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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hmm. After the post below, I decided to google the site. I had no idea there was competition in the "turkeyblog" category.

The language is a bit rough, but you might stop by and send a little love to the "turkeyblog" at, who sounds like he's having a rough time of things.

Update: There's also a TurkeyBlog at the TurkeyDog,

A commenter at Tim Blair's suggests creating a TurkeyBlog in response to an idiocy committed by the NYT (involving turkeys). Guess our fame doesn't reach as far as it might.

Alex Gunter has a TurkeyBlog at, dealing with his travels in Turkey.

Finally, it's a thrill to see that among the fine people who have linked are the YuppiesOfZion, though in a comment from the infamous Dr. Weevil, who interestingly enough did his own round-up of other Weevil blogs a few days ago. That rounds out the odd notes from google's top 20 for TurkeyBlog.

posted by gbarto at 9:53 AM  

When the site outranks your own corporate site on google, the problem might just be with your company. Instapundit points out that TrafficPower might have bigger problems than with the comments left on a blog that they're suing.

I know that people say some pretty nasty things on the web sometimes. But web pages aren't like supermarket tabloids with their in-your-face distribution channel. Web pages live or die on the basis of people liking and trusting them enough to link.

A few years ago, when there was a lot less content for the search engines to mine, there may have been cause for corporations to get upset about what people said on their web pages. But these days, if google gives priority to the people mad at you, it doesn't mean they need to be stopped. It means you need a new strategy because your customer base is against you.

Godwin's law says that whoever invokes Hitler first has lost the argument.

May we suggest a corrolary: Anyone whose web strategy includes suing critics doesn't really have a web strategy.

posted by gbarto at 9:42 AM  

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Instantman notes the whining about Bush not having saved the world in nearly four months, plus the chatter about vacations, etc. He seems to get more realistic about it toward the end of the updates.

Every time I see another story about the long vacation, I just shake my head. I don't suppose that the average person "on vacation" spends a few hours a morning getting briefings and making decisions critical to the enterprise with which they are associated. The average autoworker doesn't have to go out and weld a chassis or two before the fishing trip, nor does the the average waiter on vacation have to serve a few customers before sitting down to breakfast at the bed and breakfast. Bush's vacation sucks.

One of Instapundit's readers notes that Bush needs a real vacation. And how. In fact, we're all in a phase where a little vacation is in order. Last fall, Kaus was writing about people supporting Kerry so we could take a break from the momentuous history making. Now they're sniping because the drafting of an Iraqi constitution isn't enough excitement.

You wanna talk excitment? All those oranges and roses and other flavors, flowers and colors of revolutions seem to be consolidating their gains as the foundations are laid for democracy. The Sunnis in Iraq are bitching about what kind of constitution they're going to live under, while those who answer "none" are increasingly rolled over by a process that won't stop for all their efforts to derail it. Afghanistan is so under control that when something bad does happen it's big news. This isn't, as Insty says, "bursty" news. But it's so damn cool that I'm drinking it up like an iced lemonade. Six months of democratic revolution followed by six months of calm - as opposed to solemn words about the unfolding reign of terror? I'll take it.

Like Insty, I think that the backseating of the social agenda is a feature, not a bug, of all this excitement. But regardless, Bush has done enough to feel he's had one helluva presidency. Bored reporters and whiny bloggers should lay off, or maybe get off their butts and do something exciting for themselves. Bush, for his part, needs a rest so that when things do pick up again, he's ready for it. If we're too obsessed with our own agendas and personal beefs to appreciate this, well, there's a reason he's president and we're not.

posted by gbarto at 11:51 PM  

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hmm... If only Europe were as mindful about selling weapons technology to China as they are about importing bras from that nation. Yet another reminder that the EU isn't ready for prime time and more evidence that the fantasized Euro superstate to rival the U.S. ain't gonna happen. (ht Insty)

posted by gbarto at 4:24 PM  

I know that regular readers have heard and know this stuff. But it's good to keep in mind, and good to have on the tip of your tongue when talking with someone who just knows that Bush is all wrong, Repulicans are all wrong, our military is all wrong and Western Civilization is all wrong. From the e-mail bag (via the TurkeyMom):

Read, consider and share

Things that make you think a little:

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city,about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn'thave started this war, state the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II.

b. Germany never attacked us; Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost average of 112,500 per year.

c. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost average of 18,334 per year.

d. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.

e. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost average of 5,800 per year.

f. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

g. In the years since terrorists attacked us , President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking. But ... It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Renoto take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guardthan it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick!

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB!The Military Morale is high!

The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts!

But Wait! - there's more!


JOHN GLENN (ON THE SENATE FLOOR) Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living. This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):"How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio): "I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other a veteran's hospital and look those men with their mangled bodies .. in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job! You go with me to the Space Program at NASA , to the widows and Orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee...and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day! and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch, waving...

You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job? What about you ?"

For those who don't remember ... During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.

It might not be a bad idea to keep this circulating.

posted by gbarto at 3:57 PM  

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Marcus says it's time to reclassify minivans and light SUVs as passenger cars, not light trucks:
I say, one mpg standard for anything smaller than a UPS truck.
Yes, but...

In Marcus' world, if he follows his own rhetoric, this is one more example of the rich asking the poor to take on their burdens. To wit, the working class needs to be shoved into ever tinier boxes with ever more expensive pollution devices to make up for the extra pollution generated by wealthy SUV owners. You can't find a better picture of how the soccer mom makes the Hispanic nanny pay for her (the soccer mom's) lifestyle.


I don't think we're being shoved into tiny boxes fast enough. Here in the South Bay, you can't even find a parking spot, because every lot is filled with SUVs taking up one and a half "compact" spaces while leaving inadequate room to park next to them. People tooling along in such as the TurkeySaturn (actually referred to as "Green Bean") are fewer and further between. Bottom line, those of us who don't drive SUVs would all have to be on motor scooters to make up for the explosion of SUVs, if this were about meeting environmental and fuel consumption standards.

In truth, the non-SUV driver is being asked to take on a different kind of burden - a political burden. If the folks pushing CAFE standards and environmental regulations believed their rules had an impact, they would:

- Celebrate airlines that cancel all but full flights, minimizing fuel consumption and pollution per passenger. Instead, they protest this abuse of consumers.

- Call for Arianna Huffington and friends to ditch the private planes. See above.

- Ride the bus and walk the extra two or three blocks to work. In spite of the wino asleep on the seat behind them. Not drive to work while complaining about the need for better public transportation.

- Stop driving and flying all over the country for meetings about environmental problems. Environmental conferences and Earth Day gatherings should be effected by teleconferencing.

It was famously observed by a philosopher (I've forgotten which and can't find the quote) that if people were really Christians, that fact would dominate their lives as nothing else and our understanding of social justice would be radically transformed. Likewise, Cicero may believe in global warming, but the Democratic party doesn't. Nor the environmental left. If they did, they would think less about right, wrong and powerful corporations and more about where emissions could actually be cut, irrespective of who it hurt.

I don't believe anyone in Washington, even on K-Street, has sat down and figured out how much smaller and more efficient passenger cars will have to get to maintain current fuel consumption and pollution levels since another vehicle has been reclassified as a light truck. It's all mumbo jumbo.

I'm quite certain no one is going to tell soccer moms their kids should play with the neighbor kids. Or that there'd be less pollution if they drove the minivan to Costco once a week and stocked up instead of driving around to farmers' markets and smaller grocers for fresh stuff a couple times a week. Especially since if the small grocery stores and farmers' markets shut down, there'd be a few big trucks a day at the superstore instead of lots of little delivery trucks and vans servicing stores all over the place.

So, yes, Marcus, you're right about the minivans, SUVs, etc. But let's get real. Even as cars pollute less and consume less fuel, they're raising standards and preaching as loudly as ever. Maybe it's to make up for the SUVs. Or maybe it's because they're not needed if the government isn't perpetually solving the energy/fuel crisis.

If CAFE and environmental standards were about oil dependance and pollution, I'd be sweating the extending of exemptions to "light trucks". Because it would mean the next TurkeySaturn would have to be made from Saran Wrap to balance off all the SUVs out there. But this isn't about saving the environment or reducing oil dependence. It's about pretending to address these matters while making sure that the parties' major constituencies don't share enough of the pain to ask what they're actually doing in Washington.

posted by gbarto at 12:49 PM  

Steyn on Casey and "Mother Sheehan":
Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing.
I don't really need to tell you to read the whole thing.

posted by gbarto at 12:26 PM  

In the mail, thoughts from Saddam!

In a story on problems negotiating the Iraqi constitution, MSN has this side story:
In Jordan, two newspapers published a letter from Saddam Hussein in which he vowed to sacrifice himself for the cause of Palestine and Iraq, urged Arabs to follow his path and implied he would become a martyr for the Arab cause.

The letter was delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross to an old friend of Saddam’s now living in Jordan.

“My soul and my existence is to be sacrificed for our precious Palestine and our beloved, patient and suffering Iraq,” the letter to an unidentified friend said.

“It is not much for a man to support his nation with his soul and all he commands because it deserves it since it has given us life in the name of God and allowed us to inherit the best.”

Saddam’s trials on war crimes charges begin this fall.
As I read this, I wondered if Augusto Pinochet has a Red Cross monitor assuring that he is given a fair trial. They're both ex-dictators sure to die in prison if convicted at trial. And they're both being tried by governments that replaced their regimes and have a strong interest in their suppression. On the other hand, Pinochet is identified as right-wing. And Saddam as the anti-Bush. If the Red Cross is a typical international organization - and it does little to discourage the impression - I think we know whose human rights it's more likely to be concerned about. In short, I'm not waiting for headlines about a Pinochet letter appearing in an Argentine daily.

But I am curious as to why the left hasn't done more to reject Saddam, given all the God references.

posted by gbarto at 11:56 AM  


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