Friday, January 28, 2005

Actual stupidity or a slam at Bush?

Attempting to blame the Act (promoted by the President) for this?

"The administrators decided to eliminate the spelling bee, because they feel it runs afoul of the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act."

You make the call.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

'Europe as Savior' Idea Falls Flat

Hmm..we needed to have full European help on Iraq to make it a legitimate war. If we had properly used "old Europe" they would have solved it peacefully.

Why are we Americans so blinded by the obvious? See how well Europe is doing dealing with Iran?

"A confidential summary of talks between key European powers and Iran made available to The Associated Press on Tuesday shows there has been no progress in getting Iran to scrap nuclear enrichment — even though Tehran acknowledged it does not need nuclear energy."

"Appeasement through weakness" That should be our motto!

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

"European Success on the Backs of the Poor"

THAT would be the headline I'd like to see.

Just yesterday, we had to listen to parade of Euro-self congratulatory circle-jerking about the new Airbus plane.

I love engineering marvels and I am not questioning the engineering behind this thing, but, for the Europeans to be virtually fellating each other over this thing is crazy.

This was Jacques Chirac yesterday:

French President Jacques Chirac praised the A380 as the "crowning achievement of a human and industrial adventure", describing it as a "European success".

And here was German Chancellor Schroeder:

"Good old Europe made this possible," gushed German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

We all know that Airbus is heavily subsidized by the governments of the consortium, which helps on the 'costs' side. But, now we get to find out that some sleazy, strong-armed tactics by the EU are aiming to help the 'revenue' side as well.

"TSUNAMI-struck Thailand has been told by the European Commission that it must buy six A380 Airbus aircraft if it wants to escape the tariffs against its fishing industry"

Too bad, we 'stingy' Americans can't compete with 'old Europe'

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Don't get too excited

Schroedey...yeah, you may have created a plane that can carry a lot of people, but, this is far from putting you ahead of the USA.

"Good old Europe has made this possible," German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a packed hall in Airbus's headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France.

Nice try at a dig at Rumsfeld. Sure, old Europe did it. The kind of government subsidized, money-losing proposition that thankfully, the US chooses (at the moment) to not participate in.

You can have the biggest plane title, and we'll worry about saving the World.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

How low can these people go?

This guy is so far gone it is difficult to comprehend his analogies. He actually thinks Tsunamis are misunderstood, and really aren't bad at all..

"Tsunamis usually kill quickly by drowning and rarely severely injure people."

I am sure the thousands of injured people are feeling comforted by this...

"Earthquakes may have aftershocks, but tsunamis do not return to attack their original victims or to attack rescuers or resisters of their destruction."

As long as you don't count the countless people who were swept away in the second tidal wave, after they had gone out to search for their loved ones after the first one receded...

"Tsunamis do not break in doors in the middle of the night in order to detain, arrest, and confine innocent people for weeks, months or even years. Tsunamis do not detain people for lifetimes as the U.S. military leadership is attempting to do. Tsunamis do not torture people with focused technology in order to "break them" or cause them to divulge information which may not even be in the possession of the victim."

I am sure the people of Asia are soooo glad tsunamis instead attack in the brightness of daylight, while they are out on the beach, so as to die sooner, than perhaps survive if they were sleeping on the 2nd floor of their home...

"Tsunamis can result in physical renewal,"

yeah, all those people who lost their spouses can now go out and find new mates!...woo hoo!, freedom to rejoin the singles scene!...and countless people are now freed from the confines of having to care for children, to say nothing about all the children who, now liberated from the life of having parents are able to 'renew' themselves with their newfound emancipation!

"Tsunamis are unavoidable by human effort."

Maybe so, but, I am sure the people of Asia sure with some 'human effort' had been put into an early-warning system, and would have been OK if technology had saved lives because of it...

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

At least someone appreciates us

This is a nice column that comes from our neighbor to the North.

"The supposed unpopularity of the U.S. is often propaganda and rhetoric, and not shared by the people of the world who, even after 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and the war against terror, seek to come to America to live in freedom and prosperity.

Those anxious to get in have no doubts about what America is -- the most desirable country on Earth."

Nice timing. I happened to actually just return from the Great White North yesterday. Spent the New Year's in a nice town called Canmore, eating lots of yummy Alberta beef. Mad Cow disease be damned!