Thursday, April 29, 2004

Ralston House has email!

Ok, so it is official I was wrong when I spouted off taking people to task for thinking Google's "1GB of email for free" press release a few hours before April 1st was real.

It is real, and I love it. I highly recommend it once it is released to the public. I would love to hear from all of my readers. Both of them! Anyway, rant away to RalstonHouseATgmailDOTcom. (I am sure you can figure out how to replace the AT w/ @ and DOT w/ a period.) I may have a GB of storage now, but, no sense having it get filled w/ spam any sooner that it already will. is what a friend of mine from college has to say about Gmail. He is a lawyer in Washington DC. You can email him at his Gmail account. But, he probably won't check it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

This is the kind of suicide bombing I could support!

Two armed robbers try and steal a would-be bombers explosives only to have all three of them be blown to smithereens. How do we spin this as something that scares us so they keep trying this method?

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Not sure how long this guy will live

But, heartened to see that there is some form of rational thought being written by a follower of Islam in an Op-Ed from the Daily Times of Pakistan.

"Muslims of all hues and lands protest their so-called image problem, blaming it not on themselves, but on their detractors and perceived enemies, specifically the much-maligned Western media. It does not occur to them that their negative image could, by and large, be a reflection of reality."

Another great find via LGF

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Insurgents/Terrorist help do US's dirty work!

Not exactly unhappy about this latest development. Maybe we can encourage the anti-US folks to do more of these kinds of attacks.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Portugal talks tough to terrorists!!!!

"Behave yourselves or we are pulling out of Iraq!" Wow, that will scare them. Telling them if the situtation worsens troops will be pulled out, which is what the terrorists want, will encourage them to do exactly that, make things worse. Guess we shouldn't be surprised, since Portugal is next to Spain, and they caved to the savages.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Italy shows again what a great nation it is...

Too bad Spain reacts to threats in a different way. Italy is uniting behind Berlusconi and has one of its own slaughtered by butchers.

"This boy, as the assassins were pointing the gun at him, tried to take off his hood and shouted: 'Now I'll show you how an Italian dies,'"

Italy. Top notch beauty. Top notch wine. Top notch food. Top notch people. I aim to spend as much of my tourist dollars in that wonderful country. You should, too.

"Stop shedding our blood in order to protect your own blood"

Maybe this will resonate with some people in Europe, but, I certainly hope it won't in the US. Shedding others blood to protect yours is EXACTLY what violence should be used for.

In this translation of Osama's recent "Peace Treaty" he seems to be admitting that shedding their blood protects our blood. Maybe he is feeling the heat and getting desperate. I don't expect that the terrorists make offers like that when they feel they have the upper hand.

This other quote almost seems like it came from the DNC handbook:

"This war makes millions of dollars for big corporations, either weapons manufacturers or those working in the reconstruction [of Iraq], such as Halliburton and its sister companies..."

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

A Miss USA we can all be PROUD of!...

A Republican, she told Reuters she would use her position to help explain America's involvement in Iraq. "What needed to be done had to be done," she said.

Bush needs to have her on the campaign trail.

Friday, April 09, 2004


Wonderful response to the question "Tell us why you think the Left hates President Bush with so much fury." This by Dr. Victor Davis Hanson in a transcript from a symposium posted over at Frontpage. :

"No, the problem derives from pre-existing and often trivial animus: (1) anger over the 2000 election and the eroding political resonance of traditional liberalism, (2) Bush's purported anti-intellectualism, Christianity, southern accent, and unconcern with aristocratic leftism from the NPR to the New York Times to Malibu parties. Shrug off all that and it threatens the pretensions of the intellectual elite; (3) and his moral clarity that shook up the world nursed on fuzzy, triangulating Clintonism-whether in the case of corrupt Middle East regimes, "moderates" like Yasser Arafat, the utopian pretentious and profiteering Europeans, South Koreans, NATO, and what now seems to be an increasingly corrupt United Nations. Whatever one thinks of Bush, everything is now on the table for reappraisal and a wide variety of vested interests depend on caricaturing him rather than adjusting to change and adjudicating issues and ideas on their merits."

Can't even think of adding any more to that perfect summary. Thanks to LGF.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Go Marines. Thank you.

From Andrew Sullivan: Letter from a Marine in Fallujah.

This battle is going to be talked about for a long time. The Marine Corps will either reaffirm its place in history as one of the greatest fighting organizations in the world or we will die trying.

This is crap.

Now it isn't OK to protect your property? Someone who has chosen to not respect personal property does not deserve to be treated with any respect and it is a gain for society if they are no longer around.

"The fact that your car is being stolen isn't a legal justification for killing somebody," Deputy District Attorney Frank Somes said.

Guys stops men from stealing his car by shooting at one of the theives and now is charged with first-degree murder? All I know is the right thing is to not prosecute the man at all and it will send quite a signal to potential car theives. Doing nothing to the car owner would be the best thing possible to reduce theft.

I am sorry, you choose to steal, you choose to risk your life.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Just do it?

Can't imagine Nike likes this latest product placement.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Kerry better get working on his response to this...

Curious to see how they will spin this as bad news...

"Confidence in the economy surged to a two-decade high among chief executive officers in the first quarter, according to a survey released Monday."

Sometimes you can be embarrassed by your Alma Mater...

This is one of them for me...Of course, it isn't that surprising...

Guess saying your sorry isn't enough...

Spain appeased the terrorists, voted out the part that was tough on terror, got the new leader to apologize, and promise to remove the troops from Iraq. Surely, that should be enough of an olive branch from Spain? Hmm, now what can they do? Guess they want a return to Muslim Spain. Perhaps the Spanairds should go for it. Encarta seems to say it was almost a golden age:

"Spain was wealthy and sophisticated under Islamic rule. Mediterranean trade and cultural exchange flourished. Muslims imported a rich intellectual tradition from the Middle East and North Africa, including knowledge about mathematics, science, and philosophy, and they continued to build upon it in Spain. ...Outside the cities the mixture of large estates and small farms that existed in Roman times remained largely intact, because Muslim leaders rarely dispossessed landowners. The Muslim conquerors were relatively few in number and they generally tried to maintain good relations with their subjects."

Maybe that is the secret! Let's let the terrorists conquer us and then they will try to maintain good relations with us. Since we will be their loyal subjects. We can take that route...or the crazy one, which is fight back and kill them.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Dogs Rule.

There is not much I love more in the World than my dog. You talk bad about my dog, or claim that it doesn't have value or ridicule me for my love of it, and you are assuring your opinions and credibility on any subject are suspect, if not ignored entirely. If you advocate harming my dog, or want to prevent me from having my dog, well, watch out. I'd like to use you for target practice in the next Daisy Cutter test.

So, it is not as if an article like this is surprising when it says:

In the past several years, mounting scientific evidence suggests that they (dogs) benefit us even beyond eager devotion. Numerous studies have shown that dogs -- one of the earliest domesticated animals -- can help lower blood pressure, ease the loneliness of the elderly in nursing homes, and help children overcome allergies.

Unfortunately, not all of the World feels the way I do. It is not as if the U.S. has nothing to be ashamed of in its resource allocation of funds for dog welfare, but, we certainly as a whole value dogs.

Some examples of people who don't (I'll leave it to you to find the common thread of those that don't):

From another blog, quoting from Irshad Manji's book:

Listen to the experience of a UCLA professor, Khaled Abou El Fadl. He knows a Muslim convert who was instructed by a mullah to ditch his pet dog. This convert found that no matter where he left the dog, it would straggle back to his doorstep. The man asked his mullah what to do with the dog who refused to be abandoned.

Starve it, the mullah replied.

I think this is a 'Dear Abby' kind of column:
As much as Muslims detest even the sight of pigs - it is the creation of Allah Taãla - and because Allah has placed life into it, we cannot inflict pain nor torture the pig.

Similarly Allah Taãla created the dog from among His creation. This does not mean that we should love the dog....On the contrary, we are instructed not to keep dogs as pets and 'love' them as exemplified by the non-Muslims.

A History of Dogs in Iran:

When the Iranians changed their religion to Islam (in about 1300 years ago) they changed their view about dogs as a "najess" (unclean) beings.

And it is not as if I am the first to be amazed at this dichotomy:

We are the nation of Benji, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, Lady and the Tramp and Snoopy. Those who despise and wish to destroy us are the nations of: Oh, boy, there's a cute little doggy. Let's kill it!

As far as I am concerned, screw WMD, it was worth toppling Saddam just for what he has done to dogs, as noted by Kenneth Pollack:

"Saddam was something of a loner, famous for carrying an iron bar wherever he went that he would heat until it was white hot and then use to impale unwary animals -dogs, cats, whatever made the mistake of coming within his reach."

To be fair, it is debatable whether Mohammed really hated dogs as some claim, but, that really isn't the issue. The issue is that the Mullahs currently in power in many places DO hate dogs. And they are who we are up against and who hate us. So, it should come as no surprise that studies show that people exposed to dogs are calmer, and the culture that wants to harm us and expresses that hate in anything but a calm manner, happen to shuns dogs and teaches its followers to think they are unclean. The Mullahs seems to know that dogs are adored if people are allowed to bond with them, and they certainly can't allow that. Bonding with something other than Allah would hinder the control the Mullahs have.

Simple summary, if you don't like dogs, it is pretty near impossible I can like you. Nor do I trust you.

Luckily, CNN has hardly any viewers left...

(Well, I guess they only ever had Left viewers, so whatever ones are left are still Left)

Anyway, anything they can do to make Bush look bad, they will try, even if they have to make it up.

Google seems to be trying to say Gmail is for real...

Well, if I turn out to be trigger-happy on an April Fool's joke, then I am actually ecstatic. Would they really send someone to the Merc to give a demo of a joke? I love Google and would love to have them do email. I have wondered why they haven't done it yet. I still find it hard to believe they can figure out a business model to give out 1GB of storage to each person for FREE. They will have millions of people signing up and need hundreds of millions of GBs of storage soon.

Guess I will need to go bus some stock in hard drive makers and storage networking companies...