Archive for February, 2006

I Need Your Help: Some Unabashed Begging

I Need Your Help: Some Unabashed Begging

| February 28, 2006 | 2 Replies

As long as I’ve run The Shack, I’ve refrained from doing any sort of beg-athon. That’s mostly because I blog for the sheer joy of it and money’s never been particularly on my mind when I sit down at the computer and fire up the Ol’ WordPress. I have had a PayPal link and a […]

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Weimar Europe, Part II?

Weimar Europe, Part II?

| February 28, 2006 | Reply

I really think Glenn Reynolds has the correct historical analogy. People talk about Eurabia, but what’s really happened is that Europe has become Weimarized, with governments and institutions too morally and intellectually weak to stand up for the principles they pretend to embody. And we know what that led to last time . . . […]

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dear A-list blog dude…

dear A-list blog dude…

| February 28, 2006 | Reply

Someone has apparently been watching me while I blog. My only consolation is that I get twice the traffic that poor Mike does in the strip. So how about it, A-List Blog Dudes and Dudettes? Do I get some semi-regular linkage or will you reduce me yet again to horrible, beggy e-mails? Yesterday’s comic was […]

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RIP – Dennis Weaver

RIP – Dennis Weaver

| February 27, 2006 | Reply

If it’s true that they come in threes, then this is the third. Dennis Weaver is dead at the age of 81 at his home, from cancer complications. Most, I’m sure, will remember Weaver from his roles on “Gunsmoke” and “McCloud” and they shold. He made those roles memorable. I remember him most for a […]

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Chalk Up Another Terrorist

Chalk Up Another Terrorist

| February 27, 2006 | Reply

Slowly, but Surely. BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Interior Ministry forces have captured a senior aide to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi state television said on Monday. Iraqiya named the man as Abu Farouq and said he was captured with five others in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, west of the […]

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Educating Sayed

Educating Sayed

| February 27, 2006 | 2 Replies

Consider me astonished, too. Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday’s New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting […]

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RIP – Darren McGavin

RIP – Darren McGavin

| February 26, 2006 | Reply

Another tremendous character actor is lost to us today. Darrin McGavin, known best to my generation as the father from “A Christmas Story” passed away at the age of 83. I still love “A Christmas Story” and the scene that always touches me comes up on Christmas Day, when the boys have opened all of […]

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Bode Miller, Jerk.

Bode Miller, Jerk.

| February 26, 2006 | 2 Replies

Am I the only one who thinks that Bode Miller is narcissistic jerk? I surely hope not. Miller is supposed to be a world-class athlete. He’s supposed to be here representing not only himself, but his country. What he did instead was treat the Olympic Games like his very own party, screw up badly in […]

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RIP – Don Knotts

RIP – Don Knotts

| February 26, 2006 | 4 Replies

We’ve lost an acting legend and an American Icon today. Don Knotts died of lung cancer at the age of 81. I have more memories of seeing Don Knotts on television and in movies than I can say. He was, in every way, an icon on American television. He’ll be remembered mostly, I’d imagine, for […]

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Wahoo. Robots.

Wahoo. Robots.

| February 24, 2006 | 5 Replies

This is good news? NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team said Friday it has completed its preliminary design review as part of the mission confirmation process. The first in a series of robotic missions to the moon, the LRO is scheduled for launch in October 2008. It will carry six science instruments and a technology demonstration. […]

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