Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday digest

- For the second day in a row, one of my heroes has disappointed me. First, Kid Rock lets himself play Pam Anderson's rebound guy, again. Now, word that lifelong New Jersey Devil, three-time Cup champion and recovering alcoholic Ken Daneyko has been charged with drunk driving. Shameful. How am I going to wear my #3 Devs away jersey, purchased in June of '00, with any shred of pride from now on?

I can only wonder which one of my boys is going to step in it next. Perhaps Al Pacino will get caught beating his wife or the CLB will be found with a hard drive full of kiddie porn.

I hope not.

- Usually, I end up hearing CBC Radio when I'm in the back of a cab or something, and I frankly don't mind it all that much. However, if I did what this guy did, which is try to listen to it for a week straight, I might.

- With personal debt loads through the roof due to excessive reliance on charge cards and the like, I have a hard time believing this, but if it's true, great.

- This article blames the current woes on the Israel-Lebanon border entirely on the Bush administration. Although it's clear that mistakes have been made, I don't recall W being in office in either 1948 (the first invasion of Israel by her neighbours), 1967 (the Six-Day War), 1973 (the Yom Kippur War), 1982 (when the PLO was using Beirut to launch attacks into Israel), 1987 (when Hezbollah was formed and the first Intifada began) or 2000 (when the second Intifada began). It's partisanship of the most naked kind to lay this, the latest chapter in a decades-long Islamist battle to wipe Israel off the map, at the feet of the White House.

- I also think it's a shame that the actions of hateful terrorists have once again laid waste to one of the most vibrant cities on the Mediterranean.

- And we can always count on Quebec elites to side against those pesky Juifs, can't we?

- Smart Cars annoy the piss out of me. If I ever want to cut my lawn in air-conditioned comfort, I'll just go down to John Deere, get a front-end mower, and throw it on one of those little clown boxes. I'm also suspicious of SUV's, though, because they just put more money in the House of Saud's pockets. This fascinating article blows the lid off any contention that hybrids are environmentally and thus morally superior to Hummers, even though I still find them equally deplorable (and not because I really care about the so-called man-made causes of global warming).

- As the most overreported non-story since Mike Harris was accused of having six toes is mercifully exposed for the farce that it is, an arrest in the most underreported story of the decade so far.

- How much longer until 9/11, part II? In the meantime, I fully expect that this film will make me openly weep.

- Interesting article here on the morality of the rip bar.

- Finally, courtesy of Daimnation, an article from benz-driving socialist Tarek Fatah who has left the NDP because they're establishing a "religion" caucus. I'd like to see all those Dippers who froth at the mouth any time church and state are even mentioned in the same sentence follow Fatah right into the waiting arms of the Liberal party, but I don't see it happening, just like I don't see them writing letters suggesting that religious holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Good Friday be eliminated as statutory holidays by the government in the interests of - you guessed it - separating church and state.


At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "science" behind the claim that Hummers are less harmful to the environment than hybrids is laughable at best. Can't believe you would cite this as "fascinating."

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Believe it.

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this story, as well as the comments that followed it from people with "critical thinking skills greater than 20-something kool-aid drinkers."

Perhaps you put your critical thinking skills on hold when you hear or read something that fits your world-view. Sort of like W. and global warming ... if you just fail to acknowledge that a problem or situation exists, then you don't have to come up with an adequete response, solution, or plan.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Or Al Gore and junk science, for that matter.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You claim the report you cite is legitimate, and you're calling others on "junk science?" Unreal.

And what does Al Gore and his probable junk science have to do with anything here anyways?

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Haven't you heard about the so-called "inconvenient truth" known as global warming, Anonymous?

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if you're being ingenuous in your apparant skepticism about global warming, or, as I stated above, like W., you just prefer to not acknowledge a problem and are therefore not responsible for any solutions/insight/responsibility, etc.

And if you truly don't think that global warming is real, don't bother citing a bunch of reports, analysis, etc., as any Road Hammer credibility has just left the building.

And pointing out that Gore has holes in his argument, or could in fact be a crackpot, does not mean global warming doesn't exist. Beleiving that global warming exists doesn't mean one has to accept everything that anyone says on the subject. Enter critical thinking.

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

Where did I say global warming doesn't exist or isn't real? I spoke of the "man-made" causes of global warming. Moreover, if you're expecting a doctoral thesis on science, you've come to the wrong place. This is an online diary, not a university seminar.

I also think it's a little rich a) to hold me to the same standard as the President of the United States and b) take lessons on credibility from an anonymous poster. If you don't think I have any, why do you spend so much time here putting words into my mouth?

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