“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A bad day for the English language

"is there any doubt that if another country had "invented" the Internet--say the Russians--that we'd all have had to learn to type Cyrillic characters by now? Moreover, do you think they or the Chinese or Japanese would have changed the Internet just to suit English-speakers."

The US invented the Internet. It achieved a massive advantage in doing so. The cultural and monetary advantage was immense and generated tremendous opportunity for millions everywhere on the planet. The entry ticket for all was the English language, the common tongue of Planet Earth. The US gave that up for nothing. Nothing. Absolutely, nothing.

Like every other self-loathing cultural idiocy that has become part of modern Anglo-American cultural necrophilia, such cultural and economic dominance is anathema to the cowering cultural-DNA challenged on the Left. ICANN gave up, for nothing, repeat, nothing, the Internet requirement that the dot domain names be in Latin characters. That advantage has now been turned over, for free, to the Arabs, Chinese, Iranians and Russians.

We are told daily by our rulers and masters that America blood and treasure needs be bled to grow democracy across the planet. Democracy, you see is a big deal to the Anglo-Americans and is not exactly a Chinese, a Russian or Arab thingy bit. They don't do democracy. They are the un-cola at the democracy koolaid party.

We just gave away a trillion dollar advantage and allowed the veil to come down on one little way that actually helped foster democracy without one ounce of blood being shed or one penny being spent.

We really are one stupid collective of Mike Foxtrots.

Celebrate diversity.


David Coursey | Friday, October 30, 2009 3:03 PM PDT
ICANN Approves Domain Names We Can't Type
PC world
Friday, October 30, 2009

This is a bad day for the English language, after ICANN approved non-Latin characters for use in Internet domain names. Having invented the Internet--40 years ago yesterday--the U.S. has given away whatever advantage it offers English-speakers.

This was bound to happen after the U.S. recently recanted on its "ownership" of the Internet in a new agreement with ICANN, the Internet's primary governing body. At one level, I am happy that Internet users around the world will soon have domain names in their own character sets.

"The coming introduction of non-Latin characters represents the biggest technical change to the Internet since it was created four decades ago," ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush said in a statement.

"Right now Internet address endings are limited to Latin characters--A to Z. But the Fast Track Process is the first step in bringing the 100,000 characters of the languages of the world online for domain names."

The first phase of the Internationalized Domain Names program begins Nov. 16 when countries can apply to ICANN for country codes, such as .us for the United States and .ru for Russia, in their own character sets.

Over time, expect to see other domains, such as .com, .org, and .net, become available in other character sets, as well as domain names themselves.

"This is a culmination of years of work, tests, study and discussion by the ICANN community," Thrush said. "To see this finally start to unfold is to see the beginning of an historic change in the Internet and who uses it."

Is this a change for the better?

Perhaps, but is there any doubt that if another country had "invented" the Internet--say the Russians--that we'd all have had to learn to type Cyrillic characters by now? Moreover, do you think they or the Chinese or Japanese would have changed the Internet just to suit English-speakers.

Indeed, had the Internet been developed around a non-Latin character set, would it even exist today? Has the success of the Internet not been linked to the role of English as the global language of business and popular culture?

On another level, I also am concerned about all the potential for duplicated domains that will be created as non-Latin characters roll out across the Internet. How many new domains will be needed to protect international brands?

Will cybercriminals some how be able to take advantage of this change? Will there be hidden domains that cannot be displayed on some computers or typed on many keyboards?

Practically, I am not looking forward to perhaps someday having to learn how to type potentially 100,000 non-Latin characters that ICANN has embraced. Is there an easy way to do this? How many keys will keyboards need to have?

I am guessing this is a problem Google will help solve, but still have concerns.

It also worries me that the Internet, which once brought people together, may start to fracture along character-set lines.

Like I said, this is a bad day for the English language, but a good day for the billions of people who do not speak my mother tongue. They have rights, too, even if I am not always happy about what that means.

David Coursey tweets as @techinciter and can be contacted via his Web site.


  1. Do you realize the expense that those chatged with the security of the US will have to go to to, in order to monitor terrorist internet activity, that can now hide behind domain names that will not even show up on American keyboards?

  2. Maybe this is a stealth job creation stimulus scheme.

  3. Another muliticulural idea bites the dust. Immigrants aren't like real Parisians. French Ideal of Bicycle-Sharing Meets Reality

    Samuel Bollendorff for The New York Times
    Renters of Vélib' bicycles in Paris say it can be a challenge to find functioning ones among those that have been vandalized.

    Published: October 30, 2009

    PARIS — Just as Le Corbusier’s white cruciform towers once excited visions of the industrial-age city of the future, so Vélib’, Paris’s bicycle rental system, inspired a new urban ethos for the era of climate change.

    In Paris 80 percent of Vélib' bicycles are stolen or damaged.

    Residents here can rent a sturdy bicycle from hundreds of public stations and pedal to their destinations, an inexpensive, healthy and low-carbon alternative to hopping in a car or bus.

    But this latest French utopia has met a prosaic reality: Many of the specially designed bikes, which cost $3,500 each, are showing up on black markets in Eastern Europe and northern Africa. Many others are being spirited away for urban joy rides, then ditched by roadsides, their wheels bent and tires stripped.

    With 80 percent of the initial 20,600 bicycles stolen or damaged, the program’s organizers have had to hire several hundred people just to fix them. And along with the dent in the city-subsidized budget has been a blow to the Parisian psyche.

    “The symbol of a fixed-up, eco-friendly city has become a new source for criminality,” Le Monde mourned in an editorial over the summer. “The Vélib’ was aimed at civilizing city travel. It has increased incivilities.”

    The heavy, sandy-bronze Vélib’ bicycles are seen as an accoutrement of the “bobos,” or “bourgeois-bohèmes,” the trendy urban middle class, and they stir resentment and covetousness. They are often being vandalized in a socially divided Paris by resentful, angry or anarchic youth, the police and sociologists say.

  4. Whodathunk it? Who could have predicted such a noble idea would have failed?

  5. It seems adequately clear that the US and its' 3% of the whirled's population will not long command 25% of its' wealth.

    One way or the other, a more equitable distribution of assets is underway.

    Another part of the "new normal" that NO ONE wants to discuss.

    Just don't get caught on the "wrong" side of history.

  6. They are often being vandalized in a socially divided Paris by resentful, angry or anarchic youth, the police and sociologists say.

    The west is dealing with the effects of it's great multiculturalism experiment.

    A planned march by demonstrators calling for sharia law in Britain was cancelled today, police said.

    Scotland Yard said it would now be contacting organisers of a wave of counter-protests in central London and Leeds, West Yorkshire, to inform them of the decision.

    Anjem Choudary, leader of the radical Islamic sect Al Muhajiroun, said organisers Islam4UK had been forced to cancel the planned march from the House of Commons to Trafalgar Square because of security concerns.

    But he added a meeting of supporters of sharia law would still take place at an undisclosed location later today.

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) has been informed that today's planned march in central London has now been cancelled.

    "Officers are now contacting organisers of planned counter protests to inform them."

  7. Become an international businessman:

    In India, 11 million new customers signed up for cellular phone service in the month of January.

    Conventional wisdom says the whirls financial engines will be the BRIC.

    In China, from now until 2030 national energy demand will more than double. For those of you in environmental technologies and remediation, China has passed the U.S. in carbon dioxide emissions and water pollution is a huge problem as well.

    While we slide into serfdom and socialism,

    ...for Brazil, Russia, India and China. In slide after slide he stated his case that the biggest business opportunities are in these markets, or because of them. The four countries account for 42 percent of the world's population and 22 percent of the world's gross domestic product. China, in fact, will become the world's largest economy by 2035 and have a middle class growing by 750 million people. Doggett called China "an economy on steroids."

    Some companies already understand the dynamic at work. Ikea and Wal-Mart intend to eventually have more stores in China than they do in the U.S.

    Go East, young man.

  8. With all due respect, how many times a day do you type a URL? You follow links, or you google it. Hell, I'm so lazy I google Yahoo.

  9. From Dana Milbank's column in the WAPO today we learn that when Nancy Pelosi decided to stage a pep rally to announce the 2000 page House version of the healthcare bill, two U2 songs were chosen, one to open the rally and one to close it.

    The opening song was Elevation with the following lyrics:

    I need you to elevate me here

    At the corner of your lips

    At the orbit of your hips

    Eclipse, you elevate my soul

    I've lost all self-control . . .

    The closing song was City of Blinding Lights with these lyrics:

    The more you see, the less you know

    The less you find out as you go

    I knew much more then than I do now.

    The irony is palpable.

  10. Deuce, one bit of outstanding news on the diversity front from the valley of Virginia. Last evening while perusing an isle in a Winchester ABC store, I happened to look down and notice several bottles of Flor de Cana 7YO! Yes it would be nice to see some of the older stock but unlike speaker Pelosi, I can deal with this.
    thanks again for the tip.

  11. Este canal de fluencia natural es afluente del canal Kaechon-Lago Thaesong.

    La construccion del nuevo canal posibilita proveer de suficientes aguas para la irrigacion y el consumo a los habitantes de los distritos de Kangso, de Chollima y de Taedong ahorrando mucha electricidad.

    En la ceremonia inaugural estuvieron presentes el viceprimer ministro Kwak Pom Gi, el ministro de Agricultura Kim Chang Sik, el secretario responsable del Comite del Partido del Trabajo de Corea en la Provincia de Phyong-an del Sur, Ri Thae Nam, y otros funcionarios, los miembros de brigada de trabajo, constructores y trabajadores movilizados en la obra.

  12. 59. bogie wheel:
    MF said,

    "As a teenager who had watched the Nixon-Kennedy debates on television at age 10, by the late 60’s I began to articulate a sense that the country was already deeply into a bad habit of judging candidates according to how they looked on Television. (I probably heard the grownups discussing that…)

    MF, I remember watching “Dr. Strangelove” at an arthouse movie theater in college and finding something really off and unbelievable about Peter Sellers’ President Muffley. I realized it was because we hadn’t elected a bald president since TV became the 800-lb gorilla in the room of political campaigning.

    Anyone else also notice that since and including Kennedy we’ve had 3 men elected to the office of POTUS who were in their 40s. All 3 were not adequate to the office, either in terms of personal maturity & self-control, informational & strategic preparedness, or moral gravity. There really does appear to be something about the demands of the position that requires a significantly older, seriously life-tested person.

    The fascination with youth and celebrity
    (a fault not exclusive to, but certainly deeply permeating the Democratic party)
    has given us lightweights.

    Times being what they are, we can’t afford this sort of vain indulgence anymore.
    Electing a president should not be like voting for your fave on “American Idol.”

  13. I heard the canal was part of our stimulus plan.

  14. "One way or the other, a more equitable distribution of assets is underway."
    The Constitution was sadly lacking in social justice wrt redistribution of wealth.

    My President tells me so.

    Marxists march to the beat of history.

  15. Students in the USA should no longer learn much of anything in bilingual classrooms...

    for the greater good of the United Americas.

    Mui bien.

  16. 58. herb:

    Peggy Noonan has a great talent for putting words together for emotional effect.

    RR harnessed that for his intellectual goals.
    She’s now just wandering around Manhattan.
    I admire her talent but not her analytical gifts.

    She wants too much to be nice to use her brain.

  17. 134. Peter Grynch:

    The main problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

    –Margaret Thatcher
    Our resident socialist in Mississippi disagrees!

  18. Doug, when fortysomething Clinton was President and the Pubs controlled Congress it was probably America's high point in power and influence and wealth. All that stuff about Monica was a side show. We had three years of running black ink.

  19. So many more ways to be incompetent, so little time.

  20. The main problem with Kool-aid is: Too much of ANY flavor makes you stupid.

    The Mississippi Socialist

  21. Scuzzwuzzy has suspended her campaign in NY 23, Doug.

    Looks like Hoffman might get there.

  22. Now, if they could get Dagget to drop out in NJ the Dems could get the table run on themselves.

  23. One Twitter from Palin and it's all over for scuzzywuzzy.

  24. I don't know about this computer stuff, but borders, language, culture, Savage is right about that. Either assimilate, or get out.

    We need an English language only amendment.

    Even Canada almost broke up over language, culture: and they're all white.

  25. Picture of Chinese doc with friendly grin on face---

    Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

    A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speed up heart not make live longer; that like say you can extend life of car by driving faster. Want live longer? Take nap.

    Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

    A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does cow eat? Hay and corn. What are these? Vegetables. So, steak nothing more than efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef also good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And pork chop can give 100% recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

    Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
    A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine. That means they take water out of fruity bit; get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

    Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

    A: If you have body and you have fat, ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, ratio is two to one, etc.

    Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
    A: Cannot think of single one, sorry. My philosophy: No Pain...Good!

    Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

    A: YOU NOT LISTENING!!! .... Foods fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetables be bad for you?

    Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

    A: Definitely not! When you exercise muscle, it get bigger. You should only do sit-ups if want bigger stomach.

    Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
    A: You crazy? HELLO .... Cocoa beans! Vegetable!!! Cocoa beans best feel-good food around!

    Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

    A: If swimming good for figure, explain whales to me.

    Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?

    A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!

    Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.


    For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies:
    1. The Japanese eat very little fat
    And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
    And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
    And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
    4 The Italians drink a lot of red wine
    And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

    5.. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats
    And suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


    Eat and drink what you like.

    Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

  26. Scuzzy had a much too scuzzy name to hold office.

  27. "If swimming good for figures, explain whales to me."

    Why did Cows decide to go back to the sea?

    (Sea Mammmals)

    Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

  28. “I think we are going to get into a very difficult environment around the country if suddenly conservative leaders decide they’re going to annoint people without regard to local primaries and local choices,” said Newt Gingrich, the House speaker who had endorsed Ms. Scozzafava.

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  30. The NYT calls Ms. Scozzafava a "moderate" therefore we can assume two of her favorite philosophers are Mao and Mother Theresa.

  31. Newt the forgewtten.

  32. Today is a day of doom in the Dome for the Louisiana Tech football team, I want everyone to understand that.

    We win today, we're Bowl bound somewhere, first time in forever.

    (and don't say Toilet Bowl, Doug)

  33. Could be. I don't know about Mother T, but I'm quite sure Mao was in favor of Cardcheck.

  34. Well. Today might be a bad day for the English language. But yesterday was glorious!

    To wit: "Trukulents" - a type of pancake, which rufus resembles when casually dressed. Or some kind of flower - which I resemble in any state of dress.

    Beat that, WFB!

  35. Or, A small three-wheeled pickup made in India

    used to transport Large Villages, or Small Cities

  36. heh, scuzzywuzzy, a nickname like that, if it catches on, could ruin your campaign, even without a twitter by Palin.

    Would what Bill Bryson would think about this internet business.

  37. Scuzzywuzzy to debate opponent today--

    The Scuzz to give press conference--

    Scuzzywuzzy answers questions about fiscal policy--

    It just doesn't sound good....a real monkey on the back, 20 points in the polls, at least.

  38. Rufus, Christopher Hitchens really doesn't like Ma Theresa because he says her opposition to birth control caused far more suffering than her charitable labors ever alleviated. Yesterday on Dennis Miller he said his only regret was that there was "no hell for the old bitch to go to."

  39. A word of so many and diverse definitions, it might have any use at all!

    Start attaching adjectives and the sky's the limit!

    God, I love the English language!

  40. There's something missing from the life of Christopher Hitchens.

  41. That Wild Turkey kicks in every now, and then.

  42. I can understand why the poor old "conservatives" stay pissed off about half the time. About all the media (even fox) says is that Dede scussawhatever was in favor of "Gay Marriage," and Gay Rights, etc.

    I think a lot of Conservatives are like me; I could care less about "Gay Marriage." I figure that anybody that's dumb enough to get "Married" doesn't need any shit from me. Most of us got married because we were young and stupid, had to, or both. I don't give a shit if a grown man (or woman) wants to marry their german shepherd, or their rutabaga patch. If they just gotta get'em some, "Good Luck."

    No, what caught MY attention was: Card Check. THAT is some evil shit. I'd vote against Ronnie Raygun, his damned self, if he supported Card Check.

  43. Hoffman said he was going to have Owens with a nice chianti, and a side skuzzy fava beans.

  44. Do you, Sir, take this rutabaga patch as your lawfully wedded garden, to mow and to hoe, till death do you part?

  45. Off to the football game....doom for Louisiana Tech....

  46. "I think a lot of Conservatives are like me..."

    I've always thought of you as one of those NYT "moderates".


  47. I just try to be a "realist," Q. Figger out where the deal's going, and get'er done as cheaply as possible.

    If Republicans had taken care of the "health insurance" problem they could have made it look like "Medicare Part D." Efficient, unobtrusive, and affordable.

    But, No; they were so concerned with not spending a "dollar," they let the Dems get control, and now we're in for a hell of a mess, and "Trillions" of dollars.

    I really am pretty Conservative; I just try to not be "Stupid."

  48. Don't start, Doug. I said, "I Try not to be Stupid."

  49. Rufus: If they just gotta get'em some, "Good Luck." No, what caught MY attention was: Card Check. THAT is some evil shit.

    Now you're talking Rufus. Except the only ones that ignore gay marriage and freak out at card check is liberatarians, and they'll never be elected.

  50. DougJ at Balloon Juice caught this bit of Ambinder from the Atlantic online:

    "Hoffman has harnessed several shoots of energy, including anti-incumbent sentiment, conservative opposition to liberal Republicans, and the iatropic excitement that's generated when conservative activists suddenly coalesce around a candidate."

    Bad day for the English language? I THINK NOT.

  51. One commenter:

    “iatropic” is kinda fun to say as one shuffles around the room while someone else makes choo-choo noises.

    iatropic, iatropic
    (choo! choo!)
    iatropic, iatropic
    (choo! choo!)
    iatropic, iatropic
    (choo! choo!)
    iatropic, iatropic
    (choo! choo!)
    iatropic, iatropic
    (choo! choo!)

  52. flor de cana, flor de cana
    choo, choo.

  53. The Flor de Cana WILL encourage you to shuffle around the room while someone else make choo-choo noises.

    So will the cheap shit. Because that's rum's function on this earth.

    If you really, really wanna treat yourself, you go with a bottle of Ron Zacapa Centenario.

  54. But only if you've done something really, really good. Like, brokered a peace agreement that'll last more than a weekend or personally killed somebody who needed killing.

    I think you have to present proof of such a feat at the point of purchase.

  55. "Would what Bill Bryson would think about this internet business."
    Doug could begin the long happy slog toward catching up with Trish, my wife, and al-Bob.
    200 words @ a time.

  56. I should try scanning books into the computer to see if I could still read a book.

  57. Rufus thot only Mississippians didn't know their ass from a hole in the ground.
    ...then he joined the Army.

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  59. My extended family is so appallingly nerdy that when we get together we play (in addition to cards and four-way Halo) Balderdash.

    Great game.

  60. Now, Doug, I've done some really shameful, and inexcusable stuff in my life - more than I care to remember, or admit.

    But, I NEVER, EVER joined no ARMY!

  61. If I'd joined the Army I'd a probably ended up in the Rangers, or SF, or somesuch disreputable outfit, and spent the next 3 years walking around with a silly little beanie on my head.

    Lord, I put my parents through a lot, but i'd a never put'em through That.

  62. First laugh of the day.

    Great link, Doug. But, God, I do worry about you. How do end up in such places?

  63. Anonymous said: Do you, Sir, take this rutabaga patch as your lawfully wedded garden, to mow and to hoe, till death do you part?

    Now if you're talking cucumbers you might have something there.

  64. Be careful, T. Next thing you know you'll be getting the Bopsie Twins (Bob, and MLD) all "hot and bothered," again.

  65. Hey. Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.

    Don't go pickin' on your betters, rufus.

  66. Alls I got is "betters," Trish.

    What's a man to do?

  67. Marine Ball next weekend, BTW.

    I don't think a single one of us is not sincerely looking forward to it.

  68. Tried to give Rufus a virtual promotion, and he took offense.

  69. The Marine Corps Ball - All the Lifers get drunk, and make a mess. There's always one drunk Gunnie that decides he's going to look up some "shitbird" whose ass he's been wanting to "kick" for the last year. What a Pain.

  70. There's no safe place on Earth, that day.

  71. They'll find you in town. They'll find you at the slop-chute. They'll find you in the fucking head. Yeah, Gunnie, yeah. You're a "fire-pisser." Sure enough. Let me give you a lift (straight to the fucking river if I could get away with it.) Here, have a cup of coffee, Gunnie. Aw, Gunnie, you don't wanna do that. Yeah, you're a hell of a man, Gunnie. A hell of a Marine. Yeah, things were different in the "Old Corps," Gunnie. They sure were. (back when you had a fucking brain you old drunken sot.)

    Gunnies. Great in Indian Country. Shitty on The Marine Corps Birthday.

  72. : )

    Were you in town, rufus. I'd scare up an extra invitation.

  73. Hell of a football game, the excitement growing all week in the tree shaded town and tree shaded campus, coach's Thursday hour live broadcast from the University Inn Best Western attended by hundreds, the Athlectic Department passed out helmets, the old Vandal design, for the fans, not this new wimpy PC smiley Vandal, but the old guy, the real guy, the guy that rips your head off and takes your wife, out come the VANDALS! from the tunnel rah rah, first kick off to us, run right back up the middle for a touchdown! Crowd explodes, detonates! Then as if cursed by the old Halloween Vandal curse, we collapse into a two touchdown trail at halftime, fumble, bumble, stumble and grumble, but we are the come back kids, this year, and we did it again, not without a lot of miffs on both sides (we fumbled on the 17, couldn't get it in from the 1, etc) but Idaho my dear old Idaho the Queen of All The West, kept on fighting, like taking France in the old days, I mean the real old days, and, by God, we won, 35 to 34, with a little help from their kicker, who goes home weeping, who missed an after TD kick, and a 53 yard field goal with 1 second left.

    Humanitarian Bowl! They can't deny us that much at least, not now!

    Great college game.

  74. By the way, you too can watch live next weekend from the comfort of your abode as we deconstruct Fresno State, doomed in the Dome.

    November 7
    Fresno State
    7:30 pm(PT)
    Silver & Gold
    Televised on ESPNU

  75. Eat your heart out, al-Loser:

    42. Tony:

    Thanks Doug,

    The Flyin’ Hawaiian just drove in the third run with a deep sac fly. 3-0 – yeah, baby. He was my favorite player last year.
    But after St. Chase Utley gave that astounding five word speech at last year’s celebration, well, that is the way to win a Philly boy’s heart, live on TV, “World Champions. World F(grinning) Champions!”

  76. That other "F" word.

    PHILADELPHIA — Warning: Don't mention the "F" word to Philadelphia center fielder Shane Victorino.

  77. AP can't bring themselves to write "would."

    "It's time for us to send a message to Washington — we're sick and tired of big-spending, high-taxing, career politicians," Hoffman said in a statement Saturday after Scozzafava's announcement.

    The Owens campaign didn't immediately return calls for comment.

    A Republican loss in the 23rd will leave the party with just two seats in the 29-member state congressional delegation.

    Maybe they know what ACORN is up to better than us.

  78. The Evil Empire won.

    Yes it did.

  79. The Evil Empire won.

    Yes it did.

  80. The Evil Empire didn't win.

    No it didn't.

  81. Um. I was referring to the Yankees. With endearment.

  82. Mostly because I'm an Andy Pettitte fan.

  83. I know, I know.

    Here's an article back to the topic of the day.

    Why English Is Not The Official Language of the United States and Why It Should Be

    American Thinker

  84. Okay, and my husband is a long-time Yankees fan. I started watching during a Series back when he was on crew rest and couldn't himself. Many, many years ago.

  85. And I'm not going to read anything from American Thinker.

  86. post-modern doctrine, radical deconstruction theory

    Never did hear of these things when I was in school, just missed it, my luck.

  87. And I'm not going to read anything from American Thinker.

    Well you ought to read this article, for Bryson's dear sake.

  88. Bob, I'm tired of reading crap.

    And I'm just old enough that I don't have to.

  89. I feel the same way. I'd rather go duck hunting. Next summer we're building a dam out on the old place, then I can sit and shoot ducks.

  90. Good for you, Bob.

    And I absolutely mean that.

    I do.

  91. Quess I'll break down and watch the next World Series (an imperialist phrase!) game. Though I don't know anything about either team.

    That was a heck of a good football game I watched today.


  92. Maoist Rebels Widen Deadly Reach Across India

    Indian Maoists, once dismissed as ragtag ideologues, have evolved into a potent and lethal insurgency.
    Not to mention Mother Teresita.

  93. Doug: Indian Maoists, once dismissed as ragtag ideologues, have evolved into a potent and lethal insurgency.
    Not to mention Mother Teresita.

    Number one, I ain't no mother. The family tree ends with me. Number two, I'm a Taoist, not a Maoist!

  94. Bobal, there's two kinds of people in the world, Taoists, and Confucianists. Taoism is about letting things reach their own equilibrium without interference. If America developed a hankering for German and changed Lake Superior to Großer See, that's great! Let it happen. It's the Confucianists who resist change by directing everything from a central committee. Nature despises every artificial measure we ever put up, from dams (which silt up and become waterfalls) to Gulf seaport cities built five feet below sealevel.

  95. Not to fret T, it's just a temporary earthen dam, will back up a few acres of pond. My neighbor, a Phillipino and her German husband, they got one, and are urging this on me. They got ducks and geese all over their place. He's the bird guy at WSU. These two love birds met at WSU long ago, and it stuck. I'll be able to shoot ducks till I die, then Great Nature can take over again.

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