Friday, March 27, 2015

Sleazy pol announces retirement

Harry Reid will not run for reelection. He claims that getting beat up by the Koch brothers in an alley behind the Four Seasons injuries sustained in a freak exercise accident had nothing to do with his decision.

Whatever the reason, I'm glad to see this particular bag of graft hit the road. And shame on the Repusillanican Party for letting itself get shoved around by this fugitive from a Grant Wood painting.

Hey, ladies, who wants a sandwich?

Democrat (of course) Representative Barbara Lee says climate change could create food shortages that may drive women into prostitution. Jim Treacher marvels.

Making the Hajj

A non-Muslim fakes his way into Mecca. An interesting series of articles about one man's journey to "the most forbidden spot on earth".

Part I

Part II

Part III

H/T: Captain Heinrichs

Happy Feet Friday

Little Esther and Mel Walker love each other - and the boogie-woogie, in Cupid's Boogie.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Petulance on stilts

Turns out that the administration recently declassified a Defense Dept. report on Israel’s nuclear program. Stephen Green lays out the significance of this action:
If you want to know why Tehran has been so successful in stalling against Obama and SecState John Kerry, look no further than right here. They — and the rest of the world — were given, courtesy of the Obama Administration and free of charge, some of Israel’s most vital national security secrets.

And that was when there was still six weeks of negotiation time left to go. The mullahs must be drooling at the prospect of what Obama/Kerry might let them have going into the final hours. The March 31 deadline is just days away, and Obama and Kerry are more desperate than ever for a deal, any deal, no matter the cost to Israel’s security.

Never have such two sold out so many for so little.
Yes, a couple of shrewd yankee traitors traders, no doubt about it.

Update: Glenn Reynolds has a couple of sharp observations on the subject: “Two thoughts: (1) If the Obama Administration wants to ensure that no ally will trust the United States again, they’re doing what it takes; and (2) If I had as much to hide as the Obama Administration does, I’m not sure I’d start a leak-war.”

Another scientist stands up to the climate change fanatics

Dr. Christopher Essex takes on the global warm-mongers. A sample:
For scientists, opposition is a feature not a bug. Authorities can proudly convince themselves to be absurdly wrong, until some brave souls stand up to them. Sometimes there is a heavy price.

An easily comprehensible example would be the case of the physician Ignaz Semmelweis. He proposed that patients would be helped if you thoroughly washed your hands between patients. The consensus among experts of his day was that he was wrong. He was driven out and ended his days in a psychiatric hospital. This phenomenon is not the exception, but the rule. In countless cases ranging from obscure technical issues, known only by experts, to grand insights like continental drift, this story, or something like it, has been played out again and again in history.
Update: Sorry, but forgot to put in the link. It's there now.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Strangely amusing scene

I caught an old spy flick on TCM recently - Contraband (1940) – that featured Conrad Veidt as the captain of a Danish freighter whose ship is detained by the British for a routine inspection (it is the early months of the war – the so-called “Phony War” period) . Veidt is a good guy who accidentally gets pulled into an operation pitting Nazi agents against British intelligence (the latter including the beauteous Valerie Hobson), and the dialogue is witty, the scenes well-crafted, and the plotting brisk.

There is one scene in particular that I found highly amusing (unfortunately, I have not been able to find a video clip of it on YouTube). The incident takes place in London. The chief Nazi villain, played by Canadian-born actor Raymond Lovell, is armed with a pistol and is chasing Veidt around a warehouse storeroom filled with plaster busts of Neville Chamberlain. Given the setting of the movie and the time the action is taking place, I don’t know whether there was anything intended in the way of symbolism or satire, but it sure struck me as funny.

Anyhow, it’s a fun movie very much worth seeing.