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Ho ho ho!

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Brilliant self-parody. The Democratic Party's official blog is called "Kicking Ass."




Thanks Ace.

95% of self-selecting wingnuts agree!

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Lefty blogs are getting excited about an online MSNBC poll that shows an overwhelming percentage of respondents favor impeachment.

Well, duh! You're surprised that when MSNBC designs a poll to throw red meat to left-wingers that lots of left-wing sites link to it and lots of left-wingers vote?

Online polls are asinine. I thought that was well understood. People that take them seriously are dumber than the MSNBC fools who write them.

Just for the sake of illustration, one of the most controversial issues facing us today is whether John Kerry and Howard Dean should be forcibly sodomized with a broom handle. Your opinion matters. Please vote in the poll at the right.

UPDATE 1/3/05: The polls have closed and the people have spoken! 94% in favor and 6% opposed. Forcible sodomy with a foreign object is much more popular than impeachment!

The secret obsession of liberals

Over at Alarming News, guest blogger Julia explains the true motivation of liberals:

Seriously, sex is usually the driving force at the bottom of any liberal policy position. You can trace almost any of their positions back to sex. For example, why do you think they don’t want the Ten Commandments hanging in the classrooms? Because one of those commandments says thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, and liberals are like, “We think the kids should make their own decisions about that.” And why do you think a liberal doesn’t want you to own a gun? Because he doesn’t want to get shot in case he sleeps with your wife.It sounds simplistic, but the more you think about it, the more it explains a lot. For example, liberals' obsession with abortion to the exclusion of all other issues on the Supreme Court. Eminent domain abuse? No problem. FEC banning free speech? We don't care. As long as we get our abortion on demand!

The origin of Kwanzaa

Ace picks on defenseless nitwit

Ace of Spades has fun ripping apart a paranoid anti-blogging rant from a woman who proclaims herself a "popular columnist."

Kathleen Parker is better known as the woman who took a bold and controversial stand against child molestation in her column, "Adult - child relationships are wrong -- always."

Jacques Chirac

Austrian taxpayers subsidize bad porn

The Austrian government is following the lead of our own NEA and paying lots of money for really stupid "art." It's newsworthy this time because the "art" is goofy porn pictures of people wearing masks of George Bush, Jacques Chirac, and Queen Elizabeth.

Thanks to Ang for the link.

Ho ho ho!

OpinionJournal's Best of the Web always makes my daily reading list, but today it is particularly funny, on the Communist Manifesto hoax and the Unfrozen Caveman Senator.

Jim Cramer is just terrible

I have the day off from work, and I'm watching Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on CNBC.

It is just awful. He conveys no useful information, and just rants with bugged-out eyes and a crazed voice.

I've heard his radio show before. It was awful as well. The most annoying feature I remember was a segment called "Am I Diversified?", in which callers listed five stocks and he told them whether or not they were in the same industry or sector... what a bore!

The TV show is not much better.


UPDATE: Oh, no! Now he's doing "Am I Diversified?" on TV!

Verizon management: morons who should have listened to W.C. Varones

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Eight months ago, I urged the management of Verizon to walk away from a bidding war for MCI. They didn't listen.

How is ignoring my advice working out for Verizon? Not very well. Verizon is significantly underperforming its peers, SBC and BellSouth. And look at Qwest, the one that walked away! (Click on the graph for better visibility).


Oooohhhh... you're an ANGRY secretary-general!

UN tsunami relief: keeping European bureaucrats fat and happy

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

With energy prices where they are, I'll wish for you some coal in your stocking!

Kelo

Back in black

Aided by Democrats' suicidal demagoging about the right of terrorists to plot without government eavesdropping, President Bush has bounced back to 50% approval in the Rasmussen poll.

NSA Eavesdropping

OpinionJournal has more support for the National Security Agency eavesdropping on terrorists here. Quoting Bill Clinton's assistant attorney general John Schmidt:
Four federal courts of appeal subsequently faced the issue squarely and held that the president has inherent authority to authorize wiretapping for foreign intelligence purposes without judicial warrant.In the most recent judicial statement on the issue, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, composed of three federal appellate court judges, said in 2002 that "All the . . . courts to have decided the issue held that the president did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence . . . We take for granted that the president does have that authority."
and the New York Times:

A Federal appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency may lawfully intercept messages between United States citizens and people overseas, even if there is no cause to believe…

Alito: still the one

The markets still say Alito is a sure thing.

America: liking Bush more and more every day

News for the Democrats, whose political strategy is to make a huge issue out of the fact that they don't want to allow President Bush to authorize intelligence gathering on al-Qaeda associates' phone calls to their overseas co-conspirators:

The more you take the stupid side of this issue, the more Bush's ratings keep going up.

Gold ETFs and Options

Why are there no options available for either of the two gold ETFs, GLD and IAU?

If you're looking to invest in gold, ETFs are a very efficient way to do it. I chose GLD. It has much more liquidity and tighter spreads than IAU. Both have reasonable expense ratios of 0.40%.

Confessions of a closet conservative

This is worth reading in its entirety. It describes the insular, groupthinking communities that occur in liberal enclaves, and one conservative woman's decision to keep her politics a secret.

I witness the liberal bubble phenomenon in San Francisco on a daily basis. At work, or on the street, it is common to hear unsolicited "Bush is an idiot" rants. At work, I keep my opinions to myself, but in social settings I occasionally take the bait, and respond with reason and facts. The reaction is always one of horror and disbelief. They do not debate the facts or the reasoning, but take it on faith that I must be sadly misguided. How could someone who seems so normal, so like us, actually support that evil fascist idiot dictator?

Note to blue-state Bush-haters: the next time you spontaneously bash Bush among friends, if a few of your friends don't join in the bashing, it might not be that they don't follow politics or don't care that much. It might be that they don&…

President claims authority to break into your house without a warrant

The President asserted that in cases of national security, he has "inherent authority" to order physical searches — including break-ins at the homes of U.S. citizens — for foreign intelligence purposes without any warrant or permission from any outside body.

Oh, wait. That was President Clinton.

Paris on the Hudson

New York transit workers are acting like Frenchies.

The New York Sun's view of the strike:
The New York transit strike begun today is a blatantly illegal act of economic sabotage by a union so selfish that it is willing to destroy one of the most important business weeks in the city in a last-ditch attempt to preserve privileges that most private sector employees can only dream of — like the ability to retire at age 55 with a full pension, or the ability to not contribute at all to health insurance costs.

The strikers got a piece of New York's mind on the union's blog. The comments were taken down, but archived here (thanks Insty): Anonymous said...
Two things, there's not going to be a violent revolution over mass transit employees having their healthcare cut, and secondly, if i could meet the masterminds behind this strike, i'd personally spit in each of their faces. I know fifty people at my campus who now cannot return to their families for the holiday season, and …

Out here in Moonbatville

A lot of people around San Francisco are talking about "Bush spies on Americans." People joke when calling each other on the phone, "Watch what you say. Bush may be listening."

Maybe they only read the headlines, or maybe the TV news reports didn't make it clear that the eavesdropping program only applies to known terrorist associates making calls to overseas numbers. Wow! I certainly wouldn't want the NSA to find out what known terrorist associates are doing in America! I mean, the "land of the free" means terrorists should be free to plan to kill people without government interference, right?

OpinionJournal explains why President Bush is doing the right thing, and has the legal authority to do it.What we really have here is a perfect illustration of why America's Founders gave the executive branch the largest measure of Constitutional authority on national security. They recognized that a committee of 535 talking heads couldn't be trusted …

Democracy is a beautiful thing

... in Iraq or in Bolivia, where indigenous-rights candidate Evo Moralesappears to have won in a landslide. Yes, he's a socialist and may set back the economy by nationalizing the country's natural gas production. But Morales' election is historic as he will be the first Bolivian President from the oppressed indigenous population. He has also pledged to end the persecution of the indigenous population in the futile and destructive U.S.-led "War on Drugs."

Congratulations to the people of Bolivia and to President-elect Evo Morales.

Santas gone wild!

This is pretty funny.

Coincidentally, I saw the SantaCon phenomenon last night in a pub in North Beach. Looks like fun. Maybe I'll try it next year.

I Love Big Brother

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#1 reason not to ask to see your kid's report card

Groovy tunes

I saw Los Lobos at the Fillmore last night. They performed their legendary Kiko album in its entirety (for the first time ever, I think). It was awesome. Catch them if you can.

Other great live music I've seen recently:

The Old 97's

Michael Franti

John Butler Trio

The Groovesmiths

Want to avoid the death penalty? Kill a black person.

My favorite left-wing death penalty supporter (OK, the only left-wing death penalty supporter I know), Angie, points us to this article that shows that people who kill black people don't get the death penalty in California.

Racism is not the reason I oppose the death penalty. I oppose it for both principled and pragmatic reasons. On principle, I don't believe that governments should be able to kill people. Pragmatically, I see both that erroneous convictions are frequent and that the death penalty is far more expensive and no more effective than life without parole.

Mmmmm..... Democrats

I haven't heard a good argument for the extension of the Patriot Act. Until I do, I'll thank the Democrats for their uncharacteristic support of civil liberties.

Pot, meet kettle

Over at Kaus:
OP-ED COLUMNIST
W. Won't Read This
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: December 14, 2005
Never ask a guy who's in a bubble if he's in a bubble. He can't answer.

To continue reading this article, you must be a subscriber to TimesSelect.

What ever happened to etiquette?

I just got this in an e-mail from IPFreely.

Couldn't he have given me the courtesy of a phone call?

Mmmmm.... democracy in Iraq

Turnout so high they have to extend voting hours.

Here's one Iraqi voter's message to Howard "we cannot win" Dean and John "terrorizing children" Kerry:

“Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell”

Mercy

All right, the Governator showed that he's tough by whacking Hollywood favorite Tookie Williams.

Now, how about a little mercy? Let this guy live.

WC Varones Blog welcomes its Italian readers

I'm happy to see a comment from our Italian friends below. I don't speak Italian, but in this marvelous age of technology, we don't need to! Babelfish shows us a (rough and sloppy) translation of the commenter's blog:

To the end the governor-terminator of California has decided to soil the hands of true blood. Stanley Tookie Williams and with the same nature shown in its cruente will kill films, endured after an expensive one will be ignited sigaro and will go pranzare to some banquet of gala. That other to say, Schwarzy, following the tracks of Bush that give governor it has made to assassinate tens of prisoners, it is executing the just steps in order to succeed in to seat in top to the house white woman, to the guide of the greatest democracy of the planet. Yes, one democracy of terminator.. guerrilla radio. "I DIE PERCHE' ARE NOT WHITE MAN"
So it ain't poetry... thanks for the visit!

Took, Took, Tookie, Good-bye!

It's hard to be against the death penalty when some people work so hard to earn it.

Good riddance.

Daily Reckoning slams Thomas Friedman

I haven't read much Thomas Friedman. I understand that his earlier writing on the Middle East is worthwhile. But his last book, The Earth is Flat, wastes hundreds of pages stating the blindingly obvious: that outsourcing is disruptive to an underskilled and overpaid American labor force.

I've never bothered to write an unkind word about Friedman, though. The Daily Reckoning, however, rips him a new one:

We always try to get our day off on the right foot by reading Friedman’s column before breakfast. There is something so gloriously naïve and clumsy in the man’s pensée, it never fails to brighten our mornings. It refreshes our faith in our fellow men; they are not evil, just mindless. We have never met the man, but we imagine Friedman as a high school teacher, warping young minds with drippy thoughts. But to say his ideas are sophomoric or juvenile merely libels young people, most of whom have far more cleverly nuanced opinions than the columnist. You might criticize th…

Someone's a little full of himself

Ouch!

How would you like to be the guy that made this typo?

Botched Stock Trade Costs Japan Firm $225 Million

And what's up with the Japanese exchange that won't let you cancel the unexecuted remainder of your order, even if it was a horrible mistake?

Strike a blow for liberty

Primary season is rolling around again, and we have a chance to strike a blow for liberty.

One of the worst Republicans in the House, Rep. Joe Schwarz of Michigan, is facing a primary challenge from former state senator and limited-government advocate Tim Walberg.

How bad is Schwarz? Not only is he frequently in favor of raising taxes, he also voted against the bill to restrict eminent domain. That's right, Schwarz thinks state and local politicians should be able to take your home to give to their greedy developer cronies to turn into condos or a strip mall.

This is a heavily Republican seat, so the winner of this primary will almost certainly win the general election.

The good news is that you can do something about it. You don't have to live in Michigan to help. Send a donation to Walberg and send Schwarz packing!

You can send a donation by credit card via the Club for Growth at (800) 784-2741.

France's problem?

You think?

Democrats fear backlash at polls for antiwar remarks.

No! You mean middle America might not like hearing Congressman Jack Murtha say that our army is "broken," "worn out," and "living hand to mouth?"

Or hearing Howard Dean say that we can't win the war?

Or hearing John Kerry accuse the troops of "terrorizing" women and children?


How could that possibly turn off any voters?

TimesSelect

The New York Times is hiding its opinion writers under a bushel. It wants to cash in on them, and it thinks people will pay $50 a year for "TimesSelect," a worthless service that gives subscribers access to the mundane opinions of Times writers.

Too bad for the Times that other people are posting the columns for free. I don't condone this type of copyright violation, but I couldn't pick a better victim than the arrogant idiots at the New York Times.

John Kerry supports the troops

Whiny French news agency doesn't want Google to link it

Agence France Presse is complaining that Google is linking its news stories:

European publishers warned Tuesday that they cannot keep allowing Internet search engines such as Google Inc. to make money from their content. "The new models of Google and others reverse the traditional permission-based copyright model of content trading that we have built up over the years," said Francisco Pinto Balsemao, the head of the European Publishers Council, in prepared remarks for a speech at a Brussels conference.

His stance backs French news agency AFP, which is suing Google for pulling together photos and story excerpts from thousands of news Web sites. "It is fascinating to see how these companies 'help themselves' to copyright-protected material, build up their own business models around what they have collected, and parasitically, earn advertising revenue off the back of other people's content," he said. "This is unlikely to be sustainable for publishers in…

Murtha on the weed

Everybody's favorite cut-and-run advocate Rep. Jack Murtha seems a bit confused and self-contradicting:
Rep. Murtha on the prospects of an Iraqi civil war:[T]here's a civil war going. We're caught in between a civil war right now. Our troops are the targets of the civil war. They're the only people that could have unified the various factions in Iraq. And they're unified against us. --ABC's This Week, 12/4/05[W]hy should I believe what the CIA says about what's happening in
Iraq, that there's going to be a civil war? First of all, al Qaeda was wrong. It was wrong on the nuclear stuff. It was wrong on everything they have said over there. So why should I believe that there's going to be a civil war? -- same show, a few moments later.


Rep. Murtha on whether the Iraqis will throw us out:[T]he military won a military victory. They got rid of Saddam Hussein. ...[snip] ... Now, it's got to be a political win. They have to win this
politically. The Iraqis …

On the de-Christmasification of Christmas

Somebody feels threatened by the idea of President Rice

Steyn on Iraq, the Democrats, and the silencing of the sane

Mark Steyn notes that voices of reason like Joe Lieberman are being drowned out by shouts of defeatism in the Democratic Party:

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, came out with a big statement on Iraq last week. Did you hear about it? Probably not. Everyone was still raving about his Democrat colleague, Rep. Jack Murtha, whose carefully nuanced position on Iraq is: We're all doomed unless we pull out by next Tuesday! (I quote from memory.)

Also, the United States Army is "broken," "worn out" and "living hand to mouth." If the reaction to Murtha's remarks by my military readers is anything to go by, he ought to be grateful they're still bogged down in Iraq and not in the congressional parking lot.

It's just about acceptable in polite society to disagree with Murtha, but only if you do it after a big 20-minute tongue bath about what "a fine man" he is (as Rumsfeld said) or what "a good man" he is (as Cheney called …

Another one bites the dust

Key al-Qaeda associate killed in Pakistan.

Those missile-firing unmanned drones are really cool. That's what I want for Christmas.

Go Bolivia!

Bolivia is about to elect a president who wants to decriminalize coca production. It's about time!

I traveled through Bolivia a couple years ago and at one point was stopped at a checkpoint that was staffed by local police but the guys giving the orders were US DEA agents. It was awkward to see American drug warriors telling the locals what to do in their own country.

Let's hope Bolivia joins Venezuela in rejecting collaboration with the occupiers. End this brutal, costly, unjust, and unwinnable war.

The War on Drugs: Give Peace a Chance!

OpinionJournal: Wal-Mart is good for America

OpinionJournal repeats the argument that Wal-Mart is good for America, and attacks the Wal-Mart bashers.

...the vanguard of the Wal-Mart haters is composed of unions that have for decades kept retail wages and prices artificially high, especially in the supermarket business. Those unions have had next to no success organizing Wal-Mart employees and see Wal-Mart's push into groceries as a direct threat to their market position. And on that one score, they may be right.

But seen it that light, it becomes clear that much of the criticism is simply a form of special-interest lobbying in socially conscious drag. And why an outside observer should favor the interests of unionized supermarket employees over those of Wal-Mart shoppers and employees is far from clear (unless you're a politician who gets union contributions).
I'm ambivalent about Wal-Mart. It has certainly raised the standard of living for the working class, as it as reduced prices dramatically. Even those who don'…

The Alito Feud

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Democrats say they're going to stop Alito.



Our survey says: WRONG!!!!

Democrats support the troops

They just have a funny way of showing it.

Murtha Says Army Is 'Broken, Worn Out'

Belgian woman takes one for the team

A Belgian woman who married a radical Islamist traveled to Iraq and blew herself up. The good news?
She is reported to be the only victim of the attack. If she's that incompetent and ineffective, she could have had a great career in the Belgian military. And...
Her husband is reported to have been killed in Iraq in a separate incident. The US military is solving Europe's unemployment problem, one European at a time! France should offer its suburban youth free one-way bus tickets to Iraq.

From Karol.

The Keystone Terrorists

How long before these stupid terrorists realize they've kidnapped a bunch of stupid terrorist sympathizers?

"We are angry because what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments due to the illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people."How long before they wake up and let them go?

Prediction: just a few days.

From the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler