Friday, September 16, 2011

Gimme little drink

I've been singing this tune and listening to it all week.

Attack Watch gets "Downfalled"

Hitler discovers ATTACKWATCH is a joke.

Too funny. What's your favorite line? Mine is "The American people are stupid, like dogs; toothless hillbillies with lizard brains."

Vigalancia de Ataque!

H/T AmSpec

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Hey, that's me regurgitating something from a little over a year ago. I read it and got a big kick. I remember a guy, big sports fan, being all down in the dumps at the time. I said "Why did you think LeBron James would stick around Cleveland?" He pointed out that he has tattoos which read "Family" and "Loyalty". Oh, honestly....

Here's a good one for all the die hard LeBron James fans. No big tips for you suckas!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Who reads American Conservative Magazine?

And who comments there? My friend sent me an email last night admiring Kathleen's The Day Rod Was There post and simultaneously suggesting that the list be updated including the new Rod-centric details he posted here. I had already read that bit of inadvertent clownishness, but I checked in today for the comments since he had specifically requested them. The first one sort of popped up at me:

mccavity, on September 11th, 2011 at 10:32 am Said:

I lived in the city but was out of town visiting family. I watched it on TV.

When the first tower was hit I thought it was an accident.

When the second tower was hit I thought “THIS IS THE PRICE WE ARE PAYING FOR ISRAEL”.

On this day of remembering where we all were, and what happened, if is very important to remember WHY it happened.

Rod Dreher probably won't delete this comment. He only deletes comments if he disagrees with them or if he finds them to be offensive.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Eulogy-writing 101

Just got finished reading this fantastic obituary by Oengus Moonbones about his friend, Joseph Schooler. Wow. I loved its Christian simplicity and its American-ness. He should teach a class on how to write a eulogy; many could benefit. The ending was pure poetry.

In Genesee, the grain silos make their stand and pierce the blue sky as they had for many years. This place was as American as America can ever get.

Hope I can check out Idaho some day and look up at the sky from the Land Inbetween.

B16 on 9/11

Courtesy of Christopher Blosser, here's the Holy Father's message for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

To my Venerable Brother
The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the further attacks in Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. I join you in commending the thousands of victims to the infinite mercy of Almighty God and in asking our heavenly Father to continue to console those who mourn the loss of loved ones.

The tragedy of that day is compounded by the perpetrators’ claim to be acting in God’s name. Once again, it must be unequivocally stated that no circumstances can ever justify acts of terrorism. Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.

The American people are to be commended for the courage and generosity that they showed in the rescue operations and for their resilience in moving forward with hope and confidence. It is my fervent prayer that a firm commitment to justice and a global culture of solidarity will help rid the world of the grievances that so often give rise to acts of violence and will create the conditions for greater peace and prosperity, offering a brighter and more secure future.

With these sentiments, I extend my most affectionate greetings to you, your brother Bishops and all those entrusted to your pastoral care, and I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and serenity in the Lord,

From the Vatican, September 11, 2011

Investment Bonanza

About a week ago, The Man From K Street pointed out a funny Onion piece, and I just got a chance to read it. It does always seem like the "experts" called on by the media are pretty much in agreement with the media's point of view. I wonder why that is? Excerpt:

Experts went on to tell reporters that not only is there no safer place to invest than print media, there's also no sector of the economy with more promise for growth. Urging investors to diversify their stock portfolio among national and regional newspapers as well as dailies and weeklies, they said print media will be a "bonanza" for shareholders, even as the economy as a whole flounders.

"Print media is a cash cow that will multiply an investment over and over," said the experts. "Other products fail, real estate bubbles burst, but print media is here to stay. The only retirement strategy anyone needs is as close as their local newsstand."

And I loved this paragraph:

"No matter how tough times get, people will never turn their back on their newspapers," said every media expert in the nation, adding that newspapers would likewise never, never, never take their readers for granted, because it is readers that the print media industry depends on, and the nation's newspapers and magazines have always, without fail, worked tirelessly to provide readers with the highest-quality product possible. "They wouldn't desert their trusted print media outlets like that. Besides, everyone knows that new media technologies come and go, and that newspapers are an indispensable part of our national identity that must be protected by all of us, and chiefly by shrewd investors or even ordinary business owners who take out a very reasonably priced quarter-page ad. Or something smaller. You'd be surprised how much mileage you can get out of even a tiny little classified."

Lest a gullible passer-by think this is serious investment advice, I will merely remind all readers of the old maxim: "Past performance is no guarantee of future results."

Bansai economy?

Timothy Lee shows how Obama's economy has been the worst for growth. Excerpt:

The economy proceeded to grow 1.7% in the third quarter of 2009, and reached 3.8% in the fourth quarter before peaking at 3.9% in the first quarter of 2010. But then, a new decline began. Economic growth slowed to 3.8% in the second quarter of 2010, then declined to 2.5% for the third quarter, and then 2.3% for the final quarter. The first quarter of 2011 saw growth of just 0.4%, and the most recent quarter came in at just 1.0%.

In other words, economic growth, paltry as it was under Obama, reached its 3.9% peak over one year ago and then began a new decline. But Obama and his apologists ask us to believe that he deserves credit for the upswing that began before he entered the White House, yet the ensuing decline that continues to this day is somehow his predecessor’s fault?

Maybe Obama is trying to make the United States economy into a kind of bansai. A little snip here via regulation, a little snip there via NLRB bullying whenever part of the economy threatens to start growing. Liberals hate sprawling growth and love tight control. They are like the weird control freak mom who doesn't want her baby boy to grow up. The hard-working realists in this country deserve better.