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10.31.2005

Introducing the Islamo-Retardian School of Economics

Tehran, Oct. 30 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the latest cabinet meeting in the Iranian capital that “if we were permitted to hang two or three persons, the problems with the stock exchange would be solved for ever”, according to a Tehran-based newspaper.

Ahmadinejad was addressing a cabinet meeting held to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation at the Tehran Stock Exchange, the daily Ruznet reported on Sunday.

Ministers and experts disagreed with all the different views and proposals raised at the meeting, which came to an end without any concrete results. Tempers flew high and participants shouted at each other during the discussion, according to the daily. Frustrated with the inability of his economic advisers and experts to come up with any solution, Ahmadinejad told them that the only way out of the current stock exchange and financial market problems was to “frighten” speculators by hanging two or three of them.

Iran’s ultra-Islamist President first sent jitters through the country’s markets when he said on the eve of the presidential elections in June that “stock exchange activities are a kind of gambling and we are against them”. Gambling is banned in Islam.

http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=4208

10.27.2005

Clinton jokes are now retro cool

The University of Arkansas now has a Clinton School of Public Service. Of course, what the liberal media did not tell us was that the inauguration included a presentation of an honorary doctorate in pubic service to Monica Lewinsky.

10.26.2005

You are what you eat

and Harriet Miers must have eaten a lot of pastries back in Dallas.

10.25.2005

striking bulldog

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Otis, a bulldog, runs through the pumpkin patch at Muzzi's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in San Gregorio, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005. Otis was visiting the pumpkin patch with his owner Christopher Burke of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

in the neighborhood...

I totally passed by Wolf Blitzer on the street this afternoon.

10.23.2005

Harriet Miers is like an onion

Every new layer stinks worse than the last.

On the lighter side: Harriet Miers's Blog!!!

10.22.2005

The Astros are the team to beat

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post shares his trenchant analysis.

BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD IS BACK!

I was just flipping through channels and I found that old gem of a show on MTV2. The dialogue is timeless:

Beavis: If I were out in the ocean with a dead chick, I would probably kiss her.
Butthead: If we had a dead chick right here I would probably kiss her.
Beavis: That's pretty messed up.

I can just appreciate this on so many more levels than i did 11 years ago. B&B captured a part the zeitgeist of generation Y that lives on in Dick Cheney's America.

10.20.2005

listmania

One of my favorite things about Wikipedia is all the great lists you can find. Check out this list of false messiahs. Yeah, I know, its a redundant expression.

We should incorporate human babies into the Capital Asset Pricing Model

Chinese Cops Probe eBay Baby Auction
Thursday, October 20, 2005

SHANGHAI, China — Shanghai police are investigating an online ad offering babies for sale on the Chinese subsidiary of auction Web site eBay (search), the company said Thursday.

The ad was deleted shortly after it was placed Sunday and relevant information has been turned over to investigators, a spokesman for the Eachnet (search) Web site said.

"We took measures as soon as we received complaints from customers," said the spokesman, who gave only his surname, Tang. "Then we called the police and now they are investigating."

Media reports said the ad offered baby boys for 28,000 yuan ($3,500) and girls for 13,000 yuan ($1,600), reflecting the traditional Chinese preference for males. It promised to deliver infants within 100 days of birth.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,172887,00.html
If the ratio of these offer prices (boy:girl) roughly reflects the ratio of prices at equilibrium, then it would appear that men produce twice as much as women on a risk-adjusted basis.

10.16.2005

What is this, Nazi Russia?

The Ben & Jerry's in Dupont Circle doesn't offer a free birthday cone. What are they going to take away next? Baseball? Puppies?

10.15.2005

The Shiba Inu

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I saw one of these outside the Trio restaurant on 17th Street and was awestruck.  It was even cuter than the pictured one and it was aesthetically perfect in every possible way. I melted when it looked at me. I had never heard of the breed and i initially mistook the dog for a Welsh Corgi pup.  In fact, it was a full grown shiba inu, an ancient dog, one of Japan's original breeds.

10.12.2005

Kimberly the English Bulldog


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A picture of her spotted at my neighborhood dog run in NYC.

10.11.2005

Even in defeat, we remain proud!



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It's exciting to acquire hall of famers like Randy Johnson and Alex Rodriguez, but there's nothing like taking a chance on a home-grown rookie and reaping the rewards.  Hopefully, the pleasantly surprising debuts of Chien Ming-Wang and Robinson Cano will change Steinbrenner's risk preferences towards young talent.  They both have the potential to be tremendous players.  I eagerly await seeing them taking their game to new levels next year.


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That brings me to another rookie who became a franchise fixture: Bernie Williams.  He is the only link to the Yankees I rooted for back in 1991 when I first started watching baseball.  I don't know if I ever looked to athletes in search of a role model, but Bernie was certainly a positive influence on me.  He played well year after year, always staying out of trouble.  He is a true class act, and I would be really be sad to see him go.  He may not be what he used to be, but he's still worth keeping around at the bottom of the lineup.   Bernie stuck with the Yankees even when they
struggled; the Yankees should do the same.

10.09.2005

random thought

The Yankees have pitchers named Small, Wang, and Johnson.

On to game five!

30 hornets vs 30,000 bees

http://thatvideosite.com/view/238.html
Wow. Thanks AW!

10.08.2005

The funniest Friendster pic ever?


I think we have a winner.

10.07.2005

What to do if you see a Red Sox player

star struck

I was just working out on an elliptical machine at the gym when an older guy got on the one next to me. I did a doubletake and thought to myself "this guy looks like Alan Greenspan!" I kept glancing every few minutes, to the point that I convinced myself that the man next to me sets our monetary policy. I got home and Googled around for his pic and I was still convinced it was him. Then I saw on a page that he is about 6 feet tall. Gym guy was only about 5'9. I guess it was just irrational exuberance.

White Sox + Red Sox=Fade to pink

Da Bronx Bombers revels in Boston's imminent downfall.

10.06.2005

Hamas, make up your minds already!

A vision of an Islamic society that bans mixed dancing and sternly disapproves of homosexuality has been given by Mahmoud Zahar, the most senior leader of Hamas in Gaza.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-1814968,00.html

So men should dance with other men, but NOT be gay?

Bush really is frontal lobe-damaged

Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"

BBC

10.03.2005

Freudian slip of the week

It's one thing to call Arlen Specter a RINO, but this Washington Post article went a little far:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) said he "did not think" Miers had taken positions on many of the critical issues before the court. "One of the things that I talked to her about," he said after a private meeting today, "was the complexity of a Supreme Court nomination hearing because of there are a lot of complicated issues."

isn't this special?

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10.01.2005

8-Peat

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And the Yankees clinch the AL East, for the 8th year in a row.