Archive for October, 2005

Scooter Bites It

A lot of fuss about nothing
Mark Steyn

The ‘Ding Dong, The Bush Is Dead’ fever rages on, disappointments notwithstanding. Hurricane Katrina was, at best, a wash. The more looters and welfare deadbeats who went on TV to whine that Bush wasn’t doing enough, the more most Americans remembered that New Orleans is a nice place to have a margarita with a topless transsexual but they wouldn’t want to live there and they don’t see why they should pay a gazillion dollars to those who do.

But in the wake of Katrina came a string of Category One or Two storms which the Democratic base and the media figure they can huff and puff into Category Four and total the White House. Tom DeLay has been indicted in Texas! Bill Frist is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission! Scooter Libby is up before the most zealous Federal prosecutor in the country! Can the impeachment of the President be far behind? More @ The Spectator

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Recommended Listening For The Week

The Rich Kids – Ghosts of Princes in Towers [Import]

The Rich Kids line-up included Glen Matlock, the original Sex Pistols bass player and Midge Ure later of Ultra Vox and Live Aid fame. Great 70′s punk album.

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Sniper Action

Army Times
A Marine sniper aims at insurgents from his position in Kusaiybah, Iraq, on Thursday.

Heads up Osama

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Should Be The First Of Many

Lingenfelter campaigning for nuclear plant

Murray Mandryk

Former NDP deputy premier Dwain Lingenfelter is embarking on a campaign to convince Saskatchewan residents that a nuclear power plant in northwestern Saskatchewan would be a huge economic opportunity for this province.

Lingenfelter, now a vice-president at Calgary-based oil company Nexen Canada Ltd., will speak to the North Saskatoon Business Association on Nov. 8 on the benefits of building a nuclear reactor in Saskatchewan across the border from the tarsands in Fort McMurray, Alta. More @ The Leader Post

We should line up reactors on the US border and suck as much cash out of them as possible. The Americans have an insatiable appetite for electricity right now and we have the uranium to make it happen.

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Atlas Shrugs In Korea?

Microsoft warns that Korea may have to do without Windows

Veiled threat or confession?

Korean lovers of Microsoft’s operating systems may soon have to live without the software, according to the code giant. Microsoft has confessed that Windows might be pulled from the Korean market due to ongoing actions by the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC).

More @ The Register

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Sox Win First World Series In 88 Years

Chicago White Sox Web

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Recommended Listening For The Week

Waiting for Columbus-Deluxe.. [Live]
Little Feat

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Beware The Yellow Dots

Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn’t. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.

Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital “license tag” for tracking down criminals.

The content of the coded information was supposed to be a secret, available only to agencies looking for counterfeiters who use color printers.

Now, the secret is out. – More @ Washington Post

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Hughes On Not Missing The CBC

Hate mail and fan mail keeps coming. Beautiful.

Bob Hughes
The Leader-Post

“There is the usual hunk of mail from somebody still festering over some ill-advised comments I had to make about the CBC when the employees went on strike in the middle of August. I mean, when they were locked out. They simply confirm what those of us in the media who are working stiffs knew all along. That would be, most members of the media have little difficulty in dishing out criticism. But most of us really don’t like it when it comes our way. And the thinnest skin of the bunch are some of those who ride the union security within the CBC, the money-gobbling government-controlled outfit that never has to worry about showing a profit. They get $1 billion of the taxpayers’ money every year, and they just spend, spend, spend. In light of the incredible damage of the walkout, er lockout, the CBC is facing the huge task of convincing television viewers it holds such a valuable place in this country. With so many television channels available now, and especially with the hundreds that come in on satellite dishes, why should the government continue propping up the television side? And, please, spare us the excuse that CBC-TV unites the country. Canada didn’t break up when they were locked out, if anybody even noticed. CBC-TV was once the kingpin of sports. No more. It’s lost the Olympics. Its CFL coverage is nowhere near as sound as TSN’s. And it’s completely messed up curling. CBC Radio is different. It remains unique. Keep those cards and letters coming. Beautiful.” More @ The Leader Post

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Rumour Mill Media

When Will Mainstream Media Apologize for Katrina Goofs?
Mark Tapscott

Remember all those politicians and reporters warning folks to avoid at all costs the deadly mixture of chemicals, gasoline, human and animal waste and decaying bodies floating through New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?

Guess what? Katrina left town Aug. 30, but it was not until Oct. 13 that The Washington Post got around to reporting that the “toxic soup” never showed up. The Post could possibly be forgiven, though, because there have been so many other mainstream media Katrina myths being debunked in recent weeks.

Remember those horrifying stories of rampaging gangs of murderous rapists in the New Orleans Convention Center and Superdome? Not true. Remember the stacks of bodies of people killed in those locations during five days of hell before help arrived? Not true. Remember the dead seven-year-old girl with the slashed throated and raped soul lying in the freezer? Not true.

Incredibly, there are more myths. Remember New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagins’ uncritically reported prediction that 10,000 people were dead? Not even close. Remember the snipers supposedly firing at rescue helicopters trying to save people from rooftops and hospitals? Didn’t happen. Remember the little babies being raped. No. The well-armed gangs pillaging block after block while dueling with hopelessly out-gunned cops? More myth. – More @ Townhall.com

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