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Friday, February 04, 2005


The Best Life is a Long Life . . .
Now the press is all upset about the three star Marine General, Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who said "It's fun to shoot some people." And, we guess they want us to be all upset with them. You should carefully read Forg.14 off our headline link today. It clearly explains that not everyone that goes to war is concerned about not getting hurt; getting out alive; laying low until all the craziness is over; or talking to their mother -- who they miss so much. No, some guys in the military, even in the Marines, like to kill people. Especially, certain kinds of people, which the General identified, directly:

You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

Funny, the Marine commandant, Gen. Michael Hagee, didn't see all that wrong and defended Lt. General Mattis, calling him "one of this country's bravest and most experienced military leaders." Gen. Hagee said he had counseled Lt. Gen. Mattis regarding the remarks and that Lt. Gen. Mattis "agrees he should have chosen his words more carefully."

Perhaps, they agreed that the Lt. Gen. could have said, "Rest assured, in an ever feminizing culture, there are still brave Americans who desire to engage the enemy." There. That is much better and no one would have been the wiser. Wait. Those words, 'feminizing' and 'desire,' might have grabbed some unnecessary attention. So, clean that up a bit and you get, "Rest assured, Americans regretfully engage the enemy." There, perfect.




Thursday, February 03, 2005


Take Credit For It
Publicly, Often, and Without Qualification

Yes, he's at it again, although today, we can't decide who is worse -- Bill (our favorite Leprechaun) or Joe?

I Did It

It seems there was a big flap over the last few days about a University of Colorado professor, Ward Churchill. We heard about it, but didn't think Leftist Radicals at Universities was news to anybody, although plenty of people seemed to be really exercised over this guy because of his grand-standing, provocative, look-at-me comments which equated the victims of the 9/11 attacks to rank-and-file Nazis working to propel the Third Reich toward its thousand year reign that fell around 988 years short. Anyway, we're not hear to talk about that . . .

What caught our attention was the coverage by the above cable luminaries. As we've mentioned, we find ourselves being overcome with the voice of Bill O'Reilly coming over the AM radio in the early evening here and we heard him beating his chest that the mighty Factor audience had bombarded the Hamilton College with complaints about Prof. Churchill and he would no longer be speaking at the college, the cause of said flap. He crowed and crowed and we turned off the radio.

Later that night, Joe Scarborough was taking credit for the same result. "We gave you the email address and you let your voice be heard." We heard this remark although it seems not to have made it into the show's transcript, although you can still read the, ". . . because, over the past week, we in SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY have been leading the charge against a campus radical . . ." remark. Evidently, Joe is a bit more modest in writing than the Irish One, who states emphatically, "Congratulations, Factor fans! While the college cites security concerns as the reason for the cancellation, we believe that the volume of your messages sent to Pres. Stewart criticizing his appearance was the real factor in deciding to shut down the event," in print and on the air.

We know the craving to be noticed, but is this what it takes? Unending self-promotion? It's more than we can take -- aren't we great for noticing? No, that's not right -- We ARE GREAT for noticing! And, InstaPunk Readers -- You ARE THE BEST for noticing that we notice!




Wednesday, February 02, 2005


All Stereotypes are True
Msgr. Buchanan strikes again . . . although his comments about the hyperventilating female biology savant may require some sensitivity therapy.





Football Tough Guy
Tough? You think you know what that word means? I doubt it.TOUGH

Having had the opportunity to meet with an elder Chuck Bednarik, I can tell you, the guy is still a little scary at 79. He could care less about the Super Bowl and doesn't have anything nice to say about Jeffrey Lurie in a rare interview published as Legendary Bird Flies Coop. Although, he does think Donovan McNabb is the real deal.

From his 30-mission tour as a B-24 waist gunner with the Army Air Corps that saw him win the Air Medal to two All-American years at the University of Pennsylvania to being the last of the "Iron-Men," playing 55+ minutes of every game (i.e. offense AND defense) - he was a real tough guy. Take the time to look into this guy's life. A little bit of perspective as you prepare for all the hoopla this Super Bowl week.

Interestingly, his number reminds the thoughtful of the last year The Eagles won a national championship -- 1960, the only playoff loss ever suffered by the Packers' legendary coach, Vince Lombardi.





Millions of Unarmed Comrades
Today is the 62nd anniversary of the Red Army's victory over the German 6th Army in what was then called, Stalingrad. A name some in Russia were attempting to resurrect not too long ago. Today, it is known as Volgograd despite the seeming conflation by our headline link of St. Petersburg and Leningrad which had their own problems. A little more context for your views on the current war.

UPDATE:  It is also the 100th anniversary of yet another of St. Petersburg's problems (Thanks to gughunter).




Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Hockey -- which is an excellent way . . .
Well, I haven't felt much like writting much too. My trip to the bank with my father went like I thought it go and I signed a bunch of papers and I got some checking account filled with the money. But, everyone seemed like sad. My father grumbled and said I would have to find a way to make the money while the hockey was on hold because everyone is too sure that the hockey will not happen this year or maybe the next year too.

It seems the CDs had to be closed out and something they called a loan was given me to keep everything okay til the hockey starts again and the checks start again. My father thinks maybe my writting will pay me more if I leave the InstaPunk and get something better but I tell him that I love the guys at InstaPunk and don't want all the readers to miss out on the hockey news. Maybe they can pay me more. I'll ask or maybe after they read this they just work something out. I hope.

Anyway, the Players' Association and the ownership has been talking. And, talking. And, talking. All that is good, but still no hockey. They haven't cancelled the season, but that has to be getting close to the time when they will cancel the hockey and then I'm going to get very depressed. More than I've been this whole time. Nobody asks me, but I say, "Let's play the hockey. Now!"

Maybe if all my reader joins the efforts at this Gary Bettman website we could get the hockey back right away.

Puck Punk covers the NHL for InstaPunk.com -- here are his previous reports:
1/6/2005 -- Christmas and a trip to the bank
12/13/2004 -- The NHL can learn from NASCAR
12/2/2004 -- President Bush gets involved
11/15/2004 -- The Bender
10/21/2004 -- World Series, big deal
10/12/2004 -- Lockout, not Strike
10/5/2004 -- First Post





O, Money
What a country! We saw an ad at InstaPundit (we've actually seen this around on a number of sites) for BetOnIraq.com and we said, "We'll bite." 35 minutes later we were experts in trading the Iraqi Dinar for fun and treasure. As it turns out there are a bunch of people selling this stuff -- the new Iraqi currency that's just "bound to go up once everything settles down in Iraq." However, we understand that there is no one buying Dinars, yet.

And, "yet," is the key word. For your edification and curiosity, we assembled the following directory of SELLERS:

Seller

US$ per $1mm Dinars

GID Associates

825

Get Iraq Dinar

880

Dinar Merchant

950

Invest in Dinar

980

Bet on Iraq

1,150

Midas Money

1,175

Dinar Profits

1,199

SCGS

1,290

Iraqi Dinars Trading Company

1,380

Portal Iraq

1,380

Iraq Money

1,395

You can even buy Dinars on EBay. But BUYERS? We couldn't find one. And, of course there is this sad advice from an expert and an overview article. Basically, all sellers and no buyers does not a market make.

So, that's our presentation on the Iraqi currency play. But, remember, we couldn't figure out how video rental centers were ever going to make it. Have fun.





Football - a great high school and college game
Well, all you lost on the big Conference Championship weeked was the vig - but, the Eagles made the Super Bowl so everybody should be happy, until Sunday that is . . .

After much deliberation, I mean libations, I'll have to say NE 26 Eagles 13. I see both QB's each throwing at least 1 INT. Of course, at this point I can barely see the keyboard. Remember - entertainment only? Don't come crying to me if you lose the house payment.

SportsBook.com (FYI: they retired Brook Burke from the main page) has the line at 7.5 today, up from 6.5 for all you "The line is tellin' me somthing" guys out there. Good luck.

UPDATE:  Brook Burke is back, thanks to all the calls, emails, and letters sent in by InstaPunk readers, I guess.





Peace and Justice and Tolerance and Harmony
Here's something cool that for many will just be a pleasant waste of time but for others could be the breakthrough they've been looking for . . . who knows. From American Digest, we offer it in the hopes of advancing the peace and harmony of mankind.

We found FP-VG-11.




Monday, January 31, 2005


Just Because He Can't Stop -- and neither can we
No kidding. Sen. John Kerry went on the TV yesterday while we all piled around the TV. Sen. Kerry went on Meet the Press. We just couldn't believe it.

Here you go. He is still arguing with himself:

MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that Iraq is less a terrorist threat to the United States now than it was two years ago?

SEN. KERRY: No, it's more.

And, the very next question:

MR. RUSSERT: Is the United States safer with the newly elected Iraqi government than we would have been with Saddam Hussein?

SEN. KERRY: Sure. And I'm glad Saddam Hussein is gone, and I've said that a hundred times.

He also said we should read a book, Vulnerable America by Stephen Flynn. Actually, the title of the book is America the Vulnerable and, if you have to read it you may as well buy it through this link. But, we're sure we won't be able to get our new HQ off the Amazon referral fees because our readers tend to read newspapers where all of Dr. Flynn's vulnerabilities have been on parade for many years now. But, thanks to Sen. Kerry for the reading assignment.




Sunday, January 30, 2005


Obscure Vital Dependencies and Interrelationships
Look, I know I'm not supposed to say anything, but I'm sitting here alone watching the AP wire and something just got my attention -- and, it won't let go, I must speak about it or my head will explode (See? That's why I'm not supposed to say anything, I can't phrase things in a unique enough manner).

But come on. Here is a headline, "Iraqis Cast Their Votes, Despite Attacks." It is an AP story. Doesn't it sound like the voters had to dash in a serpentine manner from pill box to pill box in order to get to a polling place and God only knows what happened to them once they left?

If you take the time to read the article you find that, "insurgents [there is that word again] seeking to wreck the vote struck polling stations with a string of suicide bombings and mortar strikes, killing at least 44 people, including nine suicide bombers." So, that is 35 people, not including the suicide bombers.

Is that even close to what happened?

Then, we learn, "one Iraqi official, Adel al-Lami of the Independent Electoral Commission, said 72 percent of the 14 million eligible voters cast ballots but offered no overall figure of the number who participated." Didn't offer an overall figure? Yes he did. The number is .72 x 14,000,000. This number may also be known as 10,080,000. It could also be properly described as Iraqi voter participation is 120% of U.S. voter participation.

It is hard to miss the negative tone of the tale. The headline sounds exciting and dangerous. And, the election official sounds a bit shifty and less than forthright. Because, although he is releasing a lot of mish-mash about percentages of voters and things, he refuses to provide the reporter with an actual number.

Now, here's where I'm really going to get into trouble, because I'm sure everyone has made this point before and everyone understands it pretty well, but I just have to point it out. The point is context.

What is 10 million people voting? What is 35 people killed? Let's see. Take a 1 oz. gold, U.S. $50 coin. This coin is .1 inches wide. So, it takes ten of them to make a stack 1 inch high. The dead would be represented by a single coin. The total number of voters would be 288,000 coins. That is 1 oz. to 18,000 pounds of gold or 1 oz. to nine tons of gold. One tenth of one inch vs. a 240 story building. Put into monetary terms at Friday's price -- $432 to $124,416,000.

Now, New York City has about 5.5 police officers per one thousand residents for a total of 39,110 police officers. For this force, there are still just over ten murders per week in New York City or just over one murder per 1,000,000 residents per week. Now applying those numbers to Iraq, we would expect Iraq, a country of, say, 24 million residents to have a force of 132,000 with a normal murder rate of about 34 per week.

The fact that the number of 35 killed on a single election day seems about right for a "war-torn" country -- I mean, people still go to New York City for plays and museums. And, the U.S. troop level seems to be on par with the New York City police department. Yet, rarely does the AP refer to "war-torn" New York City.

So, to finish up, an equally accurate headline could read, "Insurgents Fail to Make Impact in Iraqi Elections." Or, "Unprecedented Voter Turn-Out in First Iraqi Election." Or, "Terror Not a Factor in Record-Setting Voter Turnout." You get the idea. You can write your own now. Leave a favorable comment so I don't get in as much trouble. I better stop, or I'm going to be in big trouble. Please read the papers carefully.




Saturday, January 29, 2005


A Simple Gift -- For Our Weekend Readers
Thanks for stopping by over the weekend. We don't get much traffic here over the weekend, so that puts you in a special position. For stopping by, I'd like to make available to you an interview of R. F. Laird conducted by Marshall Masters. These two files are huge (close to 30mb each) but I'm going to make them available to you until Midnight on the 30th, that's Sunday night.

This interview serves as an excellent introduction to the work of R. F. Laird in general and The Boomer Bible in particular.

UPDATE: The audio files are no longer on-line. If you would like to have a copy, please contact Usher@InstaPunk.com.




Friday, January 28, 2005


Bucking the Trend
Here's to hoping that 6,000 years doesn't make a trend. For our Iraqi readers, Hammorabi has some good things that might actually come out of the election. For the administration's detractors, you can see a concise list of what you hope doesn't happen in Iraq. And, finally, for everyone else, you can peek in on what it must be like to finally be able to dream. Go vote Iraq. It is really fun -- just ask this guy or even this guy.




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