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Is Atlas Shrugged finally coming to the big screen? With a major studio
Two items at OP-FOR you don’t want to miss. They’ve got a fun podcast from last weekend’s Milblogging conference in Washington. Also, Charlie looks at Russia, nulcear deterrence, and our multipolar world.
Still working on the Great Big Glob of Essay. Damn thing is going to drive me batty, even if it does somehow end up being worth all the effort. While I do that (working, going batty, whatever) here are some items of bloggy interest.
Are we winning in Iraq? Osama must think so.
If everybody holds hands and concentrates really hard, we might be able to contact John Lennon.
My town – Colorado Springs – probably isn’t the easiest place to live if you’re gay. But having Focus on the Family as a scowling neighbor sure beats getting killed by your neighbors in Iran.
Speaking of the Boston Globe, Harry Forbes tells us they’re still carrying water for John Kerry.
Speaking of John Kerry, he’s still a duplicitous dipshit.
Atlas Shrugs has everything you ever wanted to know about al Qaeda and Darfur, but were afraid someone would tell you.
Our very own United States Attorney General wants you to watch porn. Who said Republicans are no fun?
My good friend Ed turned me on to Finkbuilt. I like it, and you might, too.
Our dog finally noticed the television last week, during a Discovery HD show on brown bears in Alaska:
He followed them back and forth across the screen for a good fifteen minutes, and then looked back at us (doubled over in laughter) as if to say, “Hey , aren’t you two worried about all those bears outside the window?”
I wish I’d had a camcorder. The still picture just doesn’t capture how funny it was. Bob’s still wondering where the bears went…
Mary McCarthy, a former Clinton appointee and Kerry campaign donor who was hired by none other than convicted classified information thief Sandy “Pants” Berger, was fired from the CIA yesterday after admitting to revealing classified information to the Washington Post.
Let me put this in perspective.
I’ve had a security clearance for over a decade now. Every time that clearance is renewed or changed, I have to read and sign a stack of legal papers affirming my understanding of Federal law, which can be summarized as Thou Shalt Not Reveal Anything Classified Or Allow It To Be Revealed To Those Who Ain’t Cleared For It.
Now, let’s just suppose that during the last election, I had taken it upon myself to go and leak classified information about the F-22 fighter to, say, Bill Gertz at the Washington Times, in the hopes that such information would bolster the campaign of George W. Bush. Or what if I’d leaked that information before last year’s budget was finalized, trying to get a competitive advantage over rival aircraft? (There are no rival aircraft when the F-22 is in the air, but that’s beside the point.) Or what if I just did it to make myself look and feel cool?
I’ll tell you what would happen. I’d be fired, and then I’d be locked up, and I’d deserve it.
It’s not my place to make that kind of decision. It wasn’t Mary McCarthy’s place, either. Neither of us were elected. Neither of us are responsible for deciding what can or should be released from the classified world. Contrary to the bleatings of McCarthy’s partisan cohorts editing the Washington Post and New York Times (who are actively soliciting classified information, even today, which I should note is itself an illegal act), neither is anybody in the press.
Are many things classified that shouldn’t be? You bet. Is it legal, moral, or ethical for somebody who has sworn to keep those secrets to unilaterally reveal them, for political reasons?
Hell no, it isn’t. And suggesting that McCarthy should get some kind of pass just because a bunch of ideological yahoos who work for newspapers like what she did is beyond asinine. What she did is no different, and no less unforgivable, than if she were an al-Queida spy. Her actions had the exact same outcome of aiding deadly enemies.
Lock her up.
First, the Left used the “chickenhawk” argument to claim that only active-duty soldiers could venture any opinions on war. Now the Left is filled with glee because we have a clique of generals dissing their elected civilian commander-in-chief.
It’s enough to make you ask if the Left is preparing this country for a military dictatorship.
Before I get back to work on the Great Big Glob of Essay, I thought I’d give you a little weekend grilling assignment.
Semi-Greek Lamb Chops
8-10 Lamb chops
1/2 red onion, quartered
5 cloves of garlic, halved
5 sprigs or stalks or whatever of fresh oregano
10 leaves of fresh mint
1 lemon, halved
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh ground pepper and kosher salt
Lay the chops in a pan just big enough to hold them. Squeeze one half of the lemon all over the meat. Throw the garlic in there, and arrange the onion chunks in between the chops. Cover everything with the oregano and mint. Drizzle olive oil over everything, then squeeze the second lemon half over the mess. Add sprinkled salt and ground pepper to taste. It should look something like this:
(Click on the pic for the full-size, extra-tasty version.)
Stick it in the fridge, covered, for a couple hours.
Grill your chops over extremely hot charcoal, for an absolute max of 90 seconds per side. You want to get them extra-caramelized on the outside, and rare-to-medium-rare on the inside. Know what else is tasty? Put those onion chunks on the fire for about 45 seconds and serve them with the veggie.
Starch? I like angel hair pasta, tossed with olive oil and your leftover herbs. For your veggies, try a spinach salad with those onions on top. If you like your spinach wilted, then toss the salad while the onions are still hot. Use a little lemon, olive oil, and pepper for the dressing.
The best part is picking up the chops and eating them with your soon-to-be lickable fingers. The second best part is that your loved one’s fingers will be lickable, too.
Or do I have that the wrong way around?
Those caring souls at Indmedia are trying to intimidate bloggers they don’t like – including me. Do I feel threatened? No, not really.
But I sure feel sorry for that other Stephen Green who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I wonder how many idiots will show up on his lawn this weekend, and if his town has a (ahem) liberal “Make My Day” law.
Also according to Indymedia, my Denver buddy Jeff Goldstein lives somewhere in Montana. You’d think they could at least get the state right. Here’s a hint, fellas: Jeff and I both live in Colorado. I guess all those Red States look alike to them.
Our “reality based thinkers” are looking more and more like brownshirts in clown shoes.
(Hat tip, Joe Cool.)
Spent the night working on something, but you shouldn’t expect to see it before Friday. Meantime, I’m going to get some sleep and try to get back to regular blogging Thursday morning.
We have mice in the house. We have a LOT of mice in the house. We have mice that are smarter than the dog–since the mice now ignore mousetraps, and the dog does not.
Have you ever seen a black lab with a mousetrap on his tongue? It’s not a pretty sight. But that’s not important right now.
We’re about to give up and go nuclear on the little bastards. They’re getting into the cupboards and spoiling our food. They’re even eating the dog treats out of the dog treat jar (further proof that they’re smarter than the dog).
I’ve tried snap traps, and got about five kills before the mice started ignoring them. I’ve got an ultrasonic thingie in the attic, but they ignore it, too. I tried a large “tin cat” trap, but all it has in it, night after night, is a lump of peanut butter–no mice.
The wife wants to call in an exterminator ($$$). I’m afraid all he’ll do is put out a bunch of poison. I can do that myself for cheap, but either way, then we’ll have a house full of rotting mouse corpses, just in time for summer. In Atlanta.
Does anybody have any last suggestions before I’m forced to go one of these unpalatable routes? I have found entry points, but I’m afraid if I fill them up, the vamints will just chew around the repairs.
Next thing you know, they’ll find out that I’m going online for help, and start chewing on my computer’s power cor
Sometimes Murphy wields his Law like the Robert De Niro version of Al Capone
It’s official! George Will has given up on the Republican Congress:
“In 2006 you Republicans said that because Democrats have done better than Republicans with 527s, the 527s should be restricted in order to ‘level the playing field.’ Now we will level the playing field by restoring the ‘fairness doctrine’ to broadcasting, thereby eliminating conservatives’ unfair domination of talk radio.”
The 211 Republicans who voted for big-government regulation of speech will have no principled objection. How many principled Republicans remain? Only 18. The following, who voted against restricting 527s:
Roscoe Bartlett (Maryland), Chris Chocola (Indiana), Jeff Flake (Arizona), Vito Fossella (New York), Trent Franks (Arizona), Scott Garrett (New Jersey), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Ernest Istook (Oklahoma), Walter Jones (North Carolina), Steve King (Iowa), Connie Mack (Florida), Cathy McMorris (Washington), Randy Neugebauer (Texas), Ron Paul (Texas), Mike Pence (Indiana), John Shadegg (Arizona) and Lynn Westmoreland (Georgia).
On this remnant of libertarian, limited-government conservatism a future House majority can be built. The current majority forfeited its raison d’etre April 5.
All I can add to that is, “Yeah, what he said.”
Crushing of cleanliness in Iran:
Tehran, 14 April (AKI) – Iran’s hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has apparently been incensed by an anonymous text message suggesting he does not wash enough. Ahmadinejad has taken legal action over the offending text, has fired the president of a phone company and has had four people arrested and accused of colluding with the Israeli foreign intelligence service, Mossad, the anti-government website Rooz Online reports.
I always knew something about that guy stinks.
The story goes on to say, “Poking fun at the president, the regime’s senior figures and its policies, has reportedly become a national pastime in Iran.” That’s got to be a good sign.
Man. Let a wild-ass nation enrich a little uranium, and suddenly they’ve got all these oats so sow:
“Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation,” [Iranian President and former kidnapper Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad said at the opening of a conference in support of the Palestinians. “The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm.”
Usually when you read that some Islamic leader has made a threat against Israel, the proper response is, “You and what army?” Only these days, Iran is close to having nukes. And leadership in Tehran nowhere close to sanity.
We see where we get by letting try to talk to Iran, all warm and fuzzy and multilaterally. Now what?