August 2005
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Panic over hurricanes and global warming

In this issue of Time magazine, an article suggests that Katrina was the result of global warming and attempts to blame us for the disaster.

The people of New Orleans are surely not thinking about wind vortices, the coriolis effect or the dampness of the troposphere as they hunker down during hurricane Katrina this [...]

Missive from Croatia

Globe-trotter, world-weary ex-pat poser (his term), and Waterglass blogger Joshua is in Croatia now, and has sent along his first email from across the sea. He says:

I found an internet cafe in Croatia. Actually, there are many of them. I can not find the apostrophe, and finding the letter Y was a challenge, so [...]

Where’s Wolcott?

No official word yet on Katrina from James Wolcott, who last year famously claimed that he “rooted for hurricanes.”

However, since writing it, he has updated the original post:


Photo of the Week

Rising floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans yesterday after an overnight break in at least two levees, and the imminent failure of the region’s water pumps promised even worse flooding, prompting officials to order the city evacuated.

Further up the Gulf Coast, the death toll from Hurricane Katrina had already topped 100 in [...]

The Interweb Seems to Be Broken in Some Way

I’m finding it difficult to get a good, fast connection to The Waterglass and other sites on Hosting Matters; it’s my understanding that there’ve been some routing problems at AT&T and TWTelecom. Hence, posting from me will be spotty until the difficulties are resolved.

The Long View

Christopher Hitchens takes a look at the war in Iraq and likes what he sees:

The subsequent liberation of Pakistan’s theocratic colony in Afghanistan, and the so-far decisive eviction and defeat of its bin Ladenist guests, was only a reprisal. It took care of the last attack. But what about the next one? For anyone [...]

Same Message, Same People

Now that the hysteria is over, I wanted to comment on this story:

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the current home of hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq, has been the target of weekly anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read “Maimed for Lies” and [...]

Why Not Just Put Jayson Blair Back on the Payroll?

Jack Kelly gives us further evidence that the New York Times deliberately spins anything that happens in Iraq as bad news, even when it isn’t. You’d think they had some kind of, I don’t know, agenda or something. Or even a bias.

Is Stephen Glass looking for a job?

(Thanks to Power Line for the [...]

Guest Blogger!

As Joshua will be busy working for the next few weeks, I’ve asked valued commenter Jill to fill in for him. Her insight is always appreciated, and we look forward to reading what she has to say.

The Gray Lady Steps in It Again

From OpinionJournal, we are pointed to Alenda Lux, who shows us the similarities between the Iraqi and Afghan Constitutions.

The kicker is that what was praised by the New York Times in Afghanistan’s Constitution is lamented in Iraq’s Constitution by the same newspaper. One might be forgiven for thinking that there’s something odd about the [...]


“[Anti-war protesters in Crawford] never asked for my permission to put up a cross for my son for their cause. They are not respecting our sons and daughters.”

–Gary Qualls, who lost his son Louis in Iraq.

Le Tour De Farce

In today’s Washington Post, Lance Armstrong speaks out about the charges of EPO doping within the French newspaper, L’Equip.

Lance Armstrong went on the offensive yesterday, saying it was “preposterous” for the Tour de France director to say that the legendary cyclist fooled race officials and the sporting world by cheating his way to seven [...]

Animal Rights Ghouls

From Captain Ed, this story is horrific:

A family that breeds guinea pigs for medical research announced yesterday that it was to close its farm in a final attempt to get back the remains of a relative whose body was dug up by animal rights extremists.

David, John and Chris Hall said that Darley [...]

Photo of the Week

Well, the Israeli pullout of Gaza is done ahead of schedule. We’ll see if it keeps the Palestinians from blowing up school buses for the next few months.

Pat Robertson: Maniac

I’m guessing all that “turn the other cheek” and “non-violence” stuff the New Testament talks about has outlasted Pat Robertson’s interest:

Robertson: U.S. should ‘take out’ Venezuela’s Chavez

“Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson has called for the United States to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him “a terrific danger” bent on exporting Communism and Islamic [...]