It’s Not Just in the US of A

No, bureaucrats do stupid things, everywhere. It turns out that UK officials prevented the US from interrogating one Haroon Rashid Aswat, one month before the London bombings; of course, it turns out Aswat was lending support to the bombers. Details on

Why Greenpeace has Zero Credibility

Greenpeace apparently thinks a claymation-style ad portraying a sexual encounter between Bush and Blair is an appropriate way to get attention. The ad is on IFILM: Blair Blows Bush. Warning: this is not “work safe.” Not lunch safe, either.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin.

Note: I am still trying to verify the legitimacy of this ad and that it was not created by a Greenpeace opponent. Any information – official statements by Greenpeace, etc. – would be appreciated.

UPDATE 7/30/05: It’s real. It’s on the Greenpeace UK website.

PC Morons

When a Canadian police officer teaching about appropriate attitudes towards women comes under fire for suggesting that some cultures disrespect women, or a British schoolmaster loses his job for suggesting that assimilation of immigrants causes less division than encouraging multiple cultures to retain their distinctive identities in a single location, I wonder if we (Western, democratic nations) haven’t already lost the ideological war. Perhaps that’s why so few people find it worthwhile to fight back against the groups and nations that promote attacks on our way of life: they can’t bring themselves to argue that we might have something better to offer than those who attack us, because it would be “racist” or “insensitive.”

Edited 2/4/2018 to remove obsolete link.

Annie’s had a wreck, and so has the economy…

My little sister Annie had a car wreck, yesterday. She’s fine (just sore and banged up); but the car may not be in such good shape. It’ll be a few days before we know about that (in terms of what insurance will or won’t do and even in terms of which insurance company pays for what).

I’m not as hopeful regarding the economy… I’ve been withholding my thoughts on the most recent tax cut, for two simple reasons: (1) I think it’s a sincere effort to boost the economy, and (2) I think it’s terribly misguided. Fact is, I don’t think the government can stop a major economic crash – one which makes the Great Depression look like a speed bump – no matter how drastic the measures. Since I do think, though, that the cuts are intended to both help the average taxpayer and boost the economy, I’ve mostly kept quiet. Well, an article on the IRS website has sealed my opinion of this fiasco…

I think we just tossed $350 billion down a giant drain… Why? Well, psychology – not events – drives the economy. Think about it – in and of itself, an earnings report, a Fed rate cut, even terrorist attacks do not change the market values of stocks, new homes, or plane fares. People’s reactions do. In other words, reservations and prices at American Airlines don’t drop 20% because somebody hijacked a plane; they drop because people see that, get scared, and cancel reservations.

In any case, the problem here is that the government wants to keep people spending, because that’s the only way the economy can grow. The problem is that the average American accumulates more debt than income, each year. That can’t last! What a mess.

So, what do I think the government should do? Tighten the old belt and prepare to weather hard times, rather than wasting money and postponing the inevitable.

On a lighter note, I’m going to go enjoy some “Taylor time.” (Taylor being the manufacturer of my guitar.)

New Toys!

I just got a brand-new, top of the line, Dell Inspiron 8500. Suffice it to say that I like it. 🙂 Features:

  • 2.4 GHz P4 processor
  • 640 MB DDR RAM – plan to upgrade to 1 GB soon
  • 15.4" widescreen display with 1920 x 1200 resolution – screenshot
  • Windows XP Pro
  • Office XP Pro
  • 40 GB 5400 rpm hard drive
  • Modular DVD/CD-RW drive
  • And more!

I like it. We also got an Epson CX 5200 printer-scanner-copier, which is also quite nice.

Meanwhile, I found a better spam filter. Spammunition doesn’t work well with Office XP and Norton Antivirus 2003, so I found a filter called K9, which happens to have a much prettier interface and better statistics; it also runs with programs other than Outlook, as long as you’re on Windows 95 or higher, since it works as a proxy. So far, it’s doing quite well.

My dad used a gift certificate to get an anti-bark device for the dogs; we’ll see how it does. It just arrived today

Finally, I think I have my new super-app figured out, in my head. I just need to put it into code and do a ton of testing. First, though, I have too many other things to do, as usual…

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