Archive for January, 2007

Lies and damned lies!

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

If you need evidence that we have too many people making their living off “academic research” then here it is, Real men like romantic movies too: study.  OK, I admit that some of the chick-flick movies that my wife insists on watching are interesting, I would also point out that this is only true when the “romantic” aspect is alleviated by gratuitous nudity, violence, sex, action, murder, and other manly things.

the Grit

European community

January 31, 2007

Hey Grit

At present the EU has a few little problems with regard to militant regimes, of which Iran and North Korea are but two. I shall probably get my head bitten off by someone for this, but here goes.

The EU now consists of 25 countries. The intention in the minds of the Eurocrats, as I have said before, it to create a single European state. A part of that is also the ambition to be considered a superpower of the magnitude that Russia was and the US is. Don’t ask me why this is the intention, I don’t know, but all the evidence points to this.

The difficulties the the EU is the mixture of countries that it comprises of. Almost all of them, at some time in the past, have been bashing each other. Not many centuries ago the UK and fighting with Spain and, less than a century ago we were all bashing it out with Germany. Even more recently, some the countries that were admitted this year were at each others throats internally. Therefore you have quite a volitile mix.

This brings me to my main point. Firstly, the mix described above means that the EU in any area of conflict a) cannot often decide whose side we want to be on and b) cannot be relied upon to stay on the side that we originally vote for in the first place, especially if any decision made is needed to last for more than six months.  Secondly, in its bid for superpower status the EU in its wisdom (or lack thereof) often believe that the way to assert this is to object automatically with anything that the other powers might agree to. Hence the reason it seldom votes to agree with the US, as is the case here.

In my view the EU is now showing one of the drawbacks of globalisation (amongst many) at nations level. Namely, that mixing cultures and political structurs in this way is a receipe for disaster. I am not saying that every EU member state should agree with everything the US does, far from it but, that is the whole point. Each country should be allowed to make up its own mind on the matter.

Of course, the other effect of this process is that it makes the UN even more impotent than it already is (and viagra will not solve the problem), because whilst individual member countries can vote one way in the UN, only to have the powers that be in the EU to say “we don’t like that.”

The case in point, Iran, of course is a classic example of these problems. Yes we have business and energy interests in Iran, but then visa versa is true as well, so it is not as fearful as the EU make it. My view is that if the EU or any other country disagrees with the US over this issue it should be honest and say so, not hide behind excuses, which is what they are doing.

It seems that no one in the EU administration is capable of listening to reason at the moment as they are too focused on building ivory towers or, even worse, a modern day tower of babel.

the Brit

The last Global Warming skeptic?

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

I have good news!  Even our most liberal news paper, perhaps the most liberal serious paper in the world, the New York Times, is not totally convinced about Global Warming and Climate Change: World Scientists Near Consensus on Warming!  While the rest of the story is full of the usual liberal, Global Warming as religion tripe, there is one bit which is very instructive:

Scientists involved in writing or reviewing the report say it is nearly certain to conclude that there is at least a 90 percent chance that human-caused emissions are the main factor in warming since 1950. The report is the fourth since 1990 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is overseen by the United Nations.

 “It is nearly certain that there is at least a 90% chance,” that, to me, says they don’t know!  You should also note that, instead of the usual 100 year comparison, they’ve shifted to a 50 year time span.  That’s because, it’s obvious that the temperature spike in the first half of the last century wasn’t due to human activity.  They can’t really explain its cause, but, quietly buried in the reports of the liberal media, is the admission that we didn’t cause it.  It only took 20 years for that bit of information to come to semi-light.  Of course, to any rational mind, that would bring up the question of trust to the “climate scientists” findings about the most recent temperature increase.  Unfortunately, there is grant money, political power, and business interests at stake, so the truth will have to wait.

Another question a rational person might ask, is what has consensus got to do with science?  While I did suffer through a public school education, I was always taught that science dealt with fact, not opinion.  It is a disturbing surprise to me that science has devolved into a popularity contest.  If this is going to be the trend in “science,” it seems to me that, to make it fair, we should put it to our elected representative to decide the position science will bow to.  That would at least, save us a few billion on research funding.

the Grit

Death by hanging

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit,

You will remember all the todo there was about Sadam Hussain’s hanging? I have just found another very descriptive, detailed and gruesome account of a hanging in Scotland, although without video. You might well be wondering how this could be, bearing in mind that the UK no longer have the death penalty.

The answer is that this hanging took place 178 years ago. It involved a man named “Burke” of Burke and Hare fame. You will note that the media coverage then, was just as outrageous as it is now. However, in those days at least the public did not hide their feelings, being prepared to pay 20 shillings (must be over £20,000 now) to watch the event.

Just goes to show that, despite the technological and civilisation advances, we still have the same basic instincts as we did then.

the Brit

Europe sucks up to Iran?

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

I may need a bit of translation here, Europe Resists U.S. Push to Curb Iran Ties.  OK, did y’all miss the part where Iran is run by insane religious fanatics who want to conquer the Middle East, develop nuclear weapons and long range missiles, slaughter the Jews, crush Western civilization, and all that? A little help?

the Grit

A new blog to read!

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

Our friend Maia has just started a new blog here on WordPress, Blogmash.  I’m not sure what she’s going to do with it yet, but you, and everyone else, should keep an eye on it.

the Grit

Kylie and a mini affair

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit

I have this question to ask. What is a mini affair? The reason I ask is because I have read today that Jean Claude Van Damme claims that he had one of these in 1994 with Kylie Minogue.

I am sure that he cannot be referring to the small car that is often and, therefore, I assume that he is talking about some romantic interlude. If this is the case then I would have thought it would be classed as an “affair”, because either one is physically involved or not. Surely there is no half-way house in these matters? On the other hand I suppose there is a chance that there little “affair” took place in the small car he is referring to, but it would seem a bit un-celebrity like.

the Brit

Can we state the obvious some more, please?

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

This is not a slow news day.  Thus, one has to wonder why the obvious makes headlines, The Richer You Are, the Better Your Sex Life, Survey Finds.  Listen up reporter types and I’ll fill in the rest of this series for you:

The richer you are:

     the better you eat.

     the better your clothes.

     the better your car.

     the better your vacation.

     the better your health care.

     the better your ….

That’s why people want to be rich!

the Grit

Once again I say, Britney’s not stupid.

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

Once again our favorite pop tart has proved that, while she’s a tramp, slut, tart, bad parent, poorly dressed, obnoxious, media whore, with unusual taste in men, she’s not stupid: Casa Federline Up for Grabs.  If she gets her asking price, which you know she will, that’s $6.6 million in profit in 3 years, almost doubling her money.  So, if she ever looses her voice, it looks like she has a fall back career in property investment.

the Grit

Shilpa and Jo and Royalty

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit

Just when you thought it was all over, so it starts again. Yes, you are correct. There are rumours that Shilpa is set to meet the Queen and Tony Blair (providing the latter keeps himself out of prison). In addition, a significant number of offers have come her way, including book deals, West End appearences and many others.

On the other side of the coin Jo, one of the three accused of bullying has won the support of Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, who rightly thinks that it is time to draw a line under this situation. Jo has also suffered over the weekend as her manager died of a heart attack.

Time to draw the curtains and let all of these people get on with their lives.

the Brit

She’s not done yet

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

Remember the big to do over Miss USA, Tara Conner, boozing it up, almost loosing her crown, being forgiven by The Donald, and going to rehab (which solves all problems) ?  Well, she’s back with more confessions, Miss USA cops to coke use.  Is this a plea for attention and more rehab?  Will Mr. Trump utter his famous line?  Are they trying to push the Big Brother scandal off the front page?  Stay tuned, this could get interesting.

the Grit

Royals need publicity too.

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

More and more, I believe you were correct in your analysis of the Big Brother situation, and that it may well have been manipulated.  However, you may not have probed deeply enough into who was behind the conspiracy:

BB QUEEN SHILPA SET TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH ROYALTY

MOTHERLY FERGIE STANDS UP FOR BB’S JO O’MEARA

 It would seem, that your Royal Family has a stake in this mess as well.  Where will it end?  More importantly, when will it end?

the Grit

Are you over there crazy?

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit

My apologies Grit but methinks that some of you over there are having sanity problems. No! this time it is not the politicians. Whilst flicking through the news today I came across a strange piece about a funeral parlour in Madison.

It appears that the gentleman in question has filled his waiting room with stuffed animals – for the kids he says. The idea is to stop them crying. Well, excuse me, but if a child walks into a funeral parlour upset about the loss of someone close, I fail to see how spotting a stuffed squirrel, especially if they come from the country, is going to make them feel any better. Surely the reverse will be the case?

Can you imagine what the animal rights people will make of this.

the Brit

Look out! The light bulb police are coming!

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

Besides being a sign of the end of the world, it’s also one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read lately, California may ban conventional lightbulbs by 2012.  (notice the target date)  Of course, since this will leave the poor in the dark, the State will, no doubt, pass out the free bulbs along with free condoms.  However, considering the eco-freak attitude of California’s population, this also proves that they are either poorly informed or insane.  You have read the packages on those fluorescent bulbs, haven’t you?  They contain mercury.  That is, they contain it until they break.  You can’t even throw them in the trash, least they contaminate the local landfill.  So, between all the extra hazardous material clean up teams, the cost of special disposal on a grand scale, and the expense of a light bulb police force to make certain no one smuggles an evil incandescent bulb into the state, I’m not even sure it will save energy.

the Grit

Global Warming in the Great White North

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

It would seem that we are not the only ones who doubt Global Warming and the politics swirling around it, Harper’s letter dismisses Kyoto as ‘socialist scheme’.  I think he summed up what was wrong with the Kyoto treaty very nicely.  For that matter, I’m not sure why Canadians would want to stop Global Warming.  Really, they could do with taking some of the chill off.

the Grit

Damn this good economy!

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

Sorry to swear, but our insanely good economy, Economy Grows 3.5 Percent in 4th Quarter, is causing lots of problems over here.  The people are not happy:

“An AP-Ipsos poll in early January found that 55 percent of Americans disapproved of the president’s handling of the economy, while 43 percent approved.”

 Obviously, we miss the recession at the end of the Clinton Administration.  It’s Bush’s fault, his and the evil Republicans.  They were warned that the American people wouldn’t stand for having the strongest economy in the world, strong growth in personal income, lower taxes, and almost complete employment, but they went ahead and pushed it on us anyway!  I say it’s time for a good riot in the streets!  Down with Bush!  Down with the economy! 

the Grit

Are you ready to rumble!

January 31, 2007

Hi Brit,

I mentioned that there can be many nasty comments made about fellow party members during the course of the primary campaigns.  Well, it’s already starting, Biden Unbound: Lays Into
Clinton, Obama, Edwards
.  As the days and weeks march on, keep in mind that this is just a warm up 🙂

There is one quote in the piece that attracted my attention, and is now getting a lot of discussion on the talk shows:

about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

This, you should note, is about as vicious as a liberal Democrat can be toward a black man in his own party.  I suspect that Senator Biden is in for a bit of trouble over that remark.

the Grit

Shopping

January 31, 2007

Hi Grit

I can’t say that I am the worlds best shopper, and the activity of consumers in shopping centres often iritates me. Hbaboon.jpgowever, I have just found out the cause for this. It is because a lot of them are baboons. It’s true my friend!

Scientists have just discovered that baboons in the South African woodlands sit down and work out shopping trips. Not only that but they also, apparently, are adept at bargain hunting. So next time you go shopping and see someone resembling the attached picture, you’ll know why.

the Brit 

The real face of liberalism

January 30, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’ve been mulling this story over all day.  It’s such a disgusting saga that I almost skipped it, then, it hit me that we can’t progress as a people by sweeping the dirt under the rug.

Anti-war protesters spray paint Capitol building

Add that to the scene of Hanoi Jane back in action, and, without an extreme act of will, I would be leaning over the rail on the back porch puking my guts out.  Our country has a putrid, festering boil, and its name is Liberal.  Sadly, it seems that the only effective treatment will be lancing.  The future seems unusually bleak today.

the Grit

God no, Global Warming yes.

January 30, 2007

Hi Brit,

While I am hardly what one would call religious, I found this interesting: Scientist provides evidence that God does not exist.  Somehow, just a sneaking suspicion, could it be that this guy is one of the much touted 2,500 experts that wrote the IPCC Big Book of Global Warming?  Just another example of why scientists should stick to what they know, which appears to be very limited in scope.

the Grit