6:26 PM Oct 30, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

An example of a Christian Martyr

An example of a Muslim Martyr

Any questions?


10:39 AM Oct 27, 2006by Rob Ritchie

"Down South" means Key West

"Panhandling" means going to Pensacola.

You think no-one over 70 should be allowed to drive.

Flip-flops are everyday wear.

Shoes are for business meetings and church.

No, wait, flip flops are good for church too.

Socks are only for bowling.

Orange juice from concentrate makes you sick

Tap water makes you want to throw up.

Sweet tea can be served at any meal.

An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.

You smirk when a game show's "Grand Prize" is a trip to Florida.

You measure distance in minutes.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.

You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.

You never use an umbrella because you know the rain will be over in five minutes

All the local festivals are named after a fruit.

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites

You may be younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65

You know the four seasons really are: almost summer, summer, not summer but really hot, and Christmas.

It's not "pop." It's "soda."

Anything under 70 is chilly.

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when to get on the best rides.

You pass on the right and honk at the elderly.

You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Withlacoochee, Okahumpka and Loxahatchee.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat than have a boat yourself.

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include various fish, the NRA and a confederate flag.

You were 8 before you realized they made houses without pools.

You were 12 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.

You know what the "stingray shuffle" is and why it's important!

You have to drive north to get to The South.

Though Hosts Claim Party a Success, Doubts Remain

4:21 PM Oct 22, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Critics, who have asked to remain anonymous so as not to jeopardize future invitations, point to the shambles left at the site as evidence that the party was undertaken unilaterally with no exit strategy in mind.

The Dread Pirate Robert[s], pictured above (left), and Anne Bonny could not be reached for comment.

Avast Ye, Swabbies!

7:03 PM Oct 21, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Tonight is our annual Hallowe'en Costume Party, so we're busy with last minute trips to the store for ice and goodies. The theme this year, is...Pirates! There will be pictures posted.

2:59 PM Oct 16, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Global warming: the chilling effect on free speech

The message is clear: climate change deniers are scum. Their words are so wicked and dangerous that they must be silenced, or criminalised, or forced beyond the pale alongside those other crackpots who claim there was no Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. Perhaps climate change deniers should even be killed off, hanged like those evil men who were tried Nuremberg-style the first time around.

Whatever the truth about our warming planet, it is clear there is a tidal wave of intolerance in the debate about climate change which is eroding free speech and melting rational debate. There has been no decree from on high or piece of legislation outlawing climate change denial, and indeed there is no need to criminalise it, as the Australian columnist suggests. Because in recent months it has been turned into a taboo, chased out of polite society by a wink and a nod, letters of complaint, newspaper articles continually comparing climate change denial to Holocaust denial. An attitude of ‘You can’t say that!’ now surrounds debates about climate change, which in many ways is more powerful and pernicious than an outright ban. I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change, but I know what I don’t like - and this demonisation of certain words and ideas is an affront to freedom of speech and open, rational debate.

Read it all!

8:21 PM Oct 15, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Honestly, I don't have a dog in this fight, except that I was born in Cincinnati and have family who live there; but apparently, during a public ceremony at Fountain Square, a native poet took center stage to swear at a politician:

Giovanni shocked the crowd Saturday as she read her dedicatory poem on Fountain Square by referring to Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, as a "son of a bitch" and a "political whore."

She also had this to say:

I will not use the color of my skin to cover the hatred in my heart.

It seems to me that she isn't hiding the hatred in her heart at all, skinwise or otherwise.

I'm sorry...what?

12:54 PM Oct 15, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Olmert: Efforts to meat with Abbas fail

Update: 11:08 AM...fixed now.


12:46 PM Oct 15, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Enforcing N.Korea sanctions may be tough

Army Strong

7:34 PM Oct 14, 2006by Rob Ritchie

What a terrific ad.

4:05 PM Oct 11, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

In his post Airport Drops Plan to Institute Shari'a, Charles Johnson notes the heartening news that

Twin Cities International Airport is dropping its plan to abide by shari’a law for Muslim taxi drivers

The plan had called for special lights to be installed on the tops of the cabs of the alcohol intolerant, so as to aid their routing away from people who might be carrying the offensive stuff. The plan was dropped in response to a public outcry against it.

While I cheer this on general principles, since I believe that any progress of creeping Islamic law is loathsome, I think that if these Muslims wish to self identify themselves in such a way that people can choose not to ride with them, they should be encouraged to do so.

While it was not their intention that the plan facilitate the market choices of consumers, it nevertheless would have operated in that fashion, as I suspect many otherwise non-alcohol-carrying passengers would queue-up in the shari'a-free zone.

The David Zucker Albright Ad

11:10 PM Oct 10, 2006by Rob Ritchie

Pious gratitude to: lgf

1:56 PM Oct 8, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

Do Democrats even know what a US soldier looks like?

Or do they only recognize this one?

10:59 PM Oct 3, 2006

by Rob Ritchie

This just in: Boomers delusional!

Mark Foley

12:14 PM Oct 1, 2006by Rob Ritchie

I think that John Hinderaker has it just right:

[I]n view of the history of far more egregious cases in the House, the idea of pursuing the House leadership on a "when did they find out that Foley sent a creepy email" basis seems ludicrous, and is understandable only in the context of two facts: Foley is a Republican, and there is an election in five weeks.