Saturday, December 29, 2007

Set taking shape at Bristol


This is the PostMortem Set under construction.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A day at Wrigley

The day (today) was beautiful, the opening run by Soriano held such promise, and the Cubbies floundered around like Little Leaguers. But Wrigley Field still has its charms and even with Zambrano's current slump, the Cubs are in first place in the ALC. Paige became a Cubs Convert, and a good time was had by all.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Paige is graduated


My beautiful daughter Paige graduated from Indiana University Saturday. Despite a raging case of mononucleosis, she managed to get through the ceremony plus the fawning of family and friends. Great job, honey. We're proud of you.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Amber Crossing??

Another completely irrelevant name for a strip mall (click to magnify). This is a plain vanilla ticky-tacky building that's out in the middle of what used to be a cornfield. Where's the amber? Hell, where's the crossing? There ought to be a law.

Great comic.

Thanks to Paige

Saturday, April 14, 2007

This is my lovely wife Michele. I haven't posted a picture of her here lately, so here it is, even it if it is a camera phone shot. Love you, Michele.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

China cracks down on online IDs

Once again, China proves Microsoft and Google shouldn't have cooperated with its constrictive internet rules. In FT.com. Why US businesses continue to condone China's human rights record is beyond me.

Monday, April 9, 2007

When the going gets tough ...


... the tough (obviously) go shopping. Pelosi at work, while troop funding waits. The WH not-so-subtly requested Ms. Pelosi to call the house back so they can get to work on a clean troop funding bill. Unlike the Senate did, Ms. Pelosi neglected to appoint conferees on the bill prior to her Middle-East trip, so any possible progress was completely stalled on reconciling the current bill, which is destined for veto anyway. Pelosi ought to be an embarrassment for the Dems. Thanks to Drudge.

Kids as Art


kids, originally uploaded by dufourda.

Done with at free tool at dumpr.net.

Happy Easter

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Why did Google and Microsoft bow to the East?

Given this development -- China to expand "Great Internet Firewall" -- why did anyone ever believe the Chinese government would loosen up its citizens' contact with the outside world via the internet? Microsoft and Google are both complicit, if obliquely, in this kind of crackdown because they gave it approval when they agreed to limit certain kinds of content reaching the Chinese mainland from their online services. These companies had nothing to be ashamed of, and no good reasons to bow to the Chinese government's wishes. And now the tyrants in chanrge in China are making things even tighter. America, and American companies, should stop helping them oppress their people and imprison their minds.

Monday, March 5, 2007

The Fathomless Fakeness of Clinton

What a phony jackass this woman is. Hillary's Selma speech with the Southern accent (which she doesn't even do well) demonstrates how fake and, ultimately, how disdainful of her audience she is.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hillary's doomed taboo

Kaus points out the futility of Hillary's attempts to make her critics shut up about Bill's sexual history and, I think her own crooked path.) Hillary's doomed taboo - By Mickey Kaus - Slate Magazine

Saturday, February 24, 2007

James Cameron to announce Jesus tomb discovery

Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. In a new documentary, Producer Cameron makes the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected --the cornerstone of Christian faith-- in his new documentary.Found via the Drudgereport. Man, I hope this is true. The church needs a shakeup. I can hear the squealing and protestations now!



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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

But seriously folks...

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2007®:
HOUSE HEARING ON 'WARMING OF THE PLANET' CANCELED AFTER ICE STORM
HEARING NOTICE

Tue Feb 13 2007 19:31:25 ET
The Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been postponed due to inclement weather. The hearing is entitled “Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?”

The case against socialized medicine

Universal Health Care/National Health Insurance/HillaryCare are all euphemisms for a socialized system of health care. Despite the cries about how the US is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't have it, the truth is, we should be grateful we don't. Walter Williams presents the case for the US system with fewer government restrictions and interference. Read Do We Want Socialized Medicine? on Atlasphere.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Another voice against global warming hysteria

Just when it appeared cooler heads (pun intended) were beginning to prevail on the subject of global warming, an announcement from the International Panel on Climate Change states with near-certainty that global warming is the fault of humans. Just as more scientists are stating that the conventional wisdom on the issue is wrong, we hear breathless news announcers saying that the debate is over. Well, it's not over. See this from the Canada Free Press.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ayn Rand Revisited

Ayn Rand is one of my favorite authors, even though I know her style is somewhat stiff. For me, it's the philosophy that matters. I've read Atlas Shrugged three times, and will probably do so again sometime. It is as important a book to me as the Bible is to so many others. No, Atlas Shrugged is not a "religious" book in the way the Bible is. It is not significant for any mystical content, for it has none. It is a work that celebrates rational man, and romanticizes (proudly) the potential man has to do ever greater things. It celebrates man as profoundly self-reliant, not dependent upon a gracious (or vengeful) god in the heavens, nor fearful of demons below.

Ayn Rand's philosophy is often thought of as grim, for the very reason that it does not invoke the idea of a God/Santa Claus/Easter Bunny/benevolent politician. But it's not grim -- it's liberating. Neither was Rand herself grim. YouTube currently has online a series of clips from an hour-long interview on the Phil Donahue show in the 70s. In it, we see a happy, humorous Ayn Rand, who doesn't suffer fools, but at the same time, is able to laugh at herself. The links are below. To my children, maybe this will give you a better idea of where your old man is coming from. To others, just enjoy it, and think.

Also, there is an interview from 1959 with Mike Wallace (looking almost like a kid.)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Podcasting?

This is a test to see if I can set up a podcast on Blogger.com, using Feedburner.

The podcast is here.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Berger's crimes

OpinionJournal discusses them here. Someone would be in jail or headed for it if Berger's crimes had been committed by any ordinary citizen and/or a Republican. Why is Berger running free? The answer is covered in the last paragraph of this piece.
Thanks to Justice's and the Archives' leniency, or laxity, or both, Mr. Berger's plea deal expires in 2008--just in time, perhaps, for the next Clinton Administration.