Archive for October, 2007

Two words: “standard deviation”

The differences between Katrina and California:

“In New Orleans, on the other hand, when the assistance arrived, in effect they found the locals sitting on their hands, whining ‘What took you so long?  Get me out of here!’”

PS: I say the same thing to rich white Malibu residents as I do to the poor blacks in New Orleans — live somewhere else.

If stupid Federal/enviro-nut laws are keeping you from clearing your brush properly in order to prevent future fires — move. Those laws are stupid, but so are you if you keep making the same bad bet with your family and property time and again. Go, and take your bit of the tax base with you.

PPS: notice how many lefties are blaming the fires on global warming and/or Iraq — but not a single conservative (not even Glenn Beck) has blamed Muslim terrorists?


“I asked him how he could not possibly know that Knight Ridder was one of the country’s largest newspaper chains”

“Don’t you know who I am? I’m a reporter, dammit!”

Not quite clear on this whole “blogging” thing, doofus reporter who insulted an American soldier thinks “shutting down comments” and “editing his original post” is the proper protocol when you make an international fool of yourself.


“You will remain happy without AIDS!”

Dancing condom educational video from India. (Make your own “catchy” puns…)

Ad crassness from around the world.  

Don’t panic: that funny feeling in your gut just means you’re what used to be called “normal”.


Gerry Nicholls: “we don’t really have a conservative party in this country”

…it believes in a new philosophy or ideology, which former Conservative Party campaign manager Tom Flanagan outlines in his recent book, Harper’s Team. This new ideology is seemingly based on four points: Winability, Incrementalism, Moderation and Persistence. I prefer to summarize it by the acronym W.I.M.P.

“What do WIMP Conservatives believe in?

“Well they actually don’t believe in anything. They don’t believe in conservative principles or values or ideals. And they certainly don’t believe in any kind of conservative vision for Canada. WIMP Conservatives, in fact, regard ideals and principles as nothing but obstacles to winning elections. And that’s all that really matters to them — winning elections. If they have to act like Liberals or Greens or New Democrats to win elections, well that’s what they will do.


Disgusting but not surprising

Illegal aliens caught stealing wildfire relief supplies


Ann Coulter on Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week

Liberals believe in burning the American flag, urinating on crucifixes and passing out birth control pills to 11-year-olds without telling their parents – but God forbid an infidel touch a Quran at Guantanamo.

“College campuses across the nation are installing foot baths to accommodate Muslims’ daily bathing ritual, while surgically removing the Ten Commandments from every public space in America. Maybe the Ten Commandments could be printed on towels and kept next to the foot baths.”


“Sticking it out may not be for everyone…”

‘Hillary Rodham Clinton says husband Bill often brings her romantic gifts: a giant wooden giraffe from an African trip, for example, and a Chanel watch that reminded him of teeth.’  Romantic gifts, a giant wooden giraffe and a Channel watch that reminded him of teeth? I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet.

“I’m having trouble understanding the romantic aspects of a giraffe in any circumstance or form. (interruption) Well, let’s not go there, Maimone.


“‘The watch had a bracelet made of white cubes. “I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth,” she said.’

“Well, you know, that’s sort of like sending somebody a dozen roses when it’s her time of the month…”

Arnie, I demand a romantic present, too! (Sniff…)


So let’s kill low IQ principals instead

I had very few teachers who were smarter than I was. Here’s another typical idiot “educator” for you:

If students knew enough about Irish-born satirist Jonathan Swift to parody him, it would be cause for celebration in most area high schools. Instead, it led to censorship at East Coweta High.

“Senior Justin Jones burlesqued Swift’s 18th-century essay ‘A Modest Proposal’ in the September issue of Smoke Signals, East Coweta High’s student newspaper


“Titling his piece ‘Another modest proposal,’ Justin suggested that the euthanasia of low-IQ students could alleviate the world’s woes. His essay and a critique of an East Coweta Princess beauty pageant by the paper’s managing editor Caitlyn VanOrden spurred a classic example of administrative overkill.

“Principal Derek Pitts impounded 500 undistributed copies of Smoke Signals and told the staff that he wanted more positive and uplifting stories. His overreaction effectively turned Smoke Signals into a free-speech crusade. Resigning her editing position in protest, Caitlyn has created a Facebook site about the saga and is organizing a First Amendment rally.”

Don’t panic, Caitlyn and Justin. High school will be over soon, believe it or not. Your principal doesn’t really matter in the larger scheme of things. He’s just another time-serving, cowardly bureaucrat. Alas, he won’t be the last one you encounter. Sadly, some of the ones you meet will be ostensibly on “your” side, and that feels even worse, but won’t happen for a while from now so you’ve got time to brace for it.

However, your only concern should be the very real danger of turning into this guy someday.

UPDATE: send in your “My Stupidest Teacher” stories to kshaidle AT


Ah well, it was kinda fun while it lasted

Guilliani employs accused pervert priest.


Don’t worry, it isn’t terrorism — just another crazy Muslim off his meds

Well, that’s reassuring.

Hey look, here’s one in Toronto, too. Clearly another case of Infidelaphobia!


“[A] pile of poorly constructed, deliberately misleading, intellectually dishonest feces”

Oh dear.

LTC Bob Bateman, who teaches at Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, is promising to “take down one of the most profound perverts of the historical record in the modern era, Mr. Victor Davis Hanson.” 


“I was asked recently to provide more instances of ‘disparate impact’ theory in politics…”

But there’s a second kind of ‘disparate impact,’ where the failings of minorities are used to blame American laws and lawmakers for racism. Here are some examples:

*    “Felon Enfranchisement — felons can’t vote in many states. Democrats want them to be able to vote. This is disparate because more blacks are felons, color blind in the sense that people don’t want white felons voting.


*      “Slums — the idea that an  anti-crowding ordinance trying to prevent  10 unrelated laborers from sharing a  two-bedroom apartment ‘targets families based on their nationality.’ Disparate because Americans don’t want to live that way, but Mexicans do.

*    “Menthol Cigarettes — this one is weird. Black people smoke menthol cigarettes because they like them. A matter of personal taste, like Texans and chicken-fried steak. That means that the tobacco companies are accused of ‘marketing to them’ and this is bad because ‘the soothing effect of menthol enables deeper inhaling, menthol cigarettes have a disparate impact on black smokers’ health.’ A lawsuit based on that idea was filed under the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870. Who the Texans are supposed to sue for chicken-fried steak, I can’t say…”

Read the whole thing.


One of the nice things about getting old…

is that you feel free to say pretty much anything you want, especially stuff based on the Left’s “bad math” moral equivalence, and make patronizing declarations that (sigh) “everyone’s forgotten” some thing or other that, as a matter of fact, lots of people besides you remember.

One of the not so nice things is that I get to call you a dried up, senile old slag.


David Warren on Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week

“...the instinctive Canadian response to something like an Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week is to condemn anyone who is ‘confrontational.’ But I think, in the service of truth, a little confrontation is sometimes necessary.”


Being hated

Codepink chicks turned away at Canadian border.

One says:

“We thought it was a war about oil, it would result in the deaths of lots of civilians and soldiers and make us more hated in the world. Unfortunately, everything we thought would happen has happened.”

But if “being hated” is as big a deal as death, and an indication that you’re wrong, why do Codepinkers keep doing what they’re doing? (Things like standing outside Walter Reed with signs that say: “Was it worth losing a leg?”) These flaky, misinformed, clearly menopausal women are despised by millions.

But that doesn’t stop them, does it?