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Friday Recipe

March 31st, 2006 - 9:45 am

Melissa found this one in Thomas Keller

Don’t Confuse Them With Logic

March 30th, 2006 - 9:43 pm

President Bush isn

Fun Fun Fun

March 30th, 2006 - 9:44 am

Bill Nienhuis rips the Dems a new one. Here’s a taste:

Why is it that politicians who are desperate to regain power, who don

A Man of Letters

March 30th, 2006 - 9:39 am

Robert Bidinotto isn’t too happy with the cowards at Borders – and is sharing his thoughts.

Body Shots

March 30th, 2006 - 9:33 am

Remember how Bushitler sent our troops to be killed without proper body armor? Well, now that the armor is arriving in Iraq, a lot of Marines just don’t want it.

Uh Oh

March 30th, 2006 - 9:08 am

GM is one step closer to bankruptcy:

Delphi Corp.’s latest contract proposal offer, though better than two previous offers, still would have a “devastating impact” on the bankrupt auto supplier’s workers and their families, and cannot be taken back to workers for a vote in its current form, a top UAW official said Tuesday.

But marking a break from its hard-line stance, the United Auto Workers signaled a willingness to continue discussions with Delphi — provided that the supplier backs off a threat to begin voiding existing labor contracts by Friday without a deal on wage concessions.

If Delphi workers walk out (or if Delphi locks them out) then GM’s factories will have to shutter for lack of parts.

That Long Already

March 30th, 2006 - 12:00 am

Twenty-five years ago today, I was in sixth grade at Rossman. Sometime that morning, a first grader stopped me in the hall and told me that President Reagan had been shot. I told her I didn’t believe her. Then things got weird.

Doug Mataconis remembers, too.

Required Reading

March 29th, 2006 - 11:53 pm

George Will on conservative immigration reform:

Facts, a conservative (John Adams) said, are stubborn things, and regarding immigration, true conservatives take their bearings from facts such as those in the preceding paragraph. Conservatives should want, as the president proposes, a guest worker program to supply what the U.S. economy demands — immigrant labor for entry-level jobs. Conservatives should favor a policy of encouraging unlimited immigration by educated people with math, engineering, technology or science skills that America’s education system is not sufficiently supplying.

And conservatives should favor reducing illegality by putting illegal immigrants on a path out of society’s crevices and into citizenship by paying fines and back taxes and learning English. Faux conservatives absurdly call this price tag on legal status “amnesty.” Actually, it would prevent the emergence of a sullen, simmering subculture of the permanently marginalized, akin to the Arab ghettos in France. The House-passed bill, making it a felony to be in the country illegally, would make 11 million people permanently ineligible for legal status. To what end?

If I spoke too harshly earlier about last weekend’s demonstrations, now you know why. Read the rest.


March 29th, 2006 - 11:33 pm

Don’t expect to find my next TNI column at Borders.

Movie Brief

March 29th, 2006 - 11:26 pm

The Ice Harvest. Why didn’t anyone go see this movie? First-rate modern noir – rent it already.

Late Night Rambling

March 29th, 2006 - 10:26 pm



March 28th, 2006 - 1:22 pm

Kadima wins in Israel.

I’m happy to say I was wrong about Kadima last year.

Now That’s What I Call Free Speech

March 28th, 2006 - 11:30 am


Ouch II

March 26th, 2006 - 11:44 pm

Upper back pain sucks. In fact, I probably shouldn’t be at the computer right now. In fact, I think I’ll take my Percocet and pass out.

Sorry to have fallen behind on the Cabo San Lucas pictures. Busy week.

Anyway, this is the “cheesy Cabo” installment, which wouldn’t be complete without a shot from Sammy Hagar’s bar, Cabo Wabo:


We apparently missed seeing Hagar play by about half an hour on our first night in town, which would have been fun, but as Homer would say, “What’reyagonnado?” Big thumbs-down to the signature “Waboritas”; probably the worst drinks we had in all of Cabo, and certainly the most expensive. Memo to Sammy: adding Blue Curacao was a really, really bad idea.

Also very cheesy, but (admittedly) fun, was a booze cruise on the Buccaneer Queen, which is basically a floating prop from a bad Geena Davis movie that’s been converted into a tourist trap:


Once onboard, you’re treated to a performance from a bunch of locals in “pirate” gear, which isn’t the worst cheesy floor show I’ve ever seen (at least as long as they were serving complementary drinks):


During the cruise, we went by Pedregal, apparently the vacation home of many, many very rich and famous types. If you can believe a bunch of Mexican tourist-show pirates, the houses in this picture are owned by, among others, Bill Gates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, and Sylvester Stallone:


And last, but certainly not least… I don’t normally take requests, but when Den Beste calls, you gotta accept the charges. Spring Break is one of Cabo’s busy seasons, and it was just getting started when we were in town. I note for the record that my wife pointed out this boat to me as we were on our way back into the harbor:


Tales From The Occupation

March 25th, 2006 - 2:07 pm


Hat tip: Jonah.


March 24th, 2006 - 10:02 am

I like Colin Cowherd’s show on ESPN radio, even though I don’t get to listen to it (or any afternoon radio) all that often. Have to say I’ll probably be listening to Cowherd a lot less after reading this story.

Seems that Cowherd read, on the air, a copy of this (very funny) post about former Texas quarterback Vince Young’s problems with the NFL’s “Wonderlic” IQ test. The post originated on the consistently entertaining M-Zone Michigan fan blog (I’ve linked to it before), but Cowherd didn’t credit the source on the air. The M-Zone guys emailed him about it, and got the following response:


Cowherd made things worse by going out of his way to insult other listeners who complained by email. Uncool, to say the least. Even if Cowherd didn’t know the joke originated on a blog when he first read it (which would be understandable), he didn’t do himself any favors by acting like a jerk when the facts were pointed out to him.

As I observed a while back, MSM arrogance certainly isn’t confined to the news or editorial sections. Cowherd ought to get over himself, and apologize.

UPDATE: According to Gelf, somebody at ESPN got Cowherd’s attention; he’s expected to credit M-Zone for the bit on Monday:

Cowherd will credit M Zone on his next show, airing Monday, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Gelf on Friday afternoon. “Reading listeners’ emails on the air is a regular part of the show,” Krulewitz said. “The entertaining material discussed came from a listener email without any reference to a website. We’ve since been made aware of where it came from and plan to give Michiganzone the credit the next time Colin’s on the air, on Monday.”

Gelf asked Krulewitz if emails attributed to Cowherd and published on M Zone were real, and if so, if ESPN was OK with Cowherd calling his critics “whiners.” Krulewitz said of the emails, “We think they were inappropriate, and we spoke to Colin about them, and he admits that he overreacted.”

Gelf sent this post to Yost and the other folks at M Zone. They replied by email, “Wow. I’m stunned. That’s all we ever wanted. If that indeed happens, I consider this matter resolved.”

UPDATE UPDATE: Cowherd made a very handsome apology on Monday. Click here for an MP3 of his comments.


March 22nd, 2006 - 9:02 am

GM and Delphi have reached a deal with the UAW over the fates of 135,000 hourly workers:

GM workers will be eligible for payouts of between $35,000 and $140,000 depending on their years of service. At Delphi, up to 5,000 workers will be eligible to return to GM, Delphi’s former parent company, while 13,000 U.S. hourly workers will be eligible for a lump sum payment of up to $35,000 to retire.

Assuming an average payout of $87,500, that’s almost 12 billion dollars. For perspective, GM lost 10 billion dollars last year, its worst ever.

Don’t Ask My Wife

March 22nd, 2006 - 12:57 am

Is the abaya really liberating?

Surprise Surprise Surprise

March 22nd, 2006 - 12:55 am

We had a good conversation here last year about the proper role of the media in the Terror War. Neo-Neocon puts my theory into practice, and finds the media lacking.

There They Go Again

March 22nd, 2006 - 12:53 am

Not that you’ll be shocked, but here’s even more outrageous obfuscation from the New York Times.

Judging John/Early Handicapping

March 22nd, 2006 - 12:25 am

Over at Americans For Freedom, JP weighs the pros and cons of John McCain for President. Part of JP’s analysis concerns McCain’s chance for victory, which frankly doesn’t concern me yet. What does interest me is when a true-blue (-red?) conservative asks himself if he could vote for McCain with a clear conscience. JP concludes that

McCain has the best shot right now at winning the GOP nomination in 2008. Independents love him, and he gain win back most of the GOP, if he works consistently & patiently over the next 2.5 years to show that he has both learned that some of his prior positions were incorrect and that he is a more Conservative politician than the GOP grassroots think he is.

Since I’m not what most people would consider a conservative, that last line leaves me cold. I am, however, a First Amendment absolutist. That means that McCain’s CFR sponsorship is anathema to me.

But President Bush signed the damn bill into law, and I still (grudgingly) voted for him in 2004. Weighing that with JP’s other points means I have a lot of thinking to do between now and 2008.

Required Reading

March 21st, 2006 - 10:54 pm

The Anchoress explains just what’s wrong with reporters these days.

And I’m not just linking because she thinks they don’t drink enough anymore.


March 21st, 2006 - 10:30 pm

Apparently, Robert Bidinotto is aiming for one – but in a really manly way.


March 21st, 2006 - 9:44 pm

Have to write some paid copy tonight. The usual blather will continue, just as soon as I get this thing finished.


March 21st, 2006 - 9:44 am

Mixed economic news:

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – Plunging food and energy costs pulled U.S. producer prices down a surprisingly steep 1.4 percent in February, the biggest drop in nearly three years, but rising prices elsewhere show inflation pressures bubbling.

The drop in the Labor Department’s producer price index, a gauge of prices paid to farms, factories and refineries released on Tuesday, was much larger than the 0.2 percent decline Wall Street expected.

However, the department said the core PPI, which strips out volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.3 percent last month after a 0.4 percent gain in January. Financial markets had looked for that index to move up just 0.1 percent.

From here, it looks like our new Fed Chairman will have to keep jacking up rates.

Hello There Children

March 21st, 2006 - 12:19 am

Is Chef back? Kinda.

Late Night Rambling

March 20th, 2006 - 11:32 pm

Pretend for the next couple of minutes that you are the dictator of Russia. That’s not a huge stretch; lots of guys have had the job before you. Your nation faces ecological ruin, declines in birthrates, health, and longevity, financial uncertainty, an intractable war in Chechnya, and a national culture ill-suited to the modern world.

What would you do?

The environmental damage caused by your Communist predecessors isn’t going to get fixed without a lot of time and even more cash. But with a shrinking population, time is short

Tick Tock

March 20th, 2006 - 10:37 pm

Slate’s Will Saletan is no fan of President Bush. He’s not a Republican, a conservative, or even a neo-con. In fact, he’s a smart-ass secularist (which is probably why I usually enjoy reading him). With that in mind, let’s note that Saletan sees dire need to reform Social Security, like right now:

The problem is grimly detailed in “65+ in the United States,” a report released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Five years from now, the boomers will start hitting age 65. By 2030, we’ll have more than twice as many old people as we did three years ago. As a percentage of the population, this increase is enormous. In 1935, when Social Security was established, about 6 percent of Americans were 65 or older. Since then, the percentage has doubled. By 2030, it will have tripled. Not only are more people reaching 65


March 20th, 2006 - 10:22 pm

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Afghanistan, Abdul Rahman faces execution for converting to Christianity 16 years ago. Doug Mataconis has everything you need to know, here and here.

As Doug wrote, “these guys are supposed to be our friends?”

I’ll have my own thoughts on the broader indications of this story in a couple days.