Sunday, August 28, 2005

Be brave, New Orleans

Let's hope things aren't as bad as they're predicting for New Orleans tonight. It would be a shame to see this beautiful classic city devastated.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Wedding of the year

Speaking of the wedding, here's the happy couple. Jen & Ben. Poolside casual wedding. Lots of fun.

Sorority Girls

This is a picture taken at my sister's wedding of Paige and Demarée in a "Southern Sorority Girl" type pose. Cracks me up.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

For once I agree with Bill Maher

I don't often agree with Bill Maher. He's liberal, smug, and tosses around a lot of leftward dogma often without having all of his facts straight. He's particularly guilty of furthering the "Bush is a dummy" myth, the "Bush lied" mantra and other juvenile arguments. But once in a while the blind pig finds an acorn.

Tonight, it came in his "New Rules" segment. Flashing a Time Magazine cover dealing with the evolution versus creationism "debate," he said the following (and I admit I might be paraphrasing).

"New Rule: You don't have to teach 'both sides' of an issue if one side is a load of crap."

Of course. And he pointed out that even though there is a well-known debate between proponents of evolution and "intelligent design," there is essentially NO debate about this among scientists.

Right on Bill. Now get some of the other stuff straight and I might start to like you better.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cindy Sheehan's True Colors

Cindy Sheehan is not much more than a shrill campus radical, as this from Drudge confirms.. One can sympathize with the loss of her son, certainly, certainly agree with her right to protest, but her real radical left roots showed through in a deranged speech delivered last April. Example:
"We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog s**t in Washington, we will impeach all those people."

Why is it, by the way, that the far left fringe is always demanding "their" country back? Nothing is more important to them than forcing their extreme minority point of view on the rest of us, and doing it by almost any means necessary. Our family has been enjoying the DVDs of Penn & Teller's Showtime series, "Bulls**t!" One episode deals with animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), highlighting this group's support of arsonists and fire-bombers. The rhetoric is at once irrational, goofy, offensive and just plain scary. These people don't like America, themselves or people in general. And they sound a lot like Cindy Sheehan. Cindy has taken the nobility of a mother grieving for her lost son and turned it into a radical circus, and it's time to recognize this fact.

One of the problems, of course, is that, until Cindy really embarrasses them, the liberal media continue to provide this dingbat with the luxury of national press coverage. And while they do, the less leftward media will continue to run somewhat more balanced coverage. I think they all ought to freeze her out. It's time to stop feeling sorry for this woman and call her what she is. An obnoxious irrational anti-American nut.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Hitch on Cindy Sheehan's "moral authority."

Cindy Sheehan's Sinister Piffle - What's wrong with her Crawford protest. By Christopher Hitchens.

I had a friend use the Cindy Sheehan/Maureen Dowd argument on me regarding the war in Iraq recently, that being (roughly) that the moral authority of the parents of soldiers, especially dead ones, is absolute. We were discussing policy and the politics of the war in a fairly rational way., But then he brought out the big gun: "Yeah, well you don't have a nephew in Iraq with a target on his back." For some people, a direct (even if only emotional) connection to an issue trumps critical thinking. It's a form of political correctness that says:
  • you can't have an opinion on abortion if you're not a woman

  • you can't say anything about affirmative action if you're not black

  • you have to shut up about (fill in the blank) unless you've walked a mile in my shoes.

I say nonsense. So does Hitch. Here's a salient quote on the Cindy situation:
What dreary sentimental nonsense this all is, and how much space has been wasted on it. Most irritating is the snide idea that the president is "on vacation" and thus idly ignoring his suffering subjects, when the truth is that the members of the media—not known for their immunity to the charm of Martha's Vineyard or Cape Cod in the month of August—are themselves lazing away the season with a soft-centered nonstory that practically, as we like to say in the trade, "writes itself." Anyway, Sheehan now says that if need be she will "follow" the president "to Washington," so I don't think the holiday sneer has much life left in it.

Read the whole article. Hitchens is smarter than 90 percent of us, and well worth the time.

This is/was a test.

More audioblogging to come (maybe).

this is an audio post - click to play

We're famous, in Elkhart, anyway.

The Dufours have 15-minutes of fame, courtesy the The Truth (aka Elkhart Truth).

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Coulter's Comparisons

Ann Coulter on John Roberts. I'm not 100% sure Ann's right on this one, but she makes some good points here. We can't afford more Souter/Kennedy types on the high court. Bush's conservative political credentials aren't pristine in the first place, so any questions about justices make me edgy.

Perhaps I should have expected this....

Bush: Intelligent Design Should Be Taught.

I'm aghast. Mr. Bush, go the blackboard and write 1000 times "THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN THEORY IS NOT SCIENCE."