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September 11, 2012

Some of us witnessed. Some of us understood. Some of us still remember.

September 11, 2012 at 3:18 am  No Comments
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Possibilities, Likelihoods, and The World We Live In

Every fall of the past ten years brings with it an anniversary. It’s one I don’t exactly celebrate. I’m always aware of it and it’s well worth my solemn attention, but it’s not particularly been a time for revelry. Ten years ago, this fall, I went on the first date with the woman who is now my wife. The anniversary of our first date was a placeholder until we married, when of course our wedding became the cause for celebration. But now, just weeks before the tenth anniversary of this date, and only weeks after the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we are expecting our first child. There is good reason for me now to reflect on the fall of 2001.

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September 9, 2011 at 7:15 am  6 Comments
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Initial Thoughts on Osama bin Laden’s Death

As much as I’d like to get on the subway downtown and celebrate with the rest of the New Yorkers at Ground Zero, I have a few initial thoughts on today’s news. Read more →

May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am  7 Comments
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Don’t Send Japan Money - Send ‘em Prayers

In case you haven’t read the latest scientific research on prayer:

“During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.  Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.”

I understand that all those people praying at noon today caused the earth’s axis to shift by four inches.

March 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm  1 Comment
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Islamic Fundamentalists in Egypt? You’re Shitting Me.

I am shocked. Apparently there are wackos in the Middle East. I wouldn’t have guessed.

March 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm  1 Comment
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Damned Japs

Somewhere in the far reaches of my mind, I have a faint memory, or think I have a faint memory, of my grandfather using the word “Japs”.

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March 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm  2 Comments
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France the Beautiful?

“If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France.”

“We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.”

Here we go again. But don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot to love about France. It’s just that when they show up the United States in the realm of testicular fortitude, it’s just fucking embarrassing.

And while we’re letting ourselves get all emotional, here’s a Wall Street Journal headline to edge our embarrassment closer to shame:

Crisis Flummoxes White House
President Mubarak’s Refusal to Step Down Signals a Loss of Western Influence; Sense of ‘Disbelief’ After Speech

Let me also issue the reminder not to judge a book by its cover. President Obama only looks like less of a buffoon than his predecessor. And I capitalized the “p” in “president” only because it was the first word of a sentence. My lack of respect for the man shall not take precedence over my abundance of respect for proper grammar.

February 11, 2011 at 9:56 am  1 Comment
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Egyptian Rebels Without a Cause

Ok, maybe that’s a tad harsh. But “without a leader” would be accurate. I needed to come out of semi-retirement to remind everyone: “change” is neither innately good nor innately bad. It reminds me of an old Mad Magazine parody of the Apple “Think Different” ad campaign. Along with the words, “Think Different”, there was a big head shot of Charles Manson at his most freakin’ psychotic. Classic.

Did anyone not know that at some point after a leader is forced out, another leader would need to take his or her place? MSNBC is reporting that the Egyptian protesters now fear a military coup. Is anyone over there really surprised? With whom and what do they want to replace their existing government? Some guy from Google?

Replacing a government can’t be easy. I’m just skeptical whether an entire constitution or bill of rights can be laid out in 140 characters.

February 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm  4 Comments
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Unseen Movie Reviews: The Beaver

From the looks of it, Patch Adams raped Nell and out came Mel Gibson’s Beaver.

The new Mel Gibson movie due out in Spring 2011 looks so bad that I am still, at this moment, unsure whether the joke is really on me. The Beaver stars Gibson and Jodie Foster, who also directs, and though described by some sources as a “dark comedy”, I see neither darkness nor comedy anywhere in the trailer, unless you count jokes on the audience as examples of dark humor. (Oh, and if you’re new to Unseen Movie Reviews, these are reviews I write prior to seeing movies and with no intention of ever evaluating my success rate.)

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December 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm  6 Comments
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Fondling Your Wife’s Tits for National Security

Outrageous. And as he says, if they’re doing this now, what’s next?

November 6, 2010 at 11:36 am  3 Comments
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Now is the Time for the Country to Come Together in Gridlock

Liberal sore losers in the media will spout that the icky decisiveness of election campaigning must come to an end. Congress must now “come together” to “get things done”, they will say. Their rationale, of course, is that the Democratic minority in the House should actually mean something and they deserve some sort of say. Bullshit. Now is the time for gridlock! (Well, that and the repeal of Obamacare.)

November 3, 2010 at 7:54 am  No Comments
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Election Day 2010: This Time It’s “All of the Above”

I guess this post will constitute a one-day span of campaigning. But it needs to be said for the record, given that in the last election I voted for “none of the above”. This time, I will proudly vote Republican 100% all the way down the ballot.

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November 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm  7 Comments
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Interesting reading

I know I’ve been out of touch for a while. I just thought I’d pass along a link to some interesting reading. Maybe this joke of a presidency will be over soon and some of the damage can start being undone. He says wistfully.

October 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm  No Comments
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Change of Pace

I’ve had nothing to add after my last post, but I thought it would be nice to put up something happy. Depending on your level of appreciation for Brian Wilson, you may cry watching this, but trust me, it’s as happy as it gets.

September 19, 2010 at 10:48 am  No Comments
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September 11th

It’s become easier to talk about my memory of September 11th. I will always know it by “September 11th”, rather than “9/11″, because to me, 9/11 always sounded like a brand name, or a catch phrase, or a cutesy label that was placed on an event of mind-blowing magnitude that just happened to take place on the date that reads like the American emergency phone number. I will talk now about what I saw from the Port Imperial ferry terminal in Weehawken, NJ. There was a time when you could say I took a break from that, at least from getting into the details.

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September 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm  4 Comments
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9/11 Politicized!

According to this AP article, 9/11 has become “politicized” with the mosque and Quran controversies.

“In the past, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was marked by somber reflection and a call to unity, devoid of politics. No more.”

Ah, the good ol’ days. When people of every race, religion, and nationality could come together and unite… for what? Against what? Hey, how the fuck did this crater get here again?

While you’re pondering that, take a look at these awesome aerial photos of New York City. Had they been taken on September 10, 2001, they would have been even more impressive.

September 10, 2010 at 11:39 am  No Comments
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“Preventing Chaos”: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and International Burn-a-Koran-Day

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is consistent. His tune now about the Ground Zero mosque is the same as it was in this article by him which I linked to here. Rauf’s whole shtick is to play good cop to violent Islamists’ bad cop.

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September 9, 2010 at 9:22 am  7 Comments
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Open Letter to Glenn Beck Rally Attendees

First of all, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask the entire readership and authorship of “open letters” to end, once and for all, the writing of “open letters”.

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August 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm  No Comments
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Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on Fox News Tonight (8/30/10)

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of AIFD (American Islamic Forum for Democracy) will appear on “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel at 630PM PST/930PM EST and replayed at 930PM PST/1230PM EST today.

From the AIFD email alert:

Dr. Jasser is scheduled to appear opposite Jehan Harney, Muslim film-maker to discuss the latest developments in the Ground Zero Islamic center controversy after recent comments made by Imam Faisal Rauf to Arabic media in Abu Dhabi

August 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm  1 Comment
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Mosques Within 3,000 Miles of Ground Zero

Polls indicate that Americans are generally against the building of a mosque at Ground Zero, but support the right of those to build it. This is typical of American generosity. But is it rational?

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August 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm  No Comments
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Interview with Peter Neufeld, Co-Founder of the Innocence Project

Read this. Peter Neufeld, co-founder of the Innocence Project, currently holds the record in my mind as stating the greatest number of rational sentences in a row in any major media of recent memory. Very, very impressive. (Though the topic itself is scary and depressing.)

August 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm  2 Comments
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“Net Neutrality”: How Much Government Protection Can You Net For Yourself?

Another pseudo-concept will not die. If you follow The New York Times Technology section, you’ve been hearing so much about “net neutrality” that, by this point, you want to replace broadband lines everywhere with human centipedes of ISP executives, Internet content providers, and newspaper reporters. The loudest and most asinine apparently will win, so I figure that forcing them to talk into each other’s asses would be a big step up from talking out of their own.

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August 18, 2010 at 9:53 am  3 Comments
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USDA reconsiders firing NAACP guest speaker

Sorry, I can’t post any updates to this website. I’m too busy laughing at the Obama administration again. Looks like yet another amateurish fuck-up.

July 21, 2010 at 7:56 am  2 Comments
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Obama Resets Amercan National Defense Back to Zero: More on the U.S.-Russia Spy Sweep

The New York Times reports today: Spy Suspects Leave U.S. in Swap With Russia. This is officially the fastest thing Obama has done yet. Here are a few additional comments to what I said already:

July 9, 2010 at 6:39 am  12 Comments
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White Men Can’t Riot

July 9, 2010 at 12:17 am  6 Comments
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Russian Spy Sweep

Obama’s latest scheme should be called a “sweep”, not a “swap”. The president (I again stick with a lowercase “p” in Obama’s case) is sweeping under the carpet any activity harmful to the security of the United States, in favor of “US-Russian relations”.

You know what we really need, Mr. president? A mosque near the Pentagon. Snap to it.

July 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm  No Comments
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Islam and the Economy

Some good links on current events:

What does this all mean? Maybe I ought to get into the burka business.

July 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm  No Comments
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What to Do About the Muslim Cordoba House in New York City, a.k.a. the Ground Zero Mosque

The best, current Objectivist content in any media comes from Leonard Peikoff. In one of his recent weekly podcasts, in which he gives answers to audience-submitted questions, he responds to the question of what, if anything, should be done about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. His answer quickly set off a chain reaction among Objectivists of carefully worded, polite disagreements with, and adamant defenses of, Peikoff’s position. (Shockingly, not one person seems to agree with my proposal for a big, bronze pile of dead cops and firemen.)

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June 30, 2010 at 7:06 am  9 Comments
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Tom Cruise Jumps the Couch, uh, Shark

 I was reading an article about the disappointing opening (to investors) of the new Tom Cruise movie, Knight and Day. The author postulates, rather seriously, that Cruise’s fail-safe ability to create a blockbuster began to evaporate after his infamous couch-jumping incident on the Oprah Winfrey show. I’d like to point out something about this couch-jumping episode once and for all that really ought to be acknowledged.

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June 25, 2010 at 8:00 am  6 Comments
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Mother Reacts to Daughter’s Headless Torso

“Madame, I understand your daughter was one of the children who was playing inside the cannon when it went off. As the wife of a military hero, would you say your enthusiasm for the 21-gun salute has increased or decreased now that you’ve lost two family members to artillery accidents?”

If photographers were required to conduct interviews instead of gutlessly snapping photos and making a run for it, the above is more or less what we’d see.

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June 22, 2010 at 7:20 am  No Comments
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Rome is Burning: Lyre Lessons, Anyone?

Evidently, Emperor Nero was hanging out in Antium (now Anzio), not actually playing a fiddle or even a lyre.

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June 16, 2010 at 7:04 am  No Comments
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Obama Plugs Well His Ass With Thumb

I admit I feel a little like a bystander at the site of a burning building. A building with really cool, big-ass flames pouring out the windows. Sparks cascading to the ground. A crash of some internal beam or section of floor, causing even more spark and flame to shoot out a window, or burst out a door. A massive and ferocious red, yellow, and orange towering demon looking down at me while I smile and silently root for the fire to kick the rest of the house’s ass. Not so much because I’m anti-house as that I’m pro-fire.

I might wonder, while watching in nervous excitement as the structure slowly crumbles: did someone leave an iron on? Has anyone, for Christ’s sake, started a petition against iron manufacturers? Have any of these clowns, maybe the guys in the yellow and black coats and hats, sued the landlord yet? And is it just me, or is that a set of oily pelican footprints leading out the back door?

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June 15, 2010 at 6:51 am  2 Comments
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Johnny Depp, Here I Come

Today is the first day it occurred to me that there could conceivably come a day when I would consider moving to Europe, because the United States is too liberal.

This helped: The Phantom Recovery

June 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm  3 Comments
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Defending Towel Heads, Iranian Integrity, and Muslim Community Centers

Iran and Gaza Peace Convoys

It’s fortunate that the government of Iran consists of pussies. Another way of putting it is: the Iranians know how weak they are and that their power depends entirely on our (and other Western nations’) decision to leave them alone.

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June 7, 2010 at 1:19 am  2 Comments
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7 Tragic Things About the Israeli Raid of the Gaza Flotilla

Seven miscellaneous tragic aspects of this event:

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    June 2, 2010 at 7:14 am  4 Comments
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    E-tarded E-mail: Regulatory Science

    E-tarded E-mail is back. If you are a follower of this website (did you know we’ve been around since 2000?), then you know E-Tarded E-mail is the email version of a crank call. (Back in the day, we spelled email “e-mail”, and I decided to keep that spelling for old-time’s sake.)

    I don’t expect this particular e-tarded exchange to get very far, so I decided to go ahead and post it now. After hearing about the pseudo-concept of “regulatory science”, I decided to contact one of the country’s preeminent authorities on the subject, Dr. Alan Moghissi, President of the Institute for Regulatory Science and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The fact that he replied even once makes me feel quite satisfied. Further replies, should they arrive, will be posted here.

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    May 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm  5 Comments
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    IQ Level of Kidnapping Victims

    Contrary to popular opinion, we have a hang-up here in America about “blaming the victim”. It’s a hang-up because the independentmindedness of the average American requires that the victim of a crime be given the utmost respect insomuchas a crime could never possibly be committed only due to a victim’s acquiescence to the requests of the perpetrator. I.e., criminals are guilty and victims are innocent. But, if I may inquire, what if the victim is a moron? Read more →

    May 25, 2010 at 7:51 am  No Comments
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    Non Census

    So, a blank census form has been sitting on my desk at work. I had the semi-intention to fill it out so brought it in. At first, I wasn’t going to send the goddamn thing back, but then I thought about it. It makes sense that the government take a count of its citizens. Not for the sake of doling out cash to the races and other pressure groups with the loudest and most annoying assholes speaking on their behalf, but for the basic reason of knowing how many individuals need their rights protected and where they reside. This realization didn’t get me to fill out the census form any faster. Which is why I was a little startled when our doorman called up to say a census worker was asking for us.

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    May 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm  5 Comments
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    Presidential Performance Ratings on Louisiana State Disasters

    Not that I want to give Bush points for anything, but I can’t help but notice that Obama’s response to the Louisiana oil spill is even slower than “Bush’s” response to Hurricane Katrina. I find this amusing. I know 10 billion conservative bloggers will be pointing this out, but I couldn’t help myself.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm  2 Comments
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    Obama’s Nuclear Fetish: Making the World Safe From Ukrainian Terrorists

    It’s occurred to me why Barack Obama loves terrorists. Not that he calls any of them by their first names with any frequency, but he does seem to appreciate the fact that “terrorists” are already floating around in the ether of the public mind. It’s such a vaguely defined concept that not only does it require no specific action, but it allows any action to be bullshitably linked (or if you have an antagonism to the split infinitive: to be linked bullshitably), in such a way that your mindless flailings can actually be described as constructive. “Mindless flailings”, however, doesn’t give Obama the discredit he deserves.

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    April 16, 2010 at 9:52 am  No Comments
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