29 February 2008
Prominent scientists says that Darwin was wrong about the wild origin of the chicken!
Here's some footage of Wolfie in action!
He is (or was) a bloody soldier in a war zone OF COURSE HE'S IN FUCKING DANGER.
I have nothing against the young man personally but I don't see why he is allowed to be in the armed forces if his life is deemed any more valuable than any other soldier. If he is not to be allowed to serve then he must resign. (Aren't we paying him for just being him in the first place?)
And don't forget to sing this....
(And a win would be nice as well.)
All of which earns a reprise for John Prine's "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore".
Hey, wait just one minute, the Turks are pulling out! The terrorists hiding behind the US military in non-existent Kurdistan have won!
"Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?...That's interesting. I hadn't heard that. . . . I know it's high now."
I guess they don't speculate on petrol prices on the Cartoon Channel.
(Note to Americans: 4 USD a US gallon is still ridiculously cheap and the product would still be priced less then the damage it does! The current British price is around £1.05 a litre which comes to just under 8 USD a US gallon.)
28 February 2008
"There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran...There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible...All the generals are perfectly clear that they don’t have the military capacity to take Iran on in any meaningful fashion. Nobody wants to do it and it would be a matter of conscience for them...“There are enough people who feel this would be an error of judgment too far for there to be resignations." (Emphasis mine.)Of course should it come to this expect the chorus of accusations from the neo-con draft dodging community of "traitors" and "cowards".
27 February 2008
Nice one guys!
Perhaps you were unaware that a "first in, first out" (FIFO) policy is generally considered best practice that the "last in, first out" (LIFO) policy that you seem to be recommending is generally reserved for situations where it is expedient to defer or understate profits; hardly the case here. (Refer to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for further guidance.) You should therefore consider retracting your statement at the earliest opportunity.
Thanks for listening and good luck in your next job.
Yank in London
Sorry - but I'm not not sorry!
By the way the fact that the dollar is worth shit because of a chronically mismanaged economy might have something to with the price of "gas", don't you think?
Will this instantly make everyone 9 months older (or in my case, I was a premie, 7 1/2 months)?
26 February 2008
*Why the presence of an unarmed bear in a city that has more than one murder per day should be a cause for concern is beyond my understanding.
Well based on past performance we know that they will go as low as possible.
25 February 2008
(Will there be a collectors market for this? As long as the item is in the original packaging and unused of course.)
24 February 2008
Will he make a difference? Quite possibly. If he can take enough Democratic votes in one of the big swing states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania) to allow McCain to get the electoral votes the answer is "yes he can".
I just love democracy.
23 February 2008
Rep. Renzi has already announced he will not stand for re-election as he wants to spend more time being visited by his family.
22 February 2008
Perhaps the US would be more comfortable finding a more religious nation, perhaps Iran would be a good choice, with which to have its Special Relationship now.
At number four - Envirosafe Service of Ohio for it's facility in Oregon Ohio.
Not because I think it is time that America has a black President.
Not because I think it is time that America has a mixed race President.
Not because I think it is (or is not) time that America has a woman President.
But because I think it is time that America has a President younger than me.
You can't even have a bumper sticker on your automobile if you want to get into see Captain Codpiece!
I'm just asking.
Why can't he just use one of those signing statement things and ignore it instead?
Don't tell the English only folks!
(a) create the conditions for a social, intellectual and media environment of an international character which is conducive to linguistic pluralism;
(b) promote, through multilingual education, democratic access to knowledge for all citizens, whatever their mother tongue, and build linguistic pluralism.
21 February 2008
Proving they can plan ahead and that they are unafraid of what the future will bring the state also promises to launch their IT "Year 2K" remediation project in 2206.
*Not to forget the right to discuss loofahs in the privacy of your own phone.
20 February 2008
*Insincere apologies to Donald Rumsfeld.
"There's a disagreement but we believe as many other nations do that history will prove this to be the correct move."
Yes - they are quaint. Yes - they almost always now where they are going. Yes - if you are "lucky" you will get an opinionated cabby who will chew your ear off in a dialect distantly related to English.
But they won't go south of the river and therefore they must be spurned!
I am terribly sorry for any confusion caused.
There will be a total lunar eclipse tomorrow morning, starting around 1:45 AM. Whether we get to see it or not is a separate matter. If the Met Office is to be believed, ever dubious, we may just get lucky with cloud not showing up till around 6 AM. The Yanks may just get lucky as well.
19 February 2008
My favourite bit is when he called Prince Philip a Nazi, this might be the most lucid he was all day, but then he ruined the moment when he got all muddled up and suggest that the Prince should be "sent back to Germany". Mohamed everyone knows that Philip is a Greek. It's the Queen (Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) who is German!
Read the rest.
"Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are prohibited under international law. No exceptions are allowed, ever. Torture was made unthinkable – or at least impossible to defend - after the ban had been inscribed in United Nations human rights treaties, the humanitarian Geneva Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights. This great achievement in the struggle against barbarity and for human rights must now be defended.
International watch mechanisms have been established to ensure that states adopt measures to uphold these treaties and to condemn any practices of torture when they occur. The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has also authority to make unannounced visits to places of detention.
This is not a theoretical debate – torture has continued to be used on a distressing scale, also in recent times. The proper response is to strengthen the existing mechanisms. It is therefore shocking that misdirected counter-terrorism strategies are now challenging the very consensus against torture.
The devious “ticking bomb” argument has returned and even been taken seriously by some leading opinion makers, not least in the United States where it has been used to defend one of the most cruel torture methods, the so-called water boarding (mock drowning). (Emphasis mine.)
Are you listening Washington?
18 February 2008
Now it would be my guess that most of this 70,000+ tons of mince has already gone done American gullets and as almost a quarter of the meat was destined for schools you can guess whose gullets it has gone down.
Yep. This self-regulation thing is a real winner, innit?
May she rest in peace.
As for the US? The State Department is rather cautiously saying that "the United States is reviewing this issue and discussing it with its European partners" and is calling "on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and to refrain from any provocative act". Meanwhile the anti-diplomat Captain Codpiece, currently on the second leg of his "Legacy '08 Tour" in Africa has unreservedly endorsed the declarations, possibly adding a "Yee-Haw" afterwards.
As I noted yesterday there may be trouble ahead.
Meanwhile over at Global Voices you will find a selection of blog comments displaying joy, concern and anger.
The most troublesome thing is that the oppressed, Kosovan Albanians under Serbian rule, will become the oppressors of the Kosovan Serbs and the vicious and violent circle will start spinning again.
Meanwhile my senior Senator Arlen "Single Bullet" Specter* (R - PA) is concentrating his considerable investigate talents on the scandal that is the National (American) Football League!
*I am always amused that my (proper British) English spell check wants his surname to be “Spectre”.
17 February 2008
Dr. Cass I fear that you are out of your league.
16 February 2008
So, what to do. Do Americans, Canadians, Australians and Europeans have the right to spew this waste into the atmosphere simply because they have the money to purchase the products and the lifestyle that creates it? Do companies and consumers have the right to externalise the costs associated with this consumption by transferring the financial implications to those least able to afford it?
I suppose that a true free marketeer would say that they do and the omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent "invisible hand of the market" will ensure that all ends well. I do not think that way and am capable of seeing that the market in completely impotent in circumstances where foresight and proactive measures are required. This is especially true when, as in this case, these proactive measures are almost certainly in opposition to the short term self interests of those with the most power.
Clearly the first step that will need to be accomplished is to come to agreement as to an acceptable level of emissions would be. By itself this would be no mean feat but let us assume that the world community can reach agreement on this. If this level is higher than current total levels, unlikely, than some growth in total planetary emissions would be allowed. If the level is less then contraction would be required and a timescale, with interim milestones, would have to be agreed. Once again an extremely difficult task but less us assume for the sake of argument that this can be done.
This leaves us with the difficulty of allocation. Unless one believes that some humans have greater God given rights to these emissions than others the equitable mechanism is to allocate the right to emit on a per capita basis worldwide. These rights could then been bought and sold for those with a desire or perceived need to exceed their allocation. The west would clearly being doing much of the buying and developing nations much of the selling leading to a transfer of wealth that would go some way to financing the costs of addressing climate change in the poorer countries.
Why wouldn't this work? I am eagerly awaiting my boost in income!
Why the match was allowed to go on, as apparently was, is beyond me. But that's Kansas for you!
Yesterday he had a few things to say about America's Faux Christians.
In case you've forgotten his playing years here's a little taster.
Arise Governor Barkley!
15 February 2008
Today in infamy - "that comes to a guinea, a farthing and one of those funny looking little things" edition
Heckuva job indeed Brownie et al.
Why can't they just get on with their lives?
On this date in 2001 over a million people took to the streets of London to protest the impending illegal invasion of Iraq. The Prime Minister at the time, St. Tony Blair, apparently spent the day in 10 Downing Street with his fingers in his ears chanting "na - na - na - na - I can't hear you" and then joined Captain Codpiece in the illegal invasion despite the will of the British populace.
I was there. Where the hell were you?
Denied a US visa Amy Winehouse had to perform at the Grammy Awards via satellite. Despite the fact that she was on
Should Ms. Amiel be discovered at some point in the future horribly murdered and mutilated I would think that Royal Canadian Mounted Police might do well to have a word with Werner about his whereabouts at the time although a defence of justifiable homicide would certainly be possibly should he ever be prosecuted for such a deed!
I repeat: 90,000 innocent human beings. Are you listening?
14 February 2008
Will there be a Page 3 (nsfw) tab on the home page?
"They should not be under any illusion that they will bring people to the streets after the election. Nothing of that sort will be allowed...In this situation of extremism and terrorism, no agitation, anarchy or chaos can be acceptable."
Democracy - a beautiful thing to watch!
"Well, it had to happen. Madonna has been a terrible actor in many, many films and now - fiercely aspirational as ever - she has graduated to being a terrible director. She has made a movie so incredibly bad that Berlin festival goers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock, deathly pale and mewing like maltreated kittens. She is also the producer and co-author of the script. If she'd done the location catering as well, they'd have had a Jonestown situation on their hands."
- "the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b: judge c: the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity" - clearly this is a NO
- "the quality of being just, impartial, or fair b (1): the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2): conformity to this principle or ideal : righteousness c: the quality of conforming to law" - once again a big NO
- "conformity to truth, fact, or reason" - probably NO (although it is clear that Mr. McCormack and his superiors are absolutely convinced of their own rightness)
13 February 2008
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Montana ("There could be injuns lurkin' there still")
- Death Valley National Park ("I want to go out shootin'")
- Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (injuns again)
- Flight 93 National Memorial ("There could be terraists with box cutters still waiting in the bushes!")
- Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site ("O'Neill was a commie wasn't he? What's he got a park for anyway")
- Canaveral National Seashore ("I wanna shoot off my gun when they launch the shuttle")
- Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site (sarcasm not required)
- Minidoka Internment National Monument ("There might still be some of them Japs hanging about who don't know the war's over.")
- Mammoth Cave National Park (Guns in caves! That sounds like fun Jim Bob.")
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (ditto)
- Fire Island National Seashore ("I've heard things about Fire Island. It's full of them marriage haters.")
- Statue of Liberty National Monument ("The Frogs might have booby trapped it when they gave it to us."
- Oregon Caves National Monument (caves again!)
- Friendship Hill National Historic Site (I shall allow the irony to speak for itself)
- Independence National Historical Park ("Because the Philadelphia murder rate isn't high enough!")
- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (sarcasm not required)
- Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument ("Spear guns Jim Bob!"
And last but not least in the Nation's Capital:
- Constitution Gardens ("Look out for them activist judges")
- Ford's Theatre National Historic Site ("Did they ever catch that Booth feller?")
- National Mall ("What kinda stores they got there?")
- Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site (sarcasm not required)
- Washington Monument ("Can a pack heat in the elevator or do I have to walk up?")
And of course:
- The White House! ("This oughta work out just fine if one of them Demon-crats gets elected!")
"Authorities say there is ‘no specific, credible intelligence’ that says terrorists are planning to use women and suicide bombers to attack, but the warning was sent to agencies across the country in the wake of recent attacks overseas."
Well thank heavens for that, eh?
I am certain that should such a case arise that Justice Scalia will, wishing to avoid any sense of impropriety, recuse himself from joining in the opinion. Right?
That is all.
12 February 2008
I thought this John Prine tune would be appropriate.
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man."
(Note: as expected I didn't make to Downe House. Maybe at the weekend. Certainly next year for the bicentennial.)