Saturday, October 15, 2005

Doin' a greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat job
Oy.

African Americans were pissed that a neo-nazi group was marching in Toledo, Ohio, to protest "black crime." So what did these black counter-protesters do? They pelted the neo-nazis with rocks and glass bottles. Then they turned on the police. Then they started rioting and looting.

What better way to counter-protest then to provide your opponents with exactly the evidence they can use to prove their point?

Before I get attacked for racism, I don't think this can necessarily be attributed to the fact that counter-protesters were African American, per se, but it's very easy for the neo-nazis to claim precisely that.

I will never understand what goes on inside a man's head to make him suddenly decide that throwing rocks and bottles at another human being is ok. I'll never understand why a group of people involved in one activity suddenly decide it's ok to break windows and steal.

It's just stupid.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Always a pleasure
Another thorough debunking of the Chickenhawk meme, via InstaPundit. I enjoyed it, and I invite you to do the same.

Damned arrogant MSM
File this in the "bloggers don't count" file.

It seems that Homeland Security has launched an investigation into the possibility that members of the Department may have leaked a security threat to family members. We learn the following from 1010 WINS:

The Homeland Security Department has launched an internal investigation into whether department officials privately tipped off relatives or friends about last week's subway terrorism threat before the public learned of the news, officials said Thursday.

The probe was announced just as Gov. George Pataki and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly raised concerns about the possible leak, first reported in the Daily News.
[emphasis added]
The Daily News reported this story on Thursday, October 13, as documented in this post.

So here's the problem: The Daily News was not the first to report this, by any means. A full week earlier, on Thursday, October 6, GOP and the City had the story.

Maybe someday those stuffy journalists will admit that just because they didn't break it doesn't mean it wasn't previously reported.

UPDATE [10/14/2005 - 11:11]: We now know the names of the parties who initiated the email warning. The Man informs us that it was two NYC dance instructors, Nicholas Seligson-Ross and Tony Micocci. He guesses that they just wanted to initiate a snopes-worthy email scare, and were victims of coincidence when there turned out to be an actual terror threat.

I think that's possible. But I also think it's possible that Mr. Ross is actually related to someone in Homeland Security—a fact that the Feds should be able to confirm or deny in a matter of minutes. I think that's legitimately likely primarily because of his using his real name in the hoax email. If he started out sending it to friends as a first-person, and began with "As some of you know my father works for HomelandSecurity, at a very high position and receives security briefings on a daily basis." I find it very unlikely that he would have tried this with people who knew him—usually these things start as second or third-hand information, but Nick claimed to be the source.

So basically he's either an idiot, or he really was tipped off. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Good, the Bad, and the Really Really Wet [UPDATES BELOW]
Ok, so mostly just the third of that series. I stole the picture at the left from The Man's excellent post concerning the extreme weather we've been having here in the New York area the past few days. Even though I live in Connecticut, I feel it's pretty applicable at this point.

Why? Because my house may very well flood today.

Let's hope that doesn't happen—but renting a little cottage on the beach comes with its risks. Several houses on my street did flood last night, and people had to be pulled out by fire trucks and national guardsmen in military trucks.

So how will we know if my house floods? Well, for one thing, I'll be home before the next high tide (I hope), so I'll be there to keep an eye on things. But for your reference, if the little green line in the image to the right goes about 3 feet at high tide, my house is probably flooding. We won't know until tonight, but it should be interesting. I'll post a new image every couple of hours. The current image is as of 11:30 AM.

UPDATE [10/13/2005 - 14:13]: The new chart is posted at the left. As you can see, the residual (green line) was falling for a while. Unfortunately, Weather.com is predicting increasing winds through the rest of the afternoon, and the tide is about to hit its nadir and start rising. This all combines for a less-than-ideal situation. Everybody cross your fingers some more.

For those that are curious, here is the current flood warning, issued by the National Weather Service:

...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING.

A PERSISTENT AND STRONG EASTERLY FETCH OF WIND HAS CONTINUED ACROSS THE REGION AND WILL CONTINUE TODAY. THIS HAS ACTED TO PILE WATER INTO LONG ISLAND SOUND...THE BACK BAYS OF LONG ISLAND...AS WELL AS PECONIC BAY. TIDE LEVELS ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING FROM 2 TO LOCALLY 3 1/2 FEET ABOVE NORMAL. THESE TIDAL DEPARTURES MAY CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING...RESULTING IN MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING...MAINLY DURING THIS EARLY EVENINGS HIGH TIDE.

A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP. COASTAL RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR LATER STATEMENTS OR WARNINGS...AND TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT PROPERTY.
I'll keep you posted.

UPDATE [10/13/2005 - 15:32]: The Man has an explanation for this ridiculous weather: Plame it on the Rain. I think he might be on to something—e is, after all, part of the New York elite.

UPDATE [10/13/2005 - 20:07]: It looks like we'll be ok. High tide is in less than 20 minutes, and—as you can see in the most recent chart, posted to the left—the tide has been running pretty consistently at 1.7 feet above normal, which is not enough to flood. It was a small bullet, and aimed off-target, but we've dodged it anyway. The winds are supposed to increase tonight, but off-sync with high tide, so I'm not terribly concerned.

I'll let you know how it turns out. Oh, and in case you're curious, I've posted a picture of my house below (it's the one in the red circle). The blue line is a typical high tide, the orange is a high high tide, the green is where the water was last night at high tide, and red is how far it needed to go to cross the point of no return and run down to the house. Though it is obviously at least a couple of yards, it's at most a difference of six vertical inches between where the water was and where it could have been to spell disaster.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Heh
Republican Ice Age?

Monday, October 10, 2005

Not Good
I've long said that the most effective way for Al Quaeda to hit the United States would be several coordinated strikes on college campuses. If you choose your targets well, you could effectively cripple the future leadership of this country, and temporarily cripple their parents—the current leadership of this country.

Is it possible that this is now happening? Yes, it is.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Read and learn
Want to understand what the "anti-war" protests are really all about? Read this.

And if you don't believe it—if you don't think that it could possibly be true without a peep from the press—well, read this and then this short one (and make sure you click through to this piece).

Sometimes I really wonder if the press can get any worse at covering reality.

It's too bad I didn't see this sooner


Before Subway pulled the add, that is, because this is hilarious.

Best news for the Republican Party
We may be in a serious split over the most recent nomination, but there's good news. As usual, it comes from Daily Kos:

Gore is awesome

As of right now, I'd support him before pretty much anyone else. Especially Hillary...
Awesome. Simply awesome.

The's left-wing lunatics really want to flush their party straight down the tubes.

Another reason Chicago blows
First, they beat the Red Sox.

Then, on the same day, they lose one of their most worthwhile residents, for reasons passing understanding.

Cool!
I love articles like this. Bret Stephens discusses the reality of myth-based creatures the Hobbit, the Lord God Bird, and the Kraken.

Hey, Kofi!
Keep your damn hands off my stuff!