TechCrunch acquires … er, oh …

TechCrunch announces that it’s acquired a website whose name is not safe for work… or home… a name we haven’t heard about since those halcyon days after the music died at the end of the first Dot Com boom.

I love the whole concept of arbitraging failure.

UPDATE:  April Fools?  Well, if you can do them in March, they are certainly more effective!

Orthodox leaders support Iraq war effort

Reb Chaim HaQoton reports on the statement from the Agudath Israel of America, of which I am an active member (explanatory link added by me):

Upon consultation with its rabbinic leadership, Agudath Israel of America issued the following statement:

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been involved in a war against forces of evil and terror. These forces pose a grave danger not only to the United States and its allies in the Western World, but also to our Jewish brethren in Israel and across the globe.America’s efforts in Iraq have been part of this larger battle. While, in retrospect, the planning and execution of some of these efforts may have been less than perfect, there have also been significant achievements. The bottom line, at this time, is that the stakes in Iraq remain high, and that there still remains much to be done.

Agudath Israel of America believes that President Bush is entitled to great deference in his ongoing efforts to stabilize the situation in Iraq. Such deference is appropriate both because of the constitutional authority that inheres in the President’s position as Commander in Chief, and also because of the moral authority the President has consistently displayed in leading the battle against international terror.

We feel compelled to express our views at this time because the Union for Reform Judaism, purporting to have arrived at its position through an application of “halachic norms” and “Jewish values,” has publicly proclaimed its opposition to the President’s policies in Iraq. This group is entitled to its own organizational position, but that position is neither a legitimate expression of halachic Judaism nor reflective of authentic Jewish values.

Megalaw firm shuts down

Dallas-based Jenkins & Gilchrist is winding down operations. That’s a firm that employed 600 lawyers at its height. Unfortunately they employed a large number of them at creating illegal tax shelters.

Ich bin ein Moonbat

Don Surber writes about the belief system of today’s Germans:

A poll by der Stern showed that 48% of Germans think the U.S. is more dangerous than Iran. Only 31% think the other way. Hmm. Are they sure San Francisco wasn’t included in that poll?[snip]

The Germans have believed in many things in the course of their recent history. They’ve believed in colonies in Africa and in the Kaiser. They even believed in the Kaiser when he told them that there would be no more political parties, only soldiers on the front.

Not too long afterwards, they believed that Jews should be placed into ghettos and concentration camps because they were the enemies of the people.

Harsh. But here’s what I snipped: “Claus Christian Malzahn, online political editor for der Spiegel takes this apart.” Yeah, he’s one of them. More:

We’ve known just what they’re like for a long time. The 19th century German author Karl May taught us about the American Wild West, and Karl Marx warned us about unbridled capitalism.

Besides, we’ve all been there at least once — on vacation, of course.Be it in California or Florida (that’s where you get the best deals on rental cars, you know), we can see right through the Americans.For us Germans, the Americans are either too fat or too obsessed with exercise, too prudish or too pornographic, too religious or too nihilistic. In terms of history and foreign policy, the Americans have either been too isolationist or too imperialistic. They simply go ahead and invade foreign countries (something we Germans, of course, would never do) and then abandon them, the way they did in Vietnam and will soon do in Iraq.

Worst of all, the Americans won the war in 1945. (Well, with German help, of course — from Einstein and his ilk.) There are some Germans who will never forgive the Americans for VE Day, when they defeated Hitler. After all, Nazism was just an accident, whereas Americans are inherently evil. Just look at President Bush, the man who, as some of SPIEGEL ONLINE’s readers steadfastly believe, “is worse than Hitler.”

Ironically, they wouldn’t really know. Maybe if they read more of Malzahn — who is quite the contrarian voice there, and has a powerful perch from which to observe and declaim — they would. But don’t count on it.


Al the Pundit was brutal on Tony Blair threatening Iran with its favorite mosquito, the United Nations —

Blair threatens to bring out the big gun —a UN resolution

He had no idea just how funny this would turn out. Mr. Blair? I’ve got your “international condemnation” right here:

The U.N. Security Council expressed “grave concern” Thursday over Iran’s seizure of 15 British sailors and marines and called for an early resolution of the escalating dispute, but Iran’s chief international negotiator suggested the captives might be put on trial.

The council’s statement wasn’t as tough as Britain had hoped, though, and the divide seemed to deepen.

The Security Council’s statement was a watered-down version of a stronger draft sought by Britain to “deplore” Iranian actions and urge the immediate release of the prisoners, primarily because Russia and South Africa opposed putting blame on the Tehran regime, diplomats said.

Poor Mr. Blair can’t even get the Security Council — the General Assembly? give me a break — to ringingly condemn an act of piracy and kidnapping on the high seas! It would be interesting to run a test of what exactly Russia — oh, please, South Africa? give me a break — will go along with the West on in the U.N. these days. Nuvo-imperial Russia has become the perfect weathervane of which direction is the wrong side on just about every issue.

I just love it, all the history we’ve had since the end of history!

UPDATE:  Cold Fury is brutal and more brutal on the sight of Britannia’s waterlogged capitulation.

Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks is my idea of a great intellectual. And I don’t even know the guy. But you can click anywhere on this website and learn something meaningful about the human condition — the very distant past, the very edgy present. I don’t see a sickening amount of academic jargon or political cant, either. From archaeology to the nuvo-est of new media.

No legal scholarship, either.  What a breath of fresh air.

I wonder if he packs heat like Indiana Jones.

Attorney Ronald D. Coleman