Earlier I said
For all I know, there is a Bandit Sign Association, with a
Looks like I wasn’t that far off.
Earlier I said
For all I know, there is a Bandit Sign Association, with a
Looks like I wasn’t that far off.
hoochie mama is a lady/girl who is really hot...she got everythin and she gets anythin she wants. she's not necessarily a slut, she just flirts around and teases and dresses provactively.
Uh, say again -- "provactively"--? A mix of "provocative" and "proactive." Hey, there's a word we've all been waiting for.
I wonder if this is an index of (anything) in the real estate market.
But no. Wiki sets me straight:
In most areas, it is illegal to place such posters on private property without the consent of the property owner or on public property without a sign permit from the local government.
It is an advertising tactic mostly used by small businesses promoting concerts and political activist groups, but there have been occasions where international companies subcontracted local advertising agencies for flyposting jobs in order to not get caught in illegal behavior.
Flyposting is commonly seen as a nuisance due to issues with property rights, visual appearance and littering and is a misdemeanor in many countries.
And they might have added: a highly developed sales technique in a sliding real estate market. “Language on Bandit Signs,” is Post #2. “Who’s Putting Out Your Bandit Signs?” is #8. I particularly enjoyed #43, from BoboTheKing:
Does anyone have some good color combinations for bandit signs and car magnets (lettering and background) that produces the best results? I have heard black lettering on yellow is good, but wanting to get all the input I can on what has worked well for other investors. Thanks in advance.
For all I know, there is a Bandit Sign Association, with a
Where have you heard this before:
The increasingly frequent adoption of gang-terrorism as a mode of attaining political ends in the modern world should perhaps cause us to overhaul our methods of colonial defense … The Irish, and now the Palestinian rebellion … have shown that regular armiesw are ill adapted to cope with gang warfare, which carries on its activities by the intimidation of private citizens. The only way yet discovered to cope with terrorism is more terrorism [i.e., counter-terrorism] … Will this soon become an inevitable development in the
Senator Conrad Burns, (R-Mont.) on terrorism:
Okay, I will. The “comments” below are by Buce. Everything else is from the
The domino theory was proved false.
The domino theory was accurate. The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries,
Comment: the metaphysics of this one are obscure. Are you assuming we “won” in VN? And that no dominos fell? But how do you know what would have happened if we had not “won?” And of course, the more common view is that we lost
2/3 of the men who served in
Comment: who ever thought this one to be true? The point of they college kids was that they didn’t want to be drafted, whether others were or not.
The war was fought largely by the poor and uneducated.
Servicemen who went to
Comment: Objection, your honor, not responsive! Quite possible for both these statements to be true at once.
The American military was not defeated in
Comment: But remember the NVN response: true but irrelevant. The whole point of Fourth-Generation Warfare theory is that winning battles doesn’t win wars.
Kim Phuc, the little nine year old Vietnamese girl running naked from the napalm strike near Trang Bang on 8 June 1972, was burned by Americans bombing Trang Bang.
No American had involvement in this incident near Trang Bang that burned Phan Thi Kim Phuc. The planes doing the bombing near the village were VNAF (Vietnam Air Force) and were being flown by Vietnamese pilots in support of South Vietnamese troops on the ground. . . . There were no Americans involved in any capacity.
Comment: This one wins the irrelevance grand prix. By 1972 it was
My name is George Nathaniel Curzon,
I am a most superior person.
My cheeks are pink, my hair is sleek,
I dine at Blenheim twice a week.
In some ways, George Nathaniel Curzon is the model of the British Imperial aristo. Eton. Oxford. Viceroy of India. Foreign Secretary. Should have been Prime Minister. And with a blood line that stretches back into the mists of time.
And, as Curzon himself almost said, almost entirely worthless.
My ancestors were a feeble lot. No family could have remained in possession of the same estate since the twelfth century had they manifested the very slightest energy or courage.
To find anything noteworthy at all, David Gilmore in his biography (from which all this is quoted this is quoted) had to hoik up a couple of illegitimates and one younger son who took up careers in the military. Aside from these, however, Nineteenth Century Curzons
...remained on their estates except for brief appearances at Westminster, their immobility and lack of adventure symbolized by the family’s strikingly unambitious motto, ‘Let Curzon holde what Curzon helde.’
Except for the Great Man Himself, the Curzon’s almost notorious lack of achievement extended even into his own generation:
Curzon and his brother Frank
Blanche Scarsdale [Curzon’s mother] had eleven children in all, one of whom did not survive, before she died in 1875 at the age of 37 [!!!—Buce] Most of them belonged to that unambitious family strain so dramatically challenged by their eldest brother. ‘Albert does nothing but is an excellent fellow,’ George remarked when his brother was 34. Sophy, his eldest sister, was married to an ‘excellent clergyman, while young Blanche kept house for [their father].
...were several times forced to bail out their other brothers, especially the youngest one, Assheton, who earned himself a reputation as the family’s ‘black sheep’. In 1914, after various other transgressions, Assheton was caught stealing securities from his office … . The only solution for Assheton, declared his eldest brother, was the classic remedy for black sheep: exile to the colonies.
Evidently the habits and customs extend beyond the great man himself. Many years after his death, his widow
...damaged her husband’s reputation by publishing her Reminiscences, the sort of book that makes people wonder why Britain never experienced a revolution: it describes inspections of the wrists of aspirant footmen to appraise their elegance when holding plates, and recounts how in her widowhood she canvassed for her Conservative son in East London accoutredf with fur coat, French maid, Rolls-Royce and hampers from Fortnum and Mason.
Last, I would like to thank Jeff Abel for his help in preparing this book for publication, for trying unfailingly (with scant success) to drag me into this digital age, for our friendship over the past thirty odd years, and for writing these words."
I tend to discount the money aspect -- what's $450 billion in a $13 trillion economy? To me the ideology -- the thirst for influence, control, and dominance -- is most important.
Carpetbagger (channeling Yglesias) is certainly right to suggest that Rumsfeld lost it in his fit of table-pounding. But he segues from there to “most voters agree with the Dems that we should get out of
I hope it is obvious that these questions are rhetorical. One way or another, the
Fn: For a far more subtle exploration of the implications of withdrawal, see Abu Aardvark.
One of the more curious rhetorical ploys of American right-wing thought is what you might call “the
It’s not clear to me just how long this has been going on. Certainly to the early days of the Cold War; perhaps all the way to the first publication of Marquis Childs’ seminal Sweden: The Middle Way in 1936 (look here). Childs was “moderate” in the classic sense of the term: temperate, skeptical, curious, hospitable to the unexpected. It’s not a pose that sits well with terrible simplificateurs, and so it seems to have prompted an ever-renewing determination to prove that the Swedes are slatternly, suicidal, promioscuous (and crypto-Nazi to boot).
[An interesting but not particularly simplistic instance of the genre can be found here.]
A remarkable new instance emerges from, unsurprisingly, TCS Daily, the talking-shop of James K. (Dow 36,000) Glassman and his crew. The TCS money shot is this: forget about the rich getting richer. The data shows that the poor in
But TCS is not content to let the numbers speak for themselves. No:
If we accept (as I do) that we do, indeed, need to have a social safety net, and that we have a duty to provide for those incapable or unlucky enough to be unable to do so for themselves, we need to set some level at which such help is offered. The standard of living of the poor in a redistributionist paradise like
The internet still makes my head spin. The TCS piece is dated August 28. The same day, we have one of the authors of the study in question (Max Sawicky), here, responding that “this [analysis] should take an Olympic gold medal for missing the point” (think of Marshall McCluhan, coming to the aid of Woody Allen in Annie Hall). Point being that TCS has simply assumed away the issue of social services, dealt with at length in the original study. Look here to see Matt Yglesias explaining Sawicky, better than Sawicky explains himself.
This is all good fun, but my question persists: why
 Actually, these days maybe it is Hans Blix. Tis said that one reason the Bush admin wouldn’t go along with the weapons inspectors is that Rove is Norwegian and thought that Rove, a Swede, could not be trusted.
Not being a regular reader of the New York Post, I don’t think I had ever heard of Ralph Peters until I stumbled onto this intriguing review by TigerHawk. I’ve now had a chance to explore a bit of Peters’ work with (qualified) pleasure and (qualified) profit. Without pretending to be present a fully developed review of my own, let me see if I can make one basic point.
But first, background. It may help to have earplugs. Peters is a romantic with a gushy, hand-wringing over-the-top style that assures you the world will end on Thursday if you don’t listen to him. His primary theme is something on the order of “the beleaguered virtue of the soldier” versus “the fecklessness and corruption of”—well, of just about everybody else. (quoted words are mine, not his) As a literary trope, this is pretty well worn. Still, as a rule of thumb for life, it probably has more truth than a lot of literary tropes. There’s no escaping the fact that the organized military is a behemoth organization and as such, is vulnerable not just accidentally, but systematically and predictably, to the kinds of ailments that beset behemoths everywhere. As TigerHawk says:
Myself having almost as little military experience as our President, this kind of stuff gets beyond my pay grade fairly fast, but I’m generally persuaded that there is something to it: the chances are very good to excellent that the structure of the military enterprise will guarantee that it spends tons of money on the wrong things.
Now, take this as context for what seems to me to be Peters’ central error: he seems to believe that war is about killing. He doesn’t say so in so many words—at least not in what I’ve read. But he does seem to say that “war is about winning” and that “winning involves annihilation of the enemy (my quotes again).
By contrast, consider that most useless of all modern battlefields: the Western Front where two sides hammered away at each other savagely because neither could think of a good reason to stop—the cream of ironies was that they never had a good reason to start in the first place.
That, of course, is the lesson of the modern “people’s wars” that we seem so determined to misunderstand. As may have said, we won it twice and lost it twice. As Ho Chi Minh liked to say, it didn’t matter because we didn’t understand the war we were fighting. So also the Israelis with an even more dramatic record of success on the battlefield and disappointment after the battle is over.
We do a bit better these days. No American seems to have understood the Vietnam War while it was going on. A few seem to understand
[Peters’ book is: Never Quit the Fight available here, and do your best to ignore the fact that Amazon offers it as a companion piece to Ann Coulter.]
The Financial Times, via Grumpy Old Bookman, reports that 175,000 new blogs are being created every day; Technorati recently tracked its 50 millionth. GOB also links (here) a (
I was going to say that none of this is remotely surprising. Why should we expect, I was going to say, that politicians' kids would be any different from anyone else's? But actually, when you think about it, there are quite good reasons why politicians' kids should be whackier than average.
For a start, Dad is never there. He's far too busy being an important mover and shaker. Secondly, when he is there, the kids hear him sounding off about this and that in forthright terms, only to see him on TV the next day saying the exact opposite, or making a statement which, when examined closely, says absolutely nothing at all. Such close exposure to the political process is pretty much guaranteed, one might think, to engender a more than usually high level of disgust, distrust, and contempt. Hence the habit of some daughters of dancing on bar tops and posting the pictures on the net. Fuck all that, you can practically hear them saying, this is what life is really all about.
I wonder if my kids are embarrassed by my blog? My grandkids? Heck, they’re probably too busy creating their own blogs. I’m just as glad I don’t know.
Thanks to Joel for a piece from the London Evening Standard on where to eat and drink with your landsmen in
The macaca circus is turning into a pile-on and it is hard to find anything left unsaid (see here, here, here and heaven knows how many others). But let me offer a point which I (at least) haven’t noticed elsewhere.
Among the macacistas, much is made of the fact that young Mr. Sidarth is a native Virginian and that Allen is not. This is thought to be an irony.
It seems to me that this gets things backwards. Recall that macaca turns out to be an imperialist slur for the natives. In that sense, Allen has it precisely right. Allen helicopters in from Palos Verdes, uses and abuses the locals, and then fires of a blast at them for being shiftless and irresponsible (and, in the habit of the time, ungrateful).
"I do apologize if [they're] offended that," he might say.
There now, is that so hard? If Hillary had said it about a New Yorker, I’ll bet even The Corner could have figured it out.
Now this (from Sepiamutiny -- thanks, Anupam):
Now this (from Sepiamutiny -- thanks, Anupam):
Lytle hwile leaf beoth grene;
Thonne hie fealewiath, feallath on eorthan
and forweorniath, weorthath to duste.
My notes say: ...found in an Old Eng. text, cited as from "Solomon and Saturn.”
A little while the leaves are green,
then they yellow, fall to earth
and perish, turn to dust.
Homer, Iliad 6.146-148
Richmond Lattimore trans. (slightly revised)
My friend Ivan is grumpy. Living in
By BOB JOHNSON
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democratic Party leaders want a former candidate for attorney general who denies the Holocaust occurred to stay out of their future primaries.
The party's executive committee passed a resolution Saturday informing Larry Darby that "he is not welcome in the Alabama Democratic Party."
Darby, the founder of the
Apparently Darby got 43 percent of the vote in a primary for attorney general. Ivan says:
Published: August 27, 2006
A woman who stands to become Alabama’s first openly gay elected official is back on the November ballot after the Democratic Party’s state committee on Saturday overturned a decision to disqualify her.
The candidate, Patricia Todd, who won a runoff to become the Democratic nominee for state legislator in a central
The subcommittee that met Thursday disqualified her opponent in the primary, Gaynell Hendricks, for the same reason. There is no Republican candidate in the district, whose registered voters are majority black by a slim margin. Ms. Todd is white; Ms. Hendricks, whose mother-in-law brought the challenge, is black.
The subcommittee that disqualified the candidates was controlled by Joe Reed, a powerful black Democrat, who had urged voters to support Ms. Hendricks and warned that if they did not, the district could be redrawn to be majority white.
But the disqualification was met with disapproval. The party’s chairman, Joseph Turnham, said he was disappointed, and an editorial in The Birmingham News asked if the party had a “death wish.”
Some summer reading notes: I read Steven Mithen, After the Ice (2003), by mistake. Somehow I thought it was about the development of the human species (homo this and homo that). Silly me: the development of the species takes place before the ice, while Mithen covers the period from about 20,000 to about 5,000 B.C. I particularly enjoyed the stuff about
Update. Yes, yes, fear ≠ hatred, but the linkage is close enough.
I once saw [Ingemar Johansson] in his old age, handing out free tastes of prefab meatballs in a grocery store in
Although he has taken down the sign, Hitler’s proprietor says “This is one name that will stay in people’s minds.” Our bet is that the old mass murderer is lying low in Argentina.
The Syed brothers opened Durbar in 1956 when there were fewer than 20 Indian restaurants in
Fifty years on, there are about 8,500 Indian restaurants in the UK, more people are employed in the preparation and serving of Indian food than in the shipbuilding, coal mining and steel industries put together and someone who should be resigning is dragging his feet.
--Fay Maschler in the
(and thanks, Joel)
Fn. In one of her many volumes of memoirs, Doris Lessing tells about going down to Leicester Square on New Year's Eve 1950 (I guess), to see the action. No one was there.
Somehow I missed “Polygamy Day 6” but the folks over at Pro-Polygamy.com are happy to bring me up to date:
Okay, okay, I enjoy the prurience as much as the next guy (name available on request). But there is a real issue here for anybody interested in social order. My own not very well tutored guess is that along with a rising incidence of warlordism, polygamy is bound to be on the rise as well (for a good overview, see Philip Longman on “Why Men Rule,” here).
Current News Angle: It’s fascinating to watch how this issue plays itself out in Republican politics, particularly as it relates to the candidacy of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and the question whether a Mormon can secure himself with the religious right. The National Review fires a shot across his bow here, including the imperishable one-liner from Kate O’Beirne:
Fn.: And yes, I realize the issue is not as simple as I make it sound. Look here.
I just now caught up with TigerHawk’s estimable post where he points to the “preconfessions” of the
A commentor cautions: “Releasing the videos now would certainly wreck the case. The suspects would probably have to be released as a fair trial would be impossible. You have to be very careful with juries.”
Very likely. But so what? Let me be clear, I have no beef with the
 Okay, the judge got four years, which doesn’t really help my argument. But my heavens, where are the libertarians when you need them?
AITA SHAAB, Lebanon — To enter southern Lebanon these days, you drive down roads where traffic is directed by young men in gray Hezbollah civil defense corps T-shirts and past bulldozers from the Holy War Reconstruction Co.
Days after guns fell silent, Hezbollah has emerged as the lead player in the cleanup of towns and villages in southern
Men fighting Israeli troops a few days ago are working alongside the Lebanese Red Cross to pull bodies from the rubble.
Nowhere across this blasted, pitted landscape is there any sign of the Lebanese government, or its authority.
"There is no government here," said an agitated Abdul Muhsen Husseini, president of the Union of Municipalities in the Tyre region — the man who is supposed to be in charge — as he handled requests from a stream of petitioners asking for money to buy medicine and what to do with the dead.
"We asked the government in
But on the ground in southern
[Hezbollah’s effort presents] a serious challenge to the central government in
In his office in
"At least they are on the ground helping," he said. "If you call them at , they come out to help. They are the government."
Diplomats said Arabs want to counter the flood of money that is believed to be coming to Hezbollah from
"This is a war over the hearts and mind of the Lebanese, which Arabs should not lose to the Iranians this time," a senior Arab League official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the press.
Takes me back to a wonderful old Soviet-era cartoon, where the savage in the jungle tells his buddy:
“I’ve got an idea. First we threaten to go communist and the Americans send us advisers. Then we threaten to go capitalist and the Russians send advisers. Then we eat ‘em.”
As it happened, I was in an airport security queue when I first heard about the new
Ten days later, I’m a little less certain that it is a fizzle, but I’m still on the fence. It does sound like we have a bunch of guys who like to say rude things in chat rooms; how much farther it goes--that remains, I think, to be seen.
But I can’t take much reassurance from reports of today’s first court appearance. BBC says:
“Two were accused of failing to disclose information and a 17-year-old was charged with possessing articles useful to a person preparing terrorism acts.”
Two points here. One, when was it, exactly, that “failing to disclose information” became a crime? And two, “articles useful to a person preparing terrorism acts.” In one of several previous incarnations, I was a police reporter for the old Louisville Times. I remember reading a hundred warrants that charged “possession of burglary tools.” Imagine my chagrin when someone explained to me that this meant they had a screwdriver in the trunk.
For valuable prizes, is there any reader who can affirm that s/he does not possess “articles useful to a person preparing terrorism acts”?
This is not quite the Jay Leno effect, but it is worth noting anyway. My friend John favors me with the news of the discovery of “a new element, governmenterium (GV)”. He reports:
Governmentium (Gv) has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
I spare you the remainder. Well, har de har, but he’s pulling my chain. As John knows perfectly well, this one has been around since the McKinley Administration—another proof that the internet offers avenues for an exponential expansion of time-wasting and mindless diversion.
The interesting thing is that it is circulating now, in the sixth year of a Republican administration—the framework was a few snide cracks about Hurricane Katrina. They say that when Leno starts mocking you, you are in trouble. This doesn’t have the same heft. But if the time-wasters are circulating about a Republican administration, then I’d say we’ve got one more log on the fire.
A couple of weeks ago I was nattering on about the dispensability of men. Perhaps I overdid it:
“It was then,” Amalia went on, “that La Lucienne began to make trouble. She began to adopt all the mean ways of love: there were affairs broken off without reason, there were reconciliations, but conditional, and separations, and unnecessary flights, tearful scenes, and I don’t know what all…An obsession…Loulou, a pretty young blonde, she had with her, well, she threw her out one night half naked into the garden to teach her a lesson and make her decide what she wanted, that is to choose between her, Lucienne, and Loulou’s husband. Before dawn, Lucienne leaned over the balcony. ¨’Have you thought it over?’ she says. ‘Yes,’ says the girl, who was sniffing with the cold. ‘Well?’ says Lucienne. ‘Well,’ says the girl, ‘I’m going back to Hector. I’ve just realized he can do something you can’t. ‘Oh, naturally!’ says Lucienne, spitefully. ‘No,’ says Loulou, ‘it’s not what you think. I’m not all that crazy about you know what. But I’m going to tell you something. When you and I go out together everyone takes you for a man, that’s understood. But for my part, I feel humiliated to be with a man who can’t do pipi against a wall.’”
Fn: I see my Google ad supra is from www.catchhimandkeephim.com.
Here's "the power to torture" treated as a mark of sovereignty. Note to self, get hold of a copy and read more.
Indeed, the concessions which the barons obtained, by persuasion or force, from the sovereigns brought about the gradual dissolution of the feudal system of property, through the transformation of the fief into the alod, a form of ownership which seemed to foster social and economic progress, and in the long run did so, but at the time caused a weakening of the whole political structure. The capitulary promulgated in 1283 in the Plain of San Martino, a short time after the Sicilian rebellion, freed baronial marriages, which Frederick II had made subject to royal approval, and allowed the gift in dowry of fiefs and feudal possessions after a consent which a court had to accord within the term of eight days. And the capitulary of 1285, proposed by Pope Honorius IV, did away with the necessity of this consent altogether and permitted collateral inheritance to the third generation. . . . Finally, Alphonso I of Aragon not only conferred merum mixtumque imperium but also granted the barons the so-called four letters of judgment, which King Robert had given only to officials of the crown, by whose virtue they could torture a prisoner for an unlimited time, proceed on their own initiative to punish certain serious crimes, and impose sentences more severe than those laid down by law.
History of the Kingdom of Naples (1970)
originally published as Storia del regno di Napoli (1925)
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin offers advice on what to do when you hear a siren: pray that it gets there on time. He says:
[I]magine how encouraging it would be for those being rushed to a hospital to know that hundreds of people who hear the ambulance sirens are praying for their recovery.
There must be a blog version of this rule.====