Friday, January 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich and a lunar base? No to both

I'd much rather ditch the manned space program and invest the money and talent in unmanned space exploration instead. Fill the solar system with probes, orbiters, landers, detectors, and peer far back into the universe on every band of the spectrum. Sadly, the public probably wouldn't support NASA if they didn't have live astronauts to cheer for, though. But we may be the last civilization that is rich enough and capable enough and interested enough to solve the secret of the cosmos, so I hope we press on.

As for the Speaker, he's been too resoundingly false in his personal life to earn my public trust. He's obviously the most influential Republican of the past 20 years, brimming with ideas and snappy lines, but I just don't see leadership qualities in him.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Second Jihadi Convicted of Terror .... TODAY

Second Jihadi Convicted of Terror .... TODAY

These creeps are really crawling out of the woodwork these days. Yet proggs have built mental fences of denial in their minds, to preserve their multi-culti illusions.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood wins Egyptian elections

It's a good thing that the multiculturalists have assured us that all people are the same except for holidays, headgear, and cuisine--else having this populous nation governed by the party that spawned the modern Jihad would be worrisome.

Friday, January 13, 2012

They're baa--aack...

Creationists draw a bead on another school system, this time in Missouri.

House Bill 1227, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 10, 2012, would, if enacted, require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design," according to the legislature's summary of the bill. The equal treatment provision would apply to both public elementary and secondary schools and to "any introductory science course taught at any public institution of higher education" in Missouri.

Let's hope the Kitzmiller ruling is still potent enough to ward off this idiocy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hostess files for bankruptcy

Not very lamented, to judge from the comments on this NPR thread. Maybe Hostess could market its products to Green consumers, by making Twinkies bio-degradable.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The world needs more pilots, fewer psychiatrists

George Jonas, in The National Post:

What's wrong with this world? The answer I keep coming back to is that we let psychiatrists run it, not pilots.

Why is that a problem, if so? Well, psychiatrists believe that blaming yourself is sick; it's something to cure. Pilots believe blaming yourself before anyone else is healthy; it's something to encourage.

A psychiatrist tries to assure his patient that things aren't his fault; a pilot resists the temptation to exclude anything from being his fault, at least potentially. A shrink wants you to go easy on yourself, including your vices; a flight instructor urges you not to be complacent even about your virtues. [...]

The casual observer may see a psychotherapist and a flight instructor walk side by side, but they live on different planets. The first revolves around Feeling Good; the second, around Doing Well. [...]

A flight instructor doesn't worry about your self-esteem; he just wants you to land in one piece. If we're in a mess today it's because we've been listening too much to therapists and not enough to pilots. Now, with our self-esteem intact, we're falling out of the sky.

Monday, January 02, 2012

First sentence of first post of each month of 2011

A blog meme from leeann, via Joan of Argghh!

January: Farewell to Denis Dutton, the late proprietor of Arts and Letters Daily, one of the pioneering opinion journal portals on the web.

February: Whatever. At this late date, I'm surprised anyone expects a show of patriotism out of San Franciscans anymore anyway. (Cheated to show some context.)

March: 48 hour rule. But if, as rumor has it, this is Isolated Incident Perpetrated By Lone Whacko That Has Nothing To Do With Islam #16,279, then it goes to show (once again) that the front line in this war is everywhere. (See above)

April: The sweetest thing I've seen today is...this video of a Japanese 12 year old & 7 year old playing "All Of Me" at a disaster fundraiser.

May: Very fitting, that the last people he ever saw were SEALs and spooks, come to put a bullet in his eye.

June: Repressing a church is something any old dictatorship can do, the church being a rival center of authority and all.

July: San Francisco becoming a child free zone? So says this NPR segment.

August: The Debt Ceiling Deal Haven't had a chance--and probably won't--to read through it.

September: CDC: Half of Americans will suffer from mental health woes. Wow. Half.

October: Via The Jawa Report: Occupy Wall Street protesters attack police, as seen in the video below.

November: Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.

December: You may recall that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned McDonalds from giving away toys with their Happy Meals.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

24 Types of Statist

From Laughing At Politics via Quick Take blog:

Random Rock Bloggage

I think I've just had a stroke of insight. The Paul McCartney and Wings song "Junior's Farm", includes a line:

Olly Hardy should have had more sense
He pulled a chee-chee and he jumped the fence,
All for the sake of a couple of pence.

I'll bet I know what "chee-chee" means. The song was written in 1974, the same year as the movie Godfather II came out. In the film, a hired killer named Willie Cicci turned state's evidence, testifying against Michael Corleone. I'll bet this is what Macca meant in this line of those free-assocative lyrics. I have never seen this hypothesis in any of the music forums, and it is more plausible than the ones I have seen. Any passing Beatles fans, tell me what you think!