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Thursday, May 15, 2003
Posted 1:00 PM by WiN
Canada bucking for spot in "Axis of Weasels" lineup
After having been told to "shut up and wait your turn" in the pre-Iraqi-war diplomatic perfidy, Canada is now resorting to labeling anti-terrorists as "war criminals". Charles has (quite appropriately) named this his Outrage of the Day. [link via joyfulchristian]
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Posted 2:16 PM by WiN
Weasels in the cards
I just saw an ad for this over at the Washington Times and it cracked me up: NewsMaxStore.com: The Deck of Weasels.
Posted 12:58 PM by WiN
Russians: SARS scare "over-exaggerated"
Of course they have a novel way to prevent infection. This is news? That's the same way they treat depression, hay fever, the common cold, infertility and ADD, among other things. So what if you catch it anyway? James Taranto suggests increasing the dosage to the point that you don't care.
Posted 8:58 AM by WiN
My referral logs have turned up a few interesting tidbits lately, including referrals from pages that have links to WylieBlog that I was previously unaware of. Here's the new ones I know of:
Posted 8:17 AM by WiN
I did a little housekeeping on the old blog this morning - finally got around to fixing the archive page. Don't really know how it got hosed and how long it's been that way, but it seems to be ok now (and it's been updated with the new header).
I also noticed that my very first post was made on May 17 of last year, which makes this Saturday my blogiversary. Doesn't seem like I've been at this a year, but it has sure been fun so far! I've also passed the 7,000-visit mark this week (5,000 of which have probably been my wife, but I sure do appreciate the rest of you stopping by). Hope I can keep it interesting for another year.
Posted 7:12 AM by WiN
The Carnival of the Vanities will be at The Inscrutable American today. It's not up yet, but I'll post another link when it is.
UPDATE: Here it is - Carnival of the Vanities #34 in all its' glory.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Posted 1:55 PM by WiN
When badgers go bad
(Chairman of the Worcestershire Badger Society Mike) Weaver said badgers were notoriously powerful animals and the incident showed the folly of trying to turn wild animals into pets.A lesson for all of us.
Posted 12:19 PM by WiN
Texas Dumbocrats throw temper tantrum, set sterling example for Lone Star youth
Steve at LittleTinyLies is all over the defection of the Texas Dumbocratic Congressmen who refuse to vote on redistricting because they're going to lose some seats! Horror of horrors! The newly ascendant Republicans are going to redistrict so they'll have a better chance of winning more seats! What a travesty!
He also has a sterling takedown of Molly "Don't confuse me with the facts because I know I'm right" Ivins' column on the petulant pols. Read it, you'll love it.
Posted 12:10 PM by WiN
Posted 10:33 AM by WiN
Byrd lays an egg
As some may have noticed, the Dems are scratching hard to find a chink in the majority party's armor lately, and especially President Bush's. Just about the time they finally figured out that the Santorum "scandal" had the legs of a pygmy dachshund, they acquired a new "target" in Bush's spectacular aircraft carrier fly-in cum speech cum meet-and-greet with the troops. Left-coast Congressman Henry Waxman wielded the Bush bludgeon for the House Dems, while "orator" (read: blowhard) Robert Byrd drew the short straw for the Senate contingent. You can read what they had to say elsewhere - I'd like to highlight a few points from Kathleen Parker's column from yesterday which aptly points out how futile and indeed counter-productive (for the Dems) this tempest-in-a-teapot scandal mentality is.
In a curt letter Tuesday to the U.S. comptroller general, Waxman asked that the Government Accounting Office "provide a full accounting of the costs associated with the president's trip," referring to Bush's carrier landing to greet returning troops on the USS Abraham Lincoln.Exactly. I mean, how brilliant are these shining starts of the left to figure out that
(a) It costs more money to give a speech on an aircraft carrier at sea than, say, in the rose garden, and
(b) A few photos of the event might sneak into some campaign ads at some point.
Hey, these guys are geniuses! What I find particularly hilarious in this scenario is that first, Waxman complains of how much taxpayer money was spent and then, as if on cue, the number one spendthrift of the taxpayer's dollar of the last half of the 20th century chimes in with some real doozies, like "(our military forces) deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and not used as stage props to embellish a presidential speech."
That loud "kerplush" you heard was the sound of Byrd's hollow words dropping into the deep well of ignored harrumphs. The bitter truth that has sourpusses frozen in an uncharming pucker is simply this: The military loves Bush, loved his arrival on the Abraham Lincoln, loved the flight suit, the jet, the noise, the drama, the speech and the quintessentially all-American moment.I mean, this blowhard actually presumes to say what the American military deserves? I'm willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that for the guys and gals on the Abraham Lincoln, having this particular Commander in Chief on board, pressing the flesh, taking pictures with them, actually sitting down and eating with them, was the best reward they could ever hope for for their many long months at sea. I know someone who's son was on that ship, so I'll know for sure shortly, but if I'm wrong I'll be dumbfounded. (UPDATE: Here's a story that pretty much confirms my thoughts on the matter [link via the Barrel of Fish])
The point is, with very few exceptions the Dems just don't get how deeply offended and dissed our military personnel felt by their last man in the oval office and in contrast how valued and respected they feel by the current occupant. I hope they keep sniping away at Bush, because the more they do the more petty they seem, and the more likely Bush will pull off a Reaganesque landslide in '04.
UPDATE: Taranto weighs in:
Yet another commentator is experiencing psychosomatic symptoms purportedly brought on by President Bush's speech on the USS Lincoln. Here's San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll:I love it!I have not commented on the George Bush aircraft carrier photo-op fiasco until now because, quite candidly, the level of manipulation and cynicism gave me the vapors. I had to lie down on the daybed and have wet cats thrown at me for many hours before I was sentient again.If only he'd start penning his column while sentient.
Posted 9:39 AM by WiN
I know this will sound harsh, but don't ever expect any self-respecting Sooner fan to show up in the stands at a made-for-TV bowl game played in Ft. Worth. We might deign to watch it on TV, in private, where no one could witness us in our shameful state, but more likely we'll be groveling somewhere in sackcloth and ashes praying for repentance for whatever caused our fall from grace.
Don't get me wrong, Ft. Worth's a great town that unfortunately gets overlooked due to it's proximity to it's more cosmopolitan neighbor to the east, and Amon Carter is a great, classic old stadium. Just don't plan on Sooner fans spending Christmas Eve Eve with our cold fannies on a hard bench watching our beloved Sooners stoop to playing in a 4th-rate bowl against a team from a 5th-rate conference. Just ain't gonna happen.
Hopefully there'll be some decent hoops on that day.
Monday, May 12, 2003
Posted 12:18 PM by WiN
I see that I'm getting some visits from an OU board, specifically this post. I can't see the post, so I don't know what it says, but yes, I'm that Wylie in Norman and yes, I'm still a Sooner fan. Drop me a line in the comments box.
Posted 12:00 PM by WiN
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Once there was a blogger named Michele. As bloggers are wont to do, she found an amusing site, and blogged it. She thought it would be fun to have a contest. Much hilarity ensued. (please make sure you are not eating or drinking before clicking).
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.