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May 31, 2004

Which Way Should They Go?

Doug Allen at Catallarchy.net offers two choices for the Libertarian Party: promote a common sense, more moderate libertarian platform that would push the GOP away from their big government/big spending habits; or push for the creation of a libertarian paradise immediately alienating millions of voters who see little but anarchy, chaos, and hardship because they have no exposure to a non-statist polity. So far, those who left comments are split.

As for me, I'm not a LP member and probably never will be--their pledge to renounce the "initiation of force" and their mish-mash over abortion have stopped me from signing up. I would hope the LP could become a serious political force to keep the GOP honest, especially on spending.

"Baby Steps or Cold Turkey"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 02:04 PM | Comments (3)

May 30, 2004


Okay, I lied. THIS is the last post of the night. Laurence fought a cat, and the cat won.

"Infinitely Stupid Cat"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 11:10 PM | Comments (0)

T. J. Rodgers Interviewed

Let me finish up this very quiet day of posting with an interview with the always-outspoken CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, T. J. Rodger. He rips on politicians, praises the division of labor, and may be the only CEO of a big company to mention Ayn Rand. Rodgers' disgust with President Bush, I think, is a good example of what libertarian (small "l") voters are thinking:

Are you planning to vote for President Bush in November?

I haven't heard what John Kerry's got to say. I've read a lot of ugly stuff about him. I don't follow campaigns. I don't give money to them, I don't listen to them--they're a waste of time. Ordinarily, it would be a knee-jerk reaction for me to vote for an incumbent Republican, but Bush has done a bad enough job that I'll look at all the candidates and make a decision.

Based on what?

The Republicans are supposed to be a party of free trade and economic freedom. Bush has been one of the worst free-trade presidents we've had in a long time. He is a big spender who makes Bill Clinton look like a penny pincher. I doubt that I'm going to find Kerry to be a viable alternative. This year, if the Libertarians put up a non-nut, I may end up voting for a Libertarian.

"Chip off the Block"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 10:59 PM | Comments (0)

What at Deal

$363 for a computer w/o monitor. Wow! It almost puts my new set-up to shame. Now, I'm just waiting for those 4 megapixel digital cameras to take a price nosedive.

"Time to Upgrade?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 10:23 PM | Comments (0)

May 29, 2004

Liberal Webloggers Go Wild

Here's what you get when two of the smartest Lefty webloggers leave their good sense at the door:

  1. Matthew Yglesias on the Bush administration: "[T]hey aren't good people, they're alternatively stupid, venal, corrupt, dishonest, fanatical, callous, and ignorant." [via Joe Carter]

  2. Oliver Willis turns Memorial Day into a Bush-bashing event.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 07:56 PM | Comments (2)

Syndicated Quacker

Howard Dean as columnist. A good column needs a catchy title. How about these suggestions for Howard the Duck?

  • Flying Feathers
  • Left in Iowa
  • I'll Bill You
  • Screaming to the Masses
  • Waddling into the Sunset

On the positive side, maybe we'll finally find out the proper way to spell "YEEEEAAAHHH!!"

"Dean to Become a Columnist"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Howard the Duck at 03:07 AM | Comments (1)

Life at 80

President George H. W. Bush at 80 still is full of (mostly mental) energy, and what wit he has. He shares my annoyance at a verbal tick found in too many youngins today:

There are things kids say that don't exactly disturb me now that I am 80, but things that make me wonder what they are learning. They use the word "like" all the time. My beloved teenagers can't say a sentence without saying "like."

Like "Hi, Gampster, are you like going out in the boat, and if you do will you like take me with you?" Why do kids do this? Why don't their teachers tell them to cease and desist? They should simply tell the kids "Don't say 'like' all the time." Maybe it is only us old guys who notice, because we like didn't learn to talk that way and like now everyone under 20 goes "like" all the time. It's a new phenomenon. I hope our grandkids grow out of it before I get to be 85.

His politics weren't great, but H. W. is good man.

"Life is Good" [via Just A Girl]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 02:36 AM | Comments (2)

May 28, 2004

On the Right Path

After a very stupid decision to slap tariffs on imported steel, the Bush administration is actually promoting free trade with the Central America Free Trade Agreement. John Kerry, unions, environmentalists, and Pat Buchanan paleoconservatives will not be pleased.

"Trade Pact Signing Today Central America Agreement Covers U.S., 5 Nations" [via PoliBlog]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:46 PM | Comments (0)

Honoring Adam Smith

Planning has begun on a statue in Edinburgh to honor Adam Smith. No postmodernism here. Just good, old sculpture.

"Capital Figure"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:05 AM | Comments (0)

May 27, 2004


For the most part, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's columnists are bland purveyors of conventional wisdom. Their columns are neither really good nor really bad, but they are quickly forgettable. Then there's Eugene Kane.

Kane is the race-obsessed black columnist who was "nice" enough to compare President Bush to Tony Soprano. Last Sunday, a black girl fell into the rain-swollen Milwaukee River. Twelve-year old Temisha Warren jumped into the water in an attempt to save her six-year old sister, Tia Woodley. Both are missing and believed to have drowned.

On Monday, Kane wrote a column on how there's no barrier along that stretch of the river. He also noted that few of the residents of the condos around the site were there. Kane wrote,

Meaning the homeowners, the people who live in the expensive condos. All of the people gathered at the edge of the river were black, and most lived outside the area.

Perhaps the homeowners were all at work, earning the money it takes to live in a place like this.

In his next column Wednesday, Kane responded to some readers who wondered why no mention was made about the lack of adult supervision for the children. He wrote,

Some readers think I also didn't say nearly enough in my column Tuesday about the responsibility of the two girls' parents to watch over their children and keep them safe.

These critics questioned why the sisters were part of a group of unsupervised children - including a 1-year-old - playing at the river's edge. At 12, Temisha was in charge of the group.

According to reports, their mother believed the children were playing at a park closer to their home.

Some readers suggested that good parents know where their children are 100% of the time. That seems a bit unrealistic to me.

Sounds reasonable to me. Parents are human and neither omniscient nor omnipresent.

Then Kane has to throw out the race card:

But when a tragedy like this happens, I think it's proper to ask why none of the adults in these children's lives was watching out for them.

There was a time when neighbors watched out for everybody's children, even if they were black and poor.

When I visited the site Monday, grieving relatives were there in force, along with others from their neighborhood.

It was a workday, so many residents of the upscale condo district weren't present. Somebody in the crowd wondered aloud about that, because it appeared as if the people who lived here didn't want any part of the scene.

Also, the site had no makeshift tributes or commemorations, the kind of small gestures you see all the time after such tragedies, just to show someone in the area cared.

I talked to several Beerline residents after Tuesday's column; some of them said they thought I had needlessly injected race into the story by pointing out the mourners of the children were black and most residents in the upscale condo district are white.

In between the two columns, there was this e-mail exchange between Kane and a reader (emphasis mine):

-----Original Message-----
From: Karl Kukor
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:01 AM
To: Eugene Kane
Subject: Tragic yes but....

Where was mom ?

From: Eugene Kane
To: Karl Kukor
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:03 AM
Subject: RE: Tragic yes but....

Yep, best thing to do in a situation like this, blame the mother.
You don’t disappoint me.

Eugene Kane
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

From: Karl Kukor
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:25 AM
To: Eugene Kane
Subject: Re: Tragic yes but....

It was a tragic accident but on cue you blame some building contractor. Why not blame God for putting the river there ? Lets wall off the river, the lake and my God we better wall off all the streets so kids don't run after a ball and get hit by cars. I grew up 1 block from lake Michigan and I managed not to drown. Do you really think some sign would have halted their curiosity, be real.

From: Eugene Kane
To: Karl Kukor
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:27 AM
Subject: RE: Tragic yes but....

I live for the day when a bunch of white kids get killed in an accident and the first question from readers is “where were the parents?”
Because both you and I know, that doesn’t get asked unless it’s black people, poor black people in particular…

Eugene Kane
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Karl Kukor: I find your statement detestful and will share it with every senior management and staff at your publication.

I don't know if this exchange is a hoax or not. I'm relying on the reputation of conservative radio yapper, Charlie Sykes. [Sykes is an employee of the Journal Sentinel's parent company.]

What can be said about this callous disregard for human life because of skin color? It's racism plain and simple. I hope he didn't mean this. I hope Kane was just having a bad day. I rarely agree with what Kane writes, yet I'm willing to let this pass if he apologizes. One thing is for certain, if a local white conservative talk show host or columnist (the Journal Sentinel has none) said something like this about black kids, he'd lose his job. The newspaper's editorial board would have published a scathing editorial lamenting such divisive language. There then would be weeks of news stories on the front page documenting examples of Milwaukee's racism.

Kane is safe because 1) he's black;and 2) he's a Lefty in a Lefty newspaper.

Milwaukee is a racially-divided city partly because of race baiters like Kane. Whites are afraid to connect with their minority brothers and sisters because any faux-paus, no matter how well intentioned, could be taken as evidence of racism's ghost. Kane mentioned that one of the condo residents told him he didn't yell at the kids because "he didn't want to do anything that might look bad." It's just easier to walk down separate paths. This time it might have cost two girls' lives.

If you think Eugene Kane said things that are beyond the pale for newspaper columnist in a big city, you can write a letter to the editor, e-mail Kane, e-mail, or e-mail the paper's editor, Martin Kaiser.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 10:30 PM | Comments (4)

More MM Misleading

Republican pollster Frank Luntz means little to me. I ignore pollsters and have found him dull when he's done live focus groups for MSNBC. So why do I care about a Media Matters post on him? Because it's another example of MM's "gotcha" tactics that amount to little. Given the post's title, "GOP pollster Luntz revealed Limbaugh's role in new survey" you'd think Rush organized some evil plot. Let me summarize the post: Rush asked Luntz to do a poll to see if Democrats preferred Sen. Hillary Clinton over Sen. John Kerry as their Presidential nominee. Luntz did it and released the results. MM then notes that Luntz has a checkered history (because he refused to release his Contract of America data), and he has admitted to releasing favorable poll results.

My response: Who cares? MM provides no evidence that this poll was manipulated in any way. That would require real research. The easist thing to do would be to just do a poll. If there's evidence that Luntz cooked the books then I'd like to know.

So, Andrew Seifter, the post's writer, has no argument against Luntz's poll. He just gives us some of the pollster's past with a few quotes from television and radio. But before calling it a day, Seifter has to mention that Luntz is an adjunct fellow with the Hudson Institute and did polling work for David Horowitz. In "progressive"/liberal circles, Horowitz's apostasy is unforgivable so linking Luntz to him smears him. Since Seifter really has nothing on Luntz he decides to do the guilt-by-association thing MM is becoming known for.

"GOP Pollster Luntz Revealed Limbaugh's Role in New Survey"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 09:00 PM | Comments (0)

Lambeau's House Found

A Green Bay father and son spent the better part of a year digging through old maps and records to find Curley Lambeau's birthplace. The lawn around the house has been re-named the "Original Lambeau Field." Expect rabid Packers fans from across the globe to make annual pilgramages.

"Lambeau's Home Found"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

Huh? 2

After watching some clips of AlGore's speech I don't know what he said or how he said it to get James Joyner to write,

I don’t know whether the bitterness of his narrow defeat in 2000 finally pushed him over the edge or if this is just the latest iteration of Gore’s never-ending quest for a personality, but I’m thankful this loon isn’t in charge of our nuclear arsenal.

AlGore was angry and full of righteous indignation, yes, where did he lose it? I disagreed with most of his speech, but didn't notice a Dean-like wacko moment. His bombast may be a change from the wooden, boring, Kerry-like personna he mostly displayed as a Senator and Vice President, but his book Earth in the Balance showed he could go off the deep end when it came to the environment.

Maybe after putting up with a few years of outrageous Bush bashing I've become inured to it. I guess I'm going to have to block some time and endure the entire speech if I can find it. But if you know of an incriminating video clip or soundbite, leave a comment, e-mail, or trackback.

P.S. Yes, you just experienced a mild defense of AlGore. No need to adjust your browser. Don't send the paramedics my way. I'm just fine.

"Al Gore Unglued"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 06:51 PM | Comments (3)


Why the RNC bothers with Don King, I don't know. But to Oliver donating to the Republicans disqualifies you from being a part of black outreach (notice the scare quotes around the post's title). We shouldn't be surprised that a black Republican would help her party. What should the RNC have done, find a black Democrat to help them persuade blacks to vote for the GOP?

Maybe I'm missing something.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)

Kerry's House of Ketchup #13

Kerry speaks.

[Welcome InstaPundit readers. Since Glenn was critical of the name of this weblog's periodic feature I've posted a response. After that, browse though all that TAM has to offer. 06.01.04]

With Memorial Day festivities approaching what better addition to the brats, hot dogs, Italian sausage, and hamburgers everyone will be grilling than a big, tomato-y edition of Kerry's House of Ketchup? Did you know KHoK goes great with beer? How do you think I can get through this every week?

First, some articles of note.

Kerry has a campaign theme: "Let America Be America Again." What does this mean? It must be full of nuance that only a French intellectual can understand.

Kerry thought about going to his party's nominating convention and not accepting his party's nod to be better positioned financially against the Bush money machine. That ticked off local Bostonians and threatened to turn the convention into an event only seen on C-SPAN. The idea got nixed yesterday. Another flip-flop?

Charles Paul Freund has an interesting piece on political intimacy and how Kerry used his war experience to give himself "a personal narrative sufficiently powerful to overcome his stylistic and rhetorical weaknesses."

His "personal narrative" might not be enough in Ohio. One local union president said, "There is some uneasiness there. He [Kerry] does not come across to working class people as well as some did." Another local union president points out that Kerry voters are the ABB (Anyone But Bush) type: "The enthusiasm may not be there for Kerry, but there is a great enthusiasm for getting rid of Bush, and that is going to send Kerry to the White House."

Enough of me. Let's see what other webloggers are saying about Senator Zoop:

Join in the fun by linking to the House of Ketchup. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

[Thanks go to the John F. Kerry Media Relations Center for the Sen. Zoop's "voice."]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 01:20 AM | Comments (3)

May 26, 2004

Next Target: Lomborg

Bjorn Lomborg joins Patrick Michaels in criticising The Day After Tomorrow and those who are using the movie's premise to affect public policy. Expect an attack on Lomborg's funding and other suspicious connections by Media Matters at any moment.

"Entertaining Discredited Ideas of a Climatic Catastrophe" [via Betsy's Page]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 11:41 PM | Comments (0)


I don't care if doctors determine that low-carb diets will let me live until I'm 300, I will NOT EVER buy a low-carb Krispy Kreme. Note I wrote "buy." If I'm in a store when the hot light is on and the smiling person behind the doughnut case hands me a hot, sticky just-fried sample, I guarantee I won't say no.

"Krispy Kreme Makes Plans to Meet Low-Carb Challenge" [via Betsy's Page]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 11:33 PM | Comments (0)

"Gotcha" Games

Laura Kipnis wrote this about Media Matters founder and ex-conservative David Brock:

So, what to make of his new role, once again flinging accusations at those loathed former accusers—including, incidentally, at another showy and annoying political apostate, David Horowitz, himself a frequent and acerbic critic of Brock's? Is there a political—or perhaps psychopolitical—lesson in all this? The most obvious one is that political apostasy has really gone downhill, intellectually speaking, if it's come to this. Consider the first generation of neocons: Whatever you think of their ideas, at least they had ideas. Brock, by contrast, has one tune on autoplay: Conservatives lie. OK, maybe they do, but this isn't a political idea, it's political melodrama, peopled by villains and heroes. And this same brand of black-and-white thinking has propelled Brock's journalism from the start—along with an alarming amount of projection to cap it off.

Kipnis "wishes Brock could finally move on, rather than mucking around in this endless circle of accusation and 'gotcha' games." The only thing that's changed about Brock is where he's tossing his bombs.

"Brock Attack"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 11:26 PM | Comments (2)

Happy Anniversary

Catallarchy.net is one year old.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 10:43 PM | Comments (0)

Ad Hominem

Has Oliver Willis or anyone at Media Matters even read any of Patrick Michaels' books on climate change? For a guy who's supposedly in bed with energy companies Michaels doesn't discount man-made climate change. Here are two passages from Michaels' and Robert Balling, Jr.'s (presumably another lackey of the "Trash the Earth" lobby) book The Satanic Gases:

For the record, we too believe that there is a human influence on the climate. But, to put it simply, the effect is just not all that bad. (p. 21)

One thing concerning global warming about which there is no debate is the notion that human activity has augmented the earth's natural greenhouse effect. The magnitude of this change, coupled with a deficit of predicted warming, is what fuels the core of the argument that global warming is an overblown issue. (p. 30)

Notice that neither Oliver nor Media Matters engage with Michaels' arguments. That would require doing more than some Google or Nexis searches. Instead, they just cynically throw mud the way many people of all ideologies do with opinions they disagree with. Being funded by energy companies doesn't mean Michaels is a public policy mercenary anymore than MoveOn.org can be accuse of being in George Soros' pocket.

"Stay Informed"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 10:31 PM | Comments (6)

Make a Commerical with This

While President Clinton used empathy ("I feel your pain") to connect with people, President Bush used his confident moral purpose with some of Saddam's terror victims--remember, the bad guy who ordered much more abuse in Abu Ghraib than some U.S. troops ever did.

"Bush Meets Iraqis Maimed under Saddam" [inspired by The Volokh Conspiracy]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 08:37 PM | Comments (2)

Bernard Lewis Speaks

Esteemed Islam scholar Bernard Lewis offered some wise words in a speech in Chicago Tuesday. Neil Steinberg was there and reported:

You might think George W. Bush is an idiot -- everyone seems to nowadays. But Bernard Lewis sure isn't an idiot. He's perhaps the most eminent Islamic scholar alive. I caught his speech Tuesday, and he said quite eloquently that we are battling for our lives.

"We are engaged in a life-or-death struggle,'' he said.

All that PC cant about fighting terror, not Islam, is just that.

"Terror is a tactic,'' he said. "We are fighting somebody using terror.'' That somebody would be the Islamic world, which has no reluctance to pour hatred on us. Lewis described the Saudi brand of Islam this way: "Imagine the Ku Klux Klan enjoying unlimited wealth and power, using it to establish schools and colleges to peddle their brand of Christianity,'' Lewis said.

They thought we'd cave in because we always have.

"The line about America is always the same,'' he said. They "have become degenerate and immoral, abandoning their own inferior religion. Hit them and they will run.''

The collapse of the Soviet Union was not seen as our victory, but theirs.

"It is hardly surprising they felt they were winning,'' he said. "Dealing with the soft and pampered Americans would be relatively easy.''

But we're not running now.

"What happened after 9/11 came as a shock,'' he said. The Americans did not collapse, but fought back, hard.

"One can see a sort of wavering now in their perception,'' he said. "Were they wrong? Do they really face a determined and dangerous adversary? Or were they right, and the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq merely a flash in the pan that the weak and pampered Americans are incapable of maintaining?''

Next time Bush addresses the nation, I wish he'd send Lewis as a ringer.

This is a moral war, a war of civilizations. However, it's not a battle between Christianity and Islam. It's between the free West and an Islamist ideology grown from the same poisoned soil as fascism.

"President Sounds OK, Looks Even Better"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

They Can't Win

It hasn't even been a full news cycle and there's criticism that John Ashcroft's and Robert Mueller's news conference was an overreaction. If there are no U.S. attacks in the next few months, the Bush bashers will complain the administration used the threat of terrorism as an election weapon.

"Feds: Al Qaeda Plans to 'Hit the U.S. Hard'"

"An Overreaction?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 08:11 PM | Comments (0)

May 25, 2004

Nice Hat

Michele almost bears it all again. This time for her hubby.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 07:38 PM | Comments (4)

Protest Pontential

In the next month, President Bush will be traveling a lot. Besides all the campaign stops he'll make he'll go to France and Italy to for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, he'll head to Turkey for a NATO meeting, and he'll go to Georgia for the G-8 summit. At the overseas visits there should be plenty of anti-Bush protesters. Steven Kull, director of the program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, thinks this will surprise much of the American public. What protests may do is rally them around the President. Knocking off Saddam in spite of world opinion took courage. Seeing crass and harsh displays of anti-Bushism/anti-Americanism could create a backlash with the American public. Think of it as a form of blowback. Oh, wouldn't that just tick off the anti-Bushies?

"Bush's Bid to Shape the Iraq Story"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 07:33 PM | Comments (0)

Bad Fire

I met Jay McCarthy at BloggerCon I last fall. He's very smart and very inquisitive--the two usually go hand in hand. Tragedy struck him and his family when his home caught fire. No one got hurt, but the house will have to be rebuilt. Wish Jay and his family well, and say a little prayer for them.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 07:08 PM | Comments (0)

Newly Discovered

What a pleasant surprise to fine two Wisconsin current events webloggers. Dan Ray Barrington is a news editor and columnist for the Green Bay News Chronicle. He posts on Live Journal so most of his writings are diary-type entries. He did have the good sense to link to TAM.

Then the too good (because there's too much to read) Samizdata.net has fellow Wisconsinite Robert Clayton Dean as a contributor. His latest post is on the symbiosis of media and state.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 06:47 PM | Comments (1)

Up in Flames

British modern art was destroyed in a blaze of glory. Brian Micklethwait is correct that modern art connoisseurs shouldn't weep for the pieces weren't "lost." The fire "merely moved some objects from one state of being to another." There's enough material here to fill one or two Ph.D. dissertations.

"Fire Art"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

Go Get Some Marshmellows

Hooray! Laurence hosts this week's Bonfire of the Vanities. Through that I discovered Interested-Participant's post on naked roller coaster riders. I just hope they really hosed things down after the riders were finished.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 06:09 PM | Comments (0)

More Pink

It seems the pink fad has hit webloggers too.

"Pink: The New Business-Blue of Web Design?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 01:06 AM | Comments (1)

May 24, 2004

Iraq's Future

The President has laid down the plan for Iraq's future. We all know the path this administration wants to go down. It continues the Islamist War by stabilizing Iraq and going after the terrorists and Saddam loyalists. It's multilateral both militarily, financially, and diplomatically (a new U.N. resolution has just been offered). And it's achievable. That's not to say Iraq won't fall down into a pit of chaos and civil war in the future. No one can be sure what the future portends. The best the U.S. can do is put Iraq on the path to creating a strong regime of liberty.

"President Outlines Steps to Help Iraq Achieve Democracy and Freedom"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)

Anti-Nader Ads

This is not a good sign for the Democrats. If a Democratic outfit feels so threatened by Ralph Nader that they have to run commercials against him what does that say about their confidence in Kerry?

"Concerned Democrats Launch 'Don't Vote for Nader' Ad"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 11:14 PM | Comments (0)

Deep Freeze

New Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is already having problems keeping his campaign promise to freeze the city's property tax levy. Wispolitics.com reports, "Just before being sworn in April 20, he was told it would cost $36 million more to operate the city next year at the same level of services as this year."

City Council president Willie Hines made this bizzarre statement:

I would hope that a budget is put forth with the greatest amount of integrity and isn't done to fulfill a campaign promise. It would be unfair to the taxpayers if that would occur.

So Hines thinks it would be "fair" to city taxpayers to have property taxes continue to rise? It's this kind of thinking that has driven thousands from the city, further exasperating budget difficulties.

"Barrett Camp Comes to Grip With The Meaning of 'Freeze''"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 06:41 PM | Comments (1)

Rand Ignored

Why isn't Ayn Rand taken seriously in academic philosophy? Keith Burgess-Jackson's explanation ranges from sexism to envy.

"Ayn Rand (1905-1982) and the Moral Philosophers"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 06:31 PM | Comments (1)

Pink Shoes for Men

No, it's not metrosexuality run amok. The latest hip-hop fashion craze is pink women's sneakers. A store in Milwaukee opened two hours early last Saturday to satisfy eager customers.

"Who'd Pay $115 for a Pair of Women's Shoes? Lots of Guys, that's Who"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 01:58 AM | Comments (1)

May 23, 2004

Severe Weather

I'm posting with a major storm headed for me with the possiblity of a tornado. Things are dark outside and the family is safe in the basement. I don't know if this is a first for the blogosphere, but it certainly is a first for me. I've got WTMJ's website on and am monitoring the storm. Hopefully, we're taken precautions for nothing.

UPDATE: So far, so good. The storm still hasn't reached town yet, but it looks like it wants to bear down on us.

UPDATE 2: Everything is still fine. Based on the radar a severe storm passed over us, but there hasn't been any rain. Everything is dark and calm.

UPDATE 3: All is well now. This was anticlimactic. No rain Some rain, no hail, and no winds. To the southwest there's clear skies.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 08:03 PM | Comments (1)

Sam Johnson, R.I.P.

Sam Johnson, one of the most successful businessmen in Wisconsin history died of cancer. He was 76.

"Concern for Business, Earth"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

On the Map

In the heart of what used to be called lovely Kablogh sits the TAM Hotel. At the TAM Hotel room service will never be interrupted. Plus, there's always an Imam al-Ron speech on pay-per-view. That's why all the journalists cringe when staying there. But where else would they stay? The TAM Hotel still has running water.

"Kablogh - Holy City of Blogistan" [via Captain's Quarters]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:15 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2004

The Wind Cries Mary

Today around town, you heard the sound of chainsaws. The locals were cleaning up after yesterday morning's powerful storm ripped through. From my short tour of the neighborhood, I didn't see any damage worse than fallen trees some minor roof damage caused by 70-mile an hour winds. Yesterday morning, I was woken by rain hitting the windows so hard I thought it was hail. After getting my eyes to focus I peered out a window to see nothing but grey haze. It was raining so hard I could barely make out the shingles of the roof just outside the window.

This was easily the strongest storm I've been through in the almost 13 years I've lived in Allenton, and we seem to have missed the worst of it. This powerful yet fast-moving storm destroyed cars and a barn to the east and south of me. Fortunately there were no injuries.

To the north and south of Allenton this month's constant rains have brought flooding. I'm not worried about my place because we're on high ground, but I did go over the bridge that spans the Rock River. I saw nothing to worry about.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words (or do they inspire a thousand words a la Abu Ghraib?) here are the pictures I took just walking around the block.

"Powerful Storms Leave Trails of Damage"

"More Rain on the Way"

UPDATE: It's raining again. I wish someone would have told me I moved to Seattle.

UPDATE II: Mark Hasty is doing his Weather Channel impersonation but without a green screen, cool graphics, any video, or pictures of him decked out in a raincoat getting wet.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 09:40 PM | Comments (1)

May 21, 2004

Prison Blues V

The Washington Post has some abuse video from Abu Ghraib on their website. All I saw were some prisoners naked or stripping. Humiliating, to be sure. According to a Post story there are worse images.

The video begins with three soldiers huddled around a naked detainee, his thin frame backed against a wall. With a snap of his wrist, one of the soldiers slaps the man across his left cheek so hard that the prisoner's knees buckle. Another detainee, handcuffed and on his back, is dragged across the prison floor.

Then, the human pyramid begins to take shape. Soldiers force hooded and naked prisoners into crouches on the floor, one by one, side by side, a soldier pointing to where the next ones should go.

"Videos Amplify Picture of Violence" [via OTB]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:24 PM | Comments (1)

Legalize Incest

When will someone in the U.S. take up Professor Peter Munz's argument? I'm afraid to say that it won't be long.

"'Legalize Incest' Suggestion Shocks Lawmakers"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 01:55 PM | Comments (1)

"Compassionate" Lefties

Air America, the liberal talk network that's suppose to be the antithesis of mean, nasty, uncaring conservative talk radio never provided Chicago staffers health insurance while taking money out of their paychecks to pay for it.

"Air America's Slide Ignored by Liberal Press"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 01:48 PM | Comments (1)

It's a Good Thing

A Secret Service ink expert who testified in the Martha Stewart trial has been arrested for lying on the stand. Federal prosecutors accuse Larry Stewart (no relation to Martha) of giving eight false statements. U.S. Attorney David Kelley didn't think this news would help overturn Martha Stewart's conviction, but I'm sure Martha's lawyers disagree.

"Stewart Witness Charged With Perjury"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

Fad Fading Fast

There might be some relief for Krispy Kreme stockholders (here and here). The low carb craze is losing its craziness.

"Low-Carb Losing Steam"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2004

Less Than Even Money

Paul at Wizbang notes that bettors give President Bush the edge over Kerry. Over at the Iowa Electronic Markets traders have been predicting a Bush victory since February with Kerry closing the gap in the past few weeks. When people have something on the line they have a penchant for using available information more efficiently. When to combine all the disparate, scattered knowlege from lots of individuals you end up with a form of collective wisdom. It's not infallible because individuals are fallible, but this market system is the same mechanism we use to allocate just about all our good and services in a fairly efficient manner.

For more on the importance of individual knowledge there's Friedrich Hayek's indispensable paper "The Use of Knowledge in Society."

"Forget Zogby"

UPDATE: James Carville and Stan Greenberg have a different prediction: "...the odds against him [Bush]. He is more likely to lose than win." Let's hope I can remember to go back to this post on Election Day to see who was correct two very smart political consultants or collective wisdom.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 07:27 PM | Comments (0)

Looking for Competition

Rosemary is looking for a Bush version of Kerry's House of Ketchup. For there to be one requires Kerry fans (and I use the term loosely) to have a sense of humor instead of anti-Bush shrillness. But if there is some linkfest out there I'm interested in it too.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 06:45 PM | Comments (1)


The NY Post has summed up the two days of hearings on the Sept. 11 attacks. Here's the opening paragraph:

The 9/11 Commission completed two days near the scene of the crime yes terday, doing what it does best: grandstanding.

Keep reading. It doesn't let up.

"A National Disgrace, Cont'd" [via Viking Pundit]

After reading that there's an essay left by SDH as a comment to a post that deserves a post of its own.

"An Attempt at Some Historical Perspective on the 9/11 Commission's Monday Morning Elways..."

The Spanish Empire fell with a cataclysmic crash after its armada sank off the coasts of The British Isles. Its infamous reputation lived for centuries and tarred generations of Hispanic people with an unfair reputation for duplicity, inhumanity and barbaric cruelty. This horrible reputation, known by historians as "La Leyenda Negra", or The Black Legend resulted primarily from the writings of a Catholic Monk; Father Bartolomeo De Las Casas.

De Las Casas observed the encomienderos and all of the misery which these people inflicted upon South and Central America. His account sickens any person with a rational mind. When rock singer Neil Young wrote his PC Jeremiad "Cortez Was a Killer", he riffed off the fundamental conceit posited by the writings of De Las Casas. Five hundred years after De Las Casas died his message of self-loathing and grief resounded across the ages and profoundly affected the thinking of a man who probably never studied Spanish Literature and History.

The 9/11 Commission will compose the primary source historical document that will inform future generations of historians, school children and pop culture entertainers of what happened on 11 September 2001. These men and women seem too shortsighted to recognize what they have in their hands. They are the ambassadors that will introduce our society and our traditions to the world of the future. These commissioners are writing the American History that people five hundred years hence will gripe about having to read in high school or college.

Like Bartolomeo De Las Casas, the 9/11 Commission presents an antiheroic picture of our people and our society. Their description of the NYPD and the NYFD does not even remotely give these men and women credit for valor and initiative. The Monday Morning Bart Starrs cast their aspersions on these officers and firefighters from the overfed and very comfortable perspective of The Inquisitor's Chair.

They portray the rescue workers who toiled in desperation amongst the fires of Gahanna as bumbling caricatures of Henry Blake and Frank Burns in a profoundly sickening and distasteful episode of MASH. My grandchildren may never see the heroism of these people because a bunch of retread, hack politicians have usurped the mantle that should have been given to people vastly better. The shortsighted and duplicitous are writing the first draft of the history of our age.

I have read Bartolomeo De Las Casa and took a very light lunch after doing so. I have no objective way of knowing whether his history is a fair and accurate account of how Spaniards behaved in The Caribbean Islands. Enough other people support his version of events that this seems likely. Thus, what I learned about Latin American History heavily reflects De Las Casas' appraisal of Spanish imperial policy and society. Judging from Neil Young's musical protest, a lot of other people learned the same version.

Some historian 500 years hence will read the report of the 9-11 Commission. They will then read a few editorials from The New York Times. After that, our notional historian will plug America's own low-budget Sergei Eisenstein, Michael Moore into his DVD player. Amazingly, David Ben Veniste, the respected and widely read New York Times and Jabba the Haw Haw, Michael Moore all corroborate one another.

The historian will write a moving and elegant text that plants this revisionist view as the axiomatic view of ancient and corrupt America. The author will win tenure and go on to renown and acclaim.

My point is simply this. We have to start paying attention to who writes that first rough draft of Post-Modern American History. The authors thereof can do for our nation what Virgil did for Rome or they can do to our culture what Bartolomeo De Las Casa did to the Hispanics. Nothing would prove more tragic and wrong than allowing the despicable Michael Moore to proceed through the eons as the legendary historian of our corrupt and immoral age.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 06:29 PM | Comments (1)

Kerry's House of Ketchup #12

Kerry speaks.

Behold, another cache of links about my favorite condiment candidate. Not everything John Kerry says or does is bad. He is wise enough (politically and practially) to support President Bush's request for $25 billion for Iraq. It's part of his strategy to ride the Iraq hurricane into office.

Now, find some fries (I'll wait) and dip into some of the best in Kerry posts.

Join in the fun by linking to the House of Ketchup. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

[Thanks go to the John F. Kerry Media Relations Center for the Sen. Zoop's "voice."]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 12:20 AM | Comments (0)

May 19, 2004


Some people besides grunts are taking responsibility for the abuses (not atrocities, that was Saddam's "fun") at Abu Ghraib. However, Bush bashers won't like it because Rumsfeld and the President aren't falling on their swords. Instead, Gen. John Abizaid, commander of Persian Gulf forces, told Senators, "We have a real problem with ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] reports and the way that they're handled and the way that they move up and down the chain of command," Abizaid said. ". . . We've got a problem there that's got to be fixed." He also said, "And we should have known. And we should have uncovered it and taken action before it got to the point that it got to."

From this testimony, we see that while the Iraq War was a stunning achievement in its quick victory with a small force, occupation requires more manpower. Rumsfeld proved that invasion could be done with high tech and highly efficient troops. The problem was with the aftermath. Paul Wolfowitz conceded that the post-war insurections are more intense than the Pentagon predicted. Maybe Rumsfeld had plans to transform post-war and peacekeeping efforts, but Sept. 11 put a wrench in the works for continued transformation. I do doubt that because until Sept. 11 President Bush gave short shrift to messy stuff like nation building.

"System Failures Cited for Delayed Action on Abuses"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:10 PM | Comments (0)

Streak Over

Brewers first baseman, Lyle Overbay, failed to get a hit ending his hitting streak at 18 games. Milwaukee did beat the Expos in rain-soaked game San Juan.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 10:56 PM | Comments (0)

More NYC Insanity

Rudy Giuliani testified before the Sept. 11 committee today, and victims' families were again showing that they care more about embarassing personal public displays of displeasure than finding answers to better prepare for future terrorist attacks. The committee, not learning from yesterday's fiasco, allowed an audience to view the proceedings.

Jeff Jarvis "ended up shouting at the shouters."

Michele writes, "Every clap and every hoot and holler makes this whole thing look like nothing more than a partisan sham presented with the intent to discredit people and get Bush out of office."

"Families Heckle Giuliani at 9/11 Hearing"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 10:43 PM | Comments (2)

May 18, 2004

Gone Off the Deep End

As if the Sept. 11 committee could stoop any lower they bashed NYC police and fire chiefs. It sounded like a lot of "coulda' shoulda' woulda'" Monday morning quarterbacking. All the while familes of Sept. 11 victims hooted and hollered.

Why should we take this inquiry seriously? Commissioners have plopped themselves in front of a television camera any chance they've gotten. They let Richard Clarke practically sell his book in front of them. They ignored the obvious conflict of interest of Commissioner Gorelick. And now they let the victims families act like they're watching a witch trial.

The Sept. 11 commission was suppose to help the public and the government learn what went wrong and what can be done to prevent future attacks. What it has ended up becoming is a disgraceful example of how not to run an investigation.

"9/11 Panel Scolds Ex-Police, Fire Chiefs"

"Hearings or Spanish Inquisition?"

UPDATE: Jeff Jarvis isn't happy either. [via InstaPundit]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Terrorism at 10:15 PM | Comments (3)

Flames, Glorious Flames

Some Great Reward hosts this week's Bonfire of the Vanities.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 09:42 PM | Comments (0)

27 Up, 27 Down

Tonight, Randy Johnson tossed a perfect game against the Braves. More on this at SportsBlog.


Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 09:12 PM | Comments (1)

Hersh Disputed

Major General Geoffrey Miller, the new commander of the Iraqi prison system, flatly denied Seymour Hersh's claim of a "special access program" run out of Abu Ghraib.

James Joyner has links to some other stories about new developments in the prison abuse scandal.

"General Says He Backed Interrogation Limits"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 08:24 PM | Comments (0)

Who'd Have Thunk?

As of today, the Milwaukee Brewers are only three games out of first place in their division. It's not just a case of being in a weak division because if the team were in either the east or west they'd still be in the thick of things. After coming into this season with a very low team payroll few thought the Brewers would amount to much. However, they're actually competitive. They've won more than they've lost, and they're fun to watch.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 07:22 PM | Comments (0)

Wanted: Strongman

Good news for those who want to be Saddam's replacement. Jordan's King Abdullah II wants a strongman put into power. "I would say that the profile would be somebody from inside, somebody who's very strong, has some sort of popular feeling," said the king. I guess he'd feel more comfortable with another autocrat for a neighbor. Then there's that little problem that Jordanians might want an elected leader of their own after seeing their Iraqi neighbors pick one.

"King Abdullah: Iraq Needs Strongman"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 07:03 PM | Comments (1)

May 17, 2004

Wise Words

The leader of the Fallujah Brigade, Retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Latif, had plenty to say about U.S. troops in his country:

We can make them (Americans) use their rifles against us or we can make them build our country, it's your choice.

He went on to tell Fallujah leaders,

They were brought here by the acts of one coward who was hunted out of a rathole — Saddam — who disgraced us all. Let us tell our children that these men (U.S. troops) came here to protect us.

As President Bush said, they did not come here to occupy our land but to get rid of Saddam. We can help them leave by helping them do their job, or we can make them stay ten years and more by keeping fighting.

He also had this to say about the insurgency:

Those bullets that are fired will not get the Americans out, let them finish their job here so that they can return to their country.

Our country is precious, stop allowing the bad guys to come from outside Iraq to destroy our country.

Few war backers want U.S. troops to be in Iraq any longer than needed. However, troops can't leave to allow Iraq to implode. That would only turn the country into a place where Islamist terrorist could plan attacks against the U.S. Stability is necessary, but planting the seed of freedom in the Middle East is paramount. For the sake the people there and the future security of the U.S. regimes of liberty must be given a chance.

The CPA should plaster Latif's words on billboards and buildings. For fed up Iraqis it's realism with a foreseeable end to the occupation.

"Iraqi General Urges Support of U.S. Troops" [via The Command Post]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

Demonstrating in the Rain

If the weather would have been better I would feel bad I had to work instead of stand up and support my President. LisaS has pictures from last Friday's rainy fun.

"A Day In The Rain"

"Bush Challenges Concordia Graduates"

"President Delivers Commencement Address at Concordia University"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 10:19 PM | Comments (1)

Stock Fallout

Krispy Kreme's stock has been in the toilet along with the rest of the market. Yappers on stock message boards are calling for management's heads. All because management believes the low carb craze will slow profit growth. Note that CEO Scott Livengood didn't say the company would lose money. Profits just won't meet company expectations. In the same statement, Krispy Kreme pointed out that "Krispy Kreme experienced a 26.3% increase in systemwide volume in U.S. packaged doughnuts, predominantly through the addition of new accounts, while all other brands in the doughnut category combined experienced a 7.2% decrease in volume." KK store sales continue to grow which means the low carb fad is only effecting grocery store purchases. People continue to buy Krispy Kremes. They're just not considering it an add-on purchase while buying other groceries. Instead, they consider it a treat to go to a KK store, watch dough become golden glazed goodies, and savor a hot, soft doughnut.

If you really want to know the place of off-site sales in Krispy Kreme's plans read Making Dough. It's a bit on the hagiographic side, but it does mention that the company treats sales in grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores as a form of marketing. KK doesn't buy commericals on television or the radio. By offering doughnuts off-site the company gives you a taste of what they have to offer. Because of word of mouth potential buyers think there has to be something more at a KK store than an above average doughnut. The well-branded displays are the closest thing the company has to traditional commericals. Once someone goes into a store to have a hot doughnut off-site sales keep that experience in the consumer's mind.

I have to mention that I asked Prof. Bainbridge for his take on the KK lawsuits. He was kind enough to reply.

"Krispy Kreme Woes Take Cyber-Focus"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 09:36 PM | Comments (0)

Hammering Hersh

Sasha Castel Al Maviva takes on Hersh and find him wanting.

Four, this Sy Hersh hitjob does a smashing job of conflating abuse with torture and tough (but legit) interrogation techniques, and of using unnamed sources to impeach nameless badguys for the MP prison abuses, which they apparently had nothing to do with.

Hersh talks about three or four things. He talks about the MP abuse – and abuse is what it was. He talks about the open system intelligence unit that did interrogation at the prison, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, and it’s commander, Colonel Pappas, who sought permission from General Sanchez in a number of cases to use one or two tough interrogation tactics. Then Hersh talks about some Special Access Programs run out of the Department of Defense using Rumsfeld-approved tough interrogation methods.

Hersh’s main failure, is he talks about all this stuff as if it is of apiece. It isn’t.

"On Seymour Hersh’s Latest Hitjob"

UPDATE: Give me a moment to wipe the egg off my face. Sasha was nice enough to correct me. The post wasn't written by her but by Al Maviva.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 05:14 PM | Comments (1)

Prison Blues IV

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the person formerly in charge of Iraqi prisons has been blamed for the abuse that took place inside Abu Ghraib. For someone who is the third-ranked perpetrator (so far) behind Lynndie England and Charles Graner you would think she'd be bitter at those high up on the totem pole. Nope.

Washington, D.C.: Do you think Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld should resign?

Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski: No. I think that he has to be a participant in this investigation. Sec. Rumsfeld is the equivalent of a CEO of the largest organization in the world and he can establish policy -- which he does -- and he can promulgate policy but you have to trust the people who are disseminating that policy and enforcing that policy because he can't be everywhere all of the time.

Success at any level is directly connected to the effectiveness of communication and trust of the people you have working for you.

"Transcript: Prison Abuse Scandal"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 04:09 PM | Comments (0)

Chaplain Yee

After all the hoopla that Capt. James Yee might have been a Muslim spy inside Guantanamo all charges and reprimands have been removed from his record. Unfortunately, we don't know much about what happened because Yee has been ordered not to talk, and the military won't say anything either.

"The Ordeal of Chaplain Yee"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:21 PM | Comments (0)

18 Sheets to the Wind

Ben Sheets struck out 18 Atlanta Braves and allowed only three hits in a complete-game victory yesterday. It was Sheets' best game ever as a pro, and it's arguably the greatest pitching performance in team history. The closest comparison is Juan Nieves' no-hitter in 1987. For more, there's Baseball Musings and Cheesehead Sports.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 02:01 AM | Comments (1)

May 16, 2004

Let's Meetup

There still aren't enough people yet for the next Milwaukee-area Weblogger Meetup. So far it's just me and Jay Bullock, Iron Blog Democrat, who have decided to come. Let's show that SE Wisconsin is full of fun, interesting webloggers. Here are the gory details:

WHO: SE Wisconsin webloggers and readers.

WHAT: Milwaukee Weblogger Meetup

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:00PM

WHERE: Pizza Shuttle, 1827 N Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI (map)

WHY: Because I said so. And to carouse with local webloggers and readers.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:32 PM | Comments (1)

Hersh's Falibility

Not to dismiss Seymour Hersh's latest accusation against Donald Rumsfeld, the Bush administration, and the U.S. military (his previous Abu Ghraib stories seem to have held up), realize that this prize-winning investigative reporter isn't perfect. Last year in a story accusing the administration of misusing intelligence, he maintained the myth that President Bush claimed Iraq was an "imminent" threat. The closest critics came to proving this was an encounter between Rumsfeld and Tom Friedman on Face the Nation, and that was a stretch.

Next, we look at Hersh's book on John F. Kennedy, The Dark Side of Camelot. Hersh almost "proved" a JFK/Marilyn Monroe affair based on evidence proven to be a forgery. That didn't stop him from making his claims which amount to "unsubstantiated celebrity rumors" in the words of Edward Jay Epstein. Hersh then bases claims that JFK was a bigamist and was in cahoots with the mob to kill Castro on witness memories that appeared only recently.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:15 PM | Comments (2)

May 15, 2004

Wack the Prez

That's what would "work" for Air America's Randi Rhodes.

"It Works for Her"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 03:49 PM | Comments (0)

May 14, 2004


Dell is tossing in a flat-panel monitor with their desktops. You can know get a new computer with an LCD for under $1000. They're trying to match the sweet HP-Compaq deal I snagged. Now, Dell just has to boost the size of RAM and the hard drive.

I wonder what the next "wow" thing computer makers will include: a Wi-Fi router? a portable music player? a good digital camera?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 02:31 PM | Comments (1)

Krispy Kreme Sued

My beloved doughnut maker is being sued by shareholders for supposedly misleading them. Let me quote from the Reuters story:

The complaint names members of Krispy Kreme's senior management as defendants, and charges that they disregarded signs that the company had expanded too quickly, that its wholesale business undermined sales at its retail stores, and that it faced stiff competition from rival doughnut chain Dunkin' Donuts.

According to the statement, the suit also alleges that "the company ineptly accounted for how their bottom line would be affected by the popular low-carbohydrate diets; first by claiming that the trend would have no influence, and then by over-exaggerating the effect of the diet fad."

This suit stems from a company statement last week telling investors that earnings would be "10% lower than previously announced guidance." Krispy Kreme is being sued because they may have misjudged their expansion plans and not realized how much the low-carb craze would effect them. It sounds to me that this is a case of business error. There's a big difference between lying and being wrong (as I've mentioned [and here] with regards to Iraq's lack of WMD). There isn't much here unless there's a smoking gun hidden that shows management thought one thing but said something else. That would be fraud, and that's untolerable.

This is a reason why companies should bother with earnings guidance. There are too many variables that can change. It's similar to the problem macroeconomists have with measuring GDP or someother large aggregate. Months, even years later, revisions are made. It's good that Google won't be offering any guidance.

"Krispy Kreme Facing Two Shareholder Lawsuits"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:10 PM | Comments (3)

Bush Speaks Today

President Bush will be giving the commencement address at Concordia University just north of Milwaukee. Another visit by Bush again shows the political importance of the Badger State. Today's visit will make it 11 trips here. Earlier this week, Bush campaigned through some of Wisconsin's Mississippi River towns. Protests and counter-protests are planned. The Journal Sentinel story has the details.

It would be fun to cover the protests, but sadly, this weblogger will be working. Hopefully some enterprising weblogger will have some coverage.

"President's Motorcade Will Snarl Traffic on I-43 Friday"

UPDATE: Lisa will be at a meet-and-greet before the speech, and she's bringing a camera.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 03:02 AM | Comments (1)

Milwaukee Weblogger Meetup

The date and time have been know for a while and now the place is set. All Milwaukee-area webloggers and weblog readers come to this month's Weblog Meetup. Here are the all-important details:

WHERE: Pizza Shuttle, 1827 N Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, WI (map)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:00PM

WHY: Because I said so. And to carouse with local webloggers and readers.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Wisconsin at 02:29 AM | Comments (0)

Prison Blues III

Spiked's Brendan O'Neill looks into how the press got the infamous Abu Ghraib photos. He writes:

Whether it was military families trying to protect their loved ones from being scapegoated by US military command in Baghdad, or faceless Pentagon sources seeking to score some points against Rumsfeld for dragging America into a seemingly intractable war, the leaking of the torture photos reveals as much about internal doubt about America's mission in Iraq as it does about the cruelty visited upon Iraqis in Abu Ghraib. The motor of the torture story appears to have been an internal falling-apart, rather than external pressure from journalists or anti-war campaigners for the truth about Abu Ghraib. It seems to have been a profound uncertainty among American soldiers or military officials that allowed the torture snaps to be leaked, and to become such a powerful international symbol of American failure in Iraq.

In this sense, the newspapers that have splashed the torture pics on their front pages under headlines such as 'America's shame', and the anti-war protesters displaying the photos under banners declaring 'This is what America does', are perhaps not being as radical as they think. In many ways they are holding up America's own, already-leaked self-doubt, and simply throwing it back in America's face.

"Leaking Self-Doubt"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:13 AM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2004

De Soto Criticized

Previously, I've praised Hernando De Soto's The Mystery of Capital [here and here]. Gabriel Calzada Álvarez criticizes the book from a anti-statist/anarcho-capitalist angle. The criticism is a two-part one: first, De Soto doesn't offer a "clear definition of 'private property;'" second, the state would be the final arbiter of property rights. On the first part, I'll grant Álvarez that de Soto's defense of private property is flabby in its reliance on utilitarianism. But since the man focuses more on public policy examining the effects of not defining and enforcing property rights is more important in his goal of reducing poverty in the Third World.

On the second part of the criticism, Álvarez notes that government failure (both through mismanagment and corruption) happens. As much as possible designation of the boundaries of property lines should be left in the hands of private entities. Institutions like for-profit title companies have an incentive to efficiently determine boundaries. However, in some disputes there has to be a final arbiter. After all the obligatory private arbitration hearings, there will be occasions where people will seek an institution to make the final decision on their property conflict or some entity has to enforce a contract's provisions. Since the state has a monopoly on force it natually flows to them. Álvarez believes that "such a defense can be undertaken directly by the property own­er, or by contracting for it with a third party or agency." But who keeps a check on the third party other third parties? Who enforces the third party obligations other third parties? This never-ending circle of private checks and balances is one of the most confusing aspects of anarcho-capitalism I've encountered. Since I've been a causual observer of this line of political economy I would guess anarcho-capitalists have found a way out of this infinite loop.

"De Soto's Embrace of the State"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 11:47 PM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2004

Kerry's House of Ketchup #11

Kerry speaks.

There is a substantial drop off in Kerry posts in this edition. Abu Ghraib sucked much of the blogosphere's energy away from the election. But there is other interesting Kerry news. Alan Reynolds comments on Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett becoming economic advisors to Kerry. On Abu Ghraib The New Republic's Lawrence Kaplan criticizes Kerry's "blame-the-mission-more-than-the-perpetrators stance" that feels like a continuation of his Vietnam War protesting.

Join in the fun by linking to the House of Ketchup. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

[Thanks go to the John F. Kerry Media Relations Center for the Sen. Zoop's "voice."]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 10:42 PM | Comments (0)

Running off to the Carnival

Erick Erickson is hosting this week's Carnival of the Vanities. I haven't submitted a link in a long time. I'm glad I did since Erick provided a nice remark about TAM: "The American Mind, one of my daily reads (it should be one of yours too)...." That just earned himself a place on my blogroll.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 08:29 PM | Comments (1)

May 11, 2004

Iron Blog

What do you get when you mix Iron Chef with weblogging? It's obvious: Iron Blog. Similar to the Food Network cult hit, a challenger chooses an Iron Blogger and they debate a topic of the Chairman's choosing. Right now, Iron Blogger Republican, Rosemary Esmay, the Queen of All Evil, and challenger Ara Rubyan are knee-deep in the Battle Rumsfeld.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:58 PM | Comments (0)

A Simple Question

Punchthebag asks: "Do Democrats want to win the War on Terror?" There are a few Senators who sound like they'd sacrifice victory for a Kerry electoral win in the fall.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:39 PM | Comments (0)

Brewers Win!

Wes Helms got out of his slump by hitting a walk-off homerun in the 14th inning to beat the Expos. If you ever go to a Brewers game this year don't leave if they're behind. This team refuses to quit.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 11:37 PM | Comments (0)

Truth About Galen

A certain weblogger has tried to dismiss Rich Galen's view point on Abu Ghraib by pointing out that he "is/was employed by the administration as a paid flack on the Iraq situation." Which is it? Is Galen still employed or not by the administration? Here's the answer:

Ok. I'm back from Eye-Rack and I am restarting Mullings as the three-day-a-week political column it was before that adventure began.

Context: good; knee-jerk rejection: bad.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:34 PM | Comments (0)


First, young Clay Whittaker hosts this week's Carnival of the Capitalists. Then Swirlspice posts this week's Bonfire of the Vanities.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:16 PM | Comments (0)

Better than Expected

Coming into this season the Milwaukee Brewers seemed to be destined for another horrible season. They only won 62 games last year, and in the off-season they traded away their best player, Richie Sexson. So far, they've done better than most predicted. Only one game under .500 after a full month of play is wonderful. Thanks to great play by first baseman Lyle Overbay, named the NL Player of the Week, and pitcher/pinch hitter Brooks Kieschnick who hasn't given up a run in his last eight appearnces.

"Overbay Earns Notice for Torrid Week"

"No Joke"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Sports at 12:12 AM | Comments (2)

May 10, 2004

The Birth of Modernism

Friedrich at 2blowhards.com has an excellent essay arguing that modern painting was born in France as an attempt to have a religious-like experience.

"How Modern Painting Became A Secular Religion"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Culture at 11:44 PM | Comments (0)

How the Past Touches Today

Stephen Taylor has an outstanding post that doesn't have anything to do with Abu Ghraib, Iraq, the Middle East, or terrorism. He thinks out loud about how we should look at the Conferacy and its symbols.

"Why I Care About the Civil War Issue"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 08:28 PM | Comments (0)

Info Needed

When I first saw this picture I only noticed Kerry's obsession with really, really bright colors when it comes to sports apparel. I now noticed he's wearing a UW-Milwaukee t-shirt. Was Kerry biking in Milwaukee? The scenery behind him doesn't look like anything there. My guess is Kerry received the t-shirt as a gift and wore it while at another stop on the campaign trail. But the cynic in me could explain it as as cheap ploy to kiss up to Wisconsin voters. Anybody have any details about the location of the picture?
Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 07:31 PM | Comments (3)

Technical Problems Fixed

You didn't notice anything, but behind the scenes at TAM Central a new computer was installed. Yes, I just got one last month, but last week, the super-cool LCD monitor decided it fail on me. The easiest solution was to pack everthing up and exchanged it at Sam's Club for a new package. Fortunately for me, I didn't have many new files to move to this new machine. I did have to reinstall the freebies I can't live without. Now, I'm into the 48-hour burn-in to make sure everything's kosher. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Tech at 06:56 PM | Comments (0)

May 09, 2004

Prison Blues II

To put it bluntly, Rich Galen is pissed about the Abu Ghraib fallout:

I am now officially sick-and-tired of the self-serving and largely uninformed hand-wringing about the goings on at Abu Ghraib prison outside of Baghdad. As someone who has actually been on the grounds of Abu Ghraib prison, let me explain a few things.

First of all, there is no excuse for what a few soldiers did; but there is also no reason to make this into the moral equivalent of the Black Plague.

It should be pointed out that the prisoners at Abu Ghraib are not Boy Scouts rounded up for jaywalking. These are bad guys who either blew up or shot a coalition member; or were caught assembling an explosive device; or were caught in a place where the makings of explosive devices were found; or were caught with a cache of weapons. See the pattern here?

In short they were trying to kill me and others like me. And if they succeeded in doing that, they were going to come over here and try to kill you.

Read the rest.

"Abu Ghraib"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:05 PM | Comments (25)

Bad Posts Wanted

Kevin has extended submissions to the Bonfire of the Vanities due to lack of content. We all have bad stuff we've written. Send your worst post of the past week to bonfire--at--wizbangblog.com.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 09:29 PM | Comments (0)

A Score and a Half in Lincoln-Speak

Reuters is good for something. They have a nice piece on the 30-year anniversary of Rush (at least with Neil Peart in the band).

"Rush Trio Celebrates 30 Years Together"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Music at 09:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 08, 2004

Woof, Woof!

Enough with the animal linkfests! I admit I had a little fun with Laurence's Carnival of the Cats, but the post was funny, and it wasn't my cat. However, for those of you who think dogs get the short shrift here's the Carnival of the Dogs.

P.S. Bad weather has been moving through which means occasional power outages. That means the computer has been off most of the time. That explains why I've been so quiet. Regardless of my reasons, it's Mother's Day weekend. Get away from the computer and do something special for your mom. If Glenn Reynolds can (kinda) do it so can you.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:14 PM | Comments (0)

May 07, 2004

That Damn Atkins!

Krispy Kreme announced that growth will slow because of the low-carb craze sweeping the nation. Looks like I'm going to have to do my part and buy a dozen or two.

A frightening thought just occured to me: a low-carb Krispy Kreme. Oh, I hope not.

"High-Flying Doughnut Maker Krispy Kreme Hit by Low-Carb Craze" [via PoliBlog]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:26 PM | Comments (0)

Prison Blues

Reporters were let into the once-again infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.

At today's Senate hearing on the abuses and torture of Iraqi prisoners Donald Rumsfeld told Senators that there are still worse images that haven't been seen publically. He refused to resign saying in classic Rumsfeld fashion,

Needless to say, if I felt I could not be effective, I would resign in a minute. I would not resign simply because people are trying to make a political issue out of it.

Sen. Joseph Leiberman (D-CT) made some wonderful remarks admonishing the horrible conduct of some U.S. troops but noted that terrorists who killed 3,000 people on Sep. 11, 2001 haven't apologized, and we still haven't heard an apology from those who mutilated the bodies of American security contractors last month.

"Tour Provides Glimpse of Life at Abu Ghraib"

"Rumsfeld: 'Deepest Apology' for Iraq Prison Abuse"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 02:10 PM | Comments (1)

May 06, 2004

Very Pooped

I've ixnayed posting tonight. I'm beat, plus I had to have my car towed this evening and dread wondering how much it will cost me. On a good note, at the store today I waited on ex-Milwaukee Buck, now New York Knick Tim Thomas. He was interested in a really, really expensive Muhammad Ali book. He was friendly but didn't look as tall as I thought he should be.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Miscellaneous at 10:33 PM | Comments (5)

May 05, 2004

Kerry's House of Ketchup #10

Kerry speaks.

Sen. Kerry's bad luck continues. He tried to critique President Bush's education policies only to be upstaged by Vietnam veterans who declared Kerry "unfit" to be President (even if I've found no evidence of Reuters even covering the story). Kerry's lack of message (I'd argue his inability to control the media message) has some Democrats worried.

Now, let's see what others have been saying:

  • Deacon at Power Line notices that Sen. Kerry doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to the Pentagon's reaction to the Iraqi prisoner maltreatment.

  • Norman at Tutissima Cassis found that Kerry's plan on stopping offshoring would end up being a weird import tax against American firms. [via Cafe Hayek]

  • Kevin finds that we have to thank a dead President for allowing us to know so much about Kerry's anti-war past.

  • Citizen Smash writes, "But if Kerry is going to continue to highlight his service in Vietnam, he had better be prepared to answer questions about his subsequent 'Change of Heart' about the war, and explain how it is relevant to him today."

  • Who will be Kerry's VP pick? The Command Post reports that Kerry went on the campaign trail with four possibilities.

  • A Village Voice writer wants Democracts to dump Kerry.

  • Steven Bainbridge isn't impressed with Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs signing up to help Kerry get elected.

  • Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. thinks Kerry's "too-white" (only in Democrats' eyes) campaign managers would not draw out much-needed minorities voters. Jackson then did a subtle version of one of his father's shakedowns by telling the campaign, "The senator should remedy this very quickly." Letting Al Sharpton speak at the convention won't placate these people.

  • The strategy of "compassionate conservatism" appears to be working for the President. Kerry isn't seen as "likeable" or "compassionate" as Bush.

  • Since Kerry wants to keep bringing up his past, Joe Carter considers if Kerry threw his medals ribbons while still a military officer.

  • Cam Edwards posts about a doctor who treated a would that got Kerry a Purple Heart. The doctor also notes that Kerry had high aspirations back in his swift boat.

  • Jane Galt questions Kerry's political smarts for bringing up Bush's National Guard past. Doing so has shown light on his own Vietnam-era skeletons.

  • A Kerry spokeman said the Senator "is not the kind of guy that people see through the TV and feel compelled to go out and vote for." It's also safe to say he isn't such a rah-rah guy in person either.

  • Bill Hobbs think Kerry should have toughen it out after his bike accident.

  • Michele found a John Kerry-Ted Rall connection.

  • Is President Clinton's book release in June a plot to help his wife and hurt Kerry? [via PoliBlog]

  • Frank J offers Kerry some advice. First suggestion: "Get Rid of the French-Lookingness."

  • Steve at The LLama Butchers let's us know is deja vu all over again.

  • Researchers think they can use stem cells to grow teeth as bright and shiny as John Kerry's.

  • Kerry's love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches stems from his tour of duty in Vietnam. No, I'm not making this up.

Join in the fun by linking to the House of Ketchup. If you have an MT-powered weblog, just trackback to this post, and it will appear below. If your weblog software is incapable of trackbacks use Kevin's Trackback Form.

[Thanks go to the John F. Kerry Media Relations Center for the Sen. Zoop's "voice."]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 09:59 PM | Comments (0)

"The Old Ones are Always the Best"

It's good to know that personal and health problems haven't stopped Great Britain's Iron Lady from pushing the conservative cause. Tony Blair is trying to demonize the Tory's by linking the present leadership with Lady Thatcher. One problem: Thatcher is the Conservative Party's Ronald Reagan. They adore her, and she is the Tory's best advocate--which shows what depths the party has sunk to since she's been out of office for years. It would be like John Kerry labeling President Bush a "Reagan Republican." The GOP wouldn't mind, and the public would mostly remember the Gipper's successes (tax cuts and confronting the Soviets) and his optimism.

This in no way is a criticism of Tony Blair being an outstanding ally of the U.S. in the Islamist War. On many occasions, his words have inspired us all on why this war has to be fought.

"Thatcher Launches Attack on Blair" [via Amish Tech Support]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 08:31 PM | Comments (0)

Summerfest, Jr.

Not that SE Wisconsities needed a reason to drink beer and listen to live music, plans are in the works for a lakeshore festival to wrap up the summer. Summerfest people will be holding a press conference today to talk about Encore.

"New Fest Planned for Sept."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Summerfest at 01:12 AM | Comments (6)

May 04, 2004

Calling It a Night

Posting was almost non-existent tonight. A new furnace was installed today, but a gas leak had to be fixed tonight. You combine that with me digging into a new collection of essays by Islam scholar Bernard Lewis, and "poof" vital weblogging time vanished. Sorry. Hopefully, I make it up to you tomorrow with a new edition of Kerry's House of Ketchup. If you have a post you think is worthy e-mail me or leave a comment with link.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 11:44 PM | Comments (0)

Kerry: Dog Protector

Even a liberal Democrat like John Kerry knows the limits of the federal government:

Kerry effortlessly fielded questions ranging from "How do you stop planes from flying into tall buildings?" to "How can you make sure we learn our ABCs?"

But he was stumped when one boy asked: "Can you make sure dogs don't get run over by cars?"

"That's a hard thing for a president, but I'll try," Kerry promised.

"Kerry Hits Bush for Shortchanging Education Policy"

[Added to OTB's Beltway Traffic Jam.]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 06:59 PM | Comments (2)

Veterans Oppose Kerry

As of mid-afternoon, the Reuters page on Yahoo has made no mention of today's press conference of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. (A "527." Take that Sens. McCain and Feingold.) The same can be said for Reuters' politics page. But the day is long. At least Fox News has reported on it, and both Insight and CNSNews.com have stories.

As for the veterans' claims, they feel a bit bitter and like sour grapes. But I might be bitter too if a man I served with in battle went home only to protest the war I was fighting and claimed I was committing horrible war crimes.

The problem we find with Kerry is he's only backed down from the style of his anti-war statements not the substance.

James Joyner calls this "not a startling revelation" and links to a John O'Neill WSJ op-ed.

"Vietnam Vets Slam Kerry"

"Kerry Was a 'Loose Cannon' While in Vietnam, Says Ex-Commander"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 03:07 PM | Comments (1)

The Real Demon of Campaign Finance "Reform"

Steven Taylor writes:

Campaign finance legislation is almost always motivated by the misguided notions that 1) money in politics is bad (it's not, it is a neutral fact of life), 2) that money can be taken out of politics (it can't--politics is, by definition, about money), and 3) that good intentions trump reality (they don't).

Why campaign finance "reform" will continue to be around is the public's notion that contributions are the equivalent to bribery. Since both parties attack each other by linking contributions to political actions it will take an immense education effort to turn public opinion. It's fine to state again and again that McCain-Feingold and other types of reforms don't work and restrict legitimate free speech, but it doesn't address the idea that bribery is ruling the halls of Congress. The latter meme is the one political speech advocates need to attack.

"More Evidence that Campaign Finance Laws Don't Work" [via OTB]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Politics at 02:35 AM | Comments (0)

The Gall of Rall

Well, at least Ted Rall isn't hiding behind any sense of misinterpretation. He's pretty on how he feels about the Islamist War:

The word 'hero' has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. But anyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq [as a soldier] is fighting for an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.

Let's note that if al Qaeda had won and the West became Islamist (not Islamic, big difference) then Rall wouldn't be able to publish the crud he does. He's just a short-sighted anti-war, Bush basher.

"Rall's 'Tillman' Cartoon Pulled by MSNBC.com" [via a small victory]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

May 03, 2004

Too Busy to Be a Good Historian

One may argue that Douglas Brinkley's neglected lines of inquiry in his biography of John Kerry, Tour of Duty, are because Brinkley is a partisan hack. He has publically stated, "I think Kerry will make a good president." However, I think some of the problems with the book have to do with Brinkley's numerous projects. In the last year, he's put out Wheels of the World, Tour of Duty, and edited The New York Times Living History: World War II : The Allied Counteroffensive, 1942-1945, edited The Penguin Encyclopedia of American History. While working on books, he runs the Eisenhower Center for American Studies. He's also a professor of history at the Univesity of New Orleans, so presumably he teaches. Plus, he's an editor for an American history magazine. The man has a lot of on his plate. Probably too much judging from the lack of some important research in Tour. Let's call it Stephen Ambrose syndrome after the late popular history who's non-book projects and speaking committments led to plagerism charges.

"Historian's 'Duty': PR for Kerry?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in John Kerry at 02:20 PM | Comments (0)

No, Duh!

What would we expect the Pope, a religous leader, to say? I don't think we'd hear something like, "Forget about Christ. You'll do fine without him." Not only would that be against his beliefs, it would put him out of a job.

By the way, the U.S. could use a little more of it as well.

"Pope Says Enlarged EU Needs Christianity" [via Drudge]

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Foreign Affairs at 03:50 AM | Comments (3)

Upgrade and Anti-Spam Install

I just upgraded to MT 2.661 so I can install an anti-spam comment plug-in. This post will be deleted if everything looks right. I changed my mind. This post is staying. It's become a little more than just a test post.

UPDATE: All seems well. I had to again FTP a file for the search engine. There has to be an easier way to install this. Hasn't someone coded a installation progam that all I'd have to do is have an open Net connection, fill in some server info, and installs everything onto the server? For the past 30 minutes I have had to squint to see if the files and folders on my web server matched the structure I was trying to upload.

Now, I'll test the trackback by trackbacking to this post. It's oh-so postmodern.

UPDATE II: The trackback seems to work. The only noticeable problem is an ugly search results page. If that's the worst that happened, then I'm fairly pleased. The MT-Blacklist plugin has been installed. That should stop the spammers from wasting my time deleting them.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Weblogging at 12:50 AM | Comments (3)

May 02, 2004

What's in a Name?

We live in interesting times when a company named "Google" lists "Microsoft" and "Yahoo" as two of its chief competitors.

I feel a Google IPO post in me. I've been playing around with some numbers and have been collecting news stories and weblog posts. It might happen later today if Donald Westlake's latest Dortmunder novel doesn't capture all my attention.

"Now That The Other Shoe Has Dropped" [via Scripting News]

UPDATE: As you can tell from today's lack of posts, my nose was deep into a book. The Road to Ruin was a typical Dortmunder novel: dark comedy; obvious foreshadowing; and plenty of quips. There was a subplot that should have been developed, but it still made for enjoyable reading.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Economics at 02:32 AM | Comments (0)

May 01, 2004

Iraq DID Seek Niger Uranium

Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, AKA "Baghdad Bob," tried to get uranium from Niger. The source of this news about Saddam's attempt at building a nuclear weapon: Ambassador Joseph Wilson. The same Joeseph Wilson who became a darling of the Left for saying President Bush lied to America in his 2003 State of the Union Address.

Nikita Demosthenes has some commentary while at The Command Post there's plenty of comments.

"Book Names Iraqi in Alleged '99 Bid to Buy Uranium"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in War at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

Christina Cancels

With Christina Aguilera canceling her summer tour dates (bad vocal cords), Summerfest bookers are looking for a replacement. The Journal Sentinel eyes Evanescence (who cares, but the youngster rockers would like it), Avril Lavigne (ho, hum to anyone over 16), Mary J. Blige (does she have enough star power to fill the Marcus Amphitheater?), Aerosmith (they'll need a lot of money; most seats at their show in Green Bay were $80!), Yes (with no Trevor Rabin, I could care less), and Pink (that could be good; she's fresh and seems to have an audience slightly beyond teenyboppers).

"Who Will Take Christina's Place?"

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in Summerfest at 04:07 AM | Comments (0)