Thursday, 31 May 2007

True to Their Name: BABELfish

If you're like me, and get your best laughs from things that weren't meant to be funny, translate a page of text with Babelfish:

I did it with a friend's bio-page, which is in French, by choosing "French into English". I have tears in my eyes from laughing!

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

God Bless the Youth of Venezuela...

...and keep them safe from harm. They are very courageous!

Fred Thompson for President: Back in March...

I said this about the Honorable Fred Thompson

Update: a piece by John Fund of WSJ in Opinion Journal

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110009798

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Your Cuban Vacation Awaits You

Message to Michael: ...and YOUR PEOPLE think President Bush looks stupid?
By the way, what's with that transparent beard? You're doing nothing for the ailing steel industry if you won't buy a razor blade and shave! Now, I'll get to the point, Mr. Moore: Go back to Cuba.
You look like you could use a little R & R (Rigor & Restriction)!


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I Know It's Fashionable to Hate America, but...

We have a leftist propaganda-machine called National Public Radio. President Bush just ignores its predictable anti-administration policy.

In Venezuela, the darling of the American left, Dictator Hugo Chavez, has caused riots by refusing to grant a license-renewal to an opposition tv/radio station.

Repeat Post: Dems Love a Dictator!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Citgo Gets Its Gas from VenezuelaWell,we're all getting gas from Hugo Chavez, but there is something you can do to express your disgust with him: stop buying gas from Citgo!
Message to President Hugo Chavez:President Bush does not seek approbation from tin-horn dictators, nor from the lefty loonies who love them!
©2006 M-Jeanne de M.

Monday, 28 May 2007

A Somber Memorial Day

I tuned into a local station yesterday, unaware that it was the NPR (No Particular Reason, I've always called it) segment of their broadcast day. I listened for a while. I couldn't stomach the propaganda long enough to determine the female broadcaster's identity. After National Public Radio's man in Washington (a lisping fellow, true to form on NPR) got done reporting about (dissing) our operations in Iraq, she actually wished him a "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY"! That was shocking. Doesn't she understand the meaning of the day? And they call Rush Limbaugh listeners ignorant!

Here are some excerpts from the speech President Bush gave yesterday at the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery:

“Now this hallowed ground receives a new generation of heroes -- men and women who gave their lives in places such as Kabul and Kandahar, Baghdad and Ramadi. Like those who came before them, they did not want war -- but they answered the call when it came. They believed in something larger than themselves. They fought for our country, and our country unites to mourn them as one.”

“With us are … children and families mourning moms and dads and sons and daughters. Nothing said today will ease your pain. But each of you need to know that your country thanks you, and we embrace you, and we will never forget the terrible loss you have suffered. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your loved ones rest in a place even more peaceful than the fields that surround us here.The greatest memorial to our fallen troops cannot be found in the words we say or the places we gather. The more lasting tribute is all around us -- a country where citizens have the right to worship as they want, to march for what they believe, and to say what they think. These freedoms came at great costs -- and they will survive only as long as there are those willing to step forward to defend them against determined enemies.”

“As before in our history, Americans find ourselves under attack and underestimated. Our enemies long for our retreat. They question our moral purpose. They doubt our strength of will. Yet even after five years of war, our finest citizens continue to answer our enemies with courage and confidence. Hundreds of thousands of patriots still raise their hands to serve their country; tens of thousands who have seen war on the battlefield volunteer to re-enlist. What an amazing country to produce such fine citizens.”

“On this Day of Memory, we mourn brave citizens who laid their lives down for our freedom. They lived and died as Americans. May we always honor them. May we always embrace them. And may we always be faithful to who they were and what they fought for.…May God bless you and may God continue to bless our country.”

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Western Tradition Dies...


...I mean its author, Eugen Weber. “Nothing is more concrete than history, nothing less interested in theories or in abstract ideas,” Dr. Weber wrote. “The great historians have fewer ideas about history than amateurs do; they merely have a way of ordering their facts to tell their story. It isn’t theories they look for, but information, documents, and ideas about how to find and handle them.”
For years, I enjoyed his series of lectures entitled "The Western Tradition". Here is the obituary for Dr. Eugen Weber in The New York Times: Update--I see that you have to register there to read it. The following is what I received by email from the Annenberg Foundation today, June 1st:

*** REMEMBERING EUGEN WEBER -- SCHOLAR, TEACHER, FRIEND ***
Annenberg Media notes with sadness the passing of Eugen J. Weber, distinguished historian and host of the instructional video series "The Western Tradition" <http://learner.org/redirect/june/west1.html>. He died May 17th from pancreatic cancer at the age of 82.
Author of numerous volumes on European history and French nationalism and widely respected for his scholarship, Eugen Weber was Professor Emeritus at UCLA and a former dean of UCLA's College of Letters and Science.
After its release in 1989, "The Western Tradition" quickly became a cornerstone of library history collections and a distance education course at colleges across the country. Professor Weber was well loved and admired by teachers and students of history for his engaging lectures, punctuated equally with insight and dry wit, which have cultivated in countless viewers a love of history and learning.
He will be greatly missed.

Una Valiente Mujer Difamada

Christopher Hitchens

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Blecchham

My Magnificent Other sent this to me from our shared computer: Horrifying!

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Texting Adversely Affects Standards in Writing

They're worried about this in Ireland, and for good reason: they actually have standards there!

Article

I doubt that there is a language which has been more seriously degraded than English has, since the advent of the internet. The web is where misspellings become standardized. I'm not referring to shortened forms of words, rather, to mispellings like "seperate", "definate", and many others that are just as long as the original words. While I'm not sure that the internet is solely to blame, it is quite unlikely that people come up with these bastardizations of simple words on their own.

I read and listen to Spanish, French, Italian, and Swedish, but haven't detected a degree of decay which compares to that of English. Regarding "texting", I tried it once while my Dell lap-top was busy self-immolating, and it was tedious beyond belief. I don't expect absolute perfection from amateur writers. It is the wider publishing world that I am watching for mistakes, and that includes The New York Times. The Gray Lady's standards of editing and usage have slipped to an abominable level.

I'm glad to read that at least Ireland is not fiddling while the language burns.

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Swedish Youth in the Dark about Communism

This is very enlightening. And, if you peruse the reader comments which follow the article, they are rather amusing, in a twisted sort of way.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

Some Positive News about France

Nicolas Sarkozy has been elected President.

http://www.sarkozy.fr/home/


Tuesday, 1 May 2007

What's Happened to "Who"?

Stop, look and listen, and you will neither read nor hear a "who"!

It's always "people that" now, where before, it was "people who".

One person who NEVER says "who" (unless asking a question) is a man who is on both radio and T.V., named Sean H. He is always talking about "someone that", no matter what, rather than "someone who"!

This is a symptom of the dehumanization of mankind. Who? The men, women, and children, that's who!

Sometimes it seems that only Horton hears a who*!

*A book entitled Horton Hears a Who was written by Dr. Suess. At least Horton was an elephant....