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Monday, July 28, 2003
IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE HOPE THING THIS COULD BE THE BEST DAY EVER.

Bob Boone and Jim Bowden are gone. Here's hoping Reds management get's the best people, not the most loyal people, and that Gammons turns out to be on crack with all his talk of a firesale.

Would have gotten to this earlier but I was at the game today.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:56 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati
THE MODERATE DEMS ARE WORRIED
A group of centrist Democrats who helped elect Bill Clinton to the White House warned on Monday that the Democratic Party will lose the 2004 presidential election unless it can win over suburban voters who feel the party has become too liberal.

--Yahoo!

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:57 PM in Politics/Government
R.I.P. BOB HOPE

Dead at 100.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:42 AM in Miscellaneous



Wednesday, July 23, 2003
BERKELEY "SCIENCE"

If you were going to do a psychological study of what makes Conservatives conservative why in the world would you want it to take place at UC Berkeley?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:12 AM in Miscellaneous
CLINTON'S THOUGHTS ON THE 16-WORD DUSTUP

'Everybody makes mistakes'

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:41 AM in Politics/Government
FOR THOSE COMPLAINING ABOUT "ASSASINATING" A FOREIGN LEADER'S SONS

Just a reminder, if we were really targeting Uday and Qusay simply because they were Saddam's sons then there are 3 other kids we could go after. We were targeting them because they were high-ranking government officials, thus the "Now other nations can kill the Bush daughters" complaint I've been hearing doesn't hold up. They're college students.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:33 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East



Tuesday, July 22, 2003
THANK YOU FOR COMING, I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL...

They're dead.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:32 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
ISN'T IT IRONIC?

I think it is anyway. Admittedly though my judgement's been off ever since that Alanis Morissette song.

But anyway, in their new commercial in which they lambast Bush for misleading the country the Democrats mislead us themselves. Dowdifying the quote and leaving out the "The British government has learned that" portion of the infamous 16 words they show Bush saying matter-of-factly "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." (A statement by the way that hasn't been proved false.) I think that qualifies as ironic.

Also, anyone find it odd that they use "evil" Fox News' feed of the speech?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:20 AM in Politics/Government
AND I QUOTE

Before the start of the war.

You are about to make history...

We're invading not to conquer and subjugate the people. We're invading to evict a dictator, and we're invading to protect women and children - our families - back home. Remember who you are because these are going to be the most memorable days of your lives.

--Lt. Colonel B.P. McCoy (via National Geographic Explorer)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:06 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East



Friday, July 18, 2003
BLAIR HIGHLIGHTS
"If we are wrong, we will have destroyed a threat that at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering. That is something I am confident history will forgive," he said. "But if our critics are wrong ... and we do not act, then we will have hesitated in the face of this menace when we should have given leadership. That is something history will not forgive."

...

"there is no more dangerous theory in international politics than that we need to balance the power of America with other competitive powers."

--CNN

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:45 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
WOW

Who does Joe Lieberman want on the Supreme Courts? Kweisi Mfume

The biggest problem with this idea is probably the fact that Queasy's never been to law school.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:32 AM in Politics/Government



Thursday, July 17, 2003
THE SPECTATOR

Mark Steyn over at The Spectator has a very funny piece on all this anti-war-bush-lied stuff. Make sure to check it out.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:24 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT:

Against union regs. (via The Corner)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:53 PM in Miscellaneous
LETTERMAN'S TOP TEN

(via The Corner)


Top Ten Jerry Springer Campaign Promises

10. 'Fifty-dollar tax rebate if you have sex with your wife's sister'

9. 'All staff dinners will be at D.C.-area Hooters'

8. 'Sausages will attack baseball players with bats!'

7. 'Repeal restrictive laws against first-cousin marriages'

6. 'Amend constitution to include words 'hoochie mama''

5. 'In the summer months, all press conferences are topless'

4. 'I'll tell the truth about which legislators have too much junk in the trunk'

3. 'Solar powered prostitutes'

2. 'C-Span will feature more young people calling each other 'bitch''

1. 'Enough cheap sex to make the Clinton years look like a church social"

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:38 PM in Politics/Government
MORE SPRINGER VS. GOLDBERG

More from the Goldberg File.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:01 PM in Politics/Government
THE 10 LIES WE WERE TOLD ABOUT IRAQ

Check it out.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:46 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
HUH?

"Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says President Bush hasn't matched tough rhetoric with strong actions..."

Huh? He went in and freakin' wiped out the government of Iraq. Is Kerry suggesting he wanted something even stronger... a nuke maybe?

Of course not, he's just taking pot shots at Bush.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:25 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
IRAQ REGIME'S POST-DOWNFALL PLANS

From a top secret document from the Iraqi intelligence services via Al-Hayat:


"Following on our secret letter No. (3870) of 1/19/2003. In the event of the downfall of the Iraqi leadership in the hands of the American, British, and Zionist forces, God forbid, it is incumbent on all the members of the agencies listed above to act in accordance with the instructions listed below:"

1. "Looting and burning of all state agencies connected with our directorates and other [government agencies]"

2. "Changing residence from time to time"

3. "Destroying power generating stations"

4. "Destroying water installations"

5. "Mobilizing of dependable elements and bringing them into mosques"

6. "Joining the religious centers in Najaf"

7. "Joining the nationalist and Islamic parties and groupings"

8. "Cutting off internal and external communications"

9. "Purchasing stolen weapons from citizens"

10. "Establishing close ties with those who are returning from outside the country"

11. "Assassination of imams and preachers of mosques."

-- via MEMRI

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:08 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
FIRST THE NAPSTER THING, NOW THIS

Metallica is suing the Canadian band Unfaith over playing the guitar chords E and F. On the plus side if any other bands get sue-happy I'm sure Metallica will take them to court too since people have grown to associate stupid lawsuits with Metallica.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:02 AM in Miscellaneous
WALL STREET JOURNAL GETS A SCOOP

The Wall Street Journal has been "reliably told" details of last October's National Intelligence Estimate regarding the Iraq-Africa Uranium dealie.

Some snippets:

The section on Iraq's hunt for uranium, for example, asserts bluntly that "Iraq also began vigorously trying to procure uranium ore and yellowcake" and that "acquiring either would shorten the time Baghdad needs to produce nuclear weapons."
...
"a foreign government service reported that as of early 2001 Niger planned to send several tons of 'pure uranium' (probably yellowcake) to Iraq. As of early 2001, Niger and Iraq reportedly were still working out arrangements for this deal, which could be for up to 500 tons of yellowcake. We do not know the status of this arrangement."
...
"reports indicate Iraq also has sought uranium ore from Somalia and possibly the Democratic Republic of the Congo." It then adds that "we cannot confirm whether Iraq has succeeded in acquiring uranium ore and/or yellowcake from these sources."

--OpinionJournal

This would seem to go against the Democratic "They've known for a year and a half and have been lying to us the whole time and everybody in the administration should resign or be impeached" line, and the Congo and Niger parts would seem to make the forged Niger documents angle unimportant. Remember in the SOTU Bush said Africa, not Niger.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:53 AM in Politics/Government
BOORTZ ON THE "URANIUM SCANDAL"
President Bush's State of the Union speech was a bit over 5,400 words long. The mainstream American media is focusing entirely on just 16.

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Those 16 words are now the core of a Democratic Party assault on the credibility of George Bush, calling those words everything from a "deliberate lie" to "erroneous information."
...
Consider, please, these additional lines I've pulled from Bush's speech:

The United Nations concluded in 1999 that Saddam Hussein had biological weapons materials sufficient to produce over 25,000 liters of anthrax.

The United Nations concluded that Saddam Hussein had materials sufficient to produce more than 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin.
Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.

U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents. (Some of these have actually been located.)

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb.

The left is attacking none of these allegations as lies. They're ignoring these statements because they are true. What's more, each and every one of the allegations from Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech listed above constitutes a more serious charge than the 16 words that the left has been obsessing over for the past few weeks.

--WorldNetDaily

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:15 AM in Politics/Government



Monday, July 14, 2003
SAUSAGES ARE PEOPLE TOO!
"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come to the defense of Pittsburgh Pirates player Randall Simon, who faces a misdemeanor charge for using a bat to hit a woman dressed as a giant Italian sausage. . . . 'We empathize with Mr. Simon for wanting to put an end to that grotesque spectacle,' said an unnamed spokesman for PETA. 'Vegetarians and vegans in the crowd were doubtless offended by the sight of animal carcass forms dashing across the field.' "--ScrappleFace.com, July 10

"PETA has written to Milwaukee Brewers President Wendy Selig-Prieb, renewing its request that a fifth contestant be entered in Miller Park's famous 'Sausage Race' in light of the recent incident in which Pittsburgh Pirate Randall Simon attacked the 'Italian Sausage' with a baseball bat. Traditionally, four participants dressed to represent various meat sausages race from the outfield to home plate, and last year, PETA requested that a vegetarian 'soysage' be included in the race. Now, PETA recommends that, in order to set a nonviolent example to offset the recent brawls and 'beanings' in MLB, the Brewers should field a Sausage Race participant that does not represent the violence inherent in meat production, which includes castration, debeaking, dehorning, and throat-slitting."--PETA press release, July 10

--From BOTW.

I don't know about you, but I prefer my sausages testicle, beak and horn free...

Oh, and one more line from PETA: "Perhaps Randall Simon was simply expressing his frustration at the fact that the vegetarian hot dog was not allowed to compete. By allowing the peaceful "soysage" in the race, you could possibly avoid future player-meat confrontations."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:59 PM in Baseball
SPRINGER TICKS OFF HICKSVILLE
Residents of Hicksville aren't too happy that Jerry Springer is using the northwest Ohio village as a symbol for his U.S. Senate campaign. ... The 3,600 residents have defended the community against the inevitable jokes since land agent Henry Hicks gave the town his name in the 1830s.

"I've got a sense of humor, but this makes us look like a bunch of ...," said village administrator Kent Miller, trailing off before the "H" word tumbled out.

"If Springer's running for office, I don't know why he'd want to tick off 3,600 people."

--Cincinnati.com

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:45 AM in Politics/Government
MORE GOODNESS FROM PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

This time taking a swipe at the NY Times. Pastis has been on a roll lately.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:26 AM in Media



Friday, July 11, 2003
ARE WE SURE THE JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION WASN'T PURCHASED BY THE ONION?

This article's attempts to convince us W only cares about Africa for the oil reads like something out of The Onion.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:59 PM in Media
GOLDBERG STANDS BY HIS COMMENTS

And as an Ohio resident and frequent absentee voter I agree completely.

While every single person supporting Jerry Springer may not be a perv, weirdo or slack-jawed yokel, I am at a complete loss to understand how this country's politics would be enriched by massive voter turnout by people who consider Jerry Springer to be their dashboard saint. Voter turnout is not a good in itself, no matter what populists and demogogues claim. Springer says he'll be bringing new voters to the polls. Well, okay. But if these people couldn't be bothered to vote until Springer encouraged them to, maybe we were better off without them in the first place. Leave Springer's audience out of it for a moment; I don't think it's a given that a surge in voting by Klansmen, black racists, pimps, or strippers-who-sleep-with-their-brothers would improve America's politics demonstrably. And I don't think we really need a Senator who sees nothing wrong with giving such people a nationally televised forum.

More to the point, I find it hilarious that Springer -- who has made a fortune off of his exploitation of damaged and deviant people -- thinks I'm the elitist (though I have no problem with being one). But I'm working from the assumption that most Ohio residents are smart enough to see through his schtick. While he actually thinks they're dumb enough to fall for it. So once again he's looking to exploit the little guy for his own career.

--The Corner@NRO

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:13 AM in Politics/Government
SPRINGER SEEMS TO BE RUNNING...

...against Jonah Golberg?

Springer's made in infomercial.


The infomercial focuses on a comment by National Review commentator Jonah Goldberg on a Sunday morning CNN talk show several months ago.

In his remark, Goldberg warned of new people brought to the polls by Springer including "slack-jawed yokels, hicks, weirdos, pervs and whatnots."

The infomercial offers that quote on a T-shirt and inserted into a signed photograph of Springer next to a sign for Hicksville, Ohio, in Defiance County in northwest Ohio. In the program, Springer refers to the quote and talks about wanting to reach out to "regular folks ... who weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth."

Goldberg said Thursday he doesn't understand how the country's politics would benefit from a massive voter turnout by Springer supporters.

"Springer says he'll be bringing new voters to the polls," Goldberg said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "Well, okay. But if these people couldn't be bothered to vote until Springer encouraged them to, maybe we were better off without them in the first place."

An Ohio Poll conducted by the University of Cincinnati in February found 71 percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Springer, the highest such number in the poll's history.

--WCPO

Given the choice I'd vote for the Simpsons fan...

On the bright side, Springer didn't come to America until he was 5 so there's no chance he could become President... unless of course they pass an amendment a la Demolition Man so Ahhhnuld can run.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:55 AM in Politics/Government



Thursday, July 10, 2003
IT'S CURRENTLY 9-1 ASTROS OVER THE REDS IN THE 2ND

I have only 4 words to say...Fire Bob Boone Now!

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:25 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati



Wednesday, July 9, 2003
"WE'RE SPECIAL..."

It takes a special kind of party to criticize someone for saving 6 people and a dog from drowning.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took a break from his vacation last weekend to help save 6 people and their dog from drowning when their boat sank.

And how do the Democrats respond? Well...


But some Democrats complained that Romney was vacationing while lawmakers debate vetoes he imposed cutting dozens of human service programs.

"There are lots of people drowning in the commonwealth right now who would certainly welcome a rescue,'' said Rep. Jay R. Kaufman (D-Lexington).
...
Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster) said other governors would have been ``condemned for leaving the state,'' while Romney ``seems to have privileges other governors haven't.''

``Mitt Romney only chooses to run for office from Massachusetts - he doesn't vacation here,'' said Democratic Party spokeswoman Jane Lane.

--Boston Herald


via Realpolitik

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:02 PM in Politics/Government
LIEBERMAN ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

His name... Matt Gobush. Make your own jokes.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:42 PM in Politics/Government



Tuesday, July 8, 2003
DEAR FRENCH PRESIDENT CHIRAC PART DEUX

More from Pearls Before Swine

Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:21 PM in Miscellaneous



Monday, July 7, 2003
DEAR FRENCH PRESIDENT CHIRAC...

Check out today's Pearls Before Swine.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:38 AM in Miscellaneous



Friday, July 4, 2003
HAPPY 4TH!

"Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:55 PM in Miscellaneous
HEH...

Came across a listing from Microsoft in my continuing effort to find a job and thought this sentence was funny: "The basic strategy of the Microsoft Business Solution division is the defragment the business solutions marketplace." In other words, they want to run it all.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:29 AM in Technology/Internet



Thursday, July 3, 2003
AN ACTUAL SOLDIERS TAKE ON THE "BRING IT ON" QUOTE

Some liberal bloggers and other pundits/politicians have been complaining about Bush's "Bring it on" quote and telling us what they think the soldiers think. I thought it'd be nice to know what an actual soldier thinks so I sent an e-mail off to fellow blogger L.T. Smash, an actual soldier in Iraq.

L.T.'s response posted on his site:


Rob writes, asking what I think about these recent remarks by President Bush:

Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice. There are some that feel like if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they are talking about if that is the case. Let me finish. There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on.

George W. Bush is President of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He is our leader. He sets the tone for every man and woman in uniform. If the President says we are a bunch of bad-asses, then that is the attitude we will adopt. It sure beats the heck out of the alternative.

Meanwhile, President Bush is taking some heat for these remarks, being accused of using “shoot-from-the-hip lines,” with some urging him to bring the troops home “as soon as possible.”

His response: “We're not leaving until we accomplish the task.”

How refreshing.

--LT SMASH

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:07 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
28 DAYS LATER... AS A CAUTIONARY TALE AGAINST GUN CONTROL

First off, I liked 28 Days Later, but I spent the first half of the film thinking "Why doesn't anyone just get a shotgun?" They're fighting off zombie-like creatures with baseball bats and molotov cocktails when a simple shotgun could have easily saved their butts.

Then it occurred to me that they're in England. They have massive gun control in England, even the police don't have guns. I can't help but think that if more people had guns in England more people would have survived in 28 Days Later.

So I guess what I'm saying is that we need to be very careful about implementing more gun control in America... just in case the zombies ever attack. Though I suppose the idea carries over to aliens, evil wildlife, and those damn commie-Nazis.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:49 PM in Movies
"WHO WILL COME AND LIVE A LIFE DEVOTED TO CHASTITY, ABSTINENCE, AND A FLAVORLESS MUSH I CALL ROOTMARM?"

I feel I'd be remiss if I didn't link to Goldberg's column column using the split between Springfield and Shelbyville to illustrate the idea of federalism in the gay marriage debate.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:58 AM in Miscellaneous



Tuesday, July 1, 2003
STUPID MICROSOFT

That is all.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:42 AM in Technology/Internet



 
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