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They’re Here!

29 January 2009

Well, part, anyway.

The unicorn seems to have been held up in shipping; but the Skittles are being delivered. For some reason, though, the only ones coming through are the brown ones. And they smell kind of funny, but it’s probably ungrateful of me to criticize. I’m sure the rest will start shipping any day, now.

I’m so excited!

National Ammo Day

16 November 2008

Just a reminder:


This is National Ammo Week. Go out and buy a hundred rounds of your favorite caliber(s). Do it for the children.

Must Read: The Comprehensive Argument Against Barack Obama

21 October 2008

Go to Hot Air to read it:

Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham, with editing and contributions by Ed Morrissey, lay out the case against Senator Hopenchange.

Sod Off

17 May 2007

One of the outstanding characteristics of the Bronx is noise. I had a nice visit, but I was really looking forward to getting back to Maine’s relative quiet.

No such luck. While I was away, a major construction project was started across the street from my house. According to a friend, the turf at Memorial Field (of the nice, growing, sod kind) is being replaced by Astroturf.

20070516_003a.jpgThe rape of Memorial Field

Intellectually, I understand that this move will save the city money (despite its $1.1 million price tag), and will allow greater use of the field. But I spent too many years producing the kind of lawns that kids love to run on barefoot, and that high school athletes have played on forever — and this field was one I helped maintain many years ago — not to feel like I’m being stabbed in the heart every time I look across the street.

This is what grass is supposed to look like:

20070516_004a.jpgMy baby

Technically, I’m retired, but I’ve fought dandelions, crabgrass, grubs and ants to produce this. My lizard brain just doesn’t understand why anyone would throw it away for a plastic carpet.

Take The Pledge

27 January 2007

Okay, so I’m a lazy, lazy man. That’s why, instead of actually expending the energy to write my own post about the NRSC Pledge, I just copied and pasted from an email I got this morning from Hugh Hewitt and N.Z. Bear:

The Activism Agenda:

Please tell the candidates in the ’08 cycle especially – Alexander, Collins, Coleman and Smith and would be presidential nominees McCain and Brownback — that a vote for the Warner resolution is the end of support for them and the NRSC.

Senator Alexander’s phone: (202) 224-4944. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Brownback’s phone: (202) 224-6521. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Coleman’s phone: (202) 224-5641.His e-mail form is here:

Senator Collins’ phone: (202) 224-2523. Her e-mail form is here: [because the length of Senator Collins’ info string broke my blog, I converted it to this link — ed.]

Senator McCain’s phone: (202) 224-2235. His campaign e-mail form is here:

Senator Smith’s phone: (202) 224-3753. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Voinovich’s phone: (202) 224-3353. His e-mail form is here:

The GOP leadership, which need to announce that no resolution will voted on that encourages the enemy, and that includes the Warner resolution or any cousin of the Warner resolution:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s phone is (202) 224-2541. His e-mail form is here:

Minority Whip Trent Lott’s phone is (202) 224-6253. His e-mail form is here:

Senator Jon Kyl’s phone is (202) 224-4521. His e-mail form is here:

Senator John Ensign’s phone is (202) 224-6244. His e-mail form is here:

Take the NRSC Pledge:

If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution.

America’s Lady Macbeth

26 January 2007

When one sees past the new, improved, touchy-feely, let’s-chat Hillary!:

Now, you might say, hold on. Aren’t all politicians veined with an opportunistic streak? Why is she any different? The difference is that Mrs Clinton has raised that opportunism to an animating philosophy, a P. T. Barnum approach to the political marketplace.

All politicians, sadly, lie. We can often forgive the lies as the necessary price paid to win popularity for a noble cause. But the Clinton candidacy is a Grand Deceit, an entirely artificial construct built around a person who, stripped bare of the cynicism, manipulation and calculation, is nothing more than an enormous, overpowering and rather terrifying ego.

There’s more in the article from Gerard Baker at Times Online. Via Michelle Malkin.

Help Nazanin Update

15 January 2007

The updates were making the “Help Nazanin” post kinda long, so here’s an update post.

From the Help Nazanin site updates page:

Nazanin Afshin-Jam and Mina Ahadi spoke with Nazanin Fatehi’s lawyers today regarding her retrial that took place on January 10th 2007.

They have received verbal confirmation from the court that she will be exonerated from the charge of murder. The incident that took place in March 2005 has been recognized as an act of self-defense, however the court has ruled that disproportionate force was used by Nazanin while trying to defend herself and her 15-year old niece. Accordingly, they have asked Nazanin to pay “dieh” (blood money) to receive a pardon from the family of the deceased. Once this amount is paid, Nazanin can be released from prison.

There’s more. Go read it.

Help Nazanin

9 January 2007

(scroll down for updates)

In Iran, teenaged girls are sentenced to death for the crime of being raped. For the crime of defending themselves from rape, they are also sentenced to death.

From Power Line:

…According to her account, Nazanin was with her sixteen-yeare-old niece and their two boyfriends when they were approached by three men who tried to rape them. The boyfriends fled, and Nazanin defended herself with a knife she carried in her purse. She stabbed one of the men, who later died. So far, at least, I haven’t seen any version of the facts that differs materially from Nazanin’s account.


Nazanin was prosecuted for murder and sentenced to hang. The verdict was apparently set aside by an ayatollah, and she is due to be retried tomorrow, January 10.

Wikipedia has the story here. A Canadian singer (and former Miss World runner-up) named Nazanin Afshin-Jam has taken up Nazanin Fatehi’s case and has set up a web site called Help Nazanin. So far, over 250,000 signatures have been collected on an internet petition.

The Power Line guys are much more articulate than I am. Go read the whole thing. Follow the links. Help Nazanin.

Update at 20070109/20:43:

Apparently the age of eligibility for the death penalty in Iran is 15 for boys and 9 for girls. This is what happens when sharia law is elevated above secular law.

Anybody visiting here have a young daughter? Know someone who does? Pass them the link to this post by copying and pasting it into your email:

Update at 20070111/20:50:

From the Help Nazanin website updates page:

The court’s decision: what Nazanin did was not premeditated murder. The judges added that the previous court’s verdict was partly based on unreliable and inaccurate testimony.

The court did not go as far as staying the execution today. But the family expects a formal letter to that effect in the coming days.

Despite the absence of a formal repudiation today, this is very positive news, no doubt, and the family is quite hopeful.


Nazanin’s lawyer, Shadi Sadr, said that we must remain cautious until the written verdict is provided in a few days time. Until we receive the written verdict in hand, we encourage everyone to sign the petition and spread awareness of the situation.

This isn’t over and she’s not out of the woods yet. Keep her in your prayers. And, if you haven’t already, go sign the petition.

Update at 20070113/11:53:

Again, from the Help Nazanin website updates page:


Thank you to everyone who has been sending me such kind messages of encouragement and your eagerness to help. Nazanin Fatehi’s written verdict has not been provided. It is anticipated to be given next week; therefore, it is not too late to have your voice heard. Go to the “what you can do” section. I am sorry that I am not able to answer all your individual posts at the moment as you can imagine it is quite a hectic time.

Sign the petition to Help Nazanin.

Some Perspective

9 November 2006

Ann Coulter puts the election results into perspective.

Go read all of Historic Victory For Diebold!

Then stop whining, pull up your bootstraps, and get to work. The children are now in charge of the day care center, and it won’t take long for that to become evident.