2:43 PM Nov 25, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

On the topic of Anthropogenic Global Warming: the best comment ever!

12:20 PM Nov 25, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

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This doesn't surprise me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

11:41 AM Nov 22, 2007by Rob Ritchie

10:32 AM Nov 21, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

This is who we're fighting

Meanwhile, horrifying new details emerged last night of the attempt by suicide bombers to kill Ms Bhutto on her return home from exile last month.

Investigators from Ms Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party said yesterday they believed the bomb, which killed 170 people and left hundreds more wounded, was strapped to a one-year-old child carried by its jihadist father.

They said the suicide bomber tried repeatedly to carry the baby to Ms Bhutto's vehicle as she drove in a late-night cavalcade through the streets of Karachi.

Pious gratitude to: lgf

6:06 PM Nov 14, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

The Insanity of Bush Hatred

To get the conversation rolling at that D.C. dinner--and perhaps mischievously--I wondered aloud whether Bush hatred had not made rational discussion of politics in Washington all but impossible. One guest responded in a loud, seething, in-your-face voice, "What's irrational about hating George W. Bush?" His vehemence caused his fellow progressives to gather around and lean in, like kids on a playground who see a fight brewing.

Reluctant to see the dinner fall apart before drinks had been served, I sought to ease the tension. I said, gently, that I rarely found hatred a rational force in politics, but, who knows, perhaps this was a special case. And then I tried to change the subject.

But my dinner companion wouldn't allow it. "No," he said, angrily. "You started it. You make the case that it's not rational to hate Bush." I looked around the table for help. Instead, I found faces keen for my response. So, for several minutes, I held forth, suggesting that however wrongheaded or harmful to the national interest the president's policies may have seemed to my progressive colleagues, hatred tended to cloud judgment, and therefore was a passion that a citizen should not be proud of being in the grips of and should avoid bringing to public debate. Propositions, one might have thought, that would not be controversial among intellectuals devoted to thinking and writing about politics.

But controversial they were. Finally, another guest, a man I had long admired, an incisive thinker and a political moderate, cleared his throat, and asked if he could interject. I welcomed his intervention, confident that he would ease the tension by lending his authority in support of the sole claim that I was defending, namely, that Bush hatred subverted sound thinking. He cleared his throat for a second time. Then, with all eyes on him, and measuring every word, he proclaimed, "I . . . hate . . . the . . . way . . . Bush . . . talks."

Read the rest. I wish I could get some people I know to hate al-Queda with the same passion with which they hate President Bush.

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8:20 PM Nov 13, 2007by Rob Ritchie

Fleeing Robbery Suspect Eaten By Alligator

[The] robbery suspect tried to elude officers by jumping into a large pond...

During the swim, police said, an alligator attacked and killed the man. He was apparently bitten on the head several times.

The victim's body was recovered at the bottom of the pond about a day after the reported break-ins.

Ok, maybe not as good as a crime target shooting robbers with a legally-carried gun, but it ranks up there....

Update:  Yeah, like this guy!

11:04 AM Nov 11, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

Thank you, Vets!

5:03 PM Nov 9, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

Our friend Beth, taking a break from walking the picket-line with her fellow TV writers, writes:

Support the writers!!!

Here is a petition the WGA (writers union) wants everyone to sign to force the AMPTP (producers) back to the bargaining table:


It literally takes 10 seconds to do -- click on the link or paste it in your browser. Fill in your name, email, address and a comment.

Examples can range from:
- Why won't you negotiate?
- We want our shows back. Pay the writers already.
- I support the writers' demands for internet money. It's the same argument writers made about television back in the 50's. Writers are not asking for the moon, just asking for a fair agreement like we did when television became the "new media."

Or insert your own. Just avoid things like "F$#k you, you Fascist bast$#ds."

Thank you!

If you have 10 seconds, why don't you follow the link?

I commented as follows:

I support the writers in their reasonable demands for equitable payment for internet distribution of programs. Get back to the negotiating table, and hammer out an agreement! My Netflix queue is starting to thin out.

Update:  Here are some samples of other people's comments from the petition:

David Letterman is so full of himself. He always goes to work even though this strike is going on. I put some poop on my TV last night.

I've seen his show; so did he.

I think the studio executives who have made this decision should be kidnapped and someone should stick knives in their eyes and widen their anuses by circling a knife in there. Then their heads should be chopped off and someone should pee in their necks. They have no heart and they are ruining what is neat about US.

Yikes! This guy has given it entirely too much thought.

how the nasty am I supposed to jerk my pene? I needs me some new TV so I can lotion up my dong and spank it till it's bloody.

I don't think he's watching the same shows I am.

This is an outrage!

12:03 PM Nov 4, 2007by Rob Ritchie

Orlando Cricket Player Shoots Opponent During Match

An argument between several Indian men during a cricket match in Orlando led to an on-the-field shooting that seriously injured one of the players, according to police.

I can't believe they allow cricket to be played in Orlando. I'm calling my councilman!

8:20 PM Nov 3, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

This is fun...

Ten Great pizza moments in film

8:50 AM Nov 3, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

I've visited a book fair a time or two, and even posted about an interesting book cover I've found, so I've found Pop Sensations, a blog dedicated to book covers, a daily must-read. Too bad it's WebSensed, so I can't look at it from work.

Very funny stuff. Give it a look.

8:33 AM Nov 3, 2007

by Rob Ritchie

The Anchoress writes about a CBS report that the famous "Curveball," source of faulty Clinton-era Iraq WMD Intelligence used as (partial) justification for the Iraq invasion, has been located. Interesting stuff.

The Anchoress hopes, now that it is evident that Curveball duped both the Clinton and Bush White Houses, it will put to rest the Bush lied! narrative, but her hopes aren't too high:

The narrative is so ingrained, and so many have so much invested in it, that it would be remarkable - and inspiring - to see a few folk in the press and congress suggest (even if they do it grudgingly) that “maybe Bush didn’t ‘lie,’ maybe the rhetoric has been too harsh,” but I won’t hold my breath for it. And I know the Bush WH won’t do anything to correct the narrative because they never do.

Read the whole thing.

Pious gratitude to: Instapundit

Don't follow this link on a full stomach....

9:01 PM Nov 2, 2007by Rob Ritchie

The Most Curious Canned Goods Found Online

8:11 PM Nov 2, 2007

by Rob Ritchie