March 24, 2007

Now That Rudy’s Placed an Ad Here …..

Filed under: General — Tom @ 6:48 pm

Note: This has been moved to the top for the rest of the evening because ….. I felt like it.


….. I expect McCain, Romney, Brownback, Hunter, Ron Paul, John Cox, et al to follow Giuliani’s lead. :–>

To go to Rudy’s site, click on his ad over, appropriately, on the right so that your humble servant gets credit for the hits at Blogads.

This Casts Ghandi in a Whole New (Lack of) Light

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 4:02 pm

This one from last week was so hard to handle I traced it a bunch of additional places (Wiki, plus here, here, and here) to make sure I wasn’t being played. It comes from a Fred Thompson commentary from his gig as a substitute host for Paul Harvey (HT Ann Althouse guesting at Instapundit; bold is mine):

Mahatma Gandhi ….. is pretty much the symbol of the anti-war movement. Code Pink was founded on his birthday, and when Saddam Hussein was being given a last chance to open Iraq to U.N. weapons inspectors, posters appeared around America asking “What would Gandhi do?”

And that’s a pretty good question. At what point is it okay to fight dictators like Saddam or the al Qaeda terrorists who want to take his place?

It turns out that the answer, according to Gandhi, is NEVER. During World War II, Gandhi penned an open letter to the British people, urging them to surrender to the Nazis. Later, when the extent of the holocaust was known, he criticized Jews who had tried to escape or fight for their lives as they did in Warsaw and Treblinka. “The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife,” he said. “They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.” “Collective suicide,” he told his biographer, “would have been heroism.”

That is a sentiment Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, if he actually admitted to the historical reality of the Holocaust, would heartily endorse.

Spinning the Past Week’s Stock Market Performance

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:00 am

From a CNN e-mail I received shortly after the close of Friday’s stock markets (this was the entire message):

Wall Street fights off mortgage-risk-induced woes to end the week higher, with small gains Friday.

Anyone reading this e-mail would have thought that this was a net ho-hum week on The Street. After all, the e-mail merely said that the week ended “higher.”

“Higher”? More like “way, way higher” — in fact, the best single-week point gain in four years:

Mar 23 04:44 PM US/Eastern

NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street secured its best week in four years Friday, rising modestly after a surprise jump in home sales eased concern that frailty in the housing market will hurt economic growth.

….. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 19.87, or 0.16 percent, to 12,481.01. The Dow rose for five straight sessions, picking up 370.60 for its biggest weekly point gain since March, 2003; that translated to a 3.06 percent rise for the week.

Broader stock indicators also closed higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced 1.57, or 0.11 percent, to 1,436.11, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 4.44, or 0.18 percent, to 2,456.18.

For the week the S&P 500 rose 3.54 percent and the Nasdaq gained 4.52 percent.

Smart Money also noted yesterday that “The Dow has recovered about 46% of its largest single-day loss of the year, which took place nearly a month ago.”

So how many busy people who got CNN’s e-mail didn’t hear the real news anywhere else, and therefore think that Wall Street didn’t do anything notable this past week? Once again, the Formerly Mainstream Media figures out a way to hit the mute button on a piece of good economic news. If I visited the CNN newsroom’s business section yesterday, I half-expect that I would have found a “mission accomplished” banner hanging in a prominent place.

Cross-posted at

Positivity: Girl Stops Car After Mom Faints at Wheel

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:56 am

From Charlotte, NC (HT Good News Blog):

1-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Grabs the Steering Wheel After Her Mom Faints While Driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Emily Lineberger missed her gymnastics class this week, but thanks to the 11-year-old’s heroics, she and her mother survived what could have been a tragic car wreck.

Emily was riding in the back seat of the family car Tuesday when her mother, Dayna Lineberger, started feeling lightheaded. Ulcerative colitis had caused Lineberger to feel faint before, so she decided to get food at a nearby restaurant.

“Then it just hit me,” said Lineberger, 40. “The last thing I remember is screaming to her, ‘Tell me where to turn,’ because I couldn’t see. …”

While heading into the restaurant parking lot, Lineberger’s head rolled back and she passed out, Emily said.

“I just screamed like crazy,” Emily said.

She leaned forward and grabbed the wheel. Her mother’s foot was still on the gas pedal, but Emily steered to avoid a car before their car hit a telephone pole and stopped unharmed.

Doctors later said Lineberger was dehydrated from the colitis.

“It was just her instinct and God riding on her shoulders,” Lineberger said.