Your one-stop shop for something something...
Saturday, October 18, 2003
THE NPR O'REILLY INTERVIEW
Back on the 9th NPR's 'Fresh Air' had an interview with Bill O'Reilly that didn't end well. O'Reilly got fed up with the questioning of Terry Gross, the host, and walked out.
Various people were irked some because they thought the questions showed NPR's liberal bias and some because they thought O'Reilly is an idiot, doubly more so for walking out.
Now comes an interesting piece from the NPR ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin:
Friday, October 17, 2003
SCHULTZ ON ARNOLD
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY... SOMETHING, SOMETHING...
"Americans are losing the victory in Europe"
"We have swept away Hitlerism, but a great many Europeans feel that the cure has been worse than the disease."
Jessica's Well has posted a couple articles from a 1946 Life magazine that are quite similar to some today's Iraq reporting.
"WE'RE SPENDING $87 BILLION IN IRAQ... THAT COULD BE SPENT ON X, Y, AND Z HERE!!!!!"
It seems to me this is quite possibly the stupidest reason to oppose a bill I've ever seen. And it's all over the place among the Dems. It's especially asinine when viewed in conjunction with the other favorite: "We can't spend more money, we're running a deficit!"
So they both want to spend $87 Billion here at home and not spend a penny more than we are now... assuming of course that they really mean what they say and aren't just objecting for the sake of objecting... which is actually a fairly big assumption.
We're not rebuilding Iraq just because we think it's a cool idea, we're doing it because it's important for our national security. Better schools, a cleaner environment, or more money being poured into a particular group of voters doesn't help us if we've got dirty bombs blowing up in Manhattan or a Smallpox epidemic in the District of Columbia. We're rebuilding Iraq because it's an important part of making Iraq a country that doesn't want to blow us up.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
IMPORTANT DAY FOR DVD
Best Buy is doing away with VHS videocassettes in their stores.
I GET THE FEELING LILEKS DOESN'T LIKE QUENTIN TARANTINO
He's got some very strong stuff to say about Kill Bill and Tarantino in general.
SPINSANITY TAKES ON MOORE AGAIN
Spinsanity takes Michael Moore to task over his latest book.
TIM BLAIR ON THE IMMINENT THREAT MYTH
Check it out.
IT'S A GOOD THING FOR THE DEMS THAT THE UN HASN'T PASSED ANYTHING SUPPORTING THE US IN IRAQ
Well at least there was lots of dissent and it was not nearly unanimous...
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
POLITICIZING THE WAR
PLEASE JOIN ME NOW IN A BIT OF LOGIC
A study came out about a week and a half ago.
The entire study can be found here.
Now, what does this study show?
Does it show that Fox News viewers are dumber than NPR viewers? No.
Does it show that Fox News viewers are more gullible than NPR viewers? No.
Does it show that Fox News viewers are more likely to be ill-informed or have misperceptions about the war? No.
What this study shows is that Fox News viewers are more likely to hold those 3 particular misperceptions. It says nothing about anything else. It doesn't show that Fox News is any more likely to mislead their viewers than any other network.
The study included only pro-war misperceptions. They didn't include anything like "The US acted unilaterally in Iraq" or "UN resolutions required inspectors to prove that Iraq had WMDs" or "Bush said that Iraq was an 'imminent threat' to the US". Ask the viewers of any of a number of other networks these questions and I imagine you'll find that every network fosters its own set of misperceptions.
Pipa suggests that "it does appear likely that support for the war would be substantially lower if fewer members of the public had these misperceptions." I'd suggest that support for the war would be greater if fewer members of the public had misperceptions like those I listed above.
There is a thing or two to be drawn from this study, but not as much as most seem to think.
THIS SPAM THING IS GETTING RIDICULOUS PART II
We've all been getting those Nigerian scam e-mails for quite some time, and as I said yesterday I've started receiving Christian spam lately. Today I open my mailbox only to find a Christian version of the Nigerian scam. *sigh*
John Podhoretz chronicals the "sick glee" of Rush's critics during the drug scandal.
The Dems are getting ready to start it up again. Would it be too much to ask that the Republicans actually show a little backbone and make the Dems actually get up in the chamber and filibuster? If they're going to use the filibuster we might as well make them actually talk till their throats are dry.
THE CHINESE SPACESHOT GOT ME THINKING...
Just how much more capitalistic can China get before they're no longer communists and are just a socialistic despotism? They've got Hong Kong infecting them, they've got a growing middle class. It seems the only part of communism they're still devoted to is the cracking down on religion thing.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
REGARDING THE CUBS: WOW...
The Chicago Cubs: Living down to expectations for 95 years.
It should be noted though that even though the fan may have cost them an out, it was still the Cubs players who let the fish score 8 freakin points in one inning.
WILL WORK FOR MONEY AND BENEFITS
Just for the record, I need a job. Graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June with a BS in Computer Science. If anyone has need of a software developer/system analyst type guy let me know. Currently in the Cincinnati/Dayton area, but open to relocation.
AND WHILE I'M ON THE SUBJECT OF RELIGION
Might as well tackle the Pledge dealie.
First off, I hope the 9th Circuit's Pledge ruling is overturned. Not because I think "Under God" should be either in the Pledge or on our money, but because I don't think it's unconstitutional to have it there. If you don't like it then I'd fully support a grassroots campaign to get the government to change things. I think there's a very strong case to be made for it being unnecessarily divisive.
It kind of parallels my views on abortion. I'm not so much against abortion as I am against the courts saying that we the people don't have the right to decide things on our own.
And while I've got my head firmly entrenched in the bees' nest ala Winnie The Pooh I might as well say this: Atheism is no less a belief than Christianity is. (Or Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism or any other religion of your choosing for that matter.) You may be able to explain everything in the universe without a god, but it can also be explained with Him, Her, or It. The existence of a higher power can no more be proved than it can be disproved.
I guess I'm just tired of the...
THIS SPAM THING IS GETTING RIDICULOUS
I am now actually getting Christian spam. "You are loved", "Jesus died on the cross to save us all", "Search for The Bible on the internet", blah, blah, blah. The least they could do is let people who are already Christians opt out.
PROPOSED: THE GAME STRIKE COMMANDER IS THE MOST UNDERRATED COMBAT FLIGHT SIM EVER
The game had everything: mercenaries, dictators, seedy bars, finances, an accountant... it really was a very good game when it came out in the early-to-mid '90s. *whistful sigh* why don't they make games like that anymore?
Monday, October 13, 2003
THOSE DAMN REPUBLICANS KEEP CUTTING MONEY FROM OUR SCHOOLS
JUST A REMINDER
Lileks LILEKS (James) fisks the life out of a Colleen Rowley editorial. Thus according to many on the left (and from what I gather from Rowley's piece her too) somehow limiting her freedom of speech by disagreeing with her.