The parties are advised to chill.
Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc., 296 F.3d 894, 908 (9th Cir. 2002)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Well, That's Messed Up

Now, I'm not really a sentimental type when it comes to animals, but this is just messed up (via CNN/AP):

A man who pleaded guilty to putting his wife's puppy in a 200-degree oven, crippling it, was sentenced Monday to six months in jail.

Third District Judge William Barrett ordered Marc Christopher Vincent, 36, to serve six months in jail without the chance of early release. He must also pay a $500 fine and $986 in veterinary bills for the dog.

[ . . . ]

As part of the plea agreement, a second charge of animal cruelty was dropped. Prosecutors had accused Vincent of turning a leaf blower on the dog in a separate incident, damaging the dog's eye so badly it had to be removed.

This is also pretty messed up, albeit in a more comic way.

Posted 7:33 PM by Tony

Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Smart Dumb People

I'll put it out there - John Kerry makes me laugh.

October 30:

We're here to talk about education, but I want to say something before that. You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.

With video:

Now, there's two ways to look at this comment. First, if Kerry's people are to be believed, it's a hit on the President's intelligence. Does Kerry really want to open the door on that one again? (via Boston Globe)

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.

Second, viewed another way, it's a hit on average intelligence of people in the military. That goes beyond simply maladroit - it's just stupid, stupid, and stupid.

The troops (apparently from the Minnesota National Guard, 1st BCT/34th ID) respond (Drudge, via Small Dead Animals):

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Kerry claims to have had his comments distorted by, among others, "right wing nut-jobs". I'm with Annika - if it'd been anyone else, I might have been more charitably inclined, but not in this case.
There's a couple things about his attempted corrective measures that make me laugh. First, his comments weren't distorted - they were taken straight from his own mouth. Feel free to watch the video again. Second, Democratic "right wing nut-jobs" as Harold Ford, Hilary Clinton, and others have also condemned his remarks.

Oh yeah, and I'd suggest that John Kerry not take on Tony Snow - it's not really a battle of equals, you know?

Posted 6:03 PM by Tony

Monday, October 23, 2006
Whose Side Are You On Anyway?

I've been kind of quiescent with this blog recently, due to the press of stuff happening in my life. But CNN's airing of Islamist propaganda footage depicting the targeting and injuring of American servicemen really, really pisses me off, as does CNN's lame justification. The fact that such footage was sent to CNN may be newsworthy, but the airing certainly is not.

CNN's proffered justification:

We are assuming they included the sniper tape to prove the authenticity of the Al-Shimary interview tape and to establish their credibility. Of course, we also understood that some might conclude there is a public relations benefit for the insurgents if we aired the material, especially on CNN International. We also understood that this kind of footage is upsetting and disturbing for many viewers. But after getting beyond the emotional debate, we concluded the tape meets our criteria for newsworthiness.

Which begs the question, what in the world is their criteria? If the sniper tape is used to prove authenticity, that doesn't merit broadcasting the tape - reporting the fact that such tape was submitted should be sufficient. Moreover, looking at CNN's video on the web, the purported motive for sending the tape receives short shrift.

If CNN is going to show this out of some specified "criteria for newsworthiness," then a Marine sniper taking out an Islamist should be equally broadcast-worthy, it seems.

To me, this amounts to showing a snuff video, CNN's justifications not withstanding. The video features footage of Americans, followed by a metallic ping that sounds like it was added in later, blackness, and then an American on the ground.

This really ticks me off, but I'm not really surprised, in view of, among other things, Eason Jordan's admission that CNN broadcast Saddam Hussein's propaganda in exchange for access, and more generally, thisincident involving Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings:

Representative Hunter has asked the Pentagon to pull CNN's embedding privileges. Fine by me, since CNN has apparently picked sides in the information war.

Posted 6:44 PM by Tony

Monday, September 18, 2006
Random Decorating Idea

In the lobby of our office, there's a TV showing a promotional video on an endless loop.

It struck me: it'd be hilarious to change that video to girls jumping on trampolines?

Now there's a video I'd watch endlessly.

Posted 10:25 PM by Tony

While I've Been Out

I've been on vacation, and so missed noticing South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun visit to San Francisco (see also here. I find myself skeptical, to say the least, of his national security strategy secretary's characterization of the US-ROK alliance as "upgraded."

Pardon me while I go have myself a good laugh.

For those of you who follow Korea issues, feel free to take a powder... for those of you who want to read up on US-ROK relations, feel free to browse through the Marmot's coverage, the Korea Liberator, or US in Korea.

I think the NY Times (for once) has it right in characterizing the alliance as undergoing "enormous strains" (via the Korea Liberator):

In past meetings, Mr. Bush has done his best to paper over the differences. But his aides acknowledge that the gap has grown so much in recent months — “as wide as the Sea of Japan” one senior official said Wednesday — that it will be almost impossible to hide.*

Mr. Roh will receive treatment that contrasts sharply with the warm embrace extended in June to Japan’s prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi. Mr. Koizumi got long meetings, a glittering dinner and a trip to Graceland; Mr. Roh, leader of the other major United States ally in Asia, is getting an hour in the Oval Office and a quick lunch.

Roh, and for that matter, his Uri(nal) Party Teletubbies, rode to power, in not insubstantial part, by riding a wave of anti-Americanism, occasioned by the accidental death of two Korean school girls**, and manifested, among other ways, by signs like this (see also these stories from Time and the Economist from 2003). Roh didn't help things during his campaign run by asking, "What's wrong with anti-Americanism?"

His administration hasn't done much for relations, as demonstrated by, among other things, its selection of Unification Ministers (follow the links therein), and its current attempts to slide in goods made in North Korea in a Free Trade Agreement (and prior to that, the Wassenaar Arrangement). There's too much in the last few years to put in here, but suffice to say that there's plenty of fodder for a cooling of US-ROK relations, aside from the nuclear issue.

"Upgraded"? Compared to what?
* In view of the East Sea/Sea of Japan brouhaha, the invocation of "Sea of Japan" is cause for added hilarity.

** The reaction to this has occasioned some (in my opinion) justifiable cynicism, when viewed in contrast to the reaction to the near-contemporaneous deaths of South Korean sailors in a gunfight with the North Korean navy.

Posted 6:40 AM by Tony

Thursday, August 31, 2006
Vocabulary Word Of The Day


From Beerfest.

I'm going to have to remember that one.

Posted 7:46 AM by Tony

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

How did I miss this? In the SF Chronicle:

The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system, testing him on an issue that voters rate as one of their top concerns in this election year.

On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.

To view the bill, SB840, see here.

I'm a bit concerned, since I do not want to change my own insurance plan for one provided by the state government.

Posted 7:41 PM by Tony

Monday, August 28, 2006
That's Poetic

Via Instapundit, it appears that Saddam Hussein is being made to watch South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

Hey, doesn't that feature Saddam and Satan as homosexual lovers?

Oh yeah:

Satan: How come you always want to make love to me from behind? Is it because you want to pretend I'm somebody else?

Saddam Hussein: Satan, your ass is gigantic and red. Who am I going to pretend you are, Liza Minelli?

Posted 6:54 PM by Tony

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