Monday, March 31, 2008

There Ought To Be A Law!

All movie remakes are dreadful, but certain movies should never be remade, such as "Gone With the Wind", "Auntie Mame", "All About Eve", and "The Godfather". Now comes word that Madonna wants to remake "Casablanca" -- with herself as Ingrid Bergman, of course! What next, Britney Spears as Scarlett O'Hara?

Gettysburg

For those of you who, like me, are interested in Civil War history, see Betsy's Page for Betsy's account of her class trip to Gettysburg.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Race and the Races

I saw a report on CNN last night that I mistook for a skit from "Saturday Night Live". It seems the Olympic Trials are coming to Eugene, Oregon, and the whole city is being made to take "sensitivity training" to deal with the black athletes. The CNN report mentioned having to learn hip-hop lingo and knowing where the local soul food eateries are. Doesn't this sound like a joke? By the way, these are AMERICAN athletes, so this seems even more insulting and ridiculous. Read more here:"The exact nature of cultural diversity training is still being worked out. But examples could include alerting visiting athletes to the kinds of restaurant foods, hair care salons or religious services that they might be accustomed to frequenting. 'We can tell people about Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen, but if they’re more into pan-Asian, we can let them know that Ring of Fire is right down the street,' Fincher said. 'We’re just highlighting what the community has to offer, not creating anything new.' Jones said another element of training will be about not making assumptions based on a person’s race — that every unfamiliar black person in Eugene, for example, must be a Trials athlete or supporter."

It's Haveil Havalim Time!


Haveil Havalim #160 - the Waffle Edition can be found at Life in Israel. The hosts of HH always do a fine job.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Clinton For Co-President!

If you didn't know any better, wouldn't you swear from this article and photo that it were Bill Clinton and not Hillary who is running for President?

The Great Tam Tam Crisis of 2008

Read about the Tam Tam shortage.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Fitna Film: A Must See

Before this is taken off every website by the politically correct or by the terrorists themselves, go immediately to Atlas Shrugs to see the Fitna film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders. This short, powerful film shows the evil of Islamofascism, for those morons who still don't get it. It should be aired on TV or on the Internet every week, just as the film footage of the September 11 attacks should be shown - a constant and necessary reminder.

Quip of The Day

Argus Hamilton notes: "Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was indicted over a mistress scandal Tuesday a week after New York's Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned over a hooker. It's inspiring. The Jewish former governor of New York and the black mayor of Detroit are forging a common cause that has not been seen since the civil rights marches of the Sixties."

Where's The Outrage?

Neal Boortz wonders: "In a post-9/11 world, the U.S. Government's Printing Office wouldn't really outsource the manufacturing of electronic passports, would it?" Sickeningly, the answer is yes. This is beyond outrageous. How is this being permitted?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Smooth Stone Says...

Smooth Stone has some good posts. Here you can read about how you can help a Jewish hero. And you can read more about the outrageous, Islamic-themed plans for the Flight 93 Memorial here

News Tidbits

Read Argus Hamilton's amusing take on the news, including this: "Hillary Clinton's campaign admitted Monday she misspoke when she said she was under enemy fire at a Bosnian airport twelve years ago. She just misremembered it. She was under enemy fire when her plane left Washington but not when it arrived in Bosnia."

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Economic Analysis

This is a good article by Robert J. Samuelson about the actual state of our economy:
"Regarding the economy, it's hard not to notice this stark contrast: The 'real economy' of spending, production and jobs -- though weakening -- is hardly in a state of collapse, but much of today's semi-hysterical commentary suggests that it is. Financial markets for stocks and bonds are described as being 'in turmoil.' People talk about a recession as if it were the second coming of Genghis Khan. Some whisper the dreaded word 'depression.' Meanwhile, Americans are expected to buy about 15 million vehicles in 2008; though down from 16.5 million in 2006, that's still a lot. There's a disconnect between what people see around them and what they're told is happening. The first is upsetting (rising gas prices, falling home prices, fewer jobs) but reflects the normal reverses of a $14 trillion economy. The second ('panic,' 'financial meltdown') suggests the onset of something catastrophic and totally outside the experience of ordinary people. The economy, the New York Times said last week, may be on "the brink of the worst recession in a generation" -- an ominous warning. Perhaps, but so far the concrete evidence is scant..."

"The Tonya Harding Option"

I first heard this phrase bandied about last night in regards to how Hillary Clinton can win, so I looked it up. Read about "The Tonya Harding Option".

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sowell Speaks

I love writers like Charles Krauthammer, Walter Williams, and
Thomas Sowell. This is from Althouse via Instapundit.

"The Shameless Family"

Neal Boortz describes this charming family thusly:
"Three generation of British adults known as the "Shameless" family are proud of the fact that they have never worked a day in their lives and live off of the government. Their excuse: they have too many children to look after. They are leaches who contribute nothing to society except government-educated ankle biters."
They shouldn't publicize this story in this country, otherwise it may give more Americans the same idea.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Dog Day Afternoon


I love Best of the Web Today and all its sections. This is from the "News You Can Use" department : "Even Your Dog Has a Blog--headline, CNN.com, March 21". That story, with above photo, can be found here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Happy Easter! Have An Earwax-Flavored Jelly Bean!"

This is an amusing article about today's jelly bean flavors. (via Obscrure Store).

It's Haveil Havalim Time!


Shake your groggers and rush right over to Jack's Shack for Haveil Havalim - Purim Is Over Edition!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Charity Begins At Home

I received this news tidbit at work yesterday:
"Those incoming federal tax-rebate checks could do more than boost the economy. They might also boost your mood, with one caveat: You must spend the cash on others, not yourself."
That's very nice, but after all the payroll taxes I shell out, I am going to be VERY happy when I spend this well-earned money on myself.

The Name Game

I never fail to be amazed by the ridiculous, contrived, hard-to-spell, and harder-to-pronounce names that people are given. Last night on the news, they showed a man with the first name of "Autowian". At the library a woman called out, "Shenandoah, where are you?", and even worse, it turned out to be a boy! Here's an item about some of the worst baby names.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Join the Online Rally for Israel NOW!

Israpundit asks, "Are YOU Attending The Online Rally At Together4Israel.org?" Go here. As I am watching, there are 41,672 viewers online.

Arts & Letters Daily

For a website that has all sorts of interesting links, visit Arts & Letters Daily.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Red Barber: Lessons For Devianced-down Age"

This is a wonderful article by Curt Smith about Red Barber: "Insanity is said to be doing the same thing, expecting a different result. By that measure, today’s culture is insane. Increasingly, we rely on an ipod or video game to help think and learn. Lacking: a voice of sanity to fight deviancing-and dumbing-down. Recently, such a voice was hailed in Columbus, Mississippi, on the centenary anniversary of his 1908 birth. Walter Lanier (Red) Barber defined an age before cynicism, victim hood, and elbow-in-the rib scatology. Recalling it/him, we teach ourselves."

Germans For Israel

I never thought I'd ever read something like this: "In an emotional tribute to victims and survivors of the Holocaust, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the Nazi genocide 'fills us Germans with shame' and pledged to stand by Israel's side against any threat, particularly from Iran."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

T.M.I.

After hearing new NY Gov. Paterson (and his wife) admit to affairs, in the latest scandal, Instapundit said: "We're approaching a national Too Much Information crisis."

Fly The Friendly Skies

Isn't the size of this passenger jet frightening? Imagine if terrorists ever got hold of it.

Soccer Dad: Juggling Carnivals

Soccer Dad is juggling carnivals in great style, as always. I'm glad he mentioned Betsy's Page, which I've enjoyed for years.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

No Surprise Here

Antisemitism is like the Energizer Bunny -- it keeps going and going and going. Crossing the Rubicon3 reports :
"Does Anti-Israel = Anti-Jew? A newly released report says yes."
"New anti-Semitism disguised by hatred of Israel, report says. Jews worldwide are facing a new form of anti-Semitism disguised by hatred toward Israel, in addition to more traditional forms of anti-Semitism, a new US report said Thursday".

It's Haveil Havalim Time!


Haveil Havalim - The Almost Purim Edition can be found right now at Jack's Shack. And what a wonderfully jam-packed and interesting version this is, too!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Interview No-Nos

From Interesting Pile comes this article about the top ten wackiest mistakes candidates made in job interviews.

Darwin Award Nominees

How is THIS for brazen? "Two teens arrested after attempting to rob police station."

Friday, March 14, 2008

Cartoon Barry Blog

My cousin blogs about the Yeshiva massacre. His Cartoon Barry Blog is a great resource for web developers and techies -- check it out!

Disrespectful Oaf of the Month

Here's another reason why teachers deserve more money. (Via Obscure Store):
"Teen to sue school after teacher wakes him up in class. The 15-year-old boy says he suffered pain and "very severe injuries to his left eardrum" when teacher Melissa Nadeau abruptly slammed the palm of her hand on his desk to wake him up. 'He's a computer wizard who works late into the night, and that's probably why he fell asleep,' says the student's lawyer."
(He's lucky she didn't send him to the principal to get the rattan, which is what was used when I was in school!)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Obsessed With Hatred of Jews

Google must be a subsidiary of Reuters. Yid With Lid reports: "Somebody at Google Really HATES JEWS. Last month WND reported that Google Earth, described a town in Israel as land stolen from the Palestinians. Today it reports that if you search for Yiddish in Google Images it suggest to its readers that they try Zyklon B, the gas the Nazis used to kill Jews. I took a screen shot and you can see it above."

No Reverence from the Reverend

It must be very easy for anyone to become a pastor these days: "Sen. Barack Obama's pastor says blacks should not sing 'God Bless America' but 'God damn America.' The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's south side, has a long history of what even Obama's campaign aides concede is 'inflammatory rhetoric,' including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own 'terrorism.'"

What a Crime

Well, this has got to be the crime of the century: "Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut. Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate. I sure hope he has decent parents who will sue these idiots for everything they are worth! (heard on Neal Boortz' radio show this morning)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More Reuters Revulsion

More obscene Reuters spin, reported by Little Green Footballs: "Reuters: 'Death to the Jews' is 'Pro-Palestinian'. Graffiti found in an El Al plane in Italy has led the airline to demand an investigation; Reuters reports that it was 'pro-Palestinian graffiti.'"

Juggling With Soccer Dad

Soccer Dad has been doing some more Carnival Juggling, so check it out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Standing Against Terrorism

Terrorism expert Steven Emerson asks: "Who will stand against terrorism?"

Peyser On Spitzer

Andrea Peyser doesn't disappoint! Here is her column on the sordid Spitzer Affair(s)

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Survivors' Staircase

This is a touching and little publicized story: "As a survivor, Tom Canavan felt he had to witness the removal of the last sizable remnant of the World Trade Center: the staircase that served as an escape route for him and many others."

At Least He's Not a Republican!

Eliot Spitzer, former New York Attorney General and now Governor, is being linked to prostitution ring. I wonder how the Dems will try to spin this one. Gawker has a great open letter to Spitzer's wife, but it could have been written for all the political wives who have been dragged out before the cameras to stand as a shield for their philandering husband. I can still remember the look on Lee Hart's face...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Haveil Havalim Time!


My Shrapnel is the host of Haveil Havalim #157, The "Live From the Fleshpots of Tel Aviv" Edition. What a nice job! As with every edition of Haveil Havalim, you will find a lot of great writing.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Blockheads

Betsy's Page, which is a terrific blog, sums up the blocking of Clinton-era papers by remarking "How convenient". Between this maneuver, and the documents that jumped into Sandy Berger's socks, who knows what we will never get to see?

You Know The Drill

Every day I hear people complaining about gasoline prices, complaining about being dependent on Arab oil, blaming OPEC for high prices, and blaming President Bush and the evil Republicans for everything, period. My question is, if we have oil in this country, why can't we just drill for it? Are the environmentalist wackos and the Democrats so powerful that even the President of the United States can't overrule them? Is a snail darter more important than an individual? I looked up my question online. Here's what The Astute Bloggers says about it, among other things:
"Canada is drilling for oil right over the border from ANWR; their caribou don't mind; why should ours!? * None of the off-chore oil rigs leaked as a result of Katrina, so drilling off the coast of Florida is absolutely safe and clean. * And the UK and Norway have been drilling in the North Sea for decades - which is much rougher than the pacific off the coast of California, so there's NO EXCUSE for NOT drilling there, too."

Friday, March 07, 2008

Vermin!

That's what Michael Savage calls these Muslim Nazis, celebrating the massacre of the Yeshiva students. Where is the outrage, and where is the coverage by the TV networks? It's nonexistent!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Thursday Terror

Two terror attacks today, this one in Times Square, and this deadly attack in Jerusalem.
Israpundit reports: "Yitzchak Dadon, a student at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva who fired the shot that killed the terrorist gunman, whose attack had left numerous students dead and critically wounded, stated in a radio interview, despite attempts to cut him off, that Peres had armed the terrorists and Olmert wants to give them even more guns."

"The Annals of Chutzpah"

Overlawyered reports on this outrage:
"In Nova Scotia, Astrid Margaret Literski is locked in a battle with Revenue Canada over whether she is entitled to child tax benefit checks associated with her late daughter Eveleigh. Literski is incarcerated after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for killing the girl, then 4, in 2003. The tax agency says it wants back some of the money it sent Literski because it learned after the fact that the girl was actually living with her father, her primary caretaker, at the time."
Isn't this like the old joke about someone killing his parents, then throwing himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Watcher's Council

Soccer Dad has the latest Watcher's Council nominations for your reading enjoyment, one of which is his own post, "The Fine Art of Flying (With the President").

"The Female Richard Nixon"

Howie Carr has a good description of Mrs. Clinton. Is the media afraid to talk like this about Barack Obama?
"Hillary Clinton isn’t the new Comeback Kid. She’s the next Freddie Krueger. And the Pennsylvania primary may well be Barack’s Nightmare on the Main Line. We will have Hillary Clinton to kick around some more. Nobody wants to write the obituaries for the Clinton dynasty quite yet. This has been just too much fun, watching Hillary twist slowly, slowly in the wind. Because she is in so many ways the female Richard Nixon - unlikable, shrill, phony, stiff, self-pitying and more than a little shady. But when it comes to politics, she’s a regular Timex. Like Nixon, she takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The presidential election is like a soap opera, and in this next chapter, all the front-running bumkissers in the mainstream media who’ve been ripping her will now try to make their peace with the Clinton machine, by dropping to their knees. After 16 years, it’s a maneuver they’re quite familiar with."

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Revolting Reuters

Soccer Dad has a roundup of reactions to Reuters' glowing coverage of Hamas terrorist Abu Mohammed. (You'll remember Reuters and their doctored photos)

"High Noon"


The above photo is from Michelle Malkin's website. Wouldn't it be funny if the media has it all wrong, and Hillary Clinton ends up winning the nomination after all?

Monday, March 03, 2008

Idiot Celebrity of the Day

Here is the winner of the Crackpot Celebrity of the Day Award: "Go Make Films Elsewhere, Then.
Quel âne. Marion Cotillard has come under entirely predictable criticism for her moronic claim that the attacks of September 2001 might have been a conspiracy by property developers who couldn't be bothered to repair the cabling on the Twin Towers. The Oscar-winning French actress should have tried contrition, a dash of naivete, with the breathless delivery that won over the audience during last weekend's Academy Awards telecast. Instead: petulance about as charming as France's enduring resentment of those countries that liberated them twice in the last century."

It's 3 am; Do You Know Where Your President Is?

Neal Boortz reports on the Hillary Clinton "3:00 am ad" and Barack Obama's response to it. All I know is, I don't want EITHER of them answering that red phone!

The New Must-Have: Celebrity Babies

I agree with Wizbang who discusses the trend of celebrities having, or adopting, babies: "This trend of celebrities having babies, or adopting babies, just because they decide they 'want one' disgusts me. Just because you are rich and famous does not mean you are ready and capable of caring for a child (hello, Britney Spears... ) -- like the ones who adopt or give birth to children without having any kind of stable family setting to give them. To celebrities, children are accessories -- just like having another dog to take care of. And when taking care of the kid is getting to be too much work, or they have a movie premiere to go to across the world, or if they want to go out and get obliterated every night at clubs across the country, they can just hand them off to their army of nannies and caretakers, standing by to take over when Mommy doesn't feel like it anymore."

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Book Recommendation

There are books I love at first read. This is one of them: "Blue Highways", by William Least Heat-Moon. This is one of those books I know I won't want to end. Today I read the following delightful passage. If you love words, you'll love this book, too.

"Had it not been raining hard that morning on the Livingston square, I never would have learned of Nameless, Tennessee. Waiting for the rain to ease, I lay on my bunk and read the atlas to pass the time rather than to see where I might go. In Kentucky the towns with fine names like Boreing, Bear Wallow, Decoy, Subtle, Mud Lick, Mummie, Neon; Belcher was just down the road from Mouthcard, and Minnie only ten miles from Mousie.

I looked at Tennessee. Turtletown eight miles from Ducktown. And also: Peavine, Wheel, Milky Way, Love, Joy, Dull, Weakly, Fly, Spot, Miser Station, Only, McBurg, Peeled Chestnut, Clouds, Topsy, Isoline. And the best of all, Nameless. The logic! I was heading east, and Nameless lay forty-five miles west. I decided to go anyway.

The rain stopped, but things looked saturated, even bricks. In Gainesboro, a hill town with a square of businesses around the Jackson County Courthouse, I stopped for directions and breakfast. There is one almost infallible way to find honest food at just prices in blue-highway America: count the wall calendars in a cafe.

No calendar: Same as an interstate pit stop
One calendar: Preprocessed food assembled in New Jersey
Two calendars: Only if fish trophies present
Three calendars: Can’t miss on the farm-boy breakfasts
Four calendars: Try the ho-made pie, too.
Five calendars: Keep it under your hat, or they'll franchise

One time I found a six calendar café in the Ozarks, which served fried chicken, peach pie, and chocolate malts, that left me searching for another ever since. I’ve never seen a seven-calendar place. But old-time travelers -- road men in a day when cars had running boards and lunchroom windows said AIR COOLED in blue letters with icicles dripping from the tops -- those travelers have told me the golden legends of seven-calendar cafes"

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Still Asleep in America

This post at Free Republic asks a good question that I have been wondering about for years: "Radical Islam is growing in the US: where’s the American anger? It is very difficult to understand why Americans are not enraged at the thought of any radical Islamic movement, particularly in the United States. But, being unconcerned seems to be an understatement, for Islam is rapidly expanding in this country and there is already evidence that from evening prayer to the teachings of Islamic schools the tone is anti-American and anti-Christian."

Oprahfication of the Presidency

InstaPunk has a very good post about Obama and his Teflon coating, via Cold Fury: "The first black President must be a politican, not a messiah. We've already seen what happens when teflon meets a halo. The halo wins. Without even being responsive. The truth is -- and this is not racist, but statistically valid -- that the first black president really can't coast unexamined into office; he has an absolute moral obligation to demonstrate with full candor and understanding that he isn't Marion Barry, Alcee Hastings, William Jefferson, Ray Nagin, or all the mayors of Newark, Detroit, and Philadelphia who have ridden the horse of jury nullification into sinecures of power only to abuse that power in systematic ways while branding all who objected to their corruption as bigots. What we cannot afford at this time in our history is a sainted Jimmy Carter, a well educated Huey Long, or a closet Castro. Inquire of yourselves -- again and again -- how did a neophyte take down the Clintons?"