damnum absque injuria

May 31, 2005

Straw Poll

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:55 am

Time for a show of hands as to who is the bigger asshat: John Carroll or Jon Carroll?

May 29, 2005

Chirac in a Hard Place

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 4:33 pm

So much for the EU as the latest, greatest counterpart to the U.S. Of his loss, Jacques Chirac said:

“It is your sovereign decision, and I take note,” Chirac said. “Make no mistake, France’s decision inevitably creates a difficult context for the defense of our interests in Europe.”

No poop, Poirot.

May 27, 2005

American Hotair Lines

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 2:38 pm

Some moron from American Airlines’s P.R. Dept. thought it would be a good idea to issue a press release claiming to oppose increased competition from Southwest, not because they want to keep it illegal for you or me to fly from L.A. to Dallas on Southwest, but because AA cares so much about the quality of life in Northern Texas (which, for some reason, they call “North Texas” – do all y’all talk like that down dere? UPDATE: Apparently so). American Airlines (which, contrary to its patriotic-sounding name and its lack of actual profits in recent years, is neither a government agency nor a nonprofit charity) even had the chutzpah to attack Southwest’s desire to expand its flight schedule as “selfish.” O-kay.

Hat tip: BTD Vance.

A Win-Wine-Whine (Or Not?)

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:32 pm

I just bet Paul Deignan a bottle of w(h)ine that last week’s “compromise” capitulation will backfire. If the Dems do not filibuster a single judicial candidate between now and January 20, 2009, or if the first filibuster is met with the same “nuclear” response the Republicans should have brought last week, Paul wins a bottle of Merlot, of a label of his choice, price not to exceed $20.00. Otherwise, I win a bottle of a type of my choice, subject to the same price constraints. Basically, I win either way.

I’m open to suggestions. Depending on whether you expect me to win or lose the bet, I’d like to know (1) what good wines, if any, are available in Indiana, or (2) the best way to ship wine.

UPDATE: Never mind, the bet’s off. First, by Paul’s own admission, there is no wine in Indiana, so it would be impossible for me to collect on the bet if I won. Second, shipping wine to Indiana is illegal, and a felony to boot.

What, you say? Didn’t the U.S. Supreme Court just rule that you have a God-given, constitutional right to ship wine anywhere you want, right up there with your First Amendment right to express political viewpoints within 60 days of an election, your Second Amendment right to bear arms, your Fourteenth Amendment right not to be deprived of the privileges and immunities of citizenship or your Eighth Amendment right not to be fined excessively? Um, no, they didn’t. All they said was that states cannot discriminate against out of state vintners by prohibiting direct shipments by out of state vintners while allowing direct shipments from those in-state. Then again, you already knew that.

Indiana’s law, H.B. 1212, applies by its terms to in-state and out-of-state vintners alike. Thus, it is not affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling on wine shipments. Lazy MSM reporting may have fooled many Indiana residents, but it hasn’t fooled the ones who count.

When Knives Are Outlawed…

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:20 pm

Ah, for the good old days, when only us paranoid NRA nuts argued that gun control would eventually lead to kitchen knife control. Double-hat tip: Clayton Cramer and Michael Williams. The latter hat-tippee, who will soon be known as Mr. Spork, throws in this little gem:

Apparently these days the sun never rises on the British Empire.


UPDATE: Pigilito points out in a comment that the “ban knives, no, really!” movement is a bit older than I thought.

UPDATE x2: In another comment, Uncle takes a well-deserved jab at me for generally mocking slippery slope arguments in other contexts. In the case of the U.S., the slope may have slipped in the other direction, with “assault knives” being banned as early as 1958. H/t: David Kopel.

We Wuz Robbed

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:47 am

Robert Prather is calling it quits. He’ll be missed, even more than Michael Bay missed the mark when he made Pearl Harbor.

Hillary for Prez?

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:30 am

Via Instapundit, K-Lo links to a USA Today article reporting that 53% of Americans are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton if she runs for President in 2008. The scary part is that the poll in question was taken last Friday through Sunday, before John McCain had scuttled the nuclear option in favor of the [non-expletive curse phrase deleted] option. If I were polled today, depending on how the polling question was worded and what I was asked to assume about her Republican opposition, I’d likely opt for Hillary, too.

Pants on Fire

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:10 am

Clinton W. Taylor catches George Galloway in a lie.

May 26, 2005

Bear Flag League Gets Results

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:52 pm

What do you get when you cross a Master with a Spork?

Congratulations to the happy couple. I recommend they take their honeymoon in Great Britain, where sporks are still legal – for now.

We. Todd. Did.

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 1:50 pm

According to DeHavilland’s allegedly world class news service, Nancy Cartwright, the woman who does Bart Simpson’s voice, has been elected mayor of Northridge, California. There are only two problems with this story: (1) Nancy Cartwright didn’t run for mayor, and (2) Northridge doesn’t have one. Via Snopes.


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