The inevitable happens

November 29, 2005

Following a motion of non-confidence in the House of Commons yesterday, the Liberal government of Paul Martin has fallen. Today, the writ was dropped, Parliament was dissolved, and Canada once again goes to the polls on January 23.

An election in Canada takes place no less than 36 days after it is called. Jan. 23 is 56 days away, making this the longest election campaign in 25 years, as well as the first winter election in 25 years. The general election of 1980 was held on February 18; the campaign was 66 days long. Ironically, this election was also the result of a non-confidence motion against the minority Conservative government of Joe Clark, which lost to a majority government of Liberals under Pierre Trudeau.

Will history repeat itself in 2006?

If the last general election is any indication, the DIM BULBs du jour over the next two months will be enough to illuminate a runway at Ottawa International Airport. Stay tuned.


Ultraviolet light my way

November 26, 2005

Sam, the world’s ugliest dog, whose tiny doggy brain finally realized it was animating a walking zombie body and decided to finish the job, is not forgotten. His memory lives on in blacklit glory.

Advocating fragging can be a career-limiting move

November 26, 2005

Remember the grammar-challenged English professor in New Jersey who tried to bully a student because she was promoting an upcoming lecture by a member of the military? Now he’s an ex-professor, according to a statement by the school:

The College became aware of the impact of the instructor�s comments when it was inundated with local and national opinions from the public. Responding to that, the Board of Trustees and administration moved as quickly as possible to review and address the issue. A board meeting was scheduled for last night to present the issue to the Board; however, while the administration was preparing for that meeting, the adjunct instructor Mr. John Daly submitted his resignation. The Board of Trustees voted to accept his resignation at last night�s meeting.

[Full Statement]

Also interesting is the school’s stated intent to review and draft “tolerance policies” for staff. Apparently, they’re taking Rebecca Beach’s advice to put people like Daly through “sensitivity training” seriously.

Daly, who wrote to Beach that “[r]eal freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors,” just learned an important lesson: being a one-man PR disaster for your employer is not the fast track to career advancement.

(H/T: Michelle Malkin.)

Friday in the wild – November 25, 2005

November 25, 2005

Yay, Friday! Here’s my weekly roundup of the interesting and informative from my little corner of the blogosphere.

The dogs at Fide-O did a good trilogy on the deity of Christ. This was especially pertinent to me because I happen to be involved in a “discussion” on a Web forum with some KJV-onlyists claiming that modern Bibles “deny” or “weaken” claims of Christ’s deity (and I notice that Jason is able to defend Christ without resorting to King James’ Bible):

The only way to know Christ is through the Bible. That is why the Scriptures are so revered by us. The Bible is not our god or more important than God; it is not superior to Christ by any means. But the Bible is the only way to know God. Thus, we believe that Jesus desires for His bride to trust His Word. His Word represents Him and reveals Him. To know the Bible takes the power of the Holy Spirit revealing the text. The test of whether that revelation is from God is proven by the fact that it will be in sync with the rules of hermeneutics.

[Read Jesus is Eternally God]

See also: Jesus is Equally God and Jesus is Essentially God.

Since thanks to my Remembrance Day series, World War I was much on my mind in recent days, I enjoyed reading Joel’s post about the Christmas Truce of 1914 on On the Other Foot:

Well, no war is ever really fought decently. And World War I was bloodier and grimmer than most, with little to show at the end. But the Christmas Truce of 1914 shows that soldiers can be men as well as weapons. . . .

The last man who was there when the guns fell silent and the soccer balls came out died today.

Alfred Anderson lived beyond the Western Front to see death camps, a cold war, and suicide bombers on British soil. He was living proof that war doesn’t have to take the humanity out of the men who fight it.

[Read When wars were fought by gentlemen]

Michelle Malkin has had enough of leftist critics who think Asian women are good at being whores but not thinking independently.

The racist and sexist “yellow woman doing a white man’s job” knock is a tiresome old attack from impotent liberals that I’ve tolerated a long time. It is pathetic that I have to sit here and tell you that my ideas, my politics, and my intellectual capital are mine and mine alone in response to cowardly attacks from misogynistic moonbats with Asian whore fixations. My IQ, free will, skin color, eye shape, productivity, sincerity, and integrity are routinely ridiculed or questioned because I happen to be a minority conservative woman. As a public figure, I am willing to take these insults, but I cannot tolerate the smearing of my loved ones. Because I have always been open and proud about his support for my career, my husband has taken endless, hate-filled abuse from my critics. His Jewish heritage, his decision to be a stay-at-home dad, and even his looks, are the subject of brutal mockery.

[Read Just a Yellow Woman Doing a White Man’s Job]

The Pedantic Protestant reveals all: the poorly kept secret of his identity.

Even though the full moon was a week and a half ago, that didn’t stop the Google insanity from reaching absurd heights this week:

Until next week? Enjoy!

Calling occupants of interplanetary, most extraordinary craft . . .

November 25, 2005

I am so glad this guy’s political star set almost 40 years ago.

A former Canadian Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau has joined forces with three Non-governmental organizations to ask the Parliament of Canada to hold public hearings on Exopolitics — relations with “ETs.”

By “ETs,” Mr. [Paul] Hellyer and these organizations mean ethical, advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that may now be visiting Earth. . . .

Mr. Hellyer went on to say, “I’m so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something.”

Well, if by “consequences” he means bug-eyed monsters eating his brains, in his case, they might go away hungry.

And who, do you suppose, is the biggest threat to global security? Who do you think?

Hellyer warned, “The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, “The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.”

The article goes on to detail Canada’s quite reasonable opposition to space-based weaponry, but then takes a final turn for the batty when it concludes:

“Time is on the side of open disclosure that there are ethical Extraterrestrial civilizations visiting Earth,” The [sic] spokesperson [for a relateed NGO] stated. “Our Canadian government needs to openly address these important issues of the possible deployment of weapons in outer war plans against ethical ET societies.”

[Full Story]

I am really curious about the basis for this “spokesperson’s” assumption that “ET societies” would be “ethical.” How does he know this? Does he simply assume, in naïve Gene Roddenberry fashion, that more advanced civilizations would be pacifistic? If 20th-century history has taught us anything, it is that human beings with superior technology simply become better-armed barbarians. Assuming these societies even exist (an assumption for which there is precisely zero evidence), how does he know that their advanced technology won’t simply make it easier for them to swoop down, probe our orifices before sucking our brains, stealing all our fresh water, levelling Tokyo, and finally using the entire planet in a giant game of planetary snooker?

Paul Hellyer is awarded today’s DIM BULB du jour, with special Black Helicopter Cluster, for moonbattery above and beyond the call of duty.

I, for one, welcome our new extraterrestrial overlords.

Didn’t they spot him in Texas just the other day?

November 23, 2005

Here we go again:

Mexicans have set up a shrine at a plant pot on the grounds of a beach resort on the Caribbean island of Cozumel after an image said to depict Jesus appeared on it following Hurricane Wilma a month ago.

A receptionist at the Occidental Grand resort noticed the image likened to Jesus’ face as shaken guests emerged from a storm shelter after huddling for three days while the hurricane hurled rain and debris. . . .

“The first person who saw it was a receptionist. Then the guests started coming to see it and before long people were praying and lighting candles,” said a security guard near the pot, which is roped off with a crimson cord strung between brass poles and has a simple candle burning in front of it.

[Full Story]

It takes all my mental prowess not to accidentally read this as “Mexicans have set up a shrine at a pot plant” – which, combined with the ubiquitous candles that miraculously appear at Jesifications, would explain the increase in sightings of Jesi on household objects in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Mary’s pulled out of Texas too, and headed for the West Coast:

Believers say a statue of the Virgin Mary outside a California church appears to be crying a drop of blood. . . .

Hundreds of people are coming to see the statue for themselves. Many say it’s a sign from God.

[Full Story]

And now . . . this – Nov. 23/05

November 23, 2005

Say it ain’t so!

I don’t know whether to be sad about this or not:

Sam, the dog whose ugliness earned him TV appearances, limousine rides and even a meeting with Donald Trump, has died.

The pooch with the hairless body, crooked teeth and sparse tuft of hair atop his knobby head died Friday, just short of his 15th birthday, said his owner, Susie Lockheed. . . .

Lockheed said she had Sam euthanized after a veterinarian told her Sam’s heart was failing.

[Full Story]

No kidding. Because you know what? If it was my job to pump blood through that abomination and keep it alive, I’d pack up and leave too.

But, officer, it’s my job!

Italian Formula One racing star Giancarlo Fisichella has lost his driver’s license after speeding 2.5 times the limit on the outskirts of Rome, according to the Electric New Paper.

To make matters worse, the incident happened only six days after the Renault driver appealed to Italy’s teens in a newspaper, asking them to refrain from street-racing after a 16-year-old’s high-speed death in Rome.

Cops caught Fisichella, 32, early Sunday cruising at 148 km/h (95 mph) in a 60 km/h (35 mph) zone, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

[Full Story]

The irony at that moment was flying so fast they clocked it on radar.

The perfect corsage for your prom date

Its scent has drawn comparisons to garbage and spoiled meat, but that isn’t stopping crowds from flocking to see – and smell – an unusual plant in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

The titan arum plant, nicknamed “corpse plant” for its rank smell, is attracting thousands of visitors during the day or two it remains in bloom. . . .

Now that it’s in bloom, the plant has also started emitting a smell that’s drawn comparisons to garbage, spoiled meat, and rotting fish. But the plant’s stench is actually the key to its survival: carrion beetles and other pollinators in its native Sumatra are attracted to the smell, Kress said.

“These beetles usually lay their eggs in rotting animals, so this plant pretends to be a dead animal,” he said.

[Full Story]

The plant rarely blooms, too, making hundreds of people ask themselves: “I waited five years for this?

News flash: Art now causes vandalism

If you thought art galleries were quiet havens of contemplation, think again. Looking at great works of art can inspire a strong, sometimes irresistible urge to destroy, Italian researchers have found.

Dubbed the “David syndrome,” after the statue of the young Hebrew king by Michelangelo, the condition can provoke an overwhelming desire to damage the art being viewed, the psychoanalyst who identified the malady told Reuters.

“It’s a range of strong emotions which go from enchantment, through vexation, aggression, a vandalistic impulse, right through to panic attacks,” said Graziella Magherini who is leading a group of doctors, psychiatrists and art historians looking into the syndrome.

[Full Story]

I think that in the case of “David,” it’s probably just envy.

Heaven knows I get my fair share of Emma Watson Google hits . . .

 . . . but this one was kinda funny:

“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson is being sent Bibles by furious Christians who believe the magical movies are a work of evil.

The screen beauty, who plays the boy wizard’s best friend Hermione Granger in the series, is building up a collection of the holy books from religious viewers who think she needs “guidance”. The 15-year-old confessed: “I have a collection of about 20 in my room. People think I need to be guided.”

[Full Story]

Well, she’s a wealthy movie star, right? Perhaps she should return the favour: send them a Harry Potter novel, along with a polite suggestion that they get a life. (News flash, brethren: It’s a story, and she’s playing a rôle.)