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Maximos is Two!

DC in July


We drove up to DC for a day last week to get Maximos his Australian passport for his trip Down Under in September.  Decided to walk over to show the kids the White House after the embassy and took some snapshots, followed by some Frozen Yo (free hot fudge!).  Yum.

Best Christmas Present(s) Ever!

twins

Yep, twins.

We’ve been doubly blessed. ET gets some siblings. They’re due on the 4th of July but will undoubtedly be born about a month sooner than that via planned C-section.

Good Riddance Kofi

ebony and ivoryKofi Annan has finally left the UN. The world couldn’t have received a better Christmas gift. Not that it matters that much. The organization is a complete failure and sham with or without him. Well, perhaps I shouldn’t say “complete” as they’ve done a few good things with regard to feeding refugees.

Basically, nothing in terms of quelling or avoiding conflicts in the world. Their resolutions mean nothing. They are simply all talk and no action. And speaking of talking – they’ve given clowns like the President of Venezuela the stage so he can present a ridiculously amateurish anti-American rant, all while a UN official snickers along with him a few feet away…and to hearty applause after. It was a truly disgusting display.

And I won’t even go into the details of the oil for food scandal and the money that Annan’s son made off of it.

So, we have an organization that is not only has no major achievements to speak of, it’s also corrupt.

The guy goes out with a speech bashing the US and our human rights record. The gall. They did nothing in Rwanda while thousands were murdered. They are doing nothing in Darfur while the same is happening. They are doing nothing to stop Iran from building a nuclear arsenal, which may start WWIII. Annan himself did everything he could to help the terrorist group Hezbollah in their attacks on Israel, just short of loading up the Katyusha rockets himself.

Now, if we could only get Annan to take that weak-kneed jerk, Jimmy Carter, with him and go into exile somewhere so we can never hear from them again.

Cardinals Apologize

A belated congratulations to the 2006 World Series Champion St Louis Cardinals. Funny that it came with maybe one of their weaker playoff teams of the last several years.

With everyone rooting for the feel-good team of the year, the Detroit Tigers, much as they did for the Boston Red Sox in 2004, the Cardinals have offered up an apology for winning it all (hilarious piece from The Onion).

"It’s Hard to be Cheerful About Apocalyptic-type Stuff"

It’s all about the demographics, baby. As Mark Steyn describes in his new book, America may indeed be Alone soon.

17 European countries have what demographers call lowest-load fertility, from which no society ever recovered. That means they are basically not having enough babies.

We should celebrate our 300 millionth American. We’re growing, while Europe is dying…unless you’re talking about Euro-Islam. If the demographic trend continues, in a short time, Europe will look nothing like it did when I lived there a few years ago.

While Europeans are scoffing at our population growth, those same people’s children won’t show the same disgust for us as they’re being forced to convert to Islam.

the most indispensable resource of all is human capital

I wonder if my father’s homeland, Greece, is among the 17. I wonder if the large influx of Albanian Muslims have put them in that category. Even if they are, I know they’ll fight the culture takeover tooth and nail, along with some of the other eastern European countries…that is, if they don’t let it sneak up on them.

Before we get too cocky about our “human capital” growth though, we need to be reminded of our Muslim population and what their mindset apparently is. I love our multiculturalism, as long as America comes first. A friend of mine used to make fun of me when I used the term Greek-American. Both because the word “Greek” came first in the hyphenation and because we’re all really, and most importantly, just “Americans”. I see what he means now as I watch the news about Muslims’ cultural segregation in the UK, France, and yes, here in the US. Then I see a poll from a prominent group of “Muslim-Americans” that puts America a distant second and contains some really disturbing thoughts on 911 and conspiracy theories. Remember, these are all Americans, and probably not only from Dearbornistan, Michigan.

…the average Muslim…in some basic sense, when he immigrates to the Netherlands, when he immigrates to the United Kingdom, when he immigrates to Canada or Michigan, wants eventually to live in a Muslim society in those places.

America: Don’t listen to the leftist, cultural appeasers. Don’t give an inch. Even if it just starts with a Koran in every Motel 6. It will creep up on us.

Yes, and He’s Miami Educated

Just to show that any x-jock moron can get a job as a football commentator, and as if the entire group of ESPN’s NFL “anlaysts” weren’t enough proof, we give you the comments of Lamar Thomas from last week’s brawl between Miami and FIU:

“Now, that’s what I’m talking about,” Thomas said as the brawl raged out of control. “You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked. You don’t come into the OB playing that stuff. You’re across the ocean over there. You’re across the city. You can’t come over to our place talking noise like that. You’ll get your butt beat. I was about to go down the elevator to get in that thing.”

“I say, why don’t they just meet outside in the tunnel after the ball game and get it on some more? You don’t come into the OB, baby,” Thomas said. “We’ve had a down couple years but you don’t come in here talking smack. Not in our house.”

Hilarious. The shocker here is that this guy didn’t even spend any time on a Raider roster throughout his NFL career.

PS Cardinals are in the World Series again…..wooooohooooo!

Frenchies, Meet Your Appeasing Neighbors…..

…Yes, the Spanish. That formerly brave country that stood up to IslamoFascism back in The Crusades and pushed those loonies back across the Mediterranean are following up on their tail-between-the-legs retreat from Iraq with some cultural appeasement:

No more Muhammed pinatas (actually a worse blasphemy – and oh so ironic – “exploding” Muhammeds).

They evidently were scared off by all the Pope-hating, the filmmaker murder, and cartoon rage going on. Plus, those whacky Iranian Muslims may have a nuke soon. So, why not give up a little partying to save their asses in the future. Perhaps their Muslim countrymen and future rulers will only make them their Christian/Infidel slaves and they’ll stave off the obligatory decapitation.

True Dat, Pope Man. True Dat.

Excellent piece on why the crazy IslamoFascists are so pissed off at the Pope….basically, because he was speaking the truth. Oh, and never mind that he was merely quoting someone who lived 600 years ago. Facts are facts.

Had the Pope really wanted to defame Islam, he could have quoted from the much more numerous “sword-verses” of the Koran, which most Muslim theologians are agreed have abrogated the more tolerant ones: “Fight those of the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth [Islam], until they pay tribute with willing submission, and feel themselves utterly subdued” [Koran 9:29].

What’s really hilarious is how the Muslim fanatics reacted to the quotation that they are violent and their religion was spread by the sword….uhhh….that’s right….with more violence. Yes, and some still call it the Religion of Peace?

More amazing still is that when radical Muslims portray Islam as a religion of the sword (remember the flag of Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam), far from being criticized by other Muslims, they usually receive only applause and recruits.

At any rate, has the international Muslim response — burning papal effigies, making death-threats, attacking Christian churches, shooting nuns in the back, and God knows what else — shown that Islam is not violent? That is, after all, what this is all about?

Enemy Territory

Hotel Del CoronadoWe’re in beautiful San Diego where I’m attending the 2006 ESRI User’s Conference, probably the biggest GIS conference in the world. It’s always great to get to travel to a wonderful city on your employer’s tab and I don’t want to complain, but it hasn’t started well.

First day, I’m given a name tag with my surname spelled Politits. My colleagues got a kick out of that and begged me to show them my third nipple (no, I don’t have one). The first night in our overpriced city hotel and we’re awakened at 5am by a loud, thumping clock-radio alarm in the adjacent room. The previous guests had left it set. The hotel fixed it, but somehow it came on again at 5am, two days later.

We had thought that the toilet flush handle getting stuck was the worst annoyance in the room itself but on the second day, I actually got locked IN the bathroom. And it wasn’t even “locked”. The door handle somehow stuck in lock position and I had to have Aussiegirl pass me a credit card under the door to jimmy it open. My criminal past does have its advantages sometimes. Of course, the next morning we inadvertently closed the door and locked ourselves OUT of the bathroom. That made me late for the conference’s plenary session as we had to wait for the hotel locksmith to get the thing open.

Oh, and I won’t mention ET catching her little finger in a drawer and Aussiegirl freaking out that she may have broken it (it’s OK). Or my sunburn from someone-who-shall-not-be-named missing a couple of spots on my back.

Well, at least the weather has been nice, I’ve had a good cigar, we have free internet access, and there’s a Ghirardelli’s Ice Creamery two blocks away.

…and I want to thank everyone for all the thoughtful birthday wishes I’ve received…from Greece (Niko, Sophia, Dimitri, Maria) to St Louis (Pete, Megan, Mom, Dad). My girls bought me a work bench and a Raider rain jacket….somehow reading my mind. I’m blessed.