Entries from December 2004

Ugh

50,000 people are wiped out by a big wave, and FOXnews is wining about hungry people in Harlem. I was just at a post-Christmas open-house holiday party thing, and a friend of the family was there, and his daughter, who’s in the Navy (as was he, his brother, his father, all through Annapolis, and he’s [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day V

Nice Doggie: Cuba Discovers Oil; WhoreyWood Elitist F**kwits Strangely Silent HAVANA (AP) – President Communist Dictator Fidel Castro said a crude oil deposit has been discovered off Cuba containing up to 100 million barrels, good news for a country that imports about half the petroleum it needs. We’d be willing to bet donuts to dollars [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Rummy's Slip-Up

I know it’s tempting to think that our military really did scramble fast enough to shoot down that plane over Pennsylvania, at a nice enough moment when it was over some guy’s deserted field, especially now that Rummy’s said this: And I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of [...]

Categories: Uncategorized

Tell Your Friends

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami: News and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts. Lots and lots of links for helping. Looks like they’re blogging through the night. The news orgs should just quit sending correspondants (I just noticed Adam Housley’s there from FOX already) and take the money saved on airfare and [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Tsunami Updates

View map from The Times. And Drudge is reporting that the entire island of Sumatra moved 100 feet to the southwest. The San Jose Mercury News says for decades tiny islands off Sumatra were sinking, that people noticed as their docks got lower and lower over time, as the Indo-Australian plate moving beneath theirs got [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day IV

Santa in danger! Tim Blair has pictures.

Categories: Wildcard

Happy Boxing Day

Which seems to be cursed this millenium. Last year there was that terrible earquake in Bam, and this year there’s a horrible tsunami taking out so much of the Indian Ocean coasts. And both countries without the infrastructure to really deal with it. I’m just flew into San Francisco, not for any silly MVP status, [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Merry Christmas Eve, Everybody

I had a wonderful day with some friends I haven’t seen in a while. I hope everyone else had a day as nice and fulfilling as mine. Remember why your friends and family come over: you rejoice in eachother’s company. Try not to kill the in-laws.

Categories: Wildcard

I Don't Mean to Sound Deliberately Obtuse

But how come when Dino won twice, Chris called for recounts, but when Chris wins once, it’s supposed to be final? Shouldn’t they redo the recount, just to make sure? Human error is a lot more likely in a hand recount with a ten vote lead than a machine recount with a 42 vote lead. [...]

Categories: Politics

Pell Grants

Guess what the first article in Google News is for this subject? Why yes, U.S. to trim education grants to low-income college students by Greg Winter for The New York Times, country of origin is listed as France. Nothing to do with anything, just funny. Anyway, “Season’s greetings from Uncle Sam,” said Terry Hartle, senior [...]

Categories: Politics

More Patient Research Than I'm Capable Of

(I was going to post this yesterday, but I figured I’d wait for him to get to January) Tim Blair has compiled a whole year of the Quotes of 2004. This ain’t no Newsweek collection of maybe a couple dozen. This is epic. And hilarious. Go to January, and work your way through. A.E. Brain [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Roundup

Yee-haw. Paul Berendt has said that Christine Gregoire has an opportunity to be a great governor because God has placed her in office. He has intervened on her behalf, anointed her. He said this last night on the radio, can’t find a quote. Well, hell, Christine. If God has anointed you, go join a bloody [...]

Categories: Politics

The Global Blogger

Arthur Chrenkoff puts up his Around the World in 80 Blogs. I didn’t make this one, but I made the last one, which is good, because he writes: It’s unlikely that I will be able to continue “Around the world in X blogs” next year. The time constraints mean that it’s proving almost impossible to [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

LGF On Medved

Just finished listening to Charles Johnson on the Michael Medved Show. Well, the last half hour of it, at any rate. He did very well. Very calm, measured replies. I just get so irritated with people defending Muslim extremists by bringing up the Inquisition. That was in Spain, 500 years ago, in a completely different [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The New Betty Ford?

I can see this working: Dear Friends, When one is incarcerated with 1,200 other inmates, it is hard to be selfish at Christmas — hard to think of Christmases past and Christmases future — that I know will be as they always were for me — beautiful! So many of the women here in Alderson [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure