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  • (Vanity) The Lawyer's Escape Clause, or Social Uncertainty Principe

    10/01/2007 4:30:32 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 519+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-1-2007 | grey_whiskers
    This article is in honor or the opening of the latest session of the Supreme Court. There is a famous law in Physics known as Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. If you have only heard of it in the mainstream press, you may have heard of it incorrectly. Some think it means that you cannot tell where anything is – like your car keys, or the last pair of socks in the dryer, only worse. The actual scientific definition is more complicated, and it says that you cannot simultaneously know the position and the momentum of a particle with infinite precision; in...
  • (Vanity) Getting the Point on Ayers, or, An Act of War

    09/23/2008 7:14:44 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 735+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-23-2008 | grey_whiskers
    There has been a groundswell among the right-of-center blogs, concerning William Ayers and his relationship with Barack Obama. There have been two main points in this story so far. The first is Ayers' connection with the Weather Underground, which was involved in bombings of the US Capitol Building, the Pentagon, and police buildings in New York City. The money quotes have been "Guilty as sin, free as a bird...what a country!" and "We didn't go nearly far enough." And finally, some members of the mainstream press--well, OK, Fox News, if you insist -- have begun to notice. Bill O'Reilly actually...
  • (Vanity) The Rush to Judgment, or, Pin the Fail on the Donkey

    10/01/2007 7:38:58 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 631+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-1-2007 | grey_whiskers
    Today (Monday October 1), the Rush Limbaugh radio talk show featured an astounding interview with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but I was equally intrigued by some of the programming which aired after the interview. As it turns out, a number of Democrats in the United States Senate (in conjunction with some liberal groups) have been trying to make a stink over some remarks Rush Limbaugh said in conversation, about our fine troops in Iraq. Well, not exactly. I listen to Rush on occasion, and I heard his original remarks—far from being disparaging of the troops, they were harsh words...
  • (Vanity) Great Hoax from Little Acorns Grow, or, Are The Polls Nuts?

    10/11/2008 4:14:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies · 1,166+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-10-2008 | grey_whiskers
    An theme which has come up in the past week is "Democrat Landslide". The first I recall seeing of this was the Democrat flack strategist David Paul Hume, in the Politico. In his piece, he suggested that if Obama were to sweep Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida, then he would have a landslide. And that would indicate that Obama would take "Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, ...Iowa...[and] Missouri." OK, that's fair. So I propose a counterexample. If McCain were to take Michigan and Pennsylvania, he would have a landslide, which would indicate he would take Washington, Oregon, New Hampshire, Minnesota,...
  • (Vanity) Hillary Loves the Little Children, or This Bun {in the oven] For Hire

    09/30/2007 4:57:50 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 573+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-30-2007 | grey_whiskers
    During a recent campaign appearance, Hillary Clinton proposed the idea that each and every baby born within the United States be given a $5,000 baby bond in order to help pay for college or pay for a new house. The problems with this idea are too many and too obvious to mention here, but glaring difficulties have never stopped Democrats (or even politicians in general) before. In fact, one could argue that common sense and lack of patronage funds are a greater obstacle to politicians than anything else...but I digress. The question is (to use the Latin), “Qui bono?” That...
  • (Vanity) Annotated Tolkien and the Election Cycle

    10/12/2008 3:12:59 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 881+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-12-2008 | grey_whiskers
    ‘… But you, John Sidney, Lord of the Mark of Republican, are declared by your noble devices, and still more by the fair countenance of the House of McCain. O worthy son of John the Thrice-renowned Admiral! Why have you not come before, and as a friend? Much have I desired to see you, mightiest Senator of western lands, and especially in these latter years, to save you from the unwise and evil counsels that beset you! Is it yet too late? Despite the injuries that have been done to me, in which the men of Bush, alas! have has...
  • (Vanity) Allah and Man at Columbia, or Say it Ain't So, Mo!

    09/24/2007 7:22:45 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 532+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-24-2007 | grey_whiskers
    The news has been full of stories of the visit of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York, and more specifically to Columbia University, where he was to deliver a speech and answer questions from the audience. Before today’s talk, the coverage was full of debate, with the usual arguments from both sides. Liberals tended to describe the occasion as an opportunity to advance freedom of speech, while conservatives portrayed this as just one more example of leftists ignoring the greater good of the country in order to practice various platitudes. (One other example of this during the visit to...
  • (Vanity) A Brief Comment on the Election

    11/04/2008 10:23:12 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 18 replies · 1,896+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-05-2008 | grey_whiskers
    Well, the election has come and gone like a shot, apparently. After the interminable round of primaries, Operation Chaos, PUMAs, the conventions, Sarah-cuda, and all the rest. In one night Obama and Biden have won. This means we have a troika: Reid, Obama, Pelosi. The "rulers of peace" (ROP). But this also means, they can no longer blame Bush and the evil Republicans for anything that goes wrong. This includes: the economy the Middle East taxes tainted food from China immigration crime unemployment gas prices Let us never lose an opportunity to loudly proclaim: "OBAMA'S FAULT!" Secondly, can we now...
  • (Vanity) The Era of Cheap Crap, or, You Don't Get What You (Don't) Pay For

    05/30/2007 6:36:08 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 1,075+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-30-2007 | grey_whiskers
    By now, everyone has heard of the scandals involving the adulterated wheat gluten from China, and how it made its way first into pet foods, then into the lower reaches of the human food supply (as livestock feed). Understandably, there has been outrage, as Americans are devoted to Fido and Fluffy. “Do what you want to me, but don’t you DARE touch my pet!” is the war-cry. And at least on the surface, there has been action. China has executed the erstwhile head of its FDA for bribery. Other countries are looking askance at imported Chinese goods, such as the...
  • (Vanity) Give Us This Day, or, Lead Us Into Temptation

    01/04/2009 5:42:35 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 972+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-4-2009 | grey_whiskers
    "For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16) I was watching TV last night with my family (if you are curious, it was The Smoking Gun presents: The World's Dumbest). The show is a "countdown" of video clips of accidents or mishaps invovling a common theme, punctuated by commentary from a bunch of B-list actors and ex-celebrities (Danny Bonaduce from The Partridge Family, Leif Garrett, Tonya Harding, Gary Busey and some others(*)). It...
  • (Vanity) The Amnesty Act of 2007 (Discussion of Text from the Bill)

    05/20/2007 12:37:52 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 65 replies · 2,603+ views
    Thomas (Library of Congress) ^ | 5-20-2007 | grey_whiskers
    I am reading the text of the new immigration bill. Just as the Patriot Act was a grab bag for every illegal and unconstitutional fantasy on the part of law enforcement, this bill is a grab bag for the globalists, those who wish to destroy the American middle class, and those who want amnesty. The site I am reading from is here. Here are some of the horrible things in the bill. It allows for the elimination of existing backlogs (apparently by fiat), section 501. From 501(b)(2)(A):”(2) VISAS FOR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph...
  • (Vanity) The Internet is Mightier than the Sword, or, après moi, les Allemands

    01/11/2009 1:42:00 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 778+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-11-2009 | grey_whiskers
    A French writer has recently been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Aside from the fact that the Nobel Selection committee's skills have fallen off lately (Al Gore winning a Nobel "Peace" Prize? Yasser Arafat??!!), his comments upon being selected have stirred up a bit of controversy. In his Nobel lecture, the Frenchman, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, was quoted as saying the following:"Who knows, if the Internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded - ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day" In the light of remarks like this,...
  • Vanity (The Christian Church and Multiculturalism)

    05/20/2007 8:13:53 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 1,039+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2007 | grey_whiskers
    One of the complaints made most often about Christianity (aside from the fact that it is Christianity) is that it is outmoded for today’s modern world. Why, from creation vs. evolution, to the role of women in society (“barefoot and pregnant”), to rejection of homosexuality, to tacit approval of slavery, to endorsement of—shudder—CAPITAL PUNISHMENT! There is no place for such a narrow, culturally irrelevant document. And speaking of narrow, the Bible absolutely encourages bigotry and intolerance! So goes the screed. But that got me to thinking about the whole “tolerance, acceptance, diversity” thing. (Thanks to Liddy and Hill of KKNT,...
  • (Vanity) Cloward-Piven and the Markets, or "He Played on Our Fears! He BETRAYED This Country!"

    01/15/2009 4:23:03 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 39 replies · 2,371+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-14-2009 | grey_whiskers
    Wall Street, it is said, is driven by the swing of the pendulum between two extremes -- excessive greed and excessive fear. And we have had plenty of greed, with the Dot-Com boom, followed by the mortgage boom. Each of these has been followed by a bust. The Dot-Com bust, together with 9-11, led the powers-that-be to try to re-stimulate the economy by artificially lowering interest rates, to the lowest level in a generation. This was combined with strong pressure on the lenders to make housing affordable for *all* Americans -- including, apparently, those who had no business borrowing in...
  • (Vanity) The One-Way Ratchet

    05/20/2007 6:00:42 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 844+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-20-2007 | grey_whiskers
    It is interesting to consider the platitudes of politicians and the chattering classes when considering controversial topics. There seem to be two main threads. One of them is the old chestnut, “I’m personally opposed to X, BUT the will of the people is…”. The other one is “I know that some (probably misguided) polls show that the public wants X, but I must be guided by higher standards than mob rule.” Let us see how this works on three of the common hot-button issues of the day: abortion, illegal immigration, and global warming. For abortion, let us pick on both...
  • (Vanity) The Wind and The Trees, or, When You Wish Upon A TARP

    01/18/2009 9:41:37 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 923+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-18-2009 | grey_whiskers
    With the inauguration of Barack Obama imminent, all eyes are focused on Washington. Questions abound. Will there be enough security at the inaugural? How will he handle the Gaza situation, the war on terror? What about the Supreme Court nominations? All of these are important, but of more immediate impact is, what will his approach be towards the economy? To answer this, let us look at what has been done so far. We have the TARP program -- the vote that is widely credited with sinking John McCain in the polls and giving Obama the Presidency. This bill, rushed through...
  • (Vanity) A Look Back at Immigration, or Fifty Years of Lies

    05/19/2007 4:07:09 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 11 replies · 5,419+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 5-19-2007 | grey_whiskers
    Here is a quote on Immigration, from a sponsor of a famous bill:"I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished. I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors. America is indeed a joining together of many streams which go to form a mighty river which we call the American way. However, we...
  • (Vanity) On Inauguration Day, Let Me Be the First To Say...

    01/20/2009 8:10:56 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 27 replies · 1,325+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-20-2009 | grey_whiskers
    Don't Blame Me. I voted forMcCainPALIN!
  • (Vanity) The GE Way, or, How to Welch on Your Promises

    04/09/2007 5:36:58 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 4 replies · 1,008+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 3-9-2007 | grey_whiskers
    One of the most influential CEOs of recent memory has been Jack Welch. He first gained fame as the hard-driving CEO of General Electric, and his fame at that time was due to several rules which he implemented. First, GE was to be either first or second in every industry in which it had an interest. Second, GE insisted that the bottom 10% of all performers every year be culled from the company. While this had the immediate effect of increasing the performance, and a longer-term effect of forcing everyone to scamper like frightened rabbits, lest they be perceived or...
  • (Vanity) The ROP vs. RPS, or, The Schoolyard Guide to Politics and The War on Terror

    01/25/2009 5:45:18 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 6 replies · 775+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-25-2009 | grey_whiskers
    During the time while Barack Obama occupied the fictitious "Office of the President Elect" a lot of people noticed that his air and demeanor had changed since the campaign. Some people attributed it to his desire to appear more august, to project gravitas. Others called it the look of the dog chasing cars who has finally caught one -- "Now what do I do with it?" But the best explanation, I think, is that he had now begun receiving the same national security briefings as President Bush: and he has begun wetting his pants on a daily basis. Some of...