Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Senate Passes Amendment to Combat Climate Change - New York Times

And back to my normal dismissiveness of Democrat faith.

Global warming? Exactly why is is bad?

And where does Chuck Hagel come off saying, "We all agree on the need for a clean environment and a stable climate."

Exactly when did we have an unstable climate? For Heaven's sake, we can't predict the weather, how can we conclude the climate is "unstable" versus its normal behavior?

A.M.A. to Study Effect of Marketing Drugs to Consumers - New York Times

I'm reliably anti-Democrat in the voting booth, but on the topic of pharmaceutical advertising, I agree it should be limited.

Big Pharma wants viewers of their Madison Avenue slicks to self-prescribe.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

The journalism of warfare by Keith Windschuttle

To quote:

Hanson was not a journalistic bystander and made no pretense at being dispassionate. He supported the Bush administration’s immediate use of military force in Afghanistan. Indeed, he was an advocate of such a response and gave personal advice to that effect to Vice President Cheney. On September 12, 2001 he wrote:

Osama Bin Laden has made a fatal miscalculation. Like everybody who scoffs at the perceived laxity of Western democracies, these murderers have woken an enormous power from its slumber, and retribution will shortly be both decisive and terrible… . In the months to come, American ground and air forces, with better weapons, better supplies, better discipline and more imaginative commanders—audited constantly by an elected Congress and President, criticized by a free press—will shatter the very foundations of Islamic fundamentalism… . The Taliban and other hosts of murderers at bases in Pakistan, Iraq and Syria may find reprieve from Western clergy and academics, but they shall not from the American military. America is not only the inheritor of the European military tradition, but in many ways also its most powerful incarnation… . These are intimidating assets when we turn, as we shall shortly, from the arts of production to those of destruction. The world, much less the blinkered fundamentalists, has not seen a United States unleashed for a long time and so has forgotten all this.

This passage sums up the protective love that makes us Americans - threatens ours and the fury of our beings will stop it. To grasp it if is escapes you imagine someone harming your child.

I wanted that passage from VDH whom is a must-read every Friday at NRO

Monday, June 06, 2005

Just Do Something - New York Times

"Africans, after long years of accepting the rule of brutal and corrupt dictators, are finally dragging themselves to their feet to say, "Enough." But there are two paths they can take. (1) With help, African countries can take the route of development and progress, and finally enjoy lives that are about more than just scrounging day in and day out for food in one's stomach and shoes on one's feet. (2) Without that help, those same countries can take the path that cycles back into civil war, poverty and life expectancies so low that 13-year-old girls are considered old women."

Africans have no other choices but government handouts or civil war and poverty?

Is this for real? Does someone really get paid to think at levels so far below their maximum intelligence?

Friday, June 03, 2005

C.D.C. Team Investigates an Outbreak of Obesity - New York Times

I am grateful the article ended with two skeptics because I read it while laughing at everyone involved.

Are you eating fruits and vegetables? Did you know they are considered to be healtheir than lard and molasses?

What a waste of taxpayer money.

Everything boils down to the fact I don't even need to go to a video store to rent a movie. I use Netflix and it is mailed to me.

Books? Amazon.com Clothes? EddieBauer.com, JCPenney.com Food? Well, I do go to the grocery store and Costco (but not for my photo development! That is costco.com.). I could use peapod.com for food though as three of my neighbors do.

As the wise stats professor, Dan McGhee, said, "They'll find out what we all know - that the country is no longer set up for physical exercise."

(Of course, the tiral lawyers want to sue Big Food so their toadies and other Road Pavers will continue to espouse the utter and complete crap that the governement needs to study this "epidemic". Alarmist, huh?)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

In the Prelude to Publication, Intrigue Worthy of Deep Throat - New York Times

I'm not sure how I feel about Felt, but I can guess that Bob Woodward had not written the unmasking of Deep Throat this way.

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