Monday, September 19, 2005

Talk Like A Pirate Day! 

Ahoy, ye swabs, an' listen up! Ye'll be knowin' that today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Ev'ry man jack o' ye (an' ye lasses, too) better be talkin' like a pirate or ye'll be in Davy Jones' locker by 8 bells o' th' afternoon watch.

Cap'n Sam Flint

Raise a mug o' grog t' Instapundit fer layin' th' course.

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You Can't Believe TV News 

Upon reading the headline to this post, your first reaction might well be, "So tell me something I don't know already." Read on.

Belmont Club points to The Second Draft, where you can download "Pallywood," a movie about how the Palestinians staged "combat" scenes that were picked up by various Western news organizations, including "60 Minutes." The movie is made up of raw footage taken by Palestinian cameramen showing glaring, um, "inconsistencies" between what the news programs showed and what actually took place, as captured by the same cameramen, but which the news programs edited out.

Whatever this movie might say about the news organizations that presented this material as factual, it clearly shows that what "news" programs present as fact cannot be relied upon to show the true story. Not that this is anything new. '60 Minutes," for one, has a well-deserved reputation for conducting interviews with, say, corporate spokespersons, and then cleverly editing the video to give an impression that is very unfavorable to the interviewee.

The file is large (39 MB), as you might expect, so it will be a pain to download unless you have a broadband internet connection. But trust me, it is must-see video. Watch, and learn.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's Latest Inanity 

Cindy Sheehan (remember her?) has finally gone completely around the bend with this comment:
"George Bush needs to stop talking, admit the mistakes of his all around failed administration, pull our troops out of occupied New Orleans and Iraq, and excuse his self (sic) from power." (Emphasis mine)
I'm certainly not the first to post this, and I probably won't be the last, but if this is how the woman with "absolute moral authority" thinks, the only people listening to her are the kind that howl at the moon. BTW, I got the quote from Michael Moore's site, so it wasn't planted by Karl Rove. You can go there and read the whole rant, if you want.

Credit: Little Green Footballs

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina Timeline 

To provide a reference to assist your evaluation of the various accusations about FEMA and other federal government response to hurricane Katrina, blogger Rick Moran has compiled a timeline of events from Friday, 26 Aug to Friday, 2 Sep.

Credit Jeff Goldstein for the pointer. Jeff has a few comments and observations of his own.

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Are You a Sheep ... or a Sheepdog? 

Yet another required reading post by the incomparable Bill Whittle.

Credit Instapundit, Michelle Malkin and others for pointing the way.

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The Official City of New Orleans Disaster Plan ... 

can be found here. I direct your attention to Annex 1, Part 2, dealing with evacuation under a hurricane threat, in particular Section IV, which describes the evacuation procedure, and Section V, which specifies who in local government is supposed to do what.

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Response To Lefty Crocodile Tears 

Here is a concise response to all the breast-beating by Bush-hating know-it-alls about how the federal government failed in New Orleans. It's a must-read.

Credit Instapundit for the pointer.

See Michelle Malkin and Captain's Quarters for more in-depth reporting on who was supposed to do what. Just keep scrolling.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005


This makes me angry.

If this kind of thing doesn't get under control within 24 hours, I think President Bush should declare martial law (i.e., suspend habeas corpus and certain other due process rights) and the authorities at all levels should announce that anyone using, brandishing or even carrying a firearm who is not obviously a peace officer or military person is subject to being summarily shot. The announcement should be made public by helicopters equipped with loudspeakers (and maybe door gunners).

Undoubtedly some innocents would be harmed, but when a few animals like the perpetrator(s) in the linked story can jeopardize the lives of hundreds or thousands, they don't deserve second chances, and probably more innocents will die anyway if the outlaws prevent rescue operations from continuing.

UPDATE: Peggy Noonan agrees. Here's the nut:
As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can. A bad time with Mother Nature can leave you digging out for a long time, but a bad turn in human behavior frays and tears all the ties that truly bind human being--trust, confidence, mutual regard, belief in the essential goodness of one's fellow citizens.

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