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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Health Problems


I haven't been posting lately because of some on going health problems.

I'll start kickin' the shit again once I get better.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Japan Plans Manned Base On Moon!

Report: Japan Eyes Manned Base on Moon

TOKYO -- Japan plans to start building a manned base on the moon and a space shuttle within the next 20 years, a newspaper report said Monday.

Japan's space agency, JAXA, hopes to develop a robot to conduct probes on the moon by 2015, then begin constructing a solar-powered manned research base on the moon and designing a reusable manned space vessel like the U.S. space shuttle by 2025, the Mainichi Shimbun said.

The space agency's budget could be boosted six-fold to $57 billion to finance those plans, the Mainichi said.

Full article here.


NASA needs to create plans to accomplish this before the Japanese do. If it requires a lot of money, I think it's something that the Federal government should actually deal with. We need to maintain America's position on top of the world in everything we can, especially as something as important as the field of space exploration. Russia beat us to get the first man into space, and we countered by landing the first man on the moon. We MUST be the first to create a manned based on the moon, something that would be extremely rewarding. This will become another "giant leap for man-kind" and we need to make sure that as Americans we're the ones to take that step. If it requires $60 some odd billion like it will the Japanese, I say it's worth it. This is something that is extremely significant and will go down in history as a very important moment for mankind. It's worth the money.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Tucker Carlson on Hunter S. Thompson's Death

Unfiltered
Tucker Carlson

"Hunter S. Thompson died this week, a suicide in his home near Aspen. He was 67 - distressingly young by actuarial standards; impressive given how he'd lived.

Thompson wrote many books over 40 years in journalism, but one great one - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a 1971 account of a drug-fueled road trip through the desert. It is a brilliant piece of writing, with sentences so well-balanced, you could chant them. It may be the funniest thing written during the entire decade.

The book and those that followed made Thompson a hero to a generation of magazine journalists and crypto-libertarians, as well as to people who just like drugs. By the end of his life, he was an icon, perhaps unfortunately.

I was with Thompson last month, in a bar in New Orleans. As he swayed on his stool, fans approached to meet the man who invented gonzo journalism. Most seemed to know him from his portrayal in movies. I got the sense they had less interest in writing like Hunter Thompson than in being Hunter Thompson.

Which is probably just as well. Anyone can take mescaline and drive fast. But to produce a book like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes a genius. There aren't many of those around. Now there's one fewer."

The Oscars


Does anyone really give a shit? I haven't seen one movie that's nominated for a major award, nor do I want to. Aside from all the "Hollywood vs. America" crap, the movies coming out today just plain suck. It's no wonder they expect their worst ratings ever tonight, even as the academy desperately tries to boost ratings with a controversial host. I for one won't be watching tonight, and frankly I'm amazed at the amount of attention the Oscars HAVE received this year.

UK Liberals as Dumb as American Liberals

The Independent
Francis Elliott

Labour has hired an American spin doctor known as the "garbage man" for publishing pictures doctored to show George Bush taking cocaine. The party faces controversy over "dirty tricks" after it said Zack Exley, 35, is working full-time on its campaign.

He is notorious in Washington as an expert in the use of the internet to spread black propaganda. President Bush was moved to call him a "garbage man". Other stunts included fake photographs of Mr Bush smoking a joint and spoof articles by him.

Mr Bush's team tried toclose down one website run by Mr Exley during the 2000 presidential campaign. Mr Bush's supporters cried foul again last year after he was brought into the Kerry campaign fresh from running another Bush-baiting website, MoveOn. He has also worked with Stan Greenberg, a business partner of Philip Gould, Tony Blair's personal pollster.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: "Zack Exley is working for the party as a campaign consultant specifically using his experience of working on www.moveon.org."...

Full article here.


So it seems the UK liberals want to drink from the same poisoned Kool-Aid as their American friends. Good for them. Look how well he helped John Kerry.

Hat tip: Wes Roth

Liberalism is Dying

Liberalism: Can It Survive?

Us News
By John Leo

QUESTION FOR THE DAY: IF LIBERALISM isn't dead, then why are autopsies performed so regularly? In the latest examination of the much-probed cadaver, the New Republic 's editor-in-chief, Martin Peretz, recalls that John Kenneth Galbraith, in the early 1960s, pronounced American conservatism dead, citing as heavy evidence that conservatism was "bookless" or bereft of new ideas. Peretz writes, "It is liberalism that is now bookless and dying." Liberals, he says, are not inspired by any vision of the good society; the liberal agenda consists of wanting to spend more, while conservatives want to spend less. And the lack of new ideas and the absence of influential liberal thinkers, he says, are obvious.

Galbraith's comment contains some comfort for liberals: Conservatism revived with great intellectual ferment and a long burst of new ideas, and liberalism presumably can do the same. But there is no sign that this is happening. No real breakthrough in liberal thought and programs has occurred since the New Deal, giving liberalism its nostalgic, reactionary cast.

Worse, the cultural liberalism that emerged from the convulsions of the 1960s drove the liberal faith out of the mainstream. Its fundamental value is that society should have no fundamental values, except for a pervasive relativism that sees all values as equal. Part of the package was a militant secularism, pitched against religion, the chief source of fundamental values. Complaints about "imposing" values were also popular then, aimed at teachers and parents who worked to socialize children.

Modern liberalism, says Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, has emptied the national narrative of its civic resources, putting religion outside the public square and creating a value-neutral "procedural republic." One of the old heroes of liberalism, John Dewey, said in 1897 that the practical problem of modern society is the maintenance of the spiritual values of civilization. Not much room in liberal thought for that now, or for what another liberal icon, Walter Lippmann, called the "public philosophy." The failure to perceive the importance of community has seriously wounded liberalism and undermined its core principles. So has the strong tendency to convert moral and social questions into issues of individual rights, usually constructed and then massaged by judges to place them beyond the reach of majorities and the normal democratic process...

Full article here.


And Liberals themselves are so far from realizing this point that it's hard to imagine them recovering any time soon from the hell they've dug themselves into (and are continuing to do so).


 
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Health Problems


I haven't been posting lately because of some on going health problems.

I'll start kickin' the shit again once I get better.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Japan Plans Manned Base On Moon!

Report: Japan Eyes Manned Base on Moon

TOKYO -- Japan plans to start building a manned base on the moon and a space shuttle within the next 20 years, a newspaper report said Monday.

Japan's space agency, JAXA, hopes to develop a robot to conduct probes on the moon by 2015, then begin constructing a solar-powered manned research base on the moon and designing a reusable manned space vessel like the U.S. space shuttle by 2025, the Mainichi Shimbun said.

The space agency's budget could be boosted six-fold to $57 billion to finance those plans, the Mainichi said.

Full article here.


NASA needs to create plans to accomplish this before the Japanese do. If it requires a lot of money, I think it's something that the Federal government should actually deal with. We need to maintain America's position on top of the world in everything we can, especially as something as important as the field of space exploration. Russia beat us to get the first man into space, and we countered by landing the first man on the moon. We MUST be the first to create a manned based on the moon, something that would be extremely rewarding. This will become another "giant leap for man-kind" and we need to make sure that as Americans we're the ones to take that step. If it requires $60 some odd billion like it will the Japanese, I say it's worth it. This is something that is extremely significant and will go down in history as a very important moment for mankind. It's worth the money.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Tucker Carlson on Hunter S. Thompson's Death

Unfiltered
Tucker Carlson

"Hunter S. Thompson died this week, a suicide in his home near Aspen. He was 67 - distressingly young by actuarial standards; impressive given how he'd lived.

Thompson wrote many books over 40 years in journalism, but one great one - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a 1971 account of a drug-fueled road trip through the desert. It is a brilliant piece of writing, with sentences so well-balanced, you could chant them. It may be the funniest thing written during the entire decade.

The book and those that followed made Thompson a hero to a generation of magazine journalists and crypto-libertarians, as well as to people who just like drugs. By the end of his life, he was an icon, perhaps unfortunately.

I was with Thompson last month, in a bar in New Orleans. As he swayed on his stool, fans approached to meet the man who invented gonzo journalism. Most seemed to know him from his portrayal in movies. I got the sense they had less interest in writing like Hunter Thompson than in being Hunter Thompson.

Which is probably just as well. Anyone can take mescaline and drive fast. But to produce a book like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes a genius. There aren't many of those around. Now there's one fewer."

The Oscars


Does anyone really give a shit? I haven't seen one movie that's nominated for a major award, nor do I want to. Aside from all the "Hollywood vs. America" crap, the movies coming out today just plain suck. It's no wonder they expect their worst ratings ever tonight, even as the academy desperately tries to boost ratings with a controversial host. I for one won't be watching tonight, and frankly I'm amazed at the amount of attention the Oscars HAVE received this year.

UK Liberals as Dumb as American Liberals

The Independent
Francis Elliott

Labour has hired an American spin doctor known as the "garbage man" for publishing pictures doctored to show George Bush taking cocaine. The party faces controversy over "dirty tricks" after it said Zack Exley, 35, is working full-time on its campaign.

He is notorious in Washington as an expert in the use of the internet to spread black propaganda. President Bush was moved to call him a "garbage man". Other stunts included fake photographs of Mr Bush smoking a joint and spoof articles by him.

Mr Bush's team tried toclose down one website run by Mr Exley during the 2000 presidential campaign. Mr Bush's supporters cried foul again last year after he was brought into the Kerry campaign fresh from running another Bush-baiting website, MoveOn. He has also worked with Stan Greenberg, a business partner of Philip Gould, Tony Blair's personal pollster.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: "Zack Exley is working for the party as a campaign consultant specifically using his experience of working on www.moveon.org."...

Full article here.


So it seems the UK liberals want to drink from the same poisoned Kool-Aid as their American friends. Good for them. Look how well he helped John Kerry.

Hat tip: Wes Roth

Liberalism is Dying

Liberalism: Can It Survive?

Us News
By John Leo

QUESTION FOR THE DAY: IF LIBERALISM isn't dead, then why are autopsies performed so regularly? In the latest examination of the much-probed cadaver, the New Republic 's editor-in-chief, Martin Peretz, recalls that John Kenneth Galbraith, in the early 1960s, pronounced American conservatism dead, citing as heavy evidence that conservatism was "bookless" or bereft of new ideas. Peretz writes, "It is liberalism that is now bookless and dying." Liberals, he says, are not inspired by any vision of the good society; the liberal agenda consists of wanting to spend more, while conservatives want to spend less. And the lack of new ideas and the absence of influential liberal thinkers, he says, are obvious.

Galbraith's comment contains some comfort for liberals: Conservatism revived with great intellectual ferment and a long burst of new ideas, and liberalism presumably can do the same. But there is no sign that this is happening. No real breakthrough in liberal thought and programs has occurred since the New Deal, giving liberalism its nostalgic, reactionary cast.

Worse, the cultural liberalism that emerged from the convulsions of the 1960s drove the liberal faith out of the mainstream. Its fundamental value is that society should have no fundamental values, except for a pervasive relativism that sees all values as equal. Part of the package was a militant secularism, pitched against religion, the chief source of fundamental values. Complaints about "imposing" values were also popular then, aimed at teachers and parents who worked to socialize children.

Modern liberalism, says Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, has emptied the national narrative of its civic resources, putting religion outside the public square and creating a value-neutral "procedural republic." One of the old heroes of liberalism, John Dewey, said in 1897 that the practical problem of modern society is the maintenance of the spiritual values of civilization. Not much room in liberal thought for that now, or for what another liberal icon, Walter Lippmann, called the "public philosophy." The failure to perceive the importance of community has seriously wounded liberalism and undermined its core principles. So has the strong tendency to convert moral and social questions into issues of individual rights, usually constructed and then massaged by judges to place them beyond the reach of majorities and the normal democratic process...

Full article here.


And Liberals themselves are so far from realizing this point that it's hard to imagine them recovering any time soon from the hell they've dug themselves into (and are continuing to do so).