Wednesday, 28 November 2007
I do this periodically, and today's the day. Here they are, in no
-I can't think of anyone I've seen in recent years who comes across as more
guilty than drew peterson, except maybe van der sloot and the kalpoe brothers
down in Aruba.
-Dan Abrams seems on a mission to outdo keith olbermann as a sneering
hard-leftist. Olbermann is still way ahead, though.
-We just got a Garmin nuvi 360 GPS unit (i.e. a gizmo that uses satellite
technology to tell you driving instructions). I refuse to buy
one as original equipment in a car, because they cost $1,500 - 2,000 and
never leave the dashboard. The Garmin unit cost us $329 at Amazon.com with
free shipping, has the absolute latest technology, and can move from car to car
- even to a rental car if we need it on vacation. That's much smarter.
-Shame on Lisa Mascaro of the Las Vegas Sun and Lisa Anderson of the Chicago
Tribune, both of whom promised to get back to me on my inquiries about their
reporting (Mascaro on the telephone, Anderson via Email) and neither of whom
have done so. What is it about that name Lisa anyway?
-When is john kerry going to "prove" the Swiftboat Veterans For Truth
were lying, and extract that million dollars T. Boone Pickens offered if he
could do it? Have you noticed that kerry's promise to debunk their claims
ended at the point when he SAID he'd do so? If he has proof why wasn't it
out there the next day? Given that kerry also promised, many times, to
release all his military records and has never done so leads me to assume -
unless shown otherwise - that he can't disprove a thing the swifties said and is
hoping you forget the whole thing.
-While we're on the subject of when things are going to happen, remember that
incident weeks ago when a noose was found on a Black Professor's office door at
Columbia University teacher's college? Well when is Columbia University
and/or the NYPD going to tell us what they found from the 56 hours of video
tapes they had from the evening the noose was placed there? The tapes
certainly have been reviewed by now, and they certainly would have shown how the
noose got there. If this doesn't make you suspicious that Columbia a)
knows how the noose got there and b) doesn't want anyone to find out the truth -
more than likely because it was intentionally put there by someone who
wanted to be able to scream "racism" - you are not a very suspicious
person at all.
-Post Grape Nuts trail mix cereal with almonds and raisins is delicious.
-Why isn't there a sign on the Bronx side of the Throgs Neck Bridge that
points you toward the Hutchinson River Parkway?
-I agree that Johann Santana is the best pitcher available right now, maybe
the best there is in baseball. But why would the Yankees give up several
of their best pitching prospects and their starting centerfielder to get
him? If just one of those prospects, say Phil Hughes, turns
into a quality starter, he'll give them 12 - 15 wins. That's probably
within five or so games of what they'd get from
Santana. And the additional games they'd win by retaining center
fielder Melky Cabrera (who led the league in outfield assists last year) would
probably more than make up even that difference. Then add in the fact
that the salary of Hughes, Cabrera AND the other prospects they'd have to
give up would still be just a tiny fraction of what they'd have
to pay for Santana alone, and the trade makes little sense. That said,
however, sometimes teams get big eyes when they can cop a big star, so
they wind up making a foolish trade to get him. Since the Yankees lead
the league in that department, it won't surprise me at all if Santana
winds up in pinstripes.
-Every Time I hear Hillary Clinton tell me she has 35 years of experience I
want to grab the TV and scream "doing WHAT?!!!".
-There are few things in life less realistic than "reality" shows.
-De Piero's Farm store in Montvale New Jersey (exit 172 on the Garden
State Parkway, make a right and go less than a quarter mile) really does
have excellent quality foods. It's a pleasure to be there.
-I called Verizon to
inquire about their "unlimited calling plan". After about 537 voice menus, an assurance
that they would not hold it against me if I didn't sign up and a threat that
the call might be monitored, I finally got a human being on the other end of the
line. He asked me a couple of ridiculous questions ("what area exchanges
do you enjoy calling most" was my favorite). Then I finally was able
to extract a cost from him. It was $20 more a month than Optimum On Line,
and didn't include as many calling features. How do these people stay in business?
-Can anyone explain the attraction of scented toilet paper?
PEACE PARTNER UPDATE
This comes from the invaluable site www.littlegreenfootballs.com.
If you were an Israeli, would you consider the people behind it to be peace
Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 10:20:33 am
The day after Annapolis, Palestinian Authority
Television shows viewers a world without Israel.
Video here. (Windows
Media format.) .
Now that is a novel way to engage in a peace partnership. By pretending
the partner you're supposed to make peace with doesn't exist.
This is one of the "dirty little secrets" mainstream media seem determined not
to tell people about; i.e. palestinian Arabs in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the
west bank) do not recognize or indicate in any way the legitimate existence of
Israel. Not even one square inch of it.
Another is that palestinian Arab textbooks teach their children the same thing - that Israel
does not exist as a legitimate state.
Another is that the same textbooks also teach their children that Jews
are subhumans - the spawn of monkeys and pigs.
Another is that the children's programming on "palestinian TV" teaches the
exact same thing.
And all of this is perpetuated under abu abbas (or abu mazen, his other
name), the "Prime Minister" of whatever part of the territories hamas allows him
to be Prime Minister of. The same guy with that big warm smile
shaking hands with the Israeli Prime Minister in Annapolis.
There is no peace process. I wish I could say otherwise but I can't.
Things are as they are.
THE SARKOZY DIFFERENCE. MAYBE
It is very likely that you are unaware of the riots in Paris, which have gone
on for several days now. Mainstream media in the USA have largely avoided
covering them. And the limited coverage they have received usually omits
the fact that the rioters are Muslims.
Hey, we can't IDENTIFY who is rioting if they're Muslim, can we? That
would be...uh....profiling? Racist? Help me out here.
In any event, the last time there were major riots among Parisian Muslims, in
2005, jerk chirac was in charge and they continued for weeks. Did police
stop them or did they peter out more from exhaustion on the part of the
rioters? It seemed to me that exhaustion was what did it.
Well, now Nicolas Sarkozy is in charge. And after a few days he is
talking very tough. Read this BBC account and see:.
issues warning to rioters
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to
bring to justice rioters who shot at police in Paris in urban unrest that
followed the death of two youths.
Mr Sarkozy, visiting policemen injured in the
riots, said such shootings could not be tolerated.
He also met families of the teenagers killed in a
collision with a police car and pledged to hold a judicial inquiry.
Mr Sarkozy then headed into crisis talks with key
ministers to prevent the spread of three nights of rioting.
There was a decrease in violence on Tuesday night,
but there were still arson attacks in some parts of Paris and in the southern
city of Toulouse.
'Search for truth'
Mr Sarkozy touched down from a state visit to
China on Wednesday morning and headed straight to a hospital in Eaubonne,
northern Paris, to visit some of the 120 officers injured in the rioting.
Afterwards he said: "Opening fire at officials is
completely unacceptable... [this] has a name - attempted murder... Those who
take it into their hands to shoot at officials will find themselves in court.
"It is not something that we can tolerate, no
matter how dramatic the deaths of these two youngsters on a motorbike may be."
Introduction of measures for
training 50,000 youths in 2007
Vow to crack down on illegal
Funding outlined for community
projects in "sensitive areas"
EU offers 50m euros for
projects to improve the suburbs
Call for action to help
non-whites get fair treatment
Mr Sarkozy later met the families of the two
teenagers, both of North African descent, and said he was opening a judicial
inquiry into the deaths.
A lawyer for the families, Jean-Pierre Mignard,
welcomed the move, saying it would allow relatives and their representatives "to
participate actively in the search for the truth".
Mr Sarkozy then held emergency talks at the Elysee
Palace with Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Interior Minister Michele
Alliot-Marie and other senior members of the government.
Extra police were deployed to prevent further
violence on Tuesday night.
Violence was down, but dozens of cars and several
buildings were still set on fire in the worst-hit suburb, Villiers-le-Bel, in
the north of the capital.
Petrol bombs were also thrown in Les Mureaux,
north-west of Paris, and a flaming chair was thrown through the window of a
school in Vitry-sur-Seine, south of the capital.
In Toulouse, about 20 cars were torched.
However, clashes with police were limited and only
a few officers were hurt.
Mr Fillon said: "The situation is much calmer than
the two previous nights but we can all feel that it remains fragile.
"The government will do all it can to ensure that
order returns as soon as possible."
Relatives of the two teenagers have insisted that
police rammed the motorcycle the boys were riding before leaving them to die on
The initial findings of an internal police probe,
which found that police were not to blame, sparked anger in Villiers-le-Bel.
Police say the motorcycle was going at top speed
and was not registered for street use, while the two boys - who have been named
only as Moushin, 15, and Larami, 16 - were not wearing helmets and had been
ignoring traffic rules.
Police unions have said the rioting is more
intense than during weeks of clashes in the French suburbs in 2005, because
firearms are now more frequently used.
The 2005 unrest, also sparked by the deaths of two
youths, spread from a nearby suburb of Paris to other cities and continued for
three weeks, during which more than 10,000 cars were set ablaze and 300
buildings firebombed. .
Does Sarkozy mean it? Will he do what has to be done? The answer
He is certainly saying what should be said. Now let's see if he walks
THE DUMBING DOWN OF OUR CHILDREN (cont.)
Do you know what fuzzy math is? Do you know what havoc it can wreak
I'll let Michelle Malkin explain:.
A Nationwide Epidemic
Wednesday, November 28,
Do you know what math curriculum your child is
being taught? Are you worried that your third-grader hasn't learned simple
multiplication yet? Have you been befuddled by educational jargon such as
"spiraling," which is used to explain why your kid keeps bringing home the same
insipid busywork of cutting, gluing and drawing? And are you alarmed by teachers
who emphasize "self-confidence" over proficiency while their students fall
further and further behind? Join the club.
Across the country, from New York City to Seattle,
parents are wising up to math fads like "Everyday Math." Sounds harmless enough,
right? It's cleverly marketed as a "University of Chicago" program. Impressive!
Right? But then you start to sense something's not adding up when your kid
starts second grade and comes home with the same kindergarten-level addition and
subtraction problems -- for the second year in a row.
And then your child keeps telling you that the
teacher isn't really teaching anything, just handing out useless worksheets --
some of which make no sense to parents with business degrees, medical degrees
and Ph.D.s specializing in econometric analysis. And then you notice that it's
the University of Chicago education department, not the mathematics department,
that is behind this nonsense.
And then you Google "Everyday Math" and discover
that countless moms and dads just like you -- and a few brave teachers with
their heads screwed on straight -- have had similarly horrifying experiences.
Like the Illinois mom who found these "math" problems in the fifth-grade
"Everyday Math" textbook:
A. If math were a color, it would be --, because
B. If it were a food, it would be --, because --.
C. If it were weather, it would be --, because --.
And then you realize your child has become a
victim of "Fuzzy Math," the "New New Math," the dumbed-down, politically
correct, euphemism-filled edu-folly corrupting both public and private schools
And then you feel like the subject of Edvard
Munch's "The Scream" as you take on the seemingly futile task of waking up other
parents and fighting the edu-cracy to restore a rigorous curriculum in your
child's classroom. New York City teacher Matthew Clavel described his
frustration with "Everyday Math" in a 2003 article for City Journal:
"The curriculum's failure was undeniable: Not one
of my students knew his or her times tables, and few had mastered even the most
basic operations; knowledge of multiplication and division was abysmal. . . .
what would you do, if you discovered that none of your fourth-graders could
correctly tell you the answer to four times eight?"
But don't give up and don't give in. While New
York City remains wedded to "Everyday Math" (which became the mandated standard
in 2003), the state of Texas just voted before Thanksgiving to drop the
University of Chicago textbooks for third-graders. School board members
lambasted the math program for failing to prepare students for college. It's an
important salvo in the math wars because Texas is one of the biggest markets for
school textbooks. As Texas goes, so goes the nation.
Meanwhile, grass-roots groups such as
Mathematically Correct (mathematicallycorrect.com) and Where's The Math?
(wheresthemath.com) are alerting parents to how their children are being used as
educational guinea pigs. And teachers and math professionals who haven't drunk
the p.c. Kool-Aid are exposing the ruse. Nick Diaz, a Maryland educator, wrote a
letter to his local paper:
"As a former math teacher in Frederick County
Public Schools, I have a strong interest in the recent discussion of the
problems with the math curriculum in our state and county. . . . The proponents
of fuzzy math claim that the new approach provides a 'deep conceptual
understanding.' Those words, however, hide the truth. Students today are not
expected to master basic addition, subtraction and multiplication. These
fundamental skills are necessary for a truly deep understanding of math, but
fuzzy math advocates are masters at using vocabulary that sounds good to
parents, but means something different to educators."
Members of the West Puget Sound Chapter of the
Washington Society of Professional Engineers also stepped forward in their
"For 35 years, we have been subjected to a failed
experiment, 'new math.' Mathematics depends on individual problem-solving
ability to arrive at the correct answer. Math does not lend itself to 'fuzzy'
answers. The solution is to recognize the failure of the Constructivist
Curriculum as it relates to mathematics and science, eliminate it and return to
the hard core basics using texts like the Singapore Math."
If Fuzzy Math were a color, it would be neon green
like those Mr. Yuk labels warning children not to ingest poisonous substances.
Do not swallow! .
Here's a scary little series to contemplate: If people are dumbed
down they become helpless. If you make them helpless you own
them. If you dumb down children, you own them forever.
Maybe this would be a very good time to find out if the schools in your area
are teaching basic math. Wouldn't you say?
CLINTON LIES TO YOUR FACE. AGAIN
This is from the invaluable site www.sweetness-light.com. It
exposes our once and (if he can swing it) future co-president as the liar he is
and has always been:.
November 27th, 2007
From the short-term memory loss sufferers at the
Bill Clinton Flatly Asserts He Opposed War at
By PATRICK HEALY
November 28, 2007
During a campaign swing for his wife, former
President Bill Clinton said flatly yesterday that he opposed the war in Iraq
from the beginning a statement that is more absolute than his comments
before the invasion in March 2003.
Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton did not
precisely declare that he opposed the war. A week before military action
began, however, he did say that he preferred to give weapons inspections more
time and that an invasion was not necessary to topple Saddam Hussein.
At the same time, he also spoke supportively
about the 2002 Senate resolution that authorized military action against Iraq.
Advisers to Mr. Clinton said yesterday that he
did oppose the war, but that it would have been inappropriate at the time for
him, a former president, to oppose in a direct, full-throated manner the
sitting presidents military decision.
Mr. Clinton has said several times since the war
began that he would not have attacked Iraq in the manner that President Bush
had done. As early as June 2004, he said, I would not have done it until
after Hans Blix finished the job, referring to the weapons inspections there
before the war.
At the time of those remarks, though, Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York was not a presidential candidate, and Mr.
Clinton was not campaigning on her behalf. Nor was she running for the
nomination against a Democrat who opposed the invasion from the start
Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton are in a tight race
to win the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3; Mr. Clinton made his remark in Iowa
yesterday, while his wife was campaigning in South Carolina.
One rival Democratic campaign circulated Mr.
Clintons remark to reporters and, without speaking for attribution, accused
him of fuzzing the historical record to make the Clintons appear more antiwar
than they actually were at the time.
Mrs. Clinton voted in favor of a Senate
resolution authorizing military action against Iraq in 2002. She has said she
was misled by Mr. Bush, but has refused to apologize for her vote.
Mr. Clintons remark yesterday came in the
context of opposition to Republican-backed tax cuts for wealthy Americans like
himself, and how that loss of revenue affected financing for the military.
Even though I approved of Afghanistan and
opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given
the opportunity to support those soldiers, Mr. Clinton said.
Before the invasion, Mr. Clinton said there were
alternatives to war.
Hes finally destroying his missiles, so lets
give him a certain date in which, in this time, he has to destroy the
missiles, Mr. Clinton said of Mr. Hussein on the eve of the war. Im for
regime change, too, but theres more than one way to do it. We dont invade
everybody whose regime we want to change.
Jay Carson, a spokesman for the Clinton
campaign, said about the remark last night: As he said from the beginning and
many times since, President Clinton disagreed with taking the country to war
in Iraq without allowing the weapons inspectors to finish their
The kindest thing that can be said about Mr.
Clinton is that he is a pathological liar.
Lest we forget, here is a transcript of Mr.
Clintons remarks on Wednesday, December 16, 1998, when he was facing
impeachment for perjury and other
crimes, via CNN:
Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq
CLINTON: Good evening.
Earlier today, I ordered Americas armed forces
to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British
forces. Their mission is to attack Iraqs nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.
Their purpose is to protect the national
interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout
the Middle East and around the world.
Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten
his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological
Remember that children's rhyme, "liar, liar, pants on fire"? It makes
me wonder whether Bill Clinton has any pants left at all.
Come to think of it, based on his favored activity when he ISN'T busy lying
to our faces, maybe he doesn't need those