March 30, 2009
Pic below the cut due to size. Sadly not due to NSFWness.
March 29, 2009
President Obama and the Democrats should wave the white flag in their strawman war on Rush Limbaugh. The Media Research Center delivered the grim casualty figures for the Democrats. Since January, the top talk show gabber's ratings have soared off the charts. Radio affiliates that carry Limbaugh's syndicated show call the ratings boost he's gotten from the Democrat's orchestrated attack on him a "dramatic surge." This writer predicted as much when President Obama cracked to Congressional Republicans in late January that they should knock off listening to Limbaugh if they expected to get anything done in Congress and with his administration.
March 28, 2009
The Allahpundit Drinking Game
Meet my new crush Lauren. Seriously. Seriously no words for how utterly adorable she is. There's clappyhands people. I am not made of stone. And before anyone asks, yes, the boots do play a part in the size of the crush.
This is a classic story of neighbors having a falling out, an arrest and an illegal pet macaque.
It all started about a year ago when the Vaccaros moved to Upper Magic Circle Drive, next door to Carey and Angie Chase and their pet monkey.
They got along at first, but the couples clashed over a minor business dealing and the relationship cooled.
But instead of benign neglect, there was some tit-for-tat, including the placement of a three-foot-tall phallus on the Chases’ deck.
“It was the blow-up penis that threw me over the edge,” Vaccaro said.
Vaccaro said he and his wife didn’t want to escalate the drama, but they’d seen Angie scuffed up with claw marks and the macaque once went after their dog. They worried for the safety of their three-year-old son.
The war of words turned ugly, so the Vaccaros called the cops.
Goshen police and Department of Environmental Conservation officials visited the Chase house, but were not allowed inside. Goshen town Sgt. Allen Faust said they can’t get a search warrant because Vaccaro hasn’t seen the macaque recently. But Carey Chase was charged this week on a harassment violation for allegedly making threats against the Vaccaros.
Vaccaro snapped photos of the monkey while it frolicked on the jungle gym in his back yard, but the Chases deny they have a macaque.
“What monkey?” Angie Chase said. “We don’t have a monkey. Please don’t call here again.”
March 26, 2009
The internet has changed politics - changed it utterly and forever. Twenty-four hours ago, I made a three-minute speech in the European Parliament, aimed at Gordon Brown. I tipped off the BBC and some of the newspaper correspondents but, unsurprisingly, they ignored me: I am, after all, simply a backbench MEP.
When I woke up this morning, my phone was clogged with texts, my email inbox with messages. Overnight, the YouTube clip of my remarks had attracted over 36,000 hits. By today, it was the most watched video in Britain.
How did it happen, in the absence of any media coverage? The answer is that political reporters no longer get to decide what's news. The days when a minister gave briefings to a dozen lobby correspondents, and thereby dictated the next day's headlines, are over. Now, a thousand bloggers decide for themselves what is interesting. If enough of them are tickled then, bingo, you're news... And jumbo thanks to all the American bloggers: you chaps are way ahead of us in this regard.
March 24, 2009
All of that and she can kick your ass without breaking a nail.
"You don't have to be powerful, you don't have to be fast," said Gary Hernandez, who runs the dojo here northeast of Tampa where the session was held and where he teaches cane fighting classes himself. "It's a piece of hard wood. It hurts."
The session starts simply enough, with seniors gathered on the red and black mat twisting this way and that, stretching with their simple wooden canes over their heads and behind their backs. They combine long rubber tension bands with their canes to do bicep curls, leg presses and chest rows - exercises aimed at keeping the seniors fit.
Fitness alone won't ward off those who might hurt them, though, and Shuey talks briefly of recent attacks on elders. His hazel eyes look severe as he points to the cane and delivers his message.
"When you put this little crook around someone's neck, their whole attitude changes real fast," he said.
And in a moment, Shuey shows it. With another instructor, Merle McAlpin, playing the bad guy, Shuey hooks the cane around his neck and thrusts it. The result is a guttural groan of pain from McAlpin.
When it's time for the students to try a bit later, Shuey shouts: "Be gentle!"
In the two-hour session, participants are taught a sampling of moves to use in different situations. The cane can simply be swung in circles, used to grab a foot or neck, and fashioned into a bat or poker. Advanced techniques even show a senior how to use a cane to ward off someone with a gun or knife.
It takes years to master cane fighting like Hernandez or Shuey, but they say they can teach a senior several crucial moves in an hour. Perhaps more importantly, though, it gives them confidence that can help them escape a dangerous situation.
"You don't think about carrying it other than for somebody who needs help," said 63-year-old Joan Kirkman, a nurse from Zephyrhills. "But after taking this class, you realize you could do so much more with it."
In any case, looks like the Governor might veto it, but if the Senate vote is any indicator, it'd probably be overridden if he did, so I wonder if he'll let it ride?
March 23, 2009
The effect of alcohol on bone mineral density (BMD) was "larger than what we see for any single nutrient, even for calcium. It's not ambiguous. It's very clear," according to Dr. Katherine Tucker of Tufts University in Boston.
Men who had a glass or two of wine or beer daily had denser bones than non-drinkers, but those who downed two or more servings of hard liquor a day had significantly lower BMD than the men who drank up to two glasses of liquor daily.
The women who drank more than two glasses a day of alcohol or wine had greater BMD than the women who drank less.
March 22, 2009
March 21, 2009
Now that? That is a woman, not these rail thin "starlets" running around nowadays.
Also get off my lawn.
March 19, 2009
March 18, 2009
You know what? I don't care how good or bad it is, Wolverine is just going to be pure and utter snickety snickety pretty boy porn. I'm spectacularly fine with that.
March 17, 2009
* - I bring this up in the interest of engaging the debate about receivers of information being able to twist that information in ways the speaker did not intend and, do not intend**, to imply any opinion or reference to the now infamous four fucking words of doom.
As it applies to that, I will just say that there is a difference between linguistically, morally and politically good/bad/right/wrong and I think the event falls into different categories depending on which angle you're using. It was almost certainly impolitic but definitely morally defensible and clearly linguistically acceptible.
What's the term for that? Inartful? Maybe that.
** - Please ignore the fact that I've discussed this. I just think it is important that J.G.'s battle against victim interpretation be successful. If it is not, it won't matter what Rush said because we'll all be incapable of speaking our minds. Hell, we already are to a large extent.
March 14, 2009
From here And to prove I'm not just about the Prada, those are only $40.
March 11, 2009
Some of the recent activity withing the Moronosphere has become quite heated and contentious over the last few weeks.
But, I think I have the solution that will bring us all back together:
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