Monday, February 26, 2007
Obligatory Oscar Review
Oh yeah, and Scorsese finally won so there's at least some good news.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Free Kareem Amer Petition has been set up to try and pressure anyone who has some power to try and undo the incarceration of Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, an Egyptian blogger who just yesterday received a 4 year sentence for the "crimes" of defaming the President of Egypt and insulting Islam on his site.
While this story has been getting a lot of attention on various blogs, FreeKareen.org is probably the best place to go for the most up to date information.
Check out the new book by Ottawa renowned author Christian McPherson, Six Ways to Sunday; now available for pre-order from Indigo Books.
OK, he's more renowned for his Halloween parties and Oscar night soirées but hey, he's also a pretty good award winning short story writer.
And don't let the fact he is sitting about 10 feet away from me as I write this in any way make you doubt my sincerity.
Monday, February 19, 2007
David vs. Goliath
You'd think that if this truck:
hit this baby SUV:
the outcome would be obvious, but you'd be dead wrong.
In what was not a glowing endorsement for Nissan trucks the Titan was essentially obliterated right back to the front wheels while the CRV by comparison, could probably have driven all the way home without the driver even noticing he was hit.
Which all leads me to one questions: Is Nissan trying to cut costs by making their vehicles out of paper mache? I can't really think of another explanation.
Labels: Daily Life
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
More Blogger Troubles
Simply put, since the percentage of female politicians is lower than the percentage of women in the general population the Liberal Party of Canada have decided that the only solution is to prevent men from running, unless of course, they are members of a visible minority group. So instead of looking into reasons why fewer women run for office and either accepting their reasons or setting up programs to try and entice more women to run the Liberals have decided to simply prevent all other interested parties from even being eligible for nomination. If only this program had been in place when Jean Chretien, Paul Martin or even Stephane Dion had thought about running for federal office.
Labels: Canadian Politics
Friday, February 09, 2007
Just check out Terry Moran's blog entry to see how hard their willing to work to defend her tirades and try to create a moral equivalence case to excuse Amanda's over the top rhetoric. Even though Terry is an acknowledged liberal the fact he independently came to the same conclusion as his brother, conservative blogger Rick Moran of Rightwing Nuthouse, that their hiring was not a good idea he is immediately attacked as an enemy of all things liberal.
But as expected the lefts quest fails miserably as it's generally hard to find a mainstream right wing site that even comes close to matching Pandagon in terms of outright hostility but add to that the need to find such a blogger that has been given legitimacy by being hired to run the blog of a national party leadership candidate and their search comes up far short.
Just check out what they consider examples of their found 'hate speech' from conservative blogs:
Only under the kool-aid colored glasses of the far left can that be considered a death threat.
And will due respect, your brother says some pretty nasty things. Here he is wishing death upon Keith Olbermann:
"You almost want to avert your eyes when the inevitable crash comes but, like those of us who watch NASCAR solely for the spin-outs and pile-ups, the entertainment value of watching Olberman melt like the Wicked Witch of the West right before our eyes will be immensely satisfying."
If nothing else comes out of this mild controversy those with a sense of humor can be thankful that it inspired not just one, but two Iowahawk posts (warning: definitely not safe for young children).
As an added bonus, Hot Air Theatre presents: Amanda Marcotte
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
We've all heard about the latest UN report on global warming which announces with a high degree of certainty that the latest increase in worldwide temperatures are due to human activities but as with everything else out of the UN there is more to this report than first appears. Dr. Tim Ball, guest columnist for the Ottawa Sun, details the process under which the executive summary (the actual report not having been released to the public) is written up and distributed to the world's media.
Unlike the actual report, the summary is written mainly by bureaucrats, many of which with vested interests in the outcome, with only limited input by a handful of the scientists involved in the study. Under UN rules, they are free to ignore almost any result or fact that they don't agree with and there is little the actual researchers can do about it. In fact, the process of releasing the Summary months prior to the full report is to allow for modifications to the final version of the full report to make it match with the summaries 'findings'.
This backwards approach flies in the face of all basic guidelines of research papers but in the land of the United Nations, logic always takes a back seat to politics.
There is also little true peer review for these types of UN reports. While they are reviewed by experts in several fields, the final writers are free to simply ignore any comments or questions these experts put forward. In this way the UN can make a claim that several hundred or even thousands of scientists were involved with the writing of the paper, thereby giving it more weight, while in fact limiting the actual involvement to their chosen few.
This is not to say that there might not be some truth to the findings of the IPCC report, but just that under the UN's archaic and politics heavy structure any truth that happens to make it's way into the final report is purely coincidental.
So to recap, we have staunch liberals Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as their primary political analysts and William Arkin, a rabid anti-armed services far left liberal covering the military but according to the left we are all to believe that they never let their preconceived notions and biases affect their reporting of the 'truth'.
Sorry for the light posting
Then there's the little issue I have with the lack of a 'blog this' type button under the new blogger. Whereas before I could just click a button and make a new entry for any page I was on and found interesting now I have to go through a few more hoops to actually make a post. Nothing big but just enough to make me not want to bother when I'm just getting in some quick browsing.
The Spin starts here
The video of the Hannity and Colmes segment is up at HotAir.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Not that my Grand Am hasn't been a great car but I just can't wait to pick up my new keys and test out my additional 77 horses.
Labels: Daily Life