Saturday, January 01, 2005

Friday, December 31, 2004

Prognostications for 2005

Given I have the necessary qualifications as a professional psychic (a pulse, blood pressure and a positive IQ), I thought I'd enlighten my faithful readers (all three of you) with my predictions for 2005:
  • United Airlines will go bankrupt. Not (yet another) Chapter 11, but the full-on, will the last person to leave turn off the lights, Chapter 7.
  • Interest in blogging will grow, but the quality of blogs will decline. It will be harder and harder for any given blog to "stand out" in the crowd, leading to a Fox-like race to the bottom in an attempt to attract an audience.
  • MTV will finally have no music content at all. No one will notice.
  • Hip-hop music will be found to cause cancer in high doses.
  • In the ultimate in reality shows, those voted off a show will not leave--they will be executed.
  • Strident voices in the environmental movement will claim that more and more things either contribute to or are caused by global warming.
  • It will come to light that global warming is a real phenomenon, caused by too many environmentalists talking at once about global warming.
  • Any or fewer of these predictions will be proven true or false.

Have a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Yep, we're stingy alright

From FoxNews:

In dollar terms, the United States leads the world in foreign aid from government sources. But individual and corporate charity from the United States also exceeds that of any other developed nation, and those donations exceed official government expenditures. Last year, Americans donated billions to international causes.

The epitome of the well-informed UNicrat bully, Mr. Egeland quickly retreats when confronted:

"I thought that was very clear to everybody, I spoke of something different in terms of donor response."

Ah yes, the poor, misunderstood UNicrat. After the Oil For Food and Sex For Relief Supplies episodes, why do these fools even get any air time? Oops, I forgot--Liberal Media. Silly me.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

We Have A Winnah!

Patrick Hughes wins the prize for Top Family Christmas Blog Post of 2004. It brings a tear to my eye--really. I guess I'm just a sentimental slob after all.

Guns, blogs and influence

(Via The Smallest Minority)

Publicola has written an excellent piece on guns, gun blogging, the AWB and the influence of all us Internet-connected gunowners. A must read, not only for gunowners, but for anyone who would organize and publicize in an effort to change something.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Here he goes again...

...with the silly on-line quizzes. A tip o' the virtual gimme hat to Emige with a Digital Cluebat, arrived at via Mamamontezz.


Some people who know me in the real world and read this blog are choking now...

Sorry...NOT SORRY!

(Via Worldnet Daily.)

"Author" Susan Sontag is dead at 71. Sorry, but I won't be convinced this is a big loss.

In her rage and gloom and growing despair, she concluded that "the truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al., don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone — its ideologies and inventions — which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself."

Perhaps her Hell will be the world as it would have been if all those Dead White Guys had never existed. I suppose that a world where women were usually property would have been so-o-o much better for her and her legions of nit-wit followers.


(Via Jerry Pournelle. As an aside, I encourage you to read, if not subscribe to, his site. There are a lot of Very Smart People who stop by there.)

We have something further about asteroid 2004 MN4. It seems that older, archived data was instrumental in refining the predictions of it's path. Most interesting, but I'd still like an explanation about the decrease in the number of observations....

Maybe we can close the books on 2004 MN4

Interesting developments on our Friday the 13th visitor. The number of observations has dropped to 139 from the previous 165, and the probability of an Earth impact is pretty much up there with being killed in a traffic accident.

I'm not sure why the number of observations has dropped. The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if someone is cooking the numbers for some nefarious reason, but for now I will assume something less dark.

I'll still keep an eye on this one, just in case.

You knew this was coming...

(Via Drudge)

We've all heard about the "Christmas Tsunami", the destruction and loss of life (over 44,000 at last report). As usual with these events, most of the well-off nations of the world are contributing to the relief efforts for the victims and countries involved.

The good ol' USA has chipped in $15,000,000 plus more from our various private relief agencies and promises of more to come. Australia is in for $10,000,000. The European Union is in for $4,000,000, with a promise of an additional $15,000,000. Canada and various European nations have pledged $1,000,000 each. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are in for $6,700,000. You can expect that this is the first of many loads of money that will be funneled into this area in relief funds.

So some horse's ass UNicrat has once again proven the old saw about "Better to be thought a fool than to open you mouth and leave no doubt":

But U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised.

Mr. Undersecretary-General Egeland, the only thing I can come up with that is a fitting reply is a hearty and heartfelt "FUCK YOU!"

Why do we stay involved with this organization? Anyone? Bueller?

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Asteroid 2004 MN4

I've edited the first post to change the impact to 4/13/2029. I'm not sure where my fevered imagination got 2030.)

Good news is that they're up to 169 observations, the size is down to 380 meters with a corresponding impact of 1420 megatons.

Bad news--4/13/2004 is a Friday :-0, and the impact odds are indeed down to 1 in 44.4.

According to a correspondent in an email reflector I inhabit, there will be a lot of observations in the next month or so. I'll keep up with what's going on and post further if necessary. If you see nothing, assume no news is the news.

Another one bites the dust

(Via The High Road)

Another loser finds out that armed homeowners make poor targets:

Strain and his 15-year-old nephew, both armed with handguns, forced their way into the home at 9:05 a.m. and held the homeowner at gunpoint. When the owner broke away from the robbers and grabbed his own gun, a gun fight began, police reported.

Multiple shots were fired and several struck Strain in the upper torso, police said.

Both robbers tried to grab money and jewelry from the house but most of the items were later recovered. John Chioino lives in the home with his wife and three children.

Strain ran out into the street where he collapsed and later died. The 15-year-old ran from the scene and is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

As you'll see if you read the full article, Mr. Boy Genius was 18 and had a nice little rap sheet going. Hopefully, his end came before he could breed and further contaminate the gene pool. I just wish Mr. Trusty Sidekick had received similar treatment. (And spare me the "He's only 15--he doesn't know any better" or "He was led astray" BS. My 9 year old wouldn't fall for that line, and I surely won't.)

Want to bet the Antis add him to the number of "teenagers dead because of gun violence"?