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More Pfaw


I, um, probably should have tried this myself so I would have only had to post once about it. Another e-mailer suggests you, um, change the subject line:

Subj: Please Support the Nomination of William Pryor
Date: 6/10/2003 11:53:56 PM Central Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)




The Chinese Military


From military guy:

“…the Chinese are looking at a cut that is more people than we have on active duty in the Army right now. Yet it’s only a 20% cut.

Another interesting bit – based on the comments about establishing reserve units, the Chinese currently have none.

This represents several things.

1. They have compared themselves to us, and don’t like the results of that comparison.

2. They are seriously rethinking what they want to do with their military – and are clearing the decks for action. To make it leaner, lighter, agile – which means easier to project.

3. Even with the cut, their Army (just army) is still 1.85 million troops. If they modernize only a third of that – that’s more troops than we have, and one hell of an occupying force left over, should they need it.


Web Briefing: January 28, 2015

The Problem With Being Clever


A few emailers warn re: PFAW editing:

I just did the PFAW edit change, and had them send me a copy, as I was curious if there was a way they would get around it. Although the writing of my e-mail remained in support of the nomination, the subject line in the e-mail remained PLEASE OPPOSE THE NOMINATION, which I gather is as far as my senator’s handlers will read.


Re: Bombing


At least 30 casualties, is what is being reported on the news channels. Seems to me with every one of these, the Bush investment, going over for the Sharm summit, looks more and more unwise, politically.

Bus Bombing in Israel


Breaking now



I’m generally in favor of the Middle East roadmap even though I’m deeply pessimistic about its success. But I’ve got to say I’ve got serious sympathy for Israel in this Hamas attack thing. If killing admitted leaders of a terrorist organization fully committed to the destruction of your nation can be denounced as terrorism then, well, Israel is doomed. I understand that Abu Mazen is supposed to be taking care of Hamas. And as a tactical matter I can understand the argument that Israel’s attack was counter-productive. But spare me the notion that going after a leader of Hamas is the same as blowing up a pizza parlor. Imagine how’d we take such denunciations for attacking a leader of al Qaeda.

Arnold Meets The Club For Growth


The Museum & Wmd


Now that much of the anti-war crowd believes the war was only about WMD — and hence would be justified by its discovery — I am particularly delighted by this museum story. Remember how the ransacking of the Baghdad Museum was the single and central criticism of the war? Well, now that’s it’s clear that story was bogus, where will the left run if and when the WMD are found? See Howie Kurtz today for a good take down .

Latest Poll On Race Preferences


This week yet another poll has been released showing that racial preferences in college admissions are very unpopular with all Americans, regardless of race. The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion polled 1,003 U.S. adults across the country from January 27 to 31, asking them, “Do you ‘definitely favor,’ ‘favor,’ ‘oppose’ or ‘definitively oppose’ using a student’s race as a factor when schools decide which students to admit to a college or a university?”

Only 3 percent and 17 percent, respectively, “definitely favored” or “favored” such preferences. Preferences were “opposed” by 55 percent of the respondents, and “definitely opposed” by 25 percent. That is, 80 percent of all Americans were against them.

It is especially noteworthy that preferences were opposed by all three ethnic groups identified in the study. Thus, not only 83 percent of whites but also 78 percent of Latinos and 60 percent of African Americans either “opposed” or “definitely opposed” preferences.

Respondents were also asked whether various other factors should be considered in admissions, including grades, test scores, teacher recommendations, and so forth. No surprises here.

It is, on the other hand, interesting that whites were more likely to “oppose” or “definitely oppose” preferences to those whose parents or grandparents went to the school (although such preferences were unpopular with all groups). Even more surprising were the answers regarding preferences on the basis of a student’s parents being “rich or famous.” High-income white Republican college graduates were more likely to be against such preferences than lower-income black Democrat non–college graduates (although, again, the majority of all groups was against them). One explanation: Perhaps some individuals that favored using these considerations as a factor wanted them used as a NEGATIVE factor.

Enough With The Hillary Hooplah


My first — and last — take on the Hillary hype.

Google Tips!


Green Goes


The Green Party’s environment spokesman in the Irish parliament has quit following some rather entertaining revelations about his stock portfolio.

Blogger William Sjostrom has more.

Fatuous Tax


Something called the Toronto City Summit Alliance is, understandably enough, concerned about the hit to Toronto tourism that has followed the SARS outbreak. Its solution? More advertising paid for, er, by increased taxes on hotel rooms.

Fat Tax (2)


A reader in Ireland writes to say that he heard a doctor on the BBC attempting to justify the proposed fat tax. The best line, apparently:

The tax would “give the poor freedom to choose healthy food”

Somewhere George Orwell is laughing.

Meanwhile, I have been deluged with requests (well, one person asked) for guidance as to how to make a pork pie. Naturally, I have no idea, but good advice is available here. On a completely unrelated – and considerably more unpleasant- topic, a well-known blogger (if the e-mail address is not a fake) sent pictures of food that had been cooked in Dr Pepper – the results looked a little like some of the dinner treats portrayed in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and as this is a family-oriented web site they cannot be reproduced here, but this, on the other hand, can.

Scotch Eggs – wholesome food for wholesome people.



Jonah, “uniform standards” for blogging? Perish the thought…

Icc Watch


The EU is at it again, this time renewing its efforts to extend the jurisdiction of the International Criminal ‘Court’, primarily as a result of pressure from (you guessed it) France and Germany.

When it comes to legal jurisdiction over his own, uh, dealings, however, Jacques Chirac takes a very different tack.

What a hypocrite, what a crook (oh, sorry, “alleged” crook), what a crock.

Pinter, Again


Harold Pinter is at it again – this time comparing the US with (of course!) Nazi Germany. Guantanamo Bay is, he says, a “concentration camp”.

Elsewhere on Cuba, of course, there’s a regime that knows a thing or two about concentration camps, political prisoners, mass murder and torture. And what does Pinter have to say about this? Well, not a lot. He is, however, an “active delegate” of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, a British support group for Cuba’s dictatorship.

Harold Pinter: ‘Active Delegate’, active hypocrite and, as we are reminded yet again, vicious bastard.

Bremer Tells Iran to Stay Out


Going Out With a Bang



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