The Indian Bradman

Ian Chappell:

At first there were three and now there's only one. For around a decade Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting were the dominant batsmen in world cricket, but following Ponting's retirement announcement, the Indian maestro will now stand alone. While Tendulkar might still be upright, he's no longer dominating attacks.

I thought that he would retire after the World Cup victory last year. No matter, it'll be some time soon. Though, can't imagine the pressure on the player who "replaces" Tendulkar in the batting line up.


RACISSS future

Isn't it, er, odd that the election of Obama has coincided with the increased racializing of American politics?

Race has been damn productive for the career of B. Obama, President of the United States.

Indeed. The previous Democratic president was a former governor, a very knowledgable guy and a smooth speaker. Obama is black, cool, black, gives away free stuff!, black, cool and black. Obama is a lightweight who utilized white guilt and the color of his skin to the fullest. His legacy will be an exploding public debt, the Great Depression 2.0 and an Islamist axis spanning numerous nations in Asia and Africa.

More:

Maybe, just maybe, the GOP should, on the rare occasions when it has power, do something about, say, affirmative action. Of maybe it should mention during the Presidential campaign that it will nominate judges skeptical of racial preferences. Who knows? The GOP might even go all crazy and run a TV commercial showing your job application being crumpled up because you are the wrong race?

But, but, it's only "racist" when non-whites* get punished because of their race.

* This group includes Jews and Asians--the smart ones.


Is there a verbal rape rape?

Vox Popoli on the latest intellectual debate on The View:

[...] our vaunted philosophers failed to consider the most important question raised by the subject, which is whether or not abortion should be legally permitted in the event of a verbal rape resulting in pregnancy.

Thankfully I wasn't drinking anything when I read that.


Silly appeasement

Vlad Tepes:

Gymnastics teacher of Andre Chavanne school, prevented her students last month from participating in a gym course on the athletics area. The reason? The stadium is close to the mosque of Petit-Saconnex and were insulted by many of the congregation. This explanation shocked the parents.

This "gesture" won't be enough. When Muslims leave their clusters of hell and immigrate to the West, only to then recreate their miserable conditions here. If Switzerland doesn't want to small versions of Saudi Arabia within its borders, then she should simply ban all Muslim immigration.


More infidels to kill

Tambi Dude emails this link and asks me: What's the deal here?

Sectarian attacks have intensified across the country since the holy month started last week. On Monday, a bomb blast at an imambargah (a Shiite mosque or congregation hall) in Karachi claimed two lives. On Wednesday, five people were killed and 11 wounded in back-to-back blasts near another imambargah in Karachi. That same night, 23 people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a procession in Rawalpindi. Meanwhile in Peshawar, the police seized a large quantity of explosive material and arrested a would-be suicide bomber.

What can I say? Certain Pakistani Muslims love killing those who are not "pure" enough. Though, why the increase in violence? I don't know. I can only guess. Perhaps, Christians, Ahmadis and Sikhs have become too difficult to identify and slaughter. Perhaps, the Taliban is spreading within Pakistan and thus the uptick in death and carnage. Perhaps, opportunist Pakistani Islamists have hit upon a unifying scapegoat: those traitorous Shias! (Jews are downcast over this downgrade.) Perhaps, Sunnis are fearful of soon-to-be nuclear Iran and want to terrorize the Shias in neighboring states.

Or perhaps a vile combination of any of the above.


What a terrible waste

Cricinfo:

It's ironic that Amir's cricket career started out with friendly bets, when he challenged renowned tennis-ball batsmen from Lahore and Rawalpindi to hit him for a six in one over and win a meal at any big restaurant in Islamabad. He bowled six dot balls.

"[The batsman's] shoelaces came undone when I bowled him a yorker," Amir said.

It's reasonable to assume that Amir took the same attitude in International cricket: What's the harm in making a little bet (and getting cash) by bowling a certain way that most likely won't affect the final outcome of a match?

Of course, that was utterly stupid. He got caught and paid a terrible price: he lost three years of precious cricket and his reputation is dirt. It will take him years to earn respect and any off-days in the field will invite rumors of possible, probable cheating.


Window 8 annoys

Windows 8 and its flaws:

The Windows 8 UI is completely flat in what used to be called the "Metro" style and is now called the "Modern UI." There's no pseudo-3D or lighting model to cast subtle shadows that indicate what's clickable (because it looks raised above the rest) or where you can type (because it looks indented below the page surface).

I haven't used the new OS but I've noticed this glaring flaw of Windows 8 in review videos. When users open a screen, everything looks flat and similar; it's impossible to see what is clickable and what is not.

I usually have to do some of my work at home. I prefer doing that on my desktop PC. The screen real estate is such a nice luxury. Unfortunately, Microsoft redesigned Windows for tablets and sacrificed the advantages inherent with large monitors.

The situation is much worse on regular PCs, particularly for knowledge workers doing productivity tasks in the office. This used to be Microsoft's core audience, and it has now thrown the old customer base under the bus by designing an operating system that removes a powerful PC's benefits in order to work better on smaller devices.

Why did Microsoft even have to subtract the ability to open and view multiple windows at once? They could have given the users the option of using the classic (Windows 7) way of dealing with windows.


Once in a century event

A spectacular debut:

West Indies bulldozed through the first eight Bangladesh wickets on a flat, low and slow Khulna pitch. In came debutant Abul Hasan, all of 20, and proceeded to do something that had been done only once before in 2059 previous Tests dating back to 1877, by Reggie Duff over a century ago in 1902. Abul, who goes around as a fast bowler, became only the second Test debutant to make a hundred at No. 10.

Bangladesh should definitely bump him up in the order. The fact that he was selected for his bowling means that he could be an excellent all rounder.


The locust class

Mark Steyn:

Republicans think they're importing hardworking immigrants who want a shot at the American Dream; the Democrats think they're importing clients for Big Government. The Left is right: Just under 60 percent of immigrants receive some form of welfare. I see the recent Republican proposals for some form of amnesty contain all sorts of supposed safeguards against gaming the system, including a $525 application fee for each stage of the legalization process. On my own recent visit to a U.S. Immigration office, I was interested to be told that, as a matter of policy, the Obama administration is now rubber-stamping all "fee waiver" requests for "exceptional hardship" filed by members of approved identity groups. And so it will go for all those GOP safeguards. While Canada and Australia compete for high-skilled immigrants, America fast-tracks an unskilled welfare class of such economic benefit to their new homeland they can't even afford a couple of hundred bucks for the necessary paperwork.

That's just lovely.


The decay continues

A three-year-old post about California's decline. Victor Davis Hanson has also written about the deterioration of society in his own part of California. The noxious combination of illegal immigration, an overloaded and thus broken melting pot, and white liberal guilt is causing havoc in the once golden state.

What can be done? It seems it's too late. The financial and cultural price has to be paid for decades-long dumb policies.


Super, ultra, mega, super, ...

The ear pads on my over-the-ear headphones are falling apart. So, I checked online for the proper replacements and they cost $20 or more! Damn, that's some sweet margin on foam. 

Anyway, as I was wasting time trying to save a few bucks, I came across this epic, mammoth, giant, great, did I say epic?, comparison of 56 headphones!

Unfortunately, my relatively modest headphones weren't tested in the comparison. Still, I've bookmarked the E-P-I-C battle for future reference.


Low IQ herd

A reader writes in to The Thinking Housewife:

I’m black, a registered Republican and voted for Romney during this week’s election. Prior to the election, my sister (who also supported Romney) and I discussed how so many of our family members without question were voting for Obama. These family members profess to having a strong Christian faith and values. Yet, they absolutely ignore the fact that Obama and the Democratic party supports gay marriage and abortion. Even though these are my family members, it’s still very baffling to me that one could so easily set aside their values without thought or personal conflict. And for no other reason than to support a candidate that shares the same skin color.

But, oddly enough, Romney is the racist because 60% of whites support him.


Truly multicultural

There was talk of the US presidential election at my work during lunch time. The topic of age came up and I commented that as people get older they become more conservative. So, older folks vote more Republican. One person replied that maybe they're becoming senile.

Anyway, here's the voter breakdown. One of the interesting stats is that married women voted 53% republican but single women voted 67% democrat. I guess the State is a generous sugar daddy.


Zero vs. Mitt

I don't think either candidate is interested in fixing the fundamental problem of scorching debt. Though, historically speaking, Mitt Romney should have the edge. I think he'll win and Obama will be kicked to the curb. It would be such a historic moment!

Four years ago, America elected the first affirmative action black president; now, it's time to fire him.

Update
REVENGE won. I was wrong.


Shocking!

Frontpage Mag:

Sharia law is a fake issue manufactured by Islamophobes. It’s a complete non-issue for everyone but the 50 percent of Muslims who want blasphemy laws, the 40 percent who want to live under Islamic law and the 12 percent who want to murder blasphemers. Oh and another 9 percent are undecided on the question of whether we should be hanging blasphemers or not.

That's in the USA, by the way.


Abnormal Americans

Tom Scocca:

There is a real, airtight bubble in this election, but it's not Obama's. As a middle-aged white man, in fact, I'm breaching it. White people—white men in particular—are for Mitt Romney. White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans. Without this narrow, tribal appeal, Romney's candidacy would simply not be viable. Most kinds of Americans see no reason to vote for him.

I find this quite amusing: Without that tribal appeal, Romney couldn't win. A spectacular number of blacks (90%+) voted for Obama four years ago and yet the "tribal" tag is being put on Romeny for appealing to 60% of whites.

Of course, if you support Romney, then you're a racist. For example, here's what Scocca has to say about Romney's "47%":

In white people's political English, "personal responsibility" is the opposite of "handouts," "food stamps," and particularly "welfare," all of which are synonyms for "niggers." This was Ronald Reagan's rallying cry, and it was the defining issue for traumatized post-Reagan white Democrats.

Wow. At least when Scocca was writing about most whites voting for Romney, he could use the racist angle. But now, when the issue is largely economics, it's also because those whites hate niggers!

It seems Obama is winning the majority of the asshole vote.


WTF Nikon?

Stuck in Customs:

I joined NPS (Nikon Professional Services) a few years ago. It’s easy to join — you just have to be signed up by an existing member. I didn’t really know what NPS did, but I figured it would be handy in case anything ever went wrong with my equipment.

A very sensible decision by a pro.

I’ve had three negative experiences and zero positive experiences with NPS. I’ll go through them here.

Uh oh. Nikon's market share in the camera market has been increasing since they released the D3 and D300 in 2007. Unfortunately, their customer service has become just plain idiotic. What they're doing, likely, saves them money but makes life miserable for their customers.

More on this later.


Fear, anger, hate ...

Ed Driscoll wrote about the Star Wars prequels. It seems that Episode 7 is on the horizon. This can only lead to, er, suffering.

Update
Vox Popoli

Not that George Lucas hasn't methodically gone about ruining his creation for decades, beginning with The Return of the Jedi and those damned Ewoks, but the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney pretty much guarantees that the franchise will never, ever, return to its erstwhile glory.

What terrible news for the younglings of today.


Two brave infidels

Scott on Cape Cod writes about Benghazi:

[...] due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

What a contrast. The Muslims have tremendous hatred but they're so thoroughly incompetent that they can't even manage to murder two men of the West without losing dozens of their own. Just goes to show how different and effective this war of civilization vs. barbarism would be if the West recognized its enemy.


Sandy will blow hard

It is coming:

On its current projected track, Sandy could make U.S. landfall on Monday night or Tuesday anywhere between Maryland and southern New England, forecasters said. Rain accumulations of up to 12 inches and heavy snowfall inland are considered likely in some areas.

As it merges with an Arctic jet stream, forecasters said Sandy has all the ingredients to transform into a "super storm" unlike anything seen over the eastern United States in decades.

I blame George Bush.

Seriously, I hope people don't lose electricity for too long.


Don't be an intelligent fool

Vox Popoli:

[...] the goal should not be to try to make the retards normal or the normals brilliant, (such efforts are futile), but rather, to endeavor to teach each group of individuals wisdom and strong moral character to the best of their capacity to understand and apply it. Even one conscientious and confident normal individual of good character can do wonders for correcting the ills caused by a gaggle of highly intelligent, evil-minded fools.

This reminded me of what Galadriel said in The Fellowship of the Ring: "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."


Not a popular tourist destination

Cricinfo:

The PCB governing board has sanctioned the purchase of bulletproof buses to ensure best security protocol for visiting teams, and thus address some of the security concerns that have prevented international teams from touring Pakistan over the last three and a half years.

Next: bulletproof vests for the international players while they play their matches? I see a lot of run outs!


The real Islam

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid has a few words for "moderate" Muslims:

Finding slaves or slave girls, repulsive; physically assaulting women, disgusting; cutting off hands for theft, inhuman; stoning people to death, beastly and then venerating the ideology that permits this at the same time is hypocrisy of the very highest order. You sit there, criticize and mock the Taliban that follow your religion in its true form while you live in oblivion with your extremely palatable, but simultaneously blatantly fallacious, brand of religion and then claim that the Taliban are misinterpreting and misapprehending your ideology? Oh, the irony.

Another article:

The Taliban have defended the attack on Malala Yousafzai according to their scriptures and history. Of course if you’re looking for a command that orders the killing of every 14-year-old school going girl who is inspired by the leader of Dar-ul-Harb, you won’t find one, but what you will find are quite a few historical precedents. Like for instance the case of Asma bint Marwan, a poetess whose murder was sanctioned in 2 AH after she conspired against Islam and the Holy Prophet, as narrated by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Sa’d. And then there are Ibn Khatal’s two slave girls Fartana and Qaribah, who used to sing songs against the Holy Prophet and were among the ten shortlisted to be executed at the Conquest of Makkah in 8 AH – one of them was killed, the second managed to escape (Ibn Sa’d, Tabaqat- Vol 2). Women were ordered to be killed for conspiring against the religion by their ideological predecessors, and so is it entirely the Taliban’s fault for taking cue and attempting to kill a girl who criticised their fundamentals; the fundamentals emanating from their ‘authentic’ religious scriptures?

Taliban translated in English means students. These wretched beings have studied and learned nothing but Islam. It's, of course, the Islamic "moderates" who are the religious extremists.

Thanks to Tambi Dude for emailing me the above links.


Leave the economy alone

Nick Gillespie via Instapundit:

Having sunk most of his savings into the venture, it went belly up, he said, partly because of a bad economy but also due to “federal, state and local rules that were all passed with the objective of helping employees, protecting the environment, raising tax dollars for schools, protecting our customers from fire hazards, etc.”

Lamenting his lack of business experience while he was a legislator and presidential contender, McGovern concluded that “ ‘one-size-fits-all’ rules for business ignored the reality of the marketplace.”

As he explained, “setting thresholds for regulatory guidelines at artificial levels -- for example, 50 employees or more, $500,000 in sales -- takes no account of other realities, such as profit margins, labor intensive vs. capital intensive businesses, and local market economics.”

Too many people don't understand the stress businessmen deal with. Most businesses, like the above example, lose money. McGovern's policies were in the abstract, theoretical realm but once he saw the ugly reality he realized just how out of touch and idiotic politicians are. 


Infidels be crazy

The Telegraph via Vox Popoli:

For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people's courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation. Hungary, Lithuania and Moldova have banned its use, and various former communist countries want it to be treated in the same way as Nazi insignia.

The hammer and sickle was used to crush humanity and here it sits at the top. The cross to hammer+sickle ratio is 3 to 5. It would have been more honest if the symbols formed a swatsika instead of a star.