Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Apparently He's Never Heard of Robert Byrd

The ever viligant Media Research Center points out Spike Lee making the claim that Lott is a "card carrying member of the Klan" on ABC's Good Morning America. And of all people, Diane Sawyer takes him to task.

"Military Seeking Radical Ways of Stumping Need for Sleep"

Heck, just call up a few college students and ask how they remain sleepless during finals.
Required Reading

Jonah Goldberg's G-File today:
Whenever, I tee off on the French, I get e-mail from angry Franco-Americans who — from a safe distance, obviously — complain: "If you wrote that way about black people, you'd be called a racist!" To which I usually respond "Wiener Schnitzel!" and they run away in terror.
Ole Miss

Michelle Malkin writes of an racial incident at Ole Miss and was on O'Reilly tonight discussing it. A little back story, first. Early in November, two black students living in Kincannon Hall (the same dorm I reside in) had graffiti contain very offensive racist language and pictures carved into their door and surrounding wall. Ms. Malkin describes the immediate reaction:

Black students organized a "Say No to Racism" march and demanded more protection against white-on-black harassment. They blasted the school's president for not apologizing quickly enough for the racial slurs. The school's "Minority Affairs" director demanded that the university establish "programs and procedures" to ensure racial sensitivity and prevent hate crimes. The "Institute for Racial Reconciliation" and the "Committee On Sensitivity and Respect" convened meetings. Activists called for criminally prosecuting the perpetrators under state felony laws or federal hate crime statutes.

I remember hearding. The general sense among many students was that probably either some idiot drunk frat boys or blacks

But here's the thing: last week the three culprits were apprehended; they were black students. I wonder what would be the motivation for them to do something like this? Maybe they had a grudge with at least one of the dorm residents and thought that if they carved some racist garbage onto the wall, it would terrify the roommates. Not only that, they wouldn't be suspected since everybody would be on the look out for some whites. Malkin continues:

If the attackers had been white, they faced possible federal prison time. Because the suspects are black, the most serious consequence they face is expulsion. Welcome to equal treatment under the law, 2002-style.

That's a very good observation. The point of the civil rights movement during the 1960s was for blacks to enjoy the same basic human rights and Constitutional protections that white Americans had; it was about ending the practice of holding one race above another.

Thanks to Aakash Raut for bringing the article to my attention.

Monday, December 16, 2002

"Of course you can quit. Many fine people quit everyday."*

Algore declares he isn't running for the Democratic nomination in 2004.
Henry Kissinger quits from an independent commission investigating the intelligence failures that led to 9/11.
Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) may be forced to resign his Senate Majority Leader post

*Extra credit to those who can guess switch movie that is from.
Just to let y'all know...

I did make it back here okay on Saturday.

Saturday, December 14, 2002

On the Road Again

Well, y'all, I'm about to make my trip up home to Clarksville. So, the next time I post, I'll be safely nestled at my house.

Friday, December 13, 2002

This Blog Post Title 100% Lott Pun Free

I just watched Trent Lott give his press conference. He did okay, at best, offerring the "more forceful apology" many have asked of him. And he mentioned uber-liberal former Senator Paul Simon's and Jim "Benedict Arnold" Jeffords' statements that state that they don't believe him to be a racist. But all the apologies and endorsements in the world aren't going to erase this stain on him too quickly.

Unfortunately, the "big announcement" wasn't his resignation from the major leader post, but that he will be on BET for a full hour next week discussing his views on race and other things. Understand that I have nothing against the show idea; it's that I believe his giving up the leadership post will be of more help to the Republicans than chatting on a show, albeit a potentially hostile audience. National Review does a far better job of outlining why his should step down that I could.

On a somewhat lighter note, a heckler interrupted mumbling something about the Klan. Trent Lott asked, "Are you with Al Sharpton?" "Yes, I am," averred the man.

Finally, my exams and projects are out of the way!

7 semesters down, 1 more to go...

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

"Miss. could be first in nation to wire all public classrooms"

Mississippi is winning the race to become the first state in the nation to equip all of its public school classrooms with computers and get wired to the Internet. The state is outdistancing second-place Delaware, according to the National Governors Association in Washington.

Bwahahaha! Take that Delaware!

I'm sure this will come as a shock to many Yankees who think that Mississippi has had electricity for only 7 years.

Advantage: Mississippi!
So you think that there is no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, do you?

This cemetery has an interesting name, to me at least.
This cartoon pretty much sums up Lott's gaffe.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Historical Fact of the Day

On 10th December 1817, Mississippi became the 20th State to join the Union.
In Lieu of Original Content

I present to y'all Weird Al Yankovic's "It's All About the Pentiums," a parody of P. Diddy's (the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy) "It's All About the Benjamins."

It's all about the Pentiums, baby
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
It's all about the Pentiums, baby
It's all about the Pentiums, baby
It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!

What y'all wanna do?
Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?
Workin' at a desk with a dumb little placard?
Yeah, payin' the bills with my mad programming skills
Defraggin' my hard drive for thrills
I got me a hundred gigabytes of RAM
I never feed trolls and I don't read spam
Installed a T1 line in my house
Always at my PC, double-clickin' on my mizouse
Upgrade my system at least twice a day
I'm strictly plug-and-play, I ain't afraid of Y2K
I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him Money for short
I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
It's all about the Pentiums, what?
You gotta be the dumbest newbie I've ever seen
You've got white-out all over your screen
You think your Commodore 64 is really neato
What kinda chip you got in there, a Dorito?
You're using a 286? Don't make me laugh
Your Windows boots up in what, a day and a half?
You could back up your whole hard drive on a floppy diskette
You're the biggest joke on the internet
Your database is a disaster
You're waxin' your modem tryin' to make it go faster
Hey fella, I bet you're still livin' in your parents' cellar
Downloadin' pictures of Sarah Michelle Gellar
And postin "Me too!" like some brain-dead AOL-er
I should do the world a favor and cap you like Old Yeller
You're just about as useless as jpegs to Helen Keller

It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!

Now, what y'all wanna do?
Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
9 to 5, chillin at Hewlett Packard?

Uh, uh, loggin' in now
Wanna run wit my crew, hah?
Rule cyberspace and crunch numbers like I do?
They call me the king of the spreadsheets
Got em all printed out on my bedsheets
My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks
But it was obsolete before I opened the box
You say you've had your desktop for over a week?
Throw that junk away, man, it's an antique!
Your laptop is a month old? Well, that's great
If you could use a nice, heavy paperweight
My digital media is write-protected
Every file inspected, no viruses detected
I beta tested every operating system
Gave props to some, and others? I dissed 'em
While your computer's crashin', mine's multitaskin'
It does all my work without me even askin'
Got a flat-screen monitor, 40" wide
I believe that yours says "Etch-A-Sketch" on the side
In a 32-bit world, you're a 2-bit user
You've got your own newsgroup,
Your mother board melts when you try to send a fax
Where'd you get your CPU, in a box of Cracker Jacks?
Play me online? Well, you know that I'll beat you
If I ever meet you I'll control-alt-delete you

It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!
It's all about the Pentiums!
What y'all wanna do?
Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
Wastin' time with all the chatroom yakkers?
9 to 5, chillin' at Hewlett Packard?
Much Ado About Nothing

On Thursday, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott done got himself into some hot water last Thursday over at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. The ruckus is over this li'l comment:

I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.

For the more history impaired amongst us, Thurmond ran as a "Dixiecrat", a member of a section of Southern Democrat who were pretty committed to the principles of segregation, to say the least.

Of course, many pundits have been making the requisite denouncements on Mr. Lott's remarks. Was his comment idiotic and poorly thought out? Absolutely. In his effort to flatter Thurmond to the heavens, he uttered a rather bone-headed statement that fed into the "Republican=Barely Closeted Racists" idea some people have. You would think that the soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader would be more careful in his choice of words.

But let's be honest here, Lott may be a spineless weasel and a poor leader, but he isn't racist. At least he has never been a member of the Klan, unlike a certain Democratic Senator.

Saturday, December 07, 2002

Decrease in Blogitude

Blogging is going to a little slow for the rest of the week, with finals and projects going on. Of course, Paul O'Neill and Larry Lindsay resign, Louisiana has a runoff for Senate and House seats, the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack occurrs...

Let's see, I had a project due Friday, another due Monday morning, a major final Monday evening, a MAJOR final Wednesday morning, and a test (thankfully, not a cumlative final) on Friday. I love college, but this part of it stinks.

Friday, December 06, 2002

From the "Oh, please..." Department

David Corn on Kissinger heading an independent commission inquiring as to why US intelligence failed to anticipate 9/11: "Asking Henry Kissinger to investigate government malfeasance or nonfeasance is akin to asking Slobodan Milosevic to investigate war crimes."

Kissinger served under the late President Nixon and then in Gerald's Ford term. Yet, none of the "Kissinger=War Criminal" group of far leftists has called for President Ford, who would have been most responsible for any action taken by his administration, to be tried as well.

UPDATE: William Safire defend's Dr. K's appointment. William F. Buckley fires salvos at the documentary based on Christopher Hitchens anti-Kissinger book.
A belated thanks to Belligerent Bunny Blog and Rachel Lucas for adding me to their blog rolls

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Happy Birthday, Strom

Strom Thurmond, the out-going Senator from South Carolina, has reached his 100th birthday today. He'll be celebrating at Capitol Hill with his staffers, friends, and colleagues. Fritz Hollings, who at the age of 80 will finally be the senior SC Senator, mentioned that Thurmond is no longer "mentally keen." Fritz "Foghorn Leghorn" Hollings is calling somebody a little less on the ball mentally? I've watched him on C-SPAN and its companion network, C-SPAN2, and drawing from those observations, I might suggest that Hollings is a little off his rocker...

Anyway, wow! A 100 years! Theodore Roosevelt was President when he was born and he has lived to see 17 more take office. Thurmond was elected to the Senate in 1954; that was before either one of my parents were born. He ran for President in 1948 while my grandparents were just finishing high school. That, y'all, is truly old.
The Senator's New Do

Josh Marshall is complaining about the brou-ha-ha over the cost of Sen. Kerry's haircut (which, incidently was $75 at a swanky salon in DC). He decries the "right-wing trashing machine" kicking into gear after the National Post of Canada, columnist Tony Blankley, and Judy Woodruff (of all people) comment/report on the junior Massachusetts Senator's hairdo after Drudge first printed the story.

The reason why conservatives and have "pounced" on this tidbit is that it illustrates the hypocrisy of Democratics claiming to be the Party of the Little Guy. The little guy doesn't spend nearly $80 on one haircut; heck, he might not spend that much at the barber in a one year. And he probably doesn't get it cut at a place owned by a fellow called Christophe. I know I don't.

via The Professor

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

The True Story of the Scopes Monkey Trial

During my sophomore year here, while I was taking Advanced Composition English, I had to write a report on "an historical event that is commonly misprecieved by the general public and what the 'true story' is." I decided to research the Scopes Monkey Trial, that 1925 affair in Dayton, TN, that launched the modern day media circus. But, sadly, my copy of that dazzling essay is stored on my old computer currently located in back home. However, I did run across this wonderful website today that does a better job that I did in exposing the Scopes myth, perpetuated (started by?) by the 1960 play Inherit the Wind, of ignorant redneck fundamentalists vs. enligthened noble evolutionists.

By the way, I got an A.
Radio Free Mississippi

Here's one of my favorite songs, "40 Acres" by Caedmon's Call.

56k modem
28.8k modem


Requires Windows Media Player
Man, that's rough

A bad day for an Ole Miss student.

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Sign of the End

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS are on Hannity and Colmes. Please excuse me while my brain spins around in my head.
Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey said that it will allow the US to use its military bases in a strike against Iraq, provided that it has the UN seal of approval.

Monday, December 02, 2002

Sherrill Fires Five From Coaching Staff

Mississippi State University head football coach, Jackie Sherill, gives the axe to five members of his coaching staff. State has a 3-9 record this season with it being 0-8 against other SEC teams. Last year, it was 3-8.

Quoth Mr. Sherrill, "I have personally told each how much I appreciated what they have done for our football program and Mississippi State University, but I have made the decision to make changes on my coaching staff."

Translation: You're losers.

While we're on the subject of Moo University MSU, here's a joke I wish to share with the group:

Q: How are the Mississippi State football team and Billy Graham alike?
A: They both make stadiums full of people jump up and yell "Jesus Christ!"
It's Official

The AP and CNN report on the Tuck switch. All the press conference held today in Jackson, Tuck declared, "I have always fought for conservative principles. Clearly, it is the Republican Party that champions these ideals. I have increasingly found myself on the opposite side of certain issues with the leadership of the Democrat Party and at home with Republicans like Sen. (Thad) Cochran and Sen. Lott."

Ricky Cole, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, showing himself to be the epitome of class and grace, offered this thought on her leaving: "Good riddance."

There's speculation that soon to be former Represenative Ronnie Shows (D-3rd) will challenge her in 2003 for the Lt. Governorship. Shows, as you recall, was thoroughly and utterly shellacked by Republican Chip Pickering in the 2002 race for the newly created 3rd District. As I mentioned in a previous post today, Tuck was supportive of the Republican version of the congressional redistricting map over the Democrats' more gerrymandered one that would have benefited Shows. So, he's got the revenge motivation to run against her.
Ole Miss Football

Sadly, my beloved Rebels lost in a squeaker to LSU 13-14 on the 23rd. But at the Egg Bowl, aka "The Game That Really Matters," Ole Miss whupped up on Mississippi State 24-12.
"And now we do the Dance of Joy!"

Mark Steyn, the uber-conservatve columnist, has his own website. Oh, happy day!

Amy Tuck, the Democratic Lt. Governor of Mississippi, will officially announce at 2 PM (central) that she will switch to the Republican party. The Magnolia Report details some reasons of her defection:

1.) Refused to support Algore in 2000.
2.) Recently allowed tort reform law, opposed by trial lawyers (a major Democratic bloc), to be passed.
3.) Did not support the new state flag design (which removed the Confederate Battle Flag in the upper left hand corner) in 2001.
4.) Opposed congressional redistricting plans that would have especially favored 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson and 3rd District Rep. Ronnie Shows , both Democrats.

With her change to the Republicans, she will now be the highest ranking statewide official in the state goverment. Phil Bryant, the state auditor, is the only other Republican to be in a nonfederal statewide-elected office.

Videt Carmichael, state senator from Meridian, switched to the GOP this last spring and the GOP picked up a Senate seat in a special election held due to the death of a Democrat, giving the current make of the state Senate 30 Democrats and 24 Republicans. According to the report, with Tuck's influence over conservative Democrats in the Senate, we can perhaps see a few more switheroos, putting that legislative house closer to Republican control.
I'm back

After completing the Patrick Carver Thanksgiving World Tour 2002 with stops in Collierville, TN; Leland, MS; and Philadelphia, MS, yours truly is now safely ensconced at Ole Miss. I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving and a great time with your families.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Top Al-Qaeda Thug Captured

The US has snagged Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri the chief of al-Qaeda's Persian Gulf operations and is suspected to be responsible for planning the USS Cole bombing in 2000. Score one for the good guys.
My Cool Site of the Day

It's Disco Bush!

The implementation of a state lottery has been an issue in Tennessee lately. On this last election day, a referendum was passed to allow the state legislature act on starting a lottery. Many Democrats have been supportive of it, arguing that it will help solve the state’s current budget woes and will aid the funding of education. Now here’s my question: why do many liberals endorse a lottery? Most or at least a sizable minority of those who buy lottery tickets are relatively poor or lower middle class. If you use the lottery to finance education aren’t you funding it on the backs of the Poor and Downtrodden®, the very people that liberals claim to protect and cherish? Of course, nobody holds a gun to their head and forces them to head to the local Kwik-E-Mart to get a ticket.

Now, I oppose a lottery since it bloats the size of government. Some might be proponents of a lottery in Tennessee since they believe it will take pressure off of having a state income tax. But the lottery will only be a temporary “solution.” The lottery will generate more revenue, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem of wasteful spending. Will spending still not under control, we’ll be back in the same spot that we are in now.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Would You Like Some Cheese WIth That Whine, Mr. Daschle?

Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle complains about how those mean conservatives have been treating him:

What happens when (radio talk show host) Rush Limbaugh attacks those of us in public life is that people aren't satisfied just to listen," the South Dakota Democrat explained. "They want to act because they get emotionally invested. And so, you know, the threats to those of us in public life go up dramatically, on our families and on us, in a way that's very disconcerting."

Leftist politicians bashing conservative radio isn't anything new. Back in 1995, Bill Clinton and the media basically blamed the "hate speech" and "anti-government rantings" of conservative talk show hosts, Rush Limbaugh in particular, for the Oklahoma CIty bombing.
Byron v. Dreher

Dr. Mark Byron has an excellent reply to Rod Dreher's condescending piece on premillenialism.
Cry Me a River

Muslim groups are taking credit for pushing President Bush to rebuff "right-wing evangelical leaders who made a series of offensive, ignorant and racist statements against Islam and Prophet Mohamed," says the Saudi Arabian-based Arab News.

Basically we have been seeing this rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US — from right-wing commentators and evangelical Christian leaders – and there has been a barrage of anti-Muslim hate speech.

“There was a resounding silence from the president and other elected officials — and we felt that their silence equaled acceptance. On several occasions, we asked the president to speak out on this issue, and he, and Secretary of State Colin Powell, finally did,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director at CAIR, the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations.

Well, bravo for y'all. By the way, most Evangelical Christians and conservative commentators don't hate Muslims, it's just that they have been critical of some aspects of Islam that seem to indicate that's it's jimmy-dandy to go and blow yourself up, taking a few innocent bystanders with you.

“I think it was clear that this rhetoric was so damaging to America’s image around the world, that they just had to do something,” said Hooper. He said he didn’t know if the president would continue to speak out in defense of Islam. “We don’t know, but when they start a policy line like this, other officials carry it forward, so hopefully that’s the case, here.”

“It is encouraging that President Bush responded, and that (Secretary of State) Colin Powell also spoke out positively. We welcome it and we appreciate it,” said Rizwan Jaka, president of ADAMS (the All Dulles Area Muslim Society), in Herndon, Virginia.

“It is something that was needed, because people were starting to wonder why the administration had not responded thus far.

“There were definitely a lot of people in the community who were starting to feel quite frustrated and disappointed that these attacks were occurring against Muslims, and nobody in the administration was responding.”

I might run the risk of sounding insensitive here, but it's rather hard for me to feel sorry for these fellows. If one was to create a list of the persecuted peoples of the world, American Muslims wouldn't even crack the top 100. Those who would make that list, however, are Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, and members of other reiligions living in Saudi Arabia where it is against the law to establish a church or even to profess a faith other than Islam. Yet, has CAIR, ADAMS, or Arab News decried this oppression? I think not. As far as the "attacks" go, Evangelical Christians and conservative commentators are critical of Islam, but don't harbor any animosity toward Muslims themselves.
Another Bit o' Wisdom for Thee

No matter how down you may be feeling, always remember:

Bill Clinton is not the President anymore nor will he ever be again.
Amen, Brother

I'm not going to say "gutter." That's what we're supposed to say now, instead of Qatar — instead of "Qa-TAHR." It's the latest thing. From time immemorial — defined as the moment of my birth on — we've said "Qa-TAHR." All red-blooded Amurricans say "Qa-TAHR." But the other day, I even heard Condi Rice — the otherwise unimpeachable Condi Rice — say "gutter." I almost busted a gut.

--Jay Nordlinger in today's NRO

Even though I'm a huge Condi Rice fan, I must say she has a rather bad habit of using these high-falutin "alternate pronunciations." One time a year ago I saw her on Fox News Sunday and pronounced the word ally as "ah-lay," not as "al-lie." Though, recently she seems to be pronouncing it like regular folk.
A Bit o' Wisdom for Thee

"Foreign policy is not a philosophy seminar"

--From Dinesh D'Souza's Letters to a Young Conservative that I skimmed through in the campus bookstore.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Alan Wolfe in the Boston Globe pens a good column on how elements of the Right and Left are wrong to call America an empire. A snipet:

Still, despite the endorsement the notion of an American empire has received from writers across the political spectrum, something is missing from the analysis. There is more to having an empire than simply the possession of great power. Empire presupposes the existence of a military establishment that is charged with the task of insuring, through the threat and use of force, that local and regional conflicts are settled by the application of imperial power. Understood that way, the imperial model does not match American foreign policy as it has actually developed since the end of the Cold War: Indeed, we fear empire rather than welcome it.

Department of Self-Irony

Two days before the election Michael Moore, mountain-sized Leftist film maker, wrote an article for his website calling for a "Payback Tuesday" against the President:

"Well, folks, Tuesday is the day! The day that George W. gets taught a long overdue lesson. The day that we, the MAJORITY -- the 52% who never elected him -- get our chance to reclaim a bit of our former democracy (back when ALL the votes used to be counted). What if, on Tuesday, all of us, regardless of our political stripe, and just for the fun of it, decided to serve one big-a** eviction notice that said, you have two years to remove yourself from the premises-and you had better not damage anything on your way out? I think we can give Bush the Mother of all Shellackings on Tuesday."

Cute. Sadly for Mr. Moore, election day would become "Republicans Smack the Idiot Democrats Upside the Head Tuesday" with the Republicans regaining control of the Senate, increasing their House majority, and holding on to a majority of governorships. Now, instead of being a man and write about wrong he was, our buddy Mike has decided to remove that article from his website. "Sorry, that message doesn't exist" will greet you now is you go to the article's link. Fortunately for us anti-idiotarians, Rachel Lucas has screenshots of Sir Moore's piece of leftist dribble on her blog for the world to enjoy.

Now here's where it gets interesting; our lovable lump of liberal lard was on TechTV Last Thursday being interviewed on his thoughts on the Internet, digital filmmaking, computer game violence, the evil corporate media, etc., etc.:

Moore is extremely suspicious of everything he hears on mainstream TV news and everything he reads in newspapers owned by large media conglomerates. He feels that local TV news in particular has poisoned the American public with unfounded fear. But there is a cure.

"The Internet actually has been the antidote," Moore tells Martin. "The Internet is where you get the truth. It's on the Internet that you can find out what the real facts are."

For once in your life, Mikey, you're right! It comes quite in handy when a certain filmmaker propagandist decides to erase a rather embarrassing column he wrote on his Website.
Good, I don't have to change my map

Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has finally conceded to his Republican challenger, Bob Riley yesterday.

Friday, November 15, 2002

Here's My Iraq Strategerie

Send in the A-Team. Air drop them with the van over Baghdad and within an hour, including commericals, Saddam Hussein will be dead and Iraq will be free. How's that for outside the box thinking?
Blix Concedes Iraqis May Deceive Inspectors Again

Ya think? What was your first clue, Han? Wait, ladies and gentlemen, there's more!

Suggest that Han Blix might need to be aggressive on his mission to ferret out Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, as Steve Kroft did, and the Swedish diplomat cautions that aggression is not permitted under his U.N. charter. So how will he perform his inspections? “We’ll be correct and effective,” he tells Kroft in an interview to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Nov. 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Now here's the kicker.

“Aggressive is an American quality. You are aggressive in business. That’s fine. Aggression is prohibited under U.N. charter,” Blix tells Kroft. “And as a European, I would rather use the word dynamic and effective.”

Truer words have never been spoken.
Senate votes for pay raise

The way things work in the Senate is that there is a automatic "cost of living" pay increase and in order to stop it, there must be a vote to block it. But Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-WI) motion to block the pay hike was voted down 58-36-6.

With the slumping economy and financial markets, job layoffs and federal budget deficits, "this is the wrong time for Congress to give itself a pay hike," Feingold said in a statement.

Whoa..I agree with a Democrat.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

Pelosi Wins

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wins the House minority leader race against Rep. Harold Ford, Jr (D-TN), 177-29. Ford stepped in to challenge Pelosi after Martin Frost (D-TX) dropped out of the race. Like Frost, Ford portrayed himself as the more moderate alternative to the very Leftist Pelosi. Now many on the left, particularly Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, are whining and pitching hissie fits that conservatives are demonizing Pelosi by calling her a "San Francisco Democrat." Didn't liberals call Newt Gingrich "The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas" and other not-so-kind words?
WorldNetDaily has a transcript of sorts of a skit featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, "starring" parodies of the President and Saddam Hussein.

Bush said Saddam was in violation of the terms by typing his response in the "freedom-hating" Times New Roman font, when Helvetica had been specifically mandated. He also cited Iraq's response within five days instead of seven, but admitted "geometry" was never his strong point.

Nevertheless, the commander in chief said the U.S. was ready to send in inspectors.

"It'll be quite an inspection," said Bush. "We're gonna be sending in a barrage of weapons-inspecting missiles. Yeah, those weapons-inspecting missiles – they'll be able to signal a weapons-free area with a massive explosion."

"Freedom-hating Times New Roman font" -- I busted a gut when I heard this line last night!
Too my devoted reader

Sorry for the lack of posting. A myriad of tests and projects along with sinus problems have worn me down this week. Normal blogging will resume shortly.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Take that, you Yankee tight wads

Mississippi ranks Number #1 on the Generosity Index. with five other Southern states in the top ten. And what state is dead last? Why it's snowy New Hampshire, Mr. Benjamin Kepple's domain.
A "progressive" cause that I can support.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Fresh from The Onion

"Marxists' Apartment A Microcosm of Why Marxism Doesn't Work"

A President good enough to eat.

via Kyle Still
Your own Mini-Me

Amongst all the Nigerian bank account scheme and the "herbal Viagra" spam e-mails, I received an advertisement for this very, very disturbing product.
Fishy Business

Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal reports on some skirting of election laws by a Democratic candidate and her lackeys.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Seen on a bumper sticker

Driver carries only $20 in ammunition.
It was a dark and stormy night…

6:15 PM: I’m by myself in my dorm room having just finished laundering my clothes. Lounging in my chair I’m watching the local Fox affiliate’s weatherman with his Super Duper Ultra-High Tech Doppler Storm Tracker Radar 3000 (with PanicVision)®
show a large string of red blobs surrounded by layers of yellow and green on a map. Some of those menacing red blobs were over Batesville, MS moving westward. “Hmm,” I think to myself, “Batesville is 20 miles to the west of Oxford. That means that the storm front will be here soon.” A threatening tornado-producing storm is about to bear down on this little college town and what do I do? Drive to the local Sonic Drive-In, of course! “It’ll be a while before it hits here and I’m really in the mood for a No. 2 hamburger and a Route 44 orange slush.”

6:20 PM: I trek out to be car in the parking lot here at Kincannon Hall and the sky to the west is lit up like the 4th of July; not with fireworks, but lightning. “Better hurry.” A few minutes later while I’m driving through campus the air-raid sirens go off. “I really do need to hurry.”

6:25 PM: Arrive at the local Sonic establishment and the very nice young women on the intercom informs me that they aren’t serving anything with the tornado sirens going off. Disappointed (but not angry: I wouldn’t want to be frying fast food when all the city alarms of impending doom are sounding) that I’m not going to get my burger and 44 ounces of orange slush bliss, I head back to the dorm and try to scrounge up something.

6:30 PM: I make it to the 4-way stop that’s right before Kincannon. Then the flood gates of the heavens open up with the atmospheric wind machine on full blaze. I manage to find a parking spot about 60-70 feet away from the door to the building. “On the count of three: One. Two. Three.” I dart out of my car and into the wailing maelstrom. Make to the door to the lobby, my clothes and hair are drenched, my glasses have thousands of droplets clinging to the front of them. Check to see if all my limbs are in place and functioning. Still working. Check to see if any tree limbs have pierced my precious body. None. Check to see that my wallet is still in my back pocket and my keys in my front left pocket Still there. With all vital systems checked out, I make by way to my room, conveniently situated on the first floor. Fortunately the power’s still on so I turn on the TV to see the latest on the weather. Static and white noise. Okay, the cable’s out; I try the Internet. Server’s down. With my two main sources of information down, I turn on my radio and scan through the stations. Classical…Pop...Country…Rock…R&B…Country…Rap…Country…Country…Country… Spend several dialing through with no weather reports at all. Flick to AM: Static…Static…Static…Black Gospel…Static…Static…Static…Old Time Country…Static…Static…Static…, well, you get the idea.

8:50 PM: Spent the last few hours listening to my CDs and playing games on my laptop. The Storm of the Century of the Week as long since abated, cable and Internet are still out, but everything else seems to have returned to normal. Power goes out. I grab my fat pen-light-than-can-turn-into-in-a-book-light and turn off my laptop, currently the only source of light in my room. After ten minutes the power staggers back to life...and then after another ten minutes lies back down. And the coup de grace, the fire alarm goes off (from what I overheard, apparently the power going on and off tripped the alarm somehow.) I and the all the residents of Kincannon pile out into the parking out where we wait for 40 minutes before the fire department can arrive and give the all clear. The lights turn back on, receiving the applause of us residents, a few minutes before we head back into the building. Back in the room, the cable and Internet are also restored and all is well, this time for good.

Sheesh, the one Sunday that I miss church…
Veteran's Day

A hearty salute to all those who have served and are serving this country in the military.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

Finished dodging a bad storm front, full account tomorrow.

Saturday, November 09, 2002


Ole Miss mauled by Georgia 17-31

The Times Online: "All change as Eminem hailed as new Elvis"

Eminem as new Elvis? For one thing, Elvis didn't use a huge amount of profanity (in public, at least) like Eminem. And another: Elvis loved his mama.

Friday, November 08, 2002

2nd Chances

District Judge Charles Pickering is going to get another shot at 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination went down in flames last summer after Democrats who controlled the Judiciary Committee did the bidding of left-wing pressure groups and voted against have a Senate floor vote. With the Republicans soon to be in charge, Pickering's nomination (which President Bush never withdrew) is sure to be passed out of the Orrin Hatch-run committee and win Senate approval. I have to say I feel somewhat sorry for that vast alliance of liberal groups; all that hard work put into characterizing Pickering as racist homophobic right-wing fanatic now all for naught.

via Magnolia Report

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Bible Scripture for the Day

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

--2 Corinthians 2:15-17
Cheney Is Staying On..., anybody who's ordered a large shipment of Bush-Rice 2004 bumper stickers just might want to cancel it.
So Long...

Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri), House minority leader, is giving up his post. He's been trying to get the Speakership ever since the Republicans took over in 1994, but with the Dems failing to win a majority this go-round, he's quitting his leadership role & going to try to focus on a Presidential run for 2004. That leaves San Francisco Representative Nancy Pelosi and Texas Rep. Martin Frost vying for the top Dem gig. Pelosi is definitely the poster child for the far-left wing of the party which makes the very liberal Frost "moderate" in comparsion. Illustrating this is their ratings from the America Conservative Union: Pelosi 0/100 for 2001 and a 2/100 lifetime rating for 15 years of service; Frost, 25/100 for 2001 and a 16/100 for 23 years in the House. Pelosi is favored to win it, much to the delight of many conservatives. She'll play right into the old tax-loving, anti-military, abortion-liking, peace-at-all-costs stereotype than Republicans can easily play off of. You think the Dems would have learned that left-populism of Dukakis, Mondale, McGovern doesn't exactly play well with independent voters in the Heartland.
Watching Bill O'Reilly skewer The Right Honorable Grand-Poobah Lord High Commander Reverend (am I forgetting any titles?) Al Sharpton on tax cuts. Hilarious!

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Technical Errors Abound in Broward County

From the Miami Herald:

More than 100,000 votes went missing on Tuesday between the time they were counted by electronic machines and the time they were reported on cable-access television and on the Supervisor of Elections web site.

A glitch in the vote reporting system left a 104,000-vote difference between Tuesday night's totals and those reported late Wednesday.

Election officials said the error has no effect on the outcome of any races, though voter turnout jumped from 35 percent to 45 percent after it was corrected.

All together now, "How do you misplace 100k+ votes?"

Here's how the governorships will be distributed after the 2002 elections. The Democrats made gains in the West and Rust Belt with Republicans picking up offices in the Northeast and South.
Reviewing my Predictions

1.) Mississippi 3rd District: Pickering did win, but with far larger margin that I could have imagined.
2.) Mississippi 2nd District: Thompson won, but LeSeuer did a good bit better than I said he would by getting 43% of the vote.
3.) Tennessee Governor's Race: So much for my Yankee factor. Breseden promised to oppose a state income tax, let's see how long he will.
4.) Tennessee Senate Race: LAMAR! wins with a percentage point less than I figured.
5.) Arkansas Senate Race: As expected, Pryor wins by 1% more that I guessed.
Mississippi 3rd District: Chip Pickering blows out Ronnie Shows, 64%-35%. Wow.
Mississippi 2nd District: Bennie Thompson sails pass Clinton LeSueur, 54%-43%.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has ruled against the judge that ordered for Pulaski County to remain open late
I've seen Tom Daschle on a few of the networks and now Dick Gephardt is talking with Brit Hume on Fox News. Where are Trent Lott and Dennis Hastert? The only other Republican I've seen chatting with the networks is Jeb Bush.
Mitt Romney (R) is leading Shannon O'Brien (D) in the Massachusetts governor race.
Dole wins in NC, Sununu in NH
Jim Talent looking good in Missouri
Thune may be in trouble in South Dakota
Republicans pickup one seat in Senate: Saxby Chambliss wins over incumbent Democrat Max Cleland

...And lose one: Mark Pryor over incumbent Tim Hutchinson

Crap, crap, crap: Democrat Phil Breseden is leading over Republican Van Hilleary in the Tennessee 50%-48%, with 74% of precincts reporting. Also, the lottery proposal seems to have passed, allowing the legislature to pass a bill authorizing it. The good news is that Lamar Alexander has won the Senate seat being vacated by Fred Thompson and anti state income tax state senator, Marsha Blackburn wins the 7th District (my district) in a walk.
Voting Nonsense

A Demcratic Judge has ordered Pulaski County, AR, a predominantly Democratic county, to keep its polls open later to 9:00 PM instead of the regular 7:30 PM. Republicans, obviously are rather annoyed by this. A similar thing happened in St. Louis in 2000 where a judge ordered the polls there to stay open later, but was countermanded by another judge. "Victory and the law be danged," seems to be the Democrats slogan.

via Drudge Report
Good Ol' Fashion Fisking

Christopher Johnson at the Midwest Conservative Journal does a yeoman's job of tearing a Joe Sobran apart.
As Heard on Fox News

The much-maligned Harvey Pitt, SEC Chairman, has resigned.
Yet Another Quiz

via PossumBlog
The Ole Miss Conservative's Mid-South Election Predictions

1. Mississippi 3rd District: Republican Chip Pickering over Democrat Ronnie Shows, 55%-45% This race race pits two incumbents against each other due to MS losing a congressional seat in re-districting. While Shows is a pro-life Democrat, Pickering has effectively pointed out that Shows will vote for a pro-abortion Democratic Speaker. Shows has tried to use the WorldCom (based in Jackson, MS) fiasco to whack Pickering, but to no avail.

2. Mississippi 2nd District: Incumbent Bennie Thompson (D) over challenger Clinton LeSueur (R), 65%-35%. Thompson is your typical ultra-liberal black Democrat and is fairly popular in the majority black district. LeSueur runs an energetic campaign but seems to be "too lightweight" to take on the incumbent. Still, look for LeSueur to be a rising star in the MS GOP.

3. Tennessee Governor's Race: 4th District Congressman Van Hilleary (R) over former two-term Nashville mayor Phil Breseden, 52%-48%. The state income tax issue has played prominently in this race, with both candidates promising to oppose it. Breseden constantly touts his business experience, referring too his creation and running of a medical services company. A major negative for Breseden is the "Yankee Factor," he's from North and has never dropped the accent. It's doubtful that many Tennesseans would want to hear his grating voice (to a Southerner's ears, anyway) for the next 4 years. Even President Bush in a campaign ad for Hilleary mentions that Tennesseeans need a governor "that speaks your langauge."

4. Tennessee Senate Race: former governor and secretary of education Lamar Alexander (R) over 5th District Congressman Bob Clement (D), 55%-45%. The race had been fairly close during the summer, but Alexander has pulled away.

5. Arkansas Senate Race: Democrat Mark Pryor, AR AG, over incumbent Republican Tim Hutchinson, 52%-48%. Divorcing your wife of 29 years and marrying a relatively young staffer isn't the best way to endear your self to a Bible Belt state. Otherwise, Hutchinson should have been running away with race.
Bad Joke Alert

Remember: Republicans vote today, everybody else tomorrow.
You're welcome, Mr. Oglesby.

Monday, November 04, 2002

Me, Whining

I'm getting rather tired of hearing TV pundits say that the election "is too close to call." Yes, it may be true, especially concerning the Senate races, but hearing this phrase being repeated over and over again is driving me batty.
An Independence Party member goes to the US Senate

Gov. Jesse Ventura has appointed Dean Barkley to serve as interim senator, filling the vacancy left by the death of Sen. Wellstone. Mr. Barkley ran in 1994 and again in 1996 for the Senate under the Reform Party banner, gaining enough votes to give his party "major party" status in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (the Reform Party of Minnesota is now the Independence Party, Gov. Ventura's party). Therefore, he's not a complete unknown with Minnesota voters. There's a question as to how long Mr. Barkley will serve. The two prevailing ideas are that he will serve until tomorrow's election results are certified in mid-November or that he will completely finish out the un-expired term of Wellstone's. The Senate will have a lame-duck session after the election, so will be interesting to see whether he will align with the Republicans or Democrats (or align at all, for that matter.)

Saturday, November 02, 2002

For cryin' out loud

Ole Miss clawed by the Auburn Tigers: 24-31.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Pardon my mess, part II

I've switched to the Haloscan commenting system, which hopefully won't be as bug-prone as the old YACCS service. Sadly, this means that any comments you have made on previous posts are not longer linked on the site.
Pardon my mess

As you have noticed, I've changed the template for this 'umble blog. The links sidebar and comments will be up and running fairly soon plus I plan to change the colors to Ole Miss's. For a preview of the new color scheme, check out this little tester blog of mine.
Reason #2,342,674 to dislike Democrats

A Democrat candidate for the US House of Representatives is running a campaign ad trying to link the VA/MD sniper case to her Republican opponent. Now, the Democrats have constantly been whining how the White House and the Mean-Spirited Republicans have "politicized" the Iraq situation; but apparently politicizing the sniper case into a case for gun-control is A-OK.
Fun with Referral Logs

MetaCrawler: Nick Nolte unfair trial

Another cause for the reality-challenged Left, perhaps

Thursday, October 31, 2002

A few yuks and a schmuck

Fritz and Billy laugh it up at the Wellstone funeral political rally.

Meanwhile, Ted Rall poses that President Bush could have been involved in eliminating The Most Liberal Senator.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

More fun with Google

Found this site, Googlism, via Didelphis marsupialisBlog.

One of the results for "patrick carver":

patrick carver is likely to approve building the new national stadium at wembley when the findings are published on august

Man, I am way behind since it is referring to August 2001 and I have yet to approve the new Wembley building.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

The Ole Miss Conservative's Top Ten List of State Slogans

10. Mississippi: Memphis shall be ours!
9. Washington: No, we're not the place that elected a crack-head mayor
8. Texas: Home of the Texecution
7. Connecticut: Better than you since 1789
6. Georgia: If you have an out-of-state car tag, kiss your posterior goodbye
5. Louisiana: Cajun-free by 2025
4. Oklahoma: Think of us as Texas's "Mini-Me"
3. New Jersey: The Garden State....hey, stop laughing
2. Arkansas: For the last time, WE'RE SORRY ABOUT BILL CLINTON
1. Alabama: Mississippi's evil twin brother
Daschle's Treats

A great animation from the RNC
And in this corner...

If you are in need of diversion or more procrasination material (aren't we all?), check out where you can pit Gore Vidal vs. William F. Buckley, Noam Chomsky vs. Thomas Sowell, or my personal favorite matchup: TAPPED vs. The Corner. The "winner" is picked by how many google search results each receives.
May have to mount a rescue expedition to find New York Liberal

Monday, October 28, 2002

Quick Links

In the Land of Carneval, Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, a former labor union leader, won the presidential runoff 61% to 39%. Looks like there's going to a be another Hugo Chavez running around in South America.

Laurence Foley, an American diplomat in Jordan, has been gunned down outside his residence there.

How do you know when a Republican has moved to the pretty far to the Left? When the New York Times gives him its endorsement (albeit a tepid one).
Victory over Mon-dull

Ramesh Ponnuru points out that Walter Mondale can be beat in the Minnesota Senate race.

If he is forced to run a real, albeit quick, campaign, Mondale could also have some problems with his base. Yes, he's a liberal Democrat. But he's not a child of the New Left, as Wellstone was. The fact that he's on the board of an HMO won't endear him to Wellstone's core constituency. Mondale also co-chaired a commission that came out for Social Security reform, including both private accounts and an increased retirement age (according to an AP report from earlier this year). Mondale can also reasonably be asked to state his position on Iraq: Would he have voted for or against the war resolution? He won't want to be against the president on this. But if he says he would have voted for the resolution, the Wellstonites will feel betrayed.

UPDATE: Ponnuru makes a correction stating that while Mondale was on the Social Security commission, he issued a dissent.

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Another Heartbreaker

Ole Miss loses to Arkansas: 28-48

Friday, October 25, 2002

"I'm not an investigator, but I play one on TV"

via El Rushbo
Some Hostages Killed in Russia

Listening to Fox News just now, I heard the reporter say that the Chechen terrorists who have held a theatre audience hostage have killed 2 and injured 2 others.
Friday night and I'm here blogging. Yeah...
Paul Wellstone: 1944-2002

Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone has died in a plane crash along with his wife, daughter, three staffers, and two pilots. At the risk of sounding like many other conservative bloggers, I wish to note that while Mr. Wellstone held many "progressive" views that I oppose, he always exuded a sense of earnestness and sincerity (unlike many current top Dem pols). He may have been a only a couple of steps from socialism, but he was a decent fella.

Thursday, October 24, 2002

There are some professors with some sense

Lee Ann points out this article authored by Ole Miss Law Professor Richard Rychlak that "gently corrects" a New Republic piece bashing Pius XII, who was Pope during WWII.

Dr. Rychlak was my instructor for University Studies, a five-week class that all freshmen and transfers are required to take. It mainly covers topics like academic integrity, the purpose of universities, and general history of Ole Miss.

Berkeley, this place ain't.
Somebody failed geography

Somebody at MSNBC has mislabeled Mississippi as Alabama in a flash graphic showing locations connected to the MD/VA sniper case.

This is almost as annoying as when media-types refer to the Confederate Battle Flag as the Stars and Bars (a completely different flag). Or when encyclopedias on CD-ROM show Missouri's state bird when it is supposed to Mississippi's. To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, Mississippi gets no repect.

via MCJ
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperBush!

Republicans respond to the nasty cartoon on the DNC site.
Quick Links

Police arrested John Allen Muhammad, 42, and his stepson John Lee Malvo, 17, late last night (or depending how you look at things, early this morning) in connection with the Maryland/Virginia sniper case. Another Fox News story relates that Mr. Trigger Happy Mr. Muhammad help provide security at the Nation of Islam's Million Man March in DC.

Saddam Hussein has ordered his diplomats abroad to send their children back home to Iraq. Nothing deters defection better than having a family member being held hostage.

The Slate reports where those Nigerian e-mail scams come from. Interestingly, the U.S. Secret Service states that these frauds have raked in at least $100 million.
Happy United Nations Day Everybody!

We really need to come up with some traditions to go along with this wonderful holiday. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Nex Fox Show: When Senatorial Candidates Attack

The Washington Post reports that Paul Shelby Hunton, a 27-year-old Democratic Party activist, claims that 62-year-old Repulican Senate candidate Lamar Alexander twisted his finger while the two shook hands. He went so far as file a complaint, but stated that he wouldn't press charges since the swelling had nearly gone down on his finger.

A great response by LAMAR!:

Alexander, the front-runner in the Senate race, laughed off the incident as "just a media stunt." He told us: "He gave me a firm handshake and I gave him a firm handshake, and I've just shaken 2,000 more hands at a barbecue in Knoxville. I feel fine. I think I may go home tonight and play a little Chopin."

If (or more likely, when) Alexander wins he could be valuable asset for the Republicans in Senate. Imagine this scenario:

Alexander: So, Mr. Hollings, I heard that you are planning to vote against the new tax cut bill.
Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC): Yeah suh, Ah believe that it gives too much monuh to da rich and we'uns need to spend that monuh investing in da chil'rens, da po', da old folks, da--
Alexander: --uh, okay, okay. I understand and respect your position.
Hollings: Really? Why thank ya, suh. ah 'preciate it.
Alexander: To show that there's no hard feelings, put 'er there.
Hollings: Well, alrighty then. It's good that da two of us can.....YEEEEEEEEEOOOOOW! YA HURTIN' MAH HAND!!! GREAT GOOGLY-MOOGLY THAT SMARTS!
Alexander [smiling]: So, Senator, wish to change your mind?
Alexander: Fritz, I'm waiting.....
Alexander: Good boy. [releases grip] I love this spirit of bi-partisanship. Now, where's Sen. Kennedy?.....

I got my Dilbert Newsletter written by Scott Adams (the creator of the comic strip) yesterday and it contained the results of an online poll given at I've formatted the data in order to make if more readable

My comments in italics

Weasel Poll Results

Here are the results of the Weasel Poll on Don't blame me for any of it. I was only one of the 19,000 voters.

I'm not entirely sure why France beat out Iran, North Korea, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as the weaseliest country. I suspect we got a lot of votes from England.

Mr. Adams, if you hanged around NRO a lot more, you would know that there are plenty of red-blooded Americans who detest the cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

Weaseliest Organization
Democratic Party5,727
Major League Baseball4,118
White House3,700
Republican Party2,333

The Democratic Party? Weasely? Surely they jest!

Weaseliest Country
Saudi Arabia4,488
North Korea669

Congrats France! It's nice that a 3rd rate country can come in first sometimes. Soak up the adulation, you wine-sipping, deodorant-adverse, capitulating simians! You deserve it!

Weaseliest Company
Arthur Andersen3,908
Rite Aid1,255
Merrill Lynch576

Many of the corporate corruption companies (ah, alliteration!) fill out the list and, of course, everyone's favorite Evil Because It Merely Exists Corporation to pick on, Microsoft

Weaseliest Profession
News reporters4,875
Politicians 3,539
Tobacco executives3,484
Oil executives1,159
Advertising executives926

No huge surprises here

Weaseliest Individual
Martha Stewart4,734
Gary Condit 3,810
Marie Reine Le Gougne
(French Ice Skating Olympic Judge)
Kenneth Lay (Enron)3,284
Michael Jackson2,009
Dennis Kozlowski (Tyco)810
Gary Winnick (Glob. Cross.) 483
"Chainsaw" Al Dunlap342
Sam Waksal (ImClone)255

I would have chosen DNC chariman Terry McAuliffe, that corrupt, smarmy @#$*!

Weaseliest Religion

Why did people vote Islam the weaseliest religion? Could it be all those "Well, we condemn the actions of terrorists, BUT....blah, blah, blah...." statements made by many "moderate" Muslim clerics?
Conservative Quotes, Part II

These are complied from the Federalist Chronicle e-mail newsletter [link not available]

"Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be...."
John Adams

"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper."
Edmund Burke

"Did you ever know a politician that was not 'facing the most critical time in the world's affairs' every time he spoke in public?"
Will Rogers

"Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated."
Ronald Reagan (1982)

"A man's character is his fate."

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Theodore Roosevelt

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and known them for what they are."
Marcus Aurelius

"The wise person questions himself, the fool others."
Henri Arnold

"Nothing fails like success because we don't learn from it. We learn only from failure."
Kenneth Ewart Boulding

"I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is -- try to please everybody."
Herbert Bayard Swope

"Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."
Edmund Burke

"We must never attempt to use the United Nations as a substitute for clear and resolute U.S. policy."
Barry Goldwater

"American values have always included the belief that war must have a moral component. ...Americans believe we fight just wars against aggressors who threaten us or other innocent allied nations."
Maggie Gallagher

"Jimmy Carter has long been a favorite of those abroad who are anti-American, and a case could even be made that he was the first anti-American president."
Thomas Sowell

"If the Democrats were as bellicose toward Saddam Hussein as they are toward the Republicans, Iraq would be a smoking crater."
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

"This is the argument from fear: Dare to take on the bully, and we might get hurt. Which is the kind of threat Saddam Hussein long has relied on -- in Iraq and beyond."
Paul Greenberg

"The threat of mass death on a scale never before seen residing in the hands of an unstable madman is simply intolerable -- and must be preempted."
Charles Krauthammer

"We cannot ask what will happen if we act [against Iraq] but, rather, what will happen if we don't."
Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida)

 "How can we pretend to be serious about protecting our borders when prominent politicians so casually dismiss illegal activity? How can we claim to be fighting the war on terrorism on all fronts when we are unwilling to enforce immigration laws?"
David Limbaugh

"I've got a problem, obviously, with Mr. Saddam Hussein, and so do you."
President Bush

Monday, October 21, 2002

Another Hokie site

Another Marching Virginian has a blog. To go over there and read an excellent post on drinking and Christianity. Welcome aboard Stefie!
This post 100% political commentary free

I believe that I have finished my Project 2 for my MIS 410 class to my satisfaction. Now the question is "Is it to my professor's satisfaction?"

Also, y'all are more than welcome to play around on that webpage. Just keep it clean.

Sunday, October 20, 2002

You're 3 Musketeers!
You're kind of plain. Nothing amazing. But hey, that's not always a bad thing.

It's strange how accruate these things can be.
Watched SNL hosted by Sen. John McCain last night. I think he gave a pretty good performance, though his John Ashcroft impression leaves a lot to be desired. After watching the "John McCain sings Streisand" skit, I almost would take back every bad thing I've ever said about him.

Favorite quotes: "Streisand has been trying to do my job for 20 years, so now I'm going to try and do her job!" and
"Can I sing? About as well as Barbra Streisand knows how to govern America!"

Ole Miss drowns in the Crimson Tide: 7-42
Being the cutting edge fella that I am, I signed up for AOL Instant Messenger over the week-end. If you are so inclined, you can IM me at msboy1981.
Quote this, Bartlett's

Miss Morawski e-mailed me to be a part of a blog-mania of conservative quotes in response to Bartlett's severe lack of sayings from many right-wing intellectuals. So, below is a collection of quotes from my own personal file (feel free to add s'more in the comments box or e-mail me them at

C.S. Lewis Can't Lose

Extra credit to those who know what '90s Fox TV series that this title is a pun of.

The safest road to hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British author. Screwtape, in The Screwtape Letters, letter 12 (1942).

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men’s belief that they "own" their bodies--those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British author. Screwtape, in The Screwtape Letters, Letter 21 (1942).

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), British author. The Screwtape Letters, Preface (1942).

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), British author. Quoted in: Cyril Connoly,The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944; rev. 1951).

It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesn’t matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn’t matter.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), British author. A Grief Observed, pt. 1 (1961).

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), British author. A Grief Observed, pt. 4 (1961).

Every American Conservative's Favorite Limey Politician

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in: The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, N.Y., Dec. 1954).

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Quoted in: New York Times (5 July 1954).

Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman, writer. Epigraph to The Second World War: The Gathering Storm, vol. 1 (1948).

My Boy Burke

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly, 19 Jan. 1791.

We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. First Letter on a Regicide Peace (1796; published in The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, vol. 9, ed. by Paul Langford, 1991).

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Observations on a Publication, “The Present State of the Nation” (1769).

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol, 3 April 1777 (published in Works, vol. 2).

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Letter, 3 April 1777, to the Sheriffs of Bristol.

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity—the law of nature and of nations.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, 28 May 1794, Westminster Hall, at the impeachment of Warren Hastings.

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, 3 Nov. 1774, to the electors of Bristol, England.

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Thoughts and Details on Scarcity (Nov. 1795; published in Works, vol. 5), cautioning against the “attempt to feed the people out of the hands of the magistrates.”

To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.
Edmund Burke (1729–97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).

Reagan Reasoning

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. "A Time for Choosing," television address, 27 Oct. 1964 (published in Speaking My Mind, 1989).

We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. president. Quoted in: Observer (London, 5 Feb. 1983).

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Address, 15 Aug. 1986, to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Freedom-loving people around the world must say . . . I am a refugee in a crowded boat foundering off the coast of Vietnam. I am Laotian, a Cambodian, a Cuban, and a Miskito Indian in Nicaragua. I, too, am a potential victim of totalitarianism.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 27 May 1985, at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Germany (published in Speaking My Mind, 1989).

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 9 Feb. 1982 (published in Speaking My Mind, "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," 1989).

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 8 March 1983, at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, Orlando, Fla. (published in Speaking My Mind, 1989).

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, 11 Dec. 1972 (published in Speaking My Mind, "The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan," 1989).

No, Disraeli is not a MidEast nationality

My objection to Liberalism is this-that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind-namely, politics-of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), English statesman, author. Speech, 5 June 1848, to House of Commons, London, on the expulsion of the British ambassador from Madrid.

[Referring to liberals] Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), English statesman, author. Speech, 9 Nov. 1877, Guildhall, London.

O'Rourke Forks Dorks

The principle feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness. By loudly denouncing all bad things--war and hunger and date rape--liberals testify to their own terrific goodness. More important, they promote themselves to membership in a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things. . . . It’s a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don’t have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.
P. J. O’Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. Give War a Chance, Introduction (1992).

In the end we beat them with Levi 501 jeans. Seventy-two years of Communist indoctrination and propaganda was drowned out by a three-ounce Sony Walkman. A huge totalitarian system . . . has been brought to its knees because nobody wants to wear Bulgarian shoes. . . . Now they're lunch, and we're number one on the planet.
P. J. O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "The Death of Communism," in Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 1989; repr. in Give War a Chance, 1992).

Grab Bag of Goodies

Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals [with] no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.
Clare Boothe Luce (1903-87), U.S. diplomat, writer. Newsweek (New York, 24 Jan. 1955).

The word "conservative" is used by the BBC as a portmanteau word of abuse for anyone whose views differ from the insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naive, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of the third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the nineteen-sixties.
Norman Tebbit (b. 1931), British Conservative politician. Quoted in: Independent (London, 24 Feb. 1990).

There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one's good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.
Roland Barthes (1915-80), French semiologist. Interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy, in Art and Text, no. 8 (1977; repr. in Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, ed. by Russell Ferguson, et al., 1990).

[Referring to liberals] I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means-except by getting off his back.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian novelist, philosopher. What Then Must We Do? ch. 16 (1886).

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936), British author. What’s Wrong With the World, pt. 1, ch. 5 (1910).

I’m not an Uncle Tom. . .. I’m going to be here for 40 years. For those who don’t like it, get over it.
Clarence Thomas (b. 1948), U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Washington Post, (October 28, 1994), answering attacks on his character at a meeting of African American journalists and other African Americans.


The Dave Matthew Band will release a new live album on Nov. 5. Now, neither CDNOW nor list what songs are on the release, but through my diligent efforts I have procured one for you:

Don't Drink the Water
When The World Ends
So Right
Big Eyed Fish
What You Are
Crash Into Me
Everyday (#36)
I Did It
If I Had It All
Digging a Ditch
What Would You Say
All Along the Watchtower
The Space Between
Two Step
Ants Marching

Friday, October 18, 2002

Today's reading list

"Why the Left Hates America" by Dan Flynn [link]
"Voices in the Wilderness" by Victor Davis Hanson [link]
"TAPs for a Magazine" by Christopher Caldwell [link]
"Conservative Pop Music? The Top 40 of the Top 40" by Bruce Bartlett [link]
"'Bowling for Columbine' throws a gutter ball" by Michael Medved [link]

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Smacking idiocy upside its head

Joseph Farah slams Harry Belafonte idiotically declaring Colin Powell a "house slave."

While Belafonte was making millions of dollars entertaining white folks in the 1960s, Colin Powell wasn't living the good life. He wasn't singing "Day-o." He wasn't rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite. He was fighting for his country in Vietnam.

Nothing was handed to Colin Powell in his life. He worked hard, studied hard, fought hard and became a general and, later, the first black secretary of state in the history of the United States. Harry Belafonte sang the "Banana Boat Song."
I guess I was wrong about my dorm's Internet connection; it's still slower than molasses in January. So, if I'm going to do any posting, it'll be from the computer labs or classrooms here in the business/accounting school building.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Does the law mean anything to the Left?

The Drudge Report points out this little project of the Democratic Socialists of America:

DSA’s national electoral project this year is the Minnesota Senate Election. Together with YDS, DSA’s Youth Section, we are mobilizing to bring young people to Minnesota. Minnesota is one of the few states that allow same day voter registration. We will therefore focus our energy on registering young Minnesotans. Wellstone will need a high percentage of young people to register and vote for him if he is to stave off the campaign that Bush, the Republicans and the Greens are waging against him. He is the Right’s Number One electoral target.

Because we are focusing on issue-based voter registration, this electoral work can be supported by tax-deductible contributions. The DSA FUND is soliciting tax-deductible contributions to support this project. Contributions are needed to underwrite the costs of transportation as well as providing a stipend for expenses; housing is being donated.

This is a clear illustration of why "same day voter registration" policies are a bad idea since they can and will lead to this type of voting fraud.

UPDATE: Lesson to all, never quickly read over an article in a computer lab right before you leave for lunch, or you might miss a key sentence. You see, this piece seemed to imply that the DSA was recruiting young people to move temporarily to Minnesota and vote illegally. Upon further review it appears to be a call for young'uns to help with registering voters and other such legal activities. My bad.
Sorry for the lack of posting, but the Internet connection in the dorm has been slower than a 14.4k modem for the last two days, but it now seems to be almost normal.

Monday, October 14, 2002

What are you doing? Go read Jay Nordlinger's piece on Carter, pronto!

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I'm getting tired of clicking "No" on this error message box a thousand times every time the YACCS server decides to be unavailable. Yes, it's free, so I shouldn't complain, but still, it is aggravating.
"I think I'm movin to Idaho"

WorldNetDaily reports on a project that encourages 20,000 Libertarians to move to a state and peacefully take over the state government. There are ten states under consideration, with Idaho being one of them.
New Blog

Here's a new blog by Aakash Raut who's currently attending college in Illinois. It's good to see a paleocon site largely absent of the bitterness common to many "Old Right" webpages.

Sunday, October 13, 2002


If VH-1 reruns that !@#$!@#$ The Jacksons miniseries (that originally aired on ABC in 1992) one more time...

Those Virgin Mobile commericals are just too disturbing.

I severely dislike pop-up and pop-under ads on the Internet. Now, companies wouldn't use these if people weren't clicking on them. Therefore, I severely dislike those ad-clickers.
Note to self: mail absentee ballot request tomorrow.
Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of left-wing The Nation magazine, and Peter Beinart, editor of the liberal The New Republic , debate over the need for war with Hussein on an NPR program. Requires RealPlayer to listen.
Jimmy Carter has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The chairman of the committee, Gunnar Berge, used the prize to make a scathing attack on President Bush's campaign to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

U.S. lawmakers gave Bush solid bipartisan support on Thursday for a strike on Iraq. Carter said last month it would be a "tragic mistake" for the United States to attack Iraq without U.N. backing.

"With the position Carter has taken...(the award) can and must also be seen as criticism of the line the current U.S. administration has taken on Iraq," Berge, a former Labour cabinet minister, told reporters after announcing the award.

Asked if it was a "kick in the leg" at Washington, Berge said: "Yes, the answer is an unconditional 'yes."' A "kick in the leg" is a Norwegian phrase meaning "a slap in the face."

Ah, Gunnar Berge: fair and balanced as always.

All this Carter coverage reminds me of a scene in the 1986 movie Iron Eagle, where a teenager (Doug) whose Air Force fighter pilot father had been shot down and held hostage by a small Libya-esque Middle Eastern country is being consoled by his friends. [Note: I'm doing this entirely from memory]

Friend 1: Don't worry Doug, they'll get him out.
Doug: Like when they tried to rescue the hostages in Iran? [ed note: Carter send a a group of helicopters to free the hostages, but they crashed and burned in the desert]
Friend 2 (Reggie): Now, that was back when Mr. Peanut was in charge. There's now a guy in the White House that doesn't take s@#$ from puny little countries. Why do you think they call him Ronald RAY GUN?

Ole Miss laid the smack down on Arkansas State, 52-17, on Saturday.

I expected nothing less.
From the American Prowler:

Sen. Robert Byrd has been waging a week-long war on the floor of the Senate to block the one that President Bush wants to wage in Iraq. On Thursday Byrd could be seen waving about a palm-sized version of the U.S. Constitution in booklet form, which has been published and distributed around the world by the Cato Institute.

"When we pointed out that the think tank that published it was libertarian, he didn't want to bring it on the floor," says a Democratic staffer on the Appropriations Committee, which Byrd chairs. "But it was the only copy we could find in the office."

And where did they find it? "We took it from a Republican staffer's desk," says the Democrat.