Saturday, January 29, 2005

Damning, But
John Cole offers a roundup of stories that, as expected, paint the Iraqi elections that begin very soon in the most negative light possible.

Gotta love "journalism"
The end of this CNN.com article, titled Marine survives 9 bombs, caught my eye: "'We came here and accomplished our mission,' Stevens says. The triangle of death has seen attacks drop sharply. Local security forces have more confidence. Crowds are friendlier.
'Ow!' the Marine standing next to Stevens shouts. The man grabs a wrist slapped numb by a stinging chunk of dirt from the cratering blast a quarter-mile-plus away.
'I told you not to be around me,' Stevens says, going after the hunched-over Marine. 'How many days we got left?'"


What is this, creative writing?

Friday, January 28, 2005

I rock (or so I think)
What better way to celebrate my blogiversary then by being published once again. This time I wrote a letter to the Yale Herald, in response to that awful column by Ricky Leiter that I fisked recently.

Happy Blogiversary to ME!
As of today, this blog has been in constant operation for exactly one year. It all began with a simple post, and has continued since. A lot has happened in the past year, and I'm not going to try to sum it all up here. It's been interesting to say the least, and I hope it continues to be so.

In the meantime, allow me to thank each of you who visits this page with some regularity. I'm obviously in this for more than just hearing myself talk, or I wouldn't bother to publish my thoughts. I hope you come back again and again, and that I'll be writing these blogiversary messages with some regularity.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

On my way
I'll be out of touch until sometime tomorrow morning, probably around 9:00 or so, as I'm about to catch a train to DC, and then a cab to the White House for a party there. Yes, that's right, your lowly Yale blogger will be at the White House tonight—don't worry, it isn't likely to help my political prospects any, though I will almost certainly get to say hello to W once again.

Anyway, I'll miss you dear readers, but you should know that tomorrow is my one-year anniversary of blogging, so I'll try to do something a little special.

More Evidence
This is pretty incredible, and shows how things are likely to turn out in any similar situation. Of course, I'm also amazed that CNN.com is reporting this the way they are.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Why the country won't come together
Evan Coyne Maloney has a new video, called Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution that goes a long way to illustrating why "bringing the nation together" is an impossible task.

While you're there, take a look at his other recent video, Brainwashing 101, about liberal bias on college campuses.

At least give them credit
The Yale College Republicans, if nothing else, have redefined debate on campus. Al Jiwa, president of the YCR and a friend of mine, has made it his mission to bring the ROTC back to campus. The large gay rights community on campus is, somewhat understandably, directly opposed to this, as shown in a YDN column today, titled Until it's "do ask, do tell," ROTC has no place on this campus.

And on the same page is a counterpoint titled Think pro-gay and pro-ROTC is an oxymoron? Think again.

We may not get what we want, but at least we'll earn one heck of a debate in the meantime.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

A pleasant surprise
Some good news, for once, as we learn CNN.com - U.S.troops find Baghdad arms caches: "U.S. soldiers found several caches of weapons late Sunday and early Monday in raids on homes in southern Baghdad that authorities allege were being used as supply points for the insurgency."

Monday, January 24, 2005

The Republic of Iraq
A positive outlook for the future, perhaps?

Yet another proud moment for MSM
CNN.com offers the following headline as their current top story: Election leaves war-weary Fallujans cold. OK, that's clear enough. So, all I have left to ask is: how does the rest of Iraq feel about it? What? You don't know? Because you aren't bothering to cover the news unless it promotes an anti-war agenda? Ahhhhh, gotcha. Makes sense to me.

Sounds like a wonderful marriage
Via Political Wire: "Sen. John Kerry 'may want to consider running for president again in 2008. But his wife, local ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry... has made it clear she won't sit still for another campaign,' the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports."

Wonderful.

You can't make this up
The MSM is just too good at spoofing itself, as Tim Blair shows.

If it weren't for the hippies, we'd all be...
...better off? According to this article, it turns out that all this flap over global warming may in fact be much ado about nothing. It seems that, without human-caused greenhouse gases and the resulting global warming, Earth might be entering a new ice age—much like the one that scientists in the 70s and early 80s said we were headed for.

I wish this line of thinking didn't insist I concede that global warming is man-made, because I still maintain that it isn't—but either way, it shows once again that there is absolutely no reason to rush into a Kyoto accord, or anything even remotely similar. Imagine a scene twenty years hence: You are watching TV, biting your nails nervously as you wait for the announcement. And then, the voiceover "Ladies and Gentleman, the President of the United States." [Skip forward to the end of the speech.] So we're all doomed. The President has officially apologized for his predecessors' actions in stemming global warming, as we are now entering another ice age. All those weather phenomena that have been strangely reminiscent of that classic movie "The Day After Tomorrow,"—you know, the ones that have been happening for a year or two—have a cause after all. And it's not global warming like the movie suggested, but global cooling. And this ice age won't last a few short days. Let's all give a big round of applause to Al Gore.

Seriously, though, this is exactly the kind of thing that pops up after you rush into trying to control the environment. Thank God Kyoto was defeated.

UPDATE (1/24/2005 - 16:20): And yet, what global warming report does the MSM choose to report today? From CNN.com, we learn that Global warming approaching critical point: "Global warming is approaching the critical point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea-levels would be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday."

I love it when they present facts that are anything but facts. At the very least, this should say "Global warming MAY BE approaching critical point."

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Feminists take note
I invite all those feminists and feminst sympathizers who found themselves offended by Larry Summers's comments last week to read an alternative point of view on the matter. Please feel free to discuss in my comments section.

Some good news for a change?
CNN has one of the best headlines I've seen in a long time, specifically Abbas 'reaches cease-fire deal'. Apparently Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to halt attacks against Israel. Additionally: "At a press conference, a masked spokesman for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who introduced himself as Abu-Mohammad, said his group was ready to consider Abbas' call for a cease-fire 'if it is mutual and if Israel also commits to it.'
A splinter group of Al Aqsa calling itself 'Aimen Juda Brigades' said it would support Abbas' efforts to reach a cease-fire, but only if Israel would stop all military operations, including targeted killings, and release prisoners.
Two other militant groups, the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and DFLP (Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine), made similar comments."


All I can ask is, what about the People's Front of Judea? Oh, right: splitters.

(If you don't get the reference, you haven't seen enough Monty Python.)