November 24, 2005 - November 17, 2005
Friday, November 19, 2004
What is Everyone Talking About?
This is our third weekend since the election -- 11/02/2004. What is everyone talking about?
A brief survey . . .
Lot's of stuff at InstaPundit, including
a space tourism discussion; Karl Rove;
the cost of mega-trials; his brother's blog;
and, he gave some blood.
Hugh Hewitt discusses the exile of the Salvation Army from
Target department stores. Evidently, he's been on this for a couple
of days now.
Michelle Malkin is commenting upon LIBERAL
RACISM AND CONDI RICE (we really don't like calling the good doctor, "Condi." It just seems overly-familiar.
We're probably just being a bunch of asses.); the appeal of Sheryl Hardy in THE
DEATH OF BRADLEY MCGEE; and, from last Saturday, the kid
smuggled into the U.S. in a piñata. Maybe that should be as a piñata.
Kos hasn't posted anything for the past couple of days, but DemFromCT seems
to be keeping the blog a-goin'. DemFromCT seems to be happy about problems
in Fallujah. And, LondonYank seems happy to see the weakening
of the U.S. dollar.
The Afro-Netizen is talking about the racist
language used at Ebay. And, how
much money it takes to run a blog. Speaking of money, you can always support the on-going operations of
InstaPunk via the Amazon Cup in the top left panel.
Thanks to everyone who has been so kind these many years.
American Digest is taking a break, traveling
to Chico, California
Andrew Sullivan is talking about
of a young Jewish man shot in the head on the streets of Antwerp and provides a link to a San
Francisco regarding the murder of THEO VAN GOGH.
Little Green Footballs has a post regarding Sears/KMart's acquisition
of France. They are also posting about Professor
Shearer’s class entitled "Topics in Foreign Policy — The Bush Administration,” a lecture that uses
the Professor's intimate knowledge of President Bush gained by living across the hall from him during their
Freshman years at Yale.
And, finally, Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly
hasn't posted anything since October 24th.
So, there you have it. A bunch of -- what? Not much. Which is kind of interesting in it's own way.
And, what are they writing about that Senator dude that ran for President? CNN/SI has him as
of the Year (Source
Archive). We can't add anything to all this. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
FOLLOW-UP: Nothing Worth Dying For?
MP sent in an interesting follow-up piece to our little commentary on
the murder of Theo Van Gogh. It seems
that there are other people that think it is important to look at the current war against Islamo-Facism as a --
don't say it -- religious war. Don't say it! It is a war on T E R R O R. Not R E L I G I O N.
It is a war on T E R R O R. Not R E L I G I O N.
Sorry, a little mind-control exercise. Back on topic. MP passed along an article entitled,
The assassin's master
sermon by Spencer (Source
Archive). The subject of the article, as the title betrays, is
the letter that the assassin
stuck to Van Gogh's chest with a knife. It was an open letter to Ayaan Hirshi Ali, a secular
Muslim, a member of the Netherlands' parliament, and the late Theo van Gogh's collaborator in a film
attacking Islam's treatment of women. Quite a resumé.
It actually gives Ali the chance to put her life on the line for her beliefs. Exactly the chance Wayne is
given in our headline link -- Beliefs, chapter 10ff.
Now, the question that everyone needs to ask is, "How can a book, written in 1991, have foretold just such an
encounter?" And, I hope everyone has taken the trouble to find out how Wayne faired. But, to find that out,
you'll have to read the book. Which is something that
may be difficult for some of you, but, if you really, really try, you can do it. If you don't want an
autographed copy of The Boomer Bible you can get the regular version at Amazon.com.
It should also be noted that there seems to be a bit of
controversy over who, exactly,
this Spengler guy is . . . check it out. Maybe
he'll contact us and clear it all up. Until then, we'll just have to interact with the writing . . .
UPDATE: Ayaan Hirshi Ali is a woman -- good call OldThumbs
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
We remember when Microsoft went after IBM. We all cheered. Now that Microsoft has become IBM we're always happy
to note when an underdog rises up to accept the challenge. How are they doing? A lot better as told by
Cynthia L. Webb in a piece in the Washington Post --
Internet Explorer (Source Archive). And,
it's FREE, which has to count for something.
We've used Mozilla here for years and encourage everyone we meet to
use it. We don't experience the little problems that IE users tell us about and we don't see all
the pop-up ads people seem to enjoy so much these days. But, we're contrarians.
It would also be a good time to point out other FREE products that can make your life easier. Even if you
don't do the programming yourself, you should make sure that your developers do -- especially if you're
paying the bills. Don't use Active Server Pages (ASP -- Microsoft) and Access (Microsoft); DO
USE PHP and MySQL. They're both
FREE and fully documented -- see PHP Manual
and MySQL Manual.
That feels better. Glad we brought it up.
We've noticed that folks that come here from a Google or other search engine link are often just dumped
onto our main page -- they don't seem to track the permanent links that would bring you directly to what
you searched. So, we've put up a search feature here at InstaPunk. The search box in the left panel
should help you in your search for knowledge. Good luck.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Nothing Worth Dying For? -- you just might get your chance
It has been awhile since we last discussed how InstaPunk.com works (See Here).
Today is a very good day to call this to your attention again. As regular readers know, most of our headline links lead to a particular section
of The Boomer Bible by R. F. Laird (New York, NY: Workman Publishing, 1991).
Now, when you click on the 'Nothing Worth Dying For?' link above you will be taken to chapter ten of the
Book of Beliefs from the Punk Testament of The Boomer Bible. There is a 'Next' link that will
take you to chapter eleven of the same book. The entire two chapters are excellent primers for today's
Our fraternal site, BoomerBible.com explains many aspects of The
Boomer Bible, but the hard copy of the book is the best way to understand all that is going on. You can
get yourself an autographed copy of the book from
The Boomer Bible's on-line store or you can get a regular,
unsigned copy at
The Washington Times has an editorial
that highlights some of the problems created by a culture that believes nothing is worth dying for.
The editorial was prompted by the murder of a Dutch filmmaker and columnist, Theo Van Gogh (a
grandnephew of the painter). The prime suspect, a Muhammad Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Dutch
Moroccan has been taken into custody after a very war-like action including hand grenades
and closed down air space over the Dutch capital.
The editorial gives a brief background of the struggle between the country's carefree atmosphere
and its growing Muslim population. It is worthy of reading and considering the larger dilemma in
which we find ourselves. President Bush's victory not withstanding.
It seems to us that we are being called upon by this war on Islamo-Fascism to consider what it is
-- EXACTLY -- that we believe? What, exactly, do we stand-for? Or, as it was once put to us, "What
is in? And, how far is out?" We suspect that there is a very wobbly answer to this question among
most Americans. And this editorial is as good a reason as any to begin to think about the topic.
It is fine to say nothing matters and there are no standards for individual behavior until you come
across a group of people that will shoot you, cut your throat, and attach a five-page indictment to
your chest with a knife because of what they believe. Then, it just might be time to state your
position clearly. Put in its starkest terms, "What is worth dying for?"
Monday, November 15, 2004
Hockey -- which is an excellent way . . .
Sorry, I haven't written for awhiles. I've been very busy. Well, I actually have been doing a little
more drinking than usual. My mother and father came in from Europe and they
-- my father for sure -- weren't too happy. My father screamed at me when he saw all the empty
Vodka bottles around. I told him I lost track and was sorry. He didn't talk much after the shouting.
I guess what pushed me over the edges was the anyfell TV contract. What gives? The anyshell has meesed
520 Games and those
guys with the footballs are getting another $17.6 billions US. Us hockey guys only have Barry Melrose and the
chance to sell ads for the games -- sometimes. Nobody seems to mees the hockey as much a me. Alot of my
friends are playing the hockey in Europe, but I want to play in America -- I love America. I did find
(Source Archive) who meeses the hockey,
but he doesn't want anybody to know his name.
I have watched much more of the footballs. The Monday Footballs has a big song with a fat guy in a beard
screaming, kids banging on drums with the cameras inside, girls jumping up and down, and Air Force jets
screaming over the stadium. Then, the game starts and I don't get what happens. Ten seconds of rumble
and the guys walk back and talk about it. Then, you see a commercial. Back to the rumble, the talking,
the commercial. The 10-second rumble, the talking, the commercial. How do people do this?
Don't people know they can watch stretches and stretches of the hockey with no commercials at all. Sometimes
the commercial but not after every shift. Sometimes the buy three tickets get another one for free with a
free T-shirts for everybody, the free hotdogs for everybody, the free Cokes for everybody, and the free parking
announcement read by the guy calling the game. And still the people stay home and don't watch the hockey.
I don't understand it.
Then this guy told me the anyfell plays sixteen games a season. 16! That's the number of wins the team in
has to win to get the Stanley Cup -- in the playoffs. The hockey has 80 regular season games for the team
to play and then they have to get the 16 wins in the playoffs which could take almost 30 games to get! We
could give the TV guys lots more games for their $17.6 billions US. Lots more. And we don't need no jets
flying over the stadiums.
Anywat, my parents left. I got some food from my mother that I love. I've been sober now for about
48 hours. But, I just finished reading this Dilbeck guy
(Source Archive) . . .
Talk to you later . . .
Sunday, November 14, 2004
What gets funnier and funnier about Robin Williams? People saying, "Robin Williams is funny."
Why bag on Robin Williams? We don't know, we just thought it was time. We tried to think of the last time
we saw him . . . can't remember. Maybe it had to do with that Massachusetts Senator that ran for President --
what was his name? We know -- he was great in Good Will Hunting -- but, we just can't
stop thinking of him as Mork. Whatever happened to Mindy? Now, there was a talent.
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