Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else. Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.”Why do I suddenly feel so much safer?
Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy
Yep. That's me. I follow the rules. I only drive 58 in the 55 zone. I (more or less) always pay my bills. On time, even. I turn in my schoolwork on time even if it means a day off is *completely* devoted to writing a paper. I don't call in sick to work unless I'm half dead. So when I walk into a theater to see a concert and find it is literally plastered with "NO CAMERAS" and "NO PHOTOGRAPHS" signs, I keep my camera in the bag and enjoy the music. We had great seats in the front of the lower balcony in a small theater seating only a couple hundred, so were only roughly 50 feet from the stage at most-- in a room with wonderful acoustics for an excellent show. It was great to be able to see a concert without having to put in earplugs to hear the music, too. (Am I getting old, or *what*?) Luckily for you, not everybody is as much a goody-goody as I am, so you get to hear what for me was one of the *two* highlights of the show. (The first one was being able to shout "Go Bobcats" when Dewey mentioned meeting Gerry "way back in the 60's at our high school in England", and then him looking in the direction of the balcony as he said "oh yes.... Central High".) Anyway, I looooved the guitar intro to this song....
and you can go here to see the VFTHW for this stop on the America tour. And after a concert and a 12 hour shift on two hours sleep in the last 24, my next view will be...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
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As it happens, they've killed my column, and assigned me to write straight local news stories. Really. My column will end a week from this Friday. (There’s a series of pieces I can’t wait to write.) After that, it's just-the-facts-ma'am - and I'll no longer be telecommuting, either. This means I will start burning my share of hydrocarbons like a good American. Hell, I may leave the vehicle running all day outside the building just to make up for lost time. Maybe I will put a green roof on the car to balance things out. Some turf, some switchgrass. It's murder on the paint but we all must do our part.Somebody hire this guy. Please. He's one of the best writers on the 'net. Really. [UPDATE:] This morning my *other* favorite writer posted this:
For me, the fight to preserve Western Civilization is a fight to preserve the bright, funny, self-deprecating voice of wholesomeness and decency that makes Lileks the champion of the America that I love. If the Trib is that plain effing stupid then one can only wonder what the man will be able to achieve if he finds himself free of that Yoke of Self-Blinded Ignorance.I can only nod my head in agreement.
Big Brother may be watching us more closely than I ever believed. Just take a look at this site--my hands are shaking, just thinking of how we could all be followed. This is satellite tracking gone way out of hand!! Mobile phone tracking
GSM mobile phone tracking system via the GPS-TRACK satellite network Based on repeater triangulation, the system tracks mobile phones using GPS and GSM technology We are not responsible for possible tracking errors that may occur Approximate margin of error: 10 meters (max.) for mobile phones in Europe and the U.K. 25 meters (max.) for mobile phones in the U.S.A., South America and Canada. This system will not work in countries without GSM technology networks.
URBANA, Ill. - The University of Illinois will retire its 81-year-old American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek, following the last men's home basketball game of the season on Wednesday.The NCAA in 2005 deemed the buckskin-clad Illiniwek an offensive use of American Indian imagery and barred the university from hosting postseason events. American Indian groups and others complained for years that the mascot, used since 1926, is demeaning. Supporters of the mascot say it honors the contributions of American Indians to Illinois.I am not politically correct so if there are any reading this who subscribe to political correctness, you better plug your ears. This has got to be the supidest move I have seen. Who ever caved to this demand is no doubt without a spine. We spend so much money and time trying to avoid offending anyone that we can't see the forest for the trees. Without a doubt there will always be someone offended by what we do. America, where the small minoity rule over the majority. Welcome to America, the land of the offended. OBTW it is not a constitutional right to not be offended. Sometimes you've got to just suck it up and get on with life.
Man Aims for New Snake-Kissing Record - Yahoo! News
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A kiss is just a kiss, but it may prove to be the kiss of death for a Malaysian snake charmer who will attempt to set a new world record by planting 50 smooches on a venomous snake in 10 minutes.Shahimi Abdul Hamid, 33, will perform the dangerous feat on March 11 in a bid to break the current record held by an American man who kissed a poisonous snake 30 times in an unspecified time, the national news agency Bernama said Thursday. Shahini has urged Malaysians to support him in his endeavor, saying he "wants to prove that Asians can also be champions in taming poisonous snakes."I know a few people that claim that their former marriages already give them this particular championship!!