6:22 PM Jun 30, 2008

by Rob Ritchie


Surely, I can state categorically that any political philosophy that has as its core value some variation of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is antithetical to American values and, therefore, unpatriotic.

Surely, I can state categorically that any political philosophy makes the “world’s” feelings a priority over American interests or sovereignty is antithetical to American values or survival and, therefore, unpatriotic.

12:02 PM Jun 30, 2008

by Rob Ritchie


This is the enemy

8:20 AM Jun 28, 2008by Rob Ritchie

Crowd watches Pakistan militants kill 2 Afghans

Masked militants pulled the two blindfolded Afghans from a car and forced them to kneel on the ground.

Waliur Rehman, a local Taliban commander, told the crowd that the two men had confessed to aiding in the strike on a house in the border town of Damadola that killed 14 people last month. The men disclosed the names of others accused of involvement, who would be killed as well, Rehman said. Pakistan's army lodged a formal protest to "allied forces" in Afghanistan after saying Pakistan had concluded the attack was launched by drones from across the border. The U.S. did not comment on the incident.

"Whoever, for the sake of money, for the sake of America, harms the interest of the Islamic world will meet the same fate," Rehman said.

Gunmen with daggers then pounced on one of the men—identified as Jan Wali, 36—decapitated him and waved his bloody head to the cheering crowd, according to an Associated Press reporter and AP Television News footage from the scene.

The militants then argued over how to kill the other man because he may have been a teenager, before one lost patience and shot him with an assault rifle.

The crowd erupted in cheers of "God is great!" and gunmen fired in the air in jubilation. The celebratory gunfire killed two bystanders and wounded six.

John Hinderaker comments.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

8:53 AM Jun 22, 2008by Rob Ritchie

Plugged into Wordle:

Pious gratitude to: Scalzi

7:48 AM Jun 21, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

An interesting article about my favorite form of punctuation:

Has modern life killed the semicolon?

Wherein, you will find this gem:

The semicolon allows woozy clauses to lean on each other like drunks for support.

7:49 AM Jun 15, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

As Glenn Reynolds says, this seems like good news:

Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol

OK, they didn't "find" them, they are tinkering with their DNA to get the desired result.

If this works out (and I'll believe it when I see it, like Cold Fusion), how long until environmentalists and other leftists try to shut down this technology?

Also, if the amount of tinkering is small enough, is it possible that there are naturally occurring insects out there, deep within the earth, that are doing this in the wild?

8:27 PM Jun 13, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Some thoughts on the SCOTUS habeas corpus decision:

This decision, [of] course, will allow for "President Bush Is Rebuffed” headlines, the implication being that the Administration was caught red-handed violating clearly established Constitutional rights when in fact the Administration, and the Congress for that matter, followed guidelines established by the Supreme Court itself in prior cases.

5:13 PM Jun 13, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

You know, I always thought he was an all right fellow:

Donald Rumsfeld buys a Vespa

3:49 PM Jun 8, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Funny: Archaeological Dig Uncovers Ancient Race Of Skeleton People

8:30 AM Jun 8, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

Classics in Lego

Terrific LEGO recreations of 17 classic photographs.

Slideshow here

8:15 PM Jun 7, 2008

by Rob Ritchie

How it Works in the Real World — The Minimum Wage and Unemployment

Bad news out today on the unemployment front — a big jump from 5.1 to 5.5%.

However, within the numbers are some interesting details.

First, the number didn’t spike due to a big loss of payroll jobs — those declined only by 49,000 in April. That would be only .0004% in an economy of about 138 million workers.

Instead, the number jumped because of a surge of new people who came into the job market looking for, but not finding work. The overall unemployment number is about 8.5 million, and the increase last month represented about 860,000 new job seekers — only 49,000 of whom had lost a job elsewhere.

Further, the unemployment rate for the 16-24 age group was up dramatically compared to other groups. Unemployment in that group rose 2.4%, compared to increasing by only .4% in the group of workers 25 and older.


Who does this age group represent? How about high school and college students coming into the job market for the summer.

And what do many such job seekers get paid? Minimum wage –which Congress increased last year from $5.15 to $5.85, and which will increase again next month to $6.55, and then again next year to $7.25.

Read it all.

Born to Scoot!

11:04 AM Jun 7, 2008by Rob Ritchie

Me, with my latest purchase: a Vespa LX 50.
I rode it to work every day last week. It's SO MUCH FUN!

4:27 PM Jun 4, 2008

by Rob Ritchie