watched Saddam's soldiers in Baghdad & the rest of Iraq fold up like a cheap tent; We watched the Left implode as they could not not digest the success of George W. Bush, the American military & the United States; And we finally had indisputable evidence that CNN has indeed been the Compromised News Network all along.
Of course we had to watch tapes of Brit Hume and Fox News because floundering Charter Cable cannot seem to make the little blinking lights line up (or balance their books). Nonetheless this sweeping victory for the War on Terror, the Bush Doctrine, and the people of Iraq has the Leftists reeling, again.
I'll say it again - "Democracy! Whiskey! Sexy!"
There was a flurry on the web and here's a recap of what we enjoyed most:
As usual James Taranto's Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal was invaluable, as was the Weekly/Daily Standard. NewsMax.com was usually first with the controversial (meaning bad for the Left) stories.
CRL read and recommends: The War over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission by William Kristol & Lawrence F. Kaplan to explain what's going on with the Bush Doctrine.
Others we enjoyed this week:
Victor Hansen Davis had two good columns:
4/10 - Leftists imploding, 4/11 - Unprecedented in military history.
Andrew Sullivan kept us aprised of Leftists Imploding.
Compromised News Network's mea culpa.
I have enjoyed Hugh Hewitt's columns in the Daily Standard this week:
(4/10 - Liberals imploding, 4/15 - Compromised News Network).
Corrupted News Network by Gary Aldridge in NewsMax.com.
Order your copy of the Deck of Death.
In downtown Baghdad:
On one street, a white-haired man held up a poster of Saddam and beat it with his shoe. A younger man spat on the portrait, and several others launched kicks at the face of the Iraqi president.
"Come see, this is freedom. This is the criminal, this is the infidel," he said. "This is the destiny of every traitor. He killed millions of us."
Sign held by two Iraqis in downtown Baghdad, 4/9/03, shown on FoxNews/SkyNews,
"Go Home Human Shields, from Iraqis".
Blogging has been slow & I apologize to my reader(s?).
I constantly check FoxNews.com because they update frequently when action is fast moving. They have video from correspondents and a pro-American attitude.
I also check the Washington Times, which has more newspaperesque stories.
I look to NewsMax.com for news/commentary on stories that FoxNews won't speculate on, like the Marine commander who was removed for not moving fast enough, should France/UN not be involved in post-war reconstruction, and polls supporting this and further military action. And of course the NewsMax.com led boycott of France.
The Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web provides links to the best and worst war coverage each weekday. The Opinion Journal page is great, of course.
The best columns on the war are consistently being published by The Weekly Standard. Matt Labash's story about being in Kuwait/Iraq with P.J. O'Rourke/Christopher Hitchens is one of the best things I've read since the war began.
In violation of numerous United Nations resolutions, beginning with treaties that ended the Gulf War in 1991 and ending with UN Resolution 1441, Saddam Hussein posseses chemical and biological weapons and has been attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. For years he has supported anti-western terrorists. It does not take a genius to figure out that he could easily provide terrorists with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to use against the US and other nations. After the terrorists attacks of 9/11/01 the U.S. must take this threat seriously, and prevent it from happening. We must not simply wait and react to the next vicious attack. When you add this to the terror he has visited upon his own people for almost 30 years, this is not a difficult decision. Although no one sane desires war, a nation must be willing to go to war or submit to tyrrany. Some countries have decided that doing business with Hussein is the best way to avoid confronting him, no matter the danger he poses to the rest of the world. The U.S., led by President Bush, has shown uncommon resolve and is now bringing Hussein's reign of terror to an end. I will be watching on Fox News.
I ask again, "Is Europe still relevant?" - Anti-Americanism Moves to W. Europe's Political Mainstream.
"NASA chiefs 'repeatedly ignored' safety warnings" - Don Nelson, retired mission operations evaluator, in UK's Observer.
A few months ago I recommended Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist, a statistical inquiry into the claims of Wild Environmentalism, as a refutation of the Greens/Socialists. He has so upset them that a Danish committee has charged him with scientific dishonesty, but in the finest Stalinist tradition, they provided no evidence. Reason Magazine and The Economist try to explain. Lomborg replies.