Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Chuck Norris: Stick to cheesy martial arts shows

Chuck Norris to co-host on Hannity & Colmes

I saw this the other night. Chuck was/is a victim of his own reputation. He is an actor that expressed some conservative views and did kinda okay when Sean Hannity interviewed him. Suddenly, he's writing his own column for WorldNetDaily. Then, substituting for Hannity. He really needs more work and more practice if he wants to do that again, which I'm guessing he won't. He just wasn't good. He didn't even LOOK good, just his appearance, his suit, his hair, his beard, everything. The Hannity & Colmes spotlight did not flatter him. He babbled, grasped for words, stumbling, mumbling, and fumbling his views, which weren't articulated well from the get-go.

It's not really his fault. The only thing I fault him for is accepting the offer if he knew he wasn't up to it.

Quite frankly, the Walker, Texas Ranger shows that I've seen have been a little silly. Too much machismo, too much bravado, too much "yehaw, aren't we cool?" stuff. They are martial arts shows with a plot thrown in to make it seem intellectual. Typically, realistically, just one of Chuck Norris's famed roundhouse kicks would disable a criminal, probably breaking the jaw and or cheek bones. But naturally, Chuck has to deliver about 185 slow-motion, impossibly-poised, perfectly aimed, perfectly timed kicks with an accompanying whoosh before the bad guy falls down, and usually with little more than a token spot of blood on his face when he's yanked to his feet.

Not my cup of tea.

I have nothing against Chuck Norris, but the guy needs to recognize his own limits.


Friday, January 26, 2007

Bindi Irwin homeschooled

Interview With Terri And Bindi Irwin, Widow and Daughter of Late Steve Irwin

KING: Where does she go to school?

T. IRWIN: Home school. She tried preschool for a year and cried every day. So we stole the teacher and she's now home schooling right in the middle of the zoo. And it works well. Emma is with us now. Her teacher ...

KING: Does she have little friends?

T. IRWIN: She does. She has wonderful friends that she visits and plays with. And had a play date with one of her best friends just before coming over.

Notice also that the first thought triggered in Larry's mind is, socialization. Does she have friends. Since, after all, most homeschoolers are without friends!

KING: Do you like being homeschooled?

B. IRWIN: Yes. It's really, really nice because -- you get the feeling that you have a little bit more time with your teacher. Like me and my teacher, we're -- we're together, we really love each other. We're good friends, really good friends.

KING: But you still have friends, right?

B. IRWIN: Yes, I still have friends.

KING: What is your favorite subject?

B. IRWIN: Favorite subject, I would have to say creative writing.

KING: Doesn't surprise me.

B. IRWIN: Really? Thank you.

KING: Because you're a creative person...

B. IRWIN: Thank you very much.

KING: Is the least favorite math?

B. IRWIN: Pardon?

KING: Is the least favorite math?

Well, OK, yes, it is.

KING: I don't want to talk you into it. Maybe it ain't.

B. IRWIN: Yes, well, it is. It is. OK, it is.

Hammering the "does she have any friends" angle. This from the guy with six wives in his history, and a couple of gals that weren't his wives.

Incidentally, Larry had a brother that died at age six, named...Irwin.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A crowded womb

A crowded womb | the Daily Mail

Gorgeous pictures, a sad representative of the 4,000 we kill daily in America.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Butt-shots: Poetic justice for would-be robbers

Woman shoots carjacker in Two Notch Wal-Mart parking lot

Would-be robber shot in the rear end

A small sampling of the armed citizen stories covered across the web. I search for such stories, and frequently send the ones I find along to the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog, the most current and comprehensive coverage of civilian gun defense.

You can also locate such stories in the National Rifle Association's archive.

I also post them on Free Republic for interested Freepers: Free Repulic Armed Citizens Archive. Not the most comprehensive, but every once in a while you'll find an exclusive story there, and by far the most colorful commentary on the topic. And another interesting factor thrown in, there have been four or five stories now where people will sign up on Free Republic and claim to be members of the bereaved family. They claim that there were circumstances unreported on the incident, voiding the claim of self-defense. Such claims are always pursued; I'll respond politely to the one making the claim, as well as checking other news accounts and even contacting local news reporters.

Without fail, all of the alleged family members disappear without a trace. Evidentally, their devotion to their lost family member(s) is not so strong that they can't stick around to face skepticism and prove their claims.

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Taking a Lesson From Liberals

In 2000/2004 elections, Republicans won a majority in House and Senate. Bitter Democrats (unfamiliar and uncomfortable with being in the minority) whined and complained that the Republicans had darn well better give them their dues, and acknowledge their "minority rights." They insisted that, despite winning by record numbers, President Bush did not have a mandate to enact his agenda. "The only politician in America I know with a mandate is Jim McGreevey," quipped James Carville.

Now Republicans are back in the minority, a very comfortable place for excusing ineptitude and inaction. Republicans cowered in Congress, and skulked in the Senate, bowing and scraping to harsh media reviews and public criticism, compromising their values and selling their principles for a good profile in The New York Times.

Now that Democrats are back in power, they are showing that they know how to exercise it. They have already raised the minimum wage, banned smoking on the House floor, and implemented recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, among other things.

I may not agree with or support their actions. But they're doing the wrong thing the right way, and if Republicans ever want to make a difference when and if they recover meaningful control in more than one of the three branches, they would be wise to take a lesson. Work out your agenda, make it a good one, and go all-out for your first assault.

If you're in a fight and are tackling multiple assailants, you want to hit your first target so hard that you won't have to reckon with him again. Likewise, in military strategy, if you're conducting an invasion, make that first sweep so absolutely devastating to your enemy that there is no doubt from the beginning who will rule this conflict.

Don't skip into town in two's and three's and start knocking out your enemies by stealth. You won't get anywhere, the enemy will be more effective at countering your moves, and in the end...the Q-word. (Quagmire.)


Monday, January 01, 2007

Study: Less Acid Rain Not Always So Great

LiveScience.com - Study: Less Acid Rain Not Always So Great

Acid rainfall in the Appalachian Mountains has decreased in recent years and organisms in its streams are thriving. But the environmental comeback could be creating new problems of its own, scientists say.

Hey! Great! We cleaned up the water. No more acid rain.


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