Saturday, November 15, 2003
I've added another review to the Bad Movie Shrine
. It's another rockets-to-the-moon movie (in our continuing marathon). This one is different: it's got no rocket day, and it's full of foreigners. It's also the most recently made movie to grace the shrine. If you found the others too inaccessible, maybe you'll like this one. I certainly did.
Again it's a long review (apologies), but it's such a good film it deserves the attention. If you're wondering what a fine film is doing in a bad movie shrine
, I'll offer no explanation. My shrine; my rules.
If you'd like to suggest another rockets-to-the-moon movie, please feel free to use these comments. But please hurry: the final film in the marathon is already cued up -- and it's a doozy. It happens to be the only movie I promised never to review on this web log (which is why the bms exists as a separate web log). It might not even be possible to review it at all -- not while keeping it PG-13 rated. And by the way that is precisely the rating of today's movie. Enjoy!
Friday, November 14, 2003
Driven to Distraction
This is weird:
A New Zealand judge told a motorist with the number plate: '2DRUNK' that he was "just asking" to be stopped.
Actually, that's too funny -- especially when you read the reason he was pulled over...
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Meet Maisy and Willow:
Maisy & Willow are a bonded pair of females who do everything together. They munch their salad together (even eating from the same lettuce leaf!), eat their hay together, snuggle together, and even get their pets together! Maisy (6 lbs.) is spunky and full of beans, while her big buddy Willow (9 lbs.) is laid back and mellow. They are both very affectionate and have good litterbox habits. Together, they're a ton of bun fun!
Are two nice bunnies better than one? Why not find out?
Plane old jokes
Strategypage features a few funny flight stories
. A longer list is here
We were standing in the hangar during serious crappy weather listening to a guy go over...several times as he missed the approach.
A student who had come out to hang around wondered aloud, "Think he'll get down?"
Somebody said, "Ain't nobody kept one up there yet."
Good night folks, you've been a great crowd!
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Oh goody: a big, big list of anti-nuclear websites
! Fun for days!
Reading this list, I rediscovered humanshields.org
. Now it has a companion site
. I like the second one better.
Here's Win Without War
A mainstream voice advocating
alternatives to preemptive war against Iraq.
The war's over and these folks are still posting. That's dedication!
And Free Peltier
. Is he really anti-nuke?
Lastly my favorite (so far): Atomsfindhorn
: "An holistic view of nuclear energy
The mushroom cloud is the effect that erupts out of the atomic dimension and into our world the moment matter is fissioned. Matter and energy are interchangeable Christ said it first, remember ! We are body and spirit. Well, fission is the process, the black magic, that changes matter back into energy.
Look how matter is transformed by fission into two sorts of energy. The one is a vertical column of physical energy, heat and light which feels in this instance like pure anger and violence. Here is the masculine aspect of the 'married energy' that had existed a moment before in the atomic world as elemental matter.
Look then at the other expression of energy: we see it as the circular cloud that forms around the towering pillar of rage. The cloud is purely emotional energy. This is the feminine aspect of the wholeness that existed a moment before. The cloud begins to gather at the same moment that the masculine force starts to manifests itself. The cloud is the source of what we call radiation. A cloud of despair and anguish and distress that arises as the family units at the particle level are destroyed. A despairing energy that hurts us humans because it is nothing less than suffering energy. Many generations must pass before it begins to subside.
A police dog goes on a killing spree and only gets fired?
A German police dog has been sacked after catching more bunnies than criminals.
What has this world come to?
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Mark Steyn hits the nail on the head:
According to the latest estimates, the mass graves in Iraq contain the remains of at least 300,000 people, but we're still arguing about whether the war was "justified". The pacifism - or, more accurately, passivism - of Europe does not seem especially moral.
The same is true of American peace-weenies. How it must irk them to know that today is Veterans' Day: the time they must acknowledge that their entire way of life is defended by the Arsenal of Democracy.
Do other countries use this day as an opportunity to thank the AoD? After all, who kept the Bolsheviks from bulldozing their way to the Bay of Biscay?
What's going to happen when the AoD leaves Europe? When the free ride ends, who will pick up the slack?
A couple of months back, I found myself in the company of a recently retired Continental prime minister and mentioned what a chap in the Pentagon had said to me about how the Europeans really needed to invest in new technology or they'd no longer be able to share the same battlefield with the Americans.
I thought I was making a boring, technocratic, Nato-expenditure sort of point, but he took it morally and visibly recoiled. "But why would we want to have such horrible weapons?" he said, aghast. "In Europe today, it is just inconceivable to possess such things."
Like you, I expect Old Europe to talk that way. What about new Europe?
In the face of the mounting casualties in Iraq, the Hungarians have made a bold commitment to keep troops in country through the end of 2004. While their transport battalion of 300 soldiers in a relatively safe corner of Iraq (at Al Hillah, about 100 kilometers south of Baghdad), they have been subjected to hit-and-run attacks (including four serious grenade and missile incidents) without any injury, while things have been thrown at the Hungarian convoys.
The Hungarians will soon receive 58 US trucks and the battalion will be able to carry out more assignments. At Polish request, they will deliver goods not only to the division, but would also provide logistics support to units serving north of Baghdad. However, the first 27 Hungarian soldiers will rotate home next week and be followed by more groups every 10 days, until their replacement in February.
Why would a transport battalion need to borrow trucks?
On days like these, I see the Arsenal of Democracy as Atlas: holding a giant tragedy-of-the-commons out of the sewer. So to everyone who serves or has served: thank you for saving the world so very many times.
Taming the Frontier
The Inoperable Terran
links to a fellow
who links to an Arab Times article
bearing good news:
Dozens of Saddam Hussein's followers in Iraq's southern capital have been assassinated as they try to regroup and attack the coalition, the city's security chief told AFP on Sunday.
"There have been too many political assassinations, dozens of them," said Colonel Mohammad Kazem Ahmad al-Ali, police director of internal security in Basra.
"These were liquidations of senior members of the previous regime who had committed crimes against the people," Ali said in an interview.
He declined to identify the perpetrators, but local residents said that members of the 20-to-30 political parties active in Basra have carried out the "revenge killings," targeting ranking members of the Baath party.
Good. These Baathists are evil -- it says so on their résumés. If they want to stand trial for what they did, good for them. If they want to organize and seize power, it's just too bad and so sad that their neighbors are crushing their dreams.
Note to terrorists: asymmetrical warfare, like turnabout, is fair play in your case.
Operation Please Granny
A few days ago, Rich Lowry wrote an editorial complaining about the US government's transfer of wealth from the young to the old. An excerpt:
As the Cato report demonstrates, the elderly spending boom is on behalf of a demographic group that no longer needs such largess. The elderly work less than in the past and are wealthier. In 1950, 46 percent of men over age 65 worked; in 2002, 18 percent. The poverty rate for the elderly in 1959 was 35 percent, higher than the population at large; in 2001, it was 10 percent, lower than the population at large.
It used to be that the elderly consumed less than the young. No more. In the 1960s, the average 70-year-old consumed one-third less than the average 30-year-old. By the late 1980s, the 70-year-old was consuming more. Most of the money for this consumption has come from federal transfer payments -- in other words, directly out of the pockets of the young.
Yikes! How did things get out of hand?
Some folks will defend these transfers, citing the elderly poor -- the ones who must choose between medicine and food. Fine: those folks need help. But what about the rest of the senior citizens?
Next time you're on a cruise ship, take a look around. What's the average age? On the golf course: same thing. Oh, and the next time you're in a casino, swing by the slot machines. It's row upon row of white-haired widows.
I wouldn't deny them the opportunity to risk their savings on a last chance to be rich. If they have money to burn, let them burn it. But some of that money is yours and mine. I'll bet you worked hard for yours, and it's sad to see someone sending it down the slots.
Every other government grant comes with strings attached. Is a no-casino rule asking too much?
Monday, November 10, 2003
Presenting Benjamin Blue
This guy's not up for adoption. Rather, he's found a nice home with Sunidesus
. I've stolen this picture, because it's too good not to share:
What a cute bunny! Isn't he haiku-worthy? Here's a start:
This is my food bowl
There are many like it but
This is my food bowl.
By the way, it's Benjamin's food bowl. Bunnies are territorial about these things.
If you can do better, do so in the comments.
For Further Research
If you liked my review of Destination Moon
, Ken at Brickmuppet Blog
has gone through the archives and bested my paltry background links
. Consider it a companion piece and go read it right away. Mucho neato links.
Huxley is a very cute little guy. He found his way into the shelter with his mom and sister. They were found in Reston, Virginia, as strays. All 3 were matted and looked as if they had only been out for a couple of days. Huxley is very young, about 5 months at this point. He is very curious and is starting to come out of his shell. He does love Nibble Rings and his greens. Toys are fun, too, especially if they can be tossed around. This little fellow, he weighed in at 2 lbs 14 oz, when he came into the shelter, will be an enjoyable and entertaining companion for the right bunny or human.
(Washington DC HBS)
Lucky, lucky Huxley is looking for a nice home.
European Commission officials are considering forcing shops in Britain to label all yoghurt products as "fermented milk".
Remember the good old days when it was a free trade zone?
A Man's Home is his...
A German man who caught a burglar in his home bit the intruder's thumb and wouldn't let go until police arrived.
It gets better:
The man dragged the burglar up to the first floor and made a neighbour call the police as he couldn't use the phone with the burglar's thumb still in his mouth.
I swear that was in a Simpsons