Saturday, November 24, 2007

UT vs UK (III)

Great game (if you don't have a heart condition).

Kentucky should have won it in OT #2 but the field goal was blocked. In the 4th OT Tennessee scored and got the 2 point. Kentucky scored and missed the 2 point.

52-50 Tennessee! EMB: I tried to call you, was a great game, hope you got to watch it.

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UT vs UK

31-28 UT 6 minutes to go... tight game

The UK offense on track and UT has some drops that have hurt. UT ball (UK kicking off).

UT vs UK (half time)

Tennessee 24
Kentucky 7

Halfway through the game and it's looking like the streak will reach 23 in a row for Tennessee. The offense is moving at will (one tipped interception that resulted in nothing) and the defense is playing inspired (intercepted Woodson next play after the Ainge Int.). If Kentucky doesn't find some 'fire' in the locker room, this game may get out of hand.

Don't worry EMB, they still get to go to a bowl ;)

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The Death of English Manners

Soldiers who suffered appalling injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan were verbally abused as they swam in a public swimming pool.

During a weekly rehabilitation class at a council leisure centre, 15 servicemen – including several who have lost limbs or suffered severe burns – were heckled and jeered by members of the public.

One woman was so incensed that the troops were using the pool at Leatherhead Leisure Centre in Surrey that she told them they did not deserve to be there.[link]

Read the whole thing and weep for the country that was one of the greatest in the world for so long. (h/t stickydiesel)

Friday, November 23, 2007


I give thanks for my family and friends this holiday season. And my prayers to the family and friends of these poor souls.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fred Interview

Part 1

Part 2

Norris & Huckabee

This is hands down the funniest and best political ad I have ever seen. It would be nice if more politicians would stop taking themselves so damned seriously and try to make people want to vote for them. Not against their opponent(s). This ad has been out for at least a few days. But I thought I would share it here just in case you guys missed it.

Chuck Norris Approved

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I would like to say Thanks to GSGF for blogging here with us at TDR and to ask everyone to make her feel welcome :)

I see the 2 items here have been also posted at her normal site (here) so now you get more choices for her wit and charm [heh]

We're still looking for 1-2 more people, drop me a line and let me know if you're interested.
GSGF is a passionate writer who looks more on the middle east than internal politics and Iran more than any other place. I'll let her tell about her if she wants, but you can't go wrong reading her pieces (with links) and she has inside info on quite a few items (which hopefully she'll put on here for us to enjoy).

Again, I'd like to give her special thanks for joining.

Bashar's Bridge to Burn

The line between the Great Satan's asymmetrical hudna and asymmetrical jihad is becoming nigh nonexistant.
The Internat'l Palestinian Sympathy Fatigue Awareness Week at Annapolis seems like another futile jaw flapping event. Legitimate reps from a legitimate, democratically elected government of a sovereign nation parley with a chaotic, illegitimate bi polar terrorist loving, civil war infected fiefdoms whose 'diplomats' are determined more by loyalty to a leader than to their own people.

Front row seats include the EU - whose recent realignment with both the Great Satan and the Little Satan make a powerful statement. The Arab Leauge may attend.

Syria 's presence is significant.
A Palestinian State is not the real point here. Driving a wedge between Bashar Al Assad's Syria and the Mullah's in Iran is.
The Great Satan is making an honest effort to engage Syria. Honest because the Little Satan has something that Syria wants. And Syria has something to trade.

"It is clear that Assad will not be sending a representative to Annapolis to
grant legitimacy to a bilateral Israeli-Palestinian process that is meant to end
up with an agreement between the Zionist Entity and the Fatah-led PA.
Keep in mind that Damascus houses and fully supports Hamas, which is
ideologically opposed to any such process. Rather, Assad has a price for his
attendance and for moving away from Iran."
Regaining the Golan heights has driven Syrian policy since the IDF took it fair and square in a real war. It has been one of the ideals behind Bashar's regime since he assumed power. An intregal part of Kuryat Suriyah will take some repositioning before reclaiming.

Disowning Hiz'B'Allah, refraining from blatant and covert interference in Lebanon and officially recognizing Israel seems like a high price to pay for the Golan. Easing sanctions and restrictions on Syria by the Great Satan are powerfully desired bits of legitimacy for Al Assad.

Iran sees a real chance that Syria may bail on her Axis of Evil commitments, after all the mullahs haven't been invited. Bashar build bridges with Turkey because of syria's weakness.

One by one, the Great Satan is forcing the unelected leaders of the ME to get with it or get dissed, smacked or replaced. Countering every Arab League raison de doofuss for the ME's failures is brilliant - especially if Annapolis itself fails.

Will Annapolis actually work? Who cares? This 'hudna' is an effective smokescreen for the near future.

When the Great Satan's hudna finally gives way to the Great Satan's jihad - America unbound can remind targeted regimes and their precious assets - Annapolis was their bridge to avoid all this 'instability'. And they blew it.

Real Gun Control

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A man was at the country club for his weekly round of golf. He began his round with an eagle on the first hole and a birdie on the second. On the third hole he had just scored his first ever hole-in-one when his cell phone rang.
It was a doctor notifying him that his wife had just been in a terrible accident and was in critical condition and in the ICU.
The man told the doctor to inform his wife where he was and that the he’d be there as soon as possible.

As he hung up he realized he was leaving what was shaping up to be his best ever round of golf. He decided to get in a couple of more holes before heading to the hospital. He ended up playing all eighteen of course, finishing his round shooting a personal best 61, shattering the club record by five strokes and beating his previous best game by more than 10.

He was jubilant.... Then he remembered his wife. Feeling guilty he dashed to the hospital.
... [link]

H/T AJD Shootist

Click the link and read the rest, nothing like a good joke to make you appreciate everything more :-)

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Suicide after Hoax

Monday, November 19, 2007


My satellite modem is dead. I have another on order ($180) and currently on dial-up, so most posting will happen from work if I post.

Sex in Iran

This post is by GSGF:

"I don't know what the book is about. But when the government bans a book, there is something interesting in it." Ahmad Abbasi says, forking out twice the book's price at an undisclosed location.

Life under an illegitimate regime like Iran's mullahs does have one benefit. You know when the government bans a book - it's got to be good. Especially one that made it through a first edition before the "Culture Ministry" caught the error.

"Memories of My Melancholy Whores" a Persian translation of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel at first seems about as dangerous as listening to your 'rents Steely Dan box set.

Older guys trying to hook up with young hotties is the theme. Happens every Ladies Night in the Free World. Nothing major or government threatening - or is it?

In the Mohammedist preachers paradise of the Islamic Republic of Iran it is like Kryptonite in Smallville.

Culture Minister Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi has the sitch well in hand.

"Necessary measures have been taken to avoid reoccurrence of such a printing"

Such measures include sacking the censors for "negligence". Alas, the traditional despotic remedy may be too little too late. Over 5K copies have been printed and are selling out fast.

The novel of bummed out hoes deals with an old man who has been a customer of prostitutes his entire life. For his 90th Bday he wants to hook up with a 14 yo teenage virgin.

Just like a Steely Dan song - he falls hopelessly in love with her.

"The first edition has sold out but we were ordered not to publish the second edition," an employee with Niloofar Publications said Saturday, declining to give his name due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The Culture Ministry, whose censors are responsible to check the contents of books before print, said a "bureaucratic error" led to the government giving permission for the novel to be published.

Thankfully, Iran's faithful reported the oversight and the ban is now in place.

It was only banned after the Ministry of Culture received complaints from conservatives who believed the novel was promoting prostitution.

Far from driving the massess away from such blatant desire for Laffy Taffy literature, the ban may have actually backfired.

The ban has only provoked greater interest in the novel and on Saturday, copies of the book were being sold for more than twice their list price.

28yo Ahmad Abbasi says "I'm buying the book out of curiosity."

Sunday, November 18, 2007

(Illegal) Immigration Protests

Seems a store-owner asked the police to patrol near his store for 'undocumented' workers (illegals for the non-pc) and that got 'immigrant rights' groups upset (illegal immigrant rights?):
see vid
Of course this injunction is only temporary, but at least 24 people have been arrested thanks to this citizen asking the police to do their job.


Karl with advice to whomever wins the Republican nomination on beating Hillary (via Newsweek):

Email the

More by the Author

I've seen up close the two Clintons America knows. He's a big smile, hand locked on your arm and lots of charms. "Hey, come down and speak at my library. I'd like to talk some politics with you."

And her? She tends to be, well, hard and brittle. I inherited her West Wing office. Shortly after the 2001 Inauguration, I made a little talk saying I appreciated having the office because it had the only full-length vanity mirror in the West Wing, which gave me a chance to improve my rumpled appearance. The senator from New York confronted me shortly after and pointedly said she hadn't put the mirror there. I hadn't said she did, just that the mirror was there. So a few weeks later, in another talk, I repeated the story about the mirror. And shortly thereafter, the junior senator saw me and, again, without a hint of humor or light in her voice, icily said she'd heard I'd repeated the story of the mirror and she … did … not … put … that mirror in the office.[link]

Some good strategy and advice to be had there, even if you think Rove was up to every decent into madness that has happened in politics in the past decade.

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Campaign '08

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