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The thin skinned French

Nelson sunk by PC raiding party

ADMIRAL NELSON saw off the mighty Franco-Spanish fleet at the battle of Trafalgar but 200 years on, he has been sunk by a wave of political correctness.

Organisers of a re-enactment to mark the bicentenary of the battle next month have decided it should be between “a Red Fleet and a Blue Fleet” not British and French/Spanish forces.

Otherwise they fear visiting dignitaries, particularly the French, would be embarrassed at seeing their side routed.

Even the official literature has been toned down. It describes the re-enactment not as the battle of Trafalgar but simply as “an early 19th-century sea battle”.

You’d think after all these years that the French would be accustomed to re-hearing about their military losses.

Snow–again?

Check out the forcast for Cleveland and Youngstown:

The National Weather Service in Cleveland OH has issued a Winter
Storm Watch.

A late season winter storm may bring heavy snow to Northern Ohio late
tonight and Sunday. Snow will begin to mix with the rain this
afternoon… with periods of all snow… some of it heavy… then
expected from late evening through most of Sunday.

Initially the warm ground will melt the snow… but as temperatures cool toward the freezing point… the snow should start to accumulate later tonight. 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible by daybreak Sunday with a possible storm total of up to 9 inches of snow by late Sunday evening. The greatest amounts will be on higher terrain inland from Lake Erie. Locations near Lake Erie will see considerably less snow.

And what’s the weather like on Long Island?

High 50s and some rain…..oh how I’d perfer that now

The Long Island Dilema

This is an interesting subject that I’ve recently learned about.

Here on Long Island, there’s a lot of “open space”, and the local residents really like it that way. On the flip side of things, housing costs are really high here (the law of supply and demand in action), and people naturally don’t like that.

When I attended the Suffolk County Young Republicans event last month, the featured speaker was a member of the town legislature (I believe that was his title). O

Dumbass of the Year nominee

This just ranks up there in the highest echelons of idiocy:

From The Hoot:

Offensive music in North disrupts Take Back The Night rally

A student blasted the song “Rape Me” (lyrics) by the band Nirvana outside North Quad at the conclusion of the annual Brandeis Take Back the Night rally Wednesday night, in which event organizers said over 100 students participated to demonstrate against sexual violence.

In a letter of apology to those at the rally shared with The Hoot by the student responsible for the incident (whose name is withheld on his request), the student stated that he and several friends decided that it would “be hilarious” if they played the song. In a subsequent interview, the student described how after returning to his room, “I took my speakers, I aimed them out of my window, and I played the song.”

The student said “Clearly it wasn’t a good idea and clearly it was one of the most reprehensible things I have done…I can’t put into words how regrettable it is.”

The guy is an idiot–and is almost deserving of a Darwin Award nomination–except that he’s still alive.

This level of stupidity rivals the example featured here at MassBackwards. (Perhaps it’s something in the water in MA that’s causing people to do such stupid things?)

Update: A commenter has said that perhaps I’m being too harsh on the student in question in naming this post “Dumbass of the Year”. Sorry, it was the first title that popped into my head. At least the student did apologize in full. Read my response in the comments.

Regulating Blogs?

A bunch of all other sites are all over this already–too many to link…but here’s my sentiment in a nutshell.

Dear Sen McCain and Feingold:

You suck! Ever heard of the 1st ammendment?

Victory over the spambots?

Perhaps it’s a bit too premature to declare victory…but after receiving thousands of pieces of comment spam over the past few days, I’ve received zilch overnight!

Credit and accolades are due to OF Jay who helped me out with WP stuff and pointed me to the appropriate plug-ins!

Take that spammers!

And I think Pillory should be reintroduced as a punishment for spammers should they be caught. I wouldn’t mind getting the chance to hurl a few rotten tomatoes at a spammer.