Friday, January 30, 2004


I wish to join Jared from Exultate Justi in his support of the Karate Kid 20th anniversary. Sign the Petition.

Luke Duke 1/30/2004 11:57:00 AM #

Another moment of moral clarity from our German friends.

Luke Duke 1/30/2004 10:54:00 AM #

So where are all the "blood for oil" nuts on this list of oil contracts?

Turns out this was peace for oil. Not only were these people standing with Saddam. They were partners with him. France was never our ally. America didn't ruin a friendship with Germany. With friends like these, why would we need enemies?

Luke Duke 1/30/2004 10:24:00 AM #

Thursday, January 29, 2004


I'm going to go ahead and steal a bit from Fraters, minus the witty comments:

Restruanteer Elaine Kaufmann

Former high school wrestler Al Franken

Luke Duke 1/29/2004 06:23:00 PM #

Okay, enough is enough. Lileks vs Eastman--shouldn't be any competition. I don't know what's going on over at Fraters, but I will be demanding a full investigation. Until then, I suggest everyone goes to Fraters to vote for Lileks. He deserves victory.

Luke Duke 1/29/2004 05:25:00 PM #

Today is just one of those days. It's too nice in Arizona to worry about politics. I don't usually get tired of politics, in fact I listen to Prager, Medved, Ralphie, and sometimes Hannity while I'm on my lunch. I know it seems like no man should ever be subjected to so much talk radio, but if you knew where I worked, and what my office environment is like you would understand. So today, I'm taking a day off. I'm going to nap. Maybe watch some soaps. A little Texas Justice. Some Montell would be nice. I could get into this whole stay at home thing. Of course I will still be listening for Lileks tonight...unless it interferes with my stories.

Luke Duke 1/29/2004 02:55:00 PM #

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


Saint Paul over at Fraters exposes in great detail Al Franken's(did I mention he was a wrestler in high school?) short man disorder.

Luke Duke 1/28/2004 12:52:00 PM #

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Alternative parties... 

For something that'll really hurt your head, check out this article from the State Press.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 05:55:00 PM #

Meryle Streep on President Bush:

"I just want to say that I don't think the two biggest problems in America are that too many people want to commit their lives to one another 'til death do us part, and steroids and sports," said Streep, whose film deals with AIDS. "I don't think those are our two biggest problems."

Backstage, Streep was asked what is the biggest problem facing America.

"It has three initials," she replied.

-Yahoo News

It has three initials? Ummm...who doesn't?


Luke Duke 1/27/2004 02:48:00 PM #

My permalinks are working again. 

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 02:43:00 PM #

In a new report, Human Rights Watch completely rapes the term "human rights". It now means nothing.
Because the Iraq war was not mainly about saving the Iraqi people from mass slaughter, and because no such slaughter was then ongoing or imminent, Human Rights Watch at the time took no position for or against the war.

I guess what the humanitarians at Human Rights Watch wanted was for us to wait for more mass killings of humans. Does that make sense to anyone?

The Human Rights Watch acts like the only human right is that of life. Maybe no slaughter was going on, but what about the rape rooms? What about the imprisoned children? Is freedom not a "human right"?

These people disgust me. They exist for nothing more than to find new ways to defy common sense. They have bastardized a whole movement. They hold no place next to the great people in this world who have actually made a better place for humans to live, through real actions--not press-releases.

Only mass slaughter might permit the deliberate taking of life involved in using military force for humanitarian purposes.

Be very clear on this--going by the Human Right Watch's rules, SLAVERY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED. The Civil War was a mis-use of force. The Human Rights Watch thinks being alive was the only right blacks deserved.

Shame on Ken Roth.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 12:21:00 PM #

Eveyone check out "Dancing Hillary", seriously. You'll be glad you did.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 11:58:00 AM #

A well-placed source says that the president will “most likely” drop Dick Cheney from his re-election ticket and his first choice for a replacement is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.


I hope not. I'll have to buy a new hat.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 11:54:00 AM #

Franken loses temper again.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 11:26:00 AM #

Okay, I'm sure everybody has read the story Linked at Drudge about Al Franken tackling a Dean heckler. I guess we finally found a democrat more dangerous than Dean.

"I'm neutral in this race but I'm for freedom of speech, which means people should be able to assemble and speak without being shouted down."

I wonder if he feels the same way about the small group of protesters that follow President Bush everywhere he goes.

Don't you feel bad for the guy who got tackled?

Guy 1: Hey you look pretty bad. What happened?

Guy 2: That funny looking guy from Saturday Night Live beat me up.

Guy 1: Which one.

Guy 2: Al Franken, the talentless one with the funny glasses.

I would like to think that I could kick Al Franken's arse. Yep, I'm pretty sure I could.

Luke Duke 1/27/2004 10:13:00 AM #

Monday, January 26, 2004


"It's a more conservative generation,"

-Paul Houston of the American Association of School Administrators USA Today

One thing that nobody can deny is that President Bush has renewed intrest in the American political system. Expect election turn out to be throught the roof this year.

Luke Duke 1/26/2004 10:56:00 AM #

Friday, January 23, 2004


Luke Duke 1/23/2004 03:05:00 PM #

Due to a lack of anything interesting to say, I am going to start off a new feature here at Puzzlestud. I present to you the first Puzzlestud Book Report. Today's book: Invitation to Valhalla by Mike Whicker.

From Amazon:

One of those books where sleep doesn't matter. The suspense builds from beginning to end.

Erika Lehmann. She is the Nazis' top spy. Code-named Lorelei, she is the English-speaking daughter of Hitler's old comrade and a member of the Führer's inner circle. She is beautiful, athletic, and clever-the epitome of Aryan womanhood. She'll stop at nothing to accomplish her mission, including masquerading as a Jew.

Joe Mayer. A prominent American metallurgist working on a top-secret project for the U.S. Navy. Mayer holds the secret Erika Lehmann is sent to the United States to steal-a secret that could alter the course of the war.

Axel Ryker. The Gestapo's top henchman. Ryker is Heinrich Himmler's top problem solver, i.e. murderer. As ruthless as he is cunning, Ryker is sent to America with a startling mission-find and kill their own spy, Erika Lehmann.

The year is 1942. In Evansville, Indiana, a Jewish metallurgist named Joseph Mayer is conducting top-secret experiments for the U.S. Navy. Life could not be better for Joe Mayer: he loves his job, and he is dating a beautiful, young Jewish woman...

This is a book that you will like if you hate Evil. This is a book you will like if you like getting mad. If you don't want to be reminded of the grotesque acts of Nazi Germany, then don't read this book. In light of current events, Invitation to Valhalla served as a glaring reminder of how outright wrong the left is in comparing president Bush to Hitler. The claim disproves itself--if Bush was Hitler nobody would be willing to say so publicly. This book highlights some of the disgusting torture administered to those accused of even the smallest crimes. Correct me if wrong, but nowhere in the Patriot Act does it allow Donald Rumsfeld to whip your genitals then anally rape you...but I haven't read the whole thing.

Deep breath. Count to three. Back to the book report.

Mike Whicker might just be my new favorite author. At times in this book my heart actually started pounding in suspense. The story he tells is true, which to makes it that much more compelling, and that much harder to tell. The author does a great job, and his passion for the subject is clear in every sentence he writes.

The hardest thing to deal with in the book is the personification of people I've always seen as pure monsters. It is a reminder that Hitler a human, which for some reason makes me hate him more. It also shows how many German citizens, even those close to Hitler, did not fully understand the evil taking place in their own back yard. The mass killing of Jews was passed off as propaganda on the part of allied countries. This book has completely solidified my hatred for an evil I don't and never will understand, although Invitation to Valhalla helped.

Luke Duke 1/23/2004 11:59:00 AM #

Thursday, January 22, 2004


I was more than surprised when reading the Arizona Republic's account of the president's visit to Phoenix. It was very balanced. The language they chose was neutral. They told the story as it appeared. I think they deserve a reward. Maybe I'll fill out that stupid online survey they're always giving me. Anyhow, Jon Kamman deserves a pat on the back.

There was a small protest outside of MCC, where the president was speaking, but from what I hear the crowd of supporters, who just wanted to catch a glance of the pres while he entered the building, was considerably larger. If true, this makes me proud to be a Phoenician.

Luke Duke 1/22/2004 12:10:00 PM #

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


After reading Michele's dislikes at A Small Victory, I figured I would share some of my own.


Christina Aguilera
most vegetables
liars (and, incidentally, the lying liars who tell them)
scratched CD's
strobe lights

More to come...

Luke Duke 1/21/2004 03:08:00 PM #

They all describe it as a frightening assault on civil liberties and so on, and act as though it simply sprang full-grown and unchecked from the brain of John Ashcroft. In fact, the Patriot Act passed the U.S. Senate by a margin of, get this, 98 to 1 - including the "yea" votes of Sens. Kerry and Edwards. And make no mistake: They have done so because the leftist Democratic base has demanded it of them.

-John Podhoretz in the New York Post

Luke Duke 1/21/2004 11:39:00 AM #

Tuesday, January 20, 2004


I'm more or less speechless after Dean's performance last night, I'll let his actions speak for themselves. And Atomizer let's Dean's campaign website's words speak for themselves also. I hope to God that Dean can still pull of a win, but at the same time I can't sit back and pretend he's not a nut.

Luke Duke 1/20/2004 10:24:00 AM #

Monday, January 19, 2004


So I'm walking up to the Tempe Library yesterday. It's a nice library--modern building, quiet, wide selection--but that's if you can get past the "free speech zone" outside. Making it past the free speech zone is like running the gauntlet in American Gladiators. If your lucky, all the petition wielding maniacs will be busy bothering someone else, then your in the clear. But if foot-traffic is pretty low, you have three or four people chasing you down--"are you registered to vote?"--and you can only avoid eye-contact for so long. At some point you have to explain to them that you couldn't care less about their stupid cause and they should get a real job. Hey, they can't get mad...I'm in the free speech zone.

You know what the library really needs outside? A snack-bar. Equipped with lemonade and Girl Scout cookies. Maybe even some muffins.

Luke Duke 1/19/2004 12:27:00 PM #

Saturday, January 17, 2004


As far as I'm concerned the jury is still out on the issue of porn, but an ongoing debate between the Evangelical Outpost and NRO continues to rage on. My opinion is that if you want to get rid of the porn supply, you have to get rid of the porn demand. Same with abortion and countless other moral issues. If the time and resources involved fin fighting these companies were redirected to educating the public--not demonizing them--then there would be no demand, thus companies who provide these immoral products would be forced out of business.

Nonetheless, as a member of COTS, I must side with The Outpost.

Luke Duke 1/17/2004 12:59:00 PM #

Friday, January 16, 2004


Perry over at Obnoxious Fumes highlights yet another Dean flip-flop. This time, death penalty. I would like to make a judgment on this guy, but I don't know who he really is.

Luke Duke 1/16/2004 12:59:00 PM #

Basically, the reason I started a blog was to organize my own thoughts. I'm not a very good blogger. Especially when it comes to networking and bringing in traffic. That's where google comes in. Here is a sampling of search keywords that have brought people to my blog:

San Francisco Valentines day card competition 2004

"President Bush" chainsaw "January 2004"

Julia Stiles Moveon

"Blah Blah Blah" Laura Ingraham

"" "fidel castro"

Hey, I'll take hits however I can get 'em.

Luke Duke 1/16/2004 10:50:00 AM #

Thursday, January 15, 2004


Recipie for gaining recognition: Take a shot at the man on top.

This is a blatant attempt by Dennis Perrin to make himself known.

Luke Duke 1/15/2004 04:04:00 PM #

AlphaPatriot has a great picture of Sen. Hillary Clinton with one of her military friends. Seriously, check it out. It's hilarious.

Luke Duke 1/15/2004 03:29:00 PM #

I've been doing a lot of soul-searching lately and I have to admit I have discovered a prejudice. The soul-searching began after reading a post from The Elder on how he's never heard of someone becoming a liberal because of 9-11, or because of parenthood.

It occurred to me. I'm am a partyist. I don't hate liberals, in fact most of my friends are liberals. I just think they are immature. It's true. If I meet a liberal I automatically think "immature", If I meet someone who is immature I automatically think "liberal". I know not every liberal is immature, and I know that not all immature people are liberal, but I can't help it. I'm a partyist.

The fact is, I like hanging out with immature people. It's fun. I just don't want them running my country. I would never treat a liberal different than anyone else(except for talking slow and repeating myself often). So are all prejudices harmful? Are some of them true?

Luke Duke 1/15/2004 02:13:00 PM #

Apparently Lileks is caught up in some sort of sweatshop scandal. Details at Infinite Monkeys.

Luke Duke 1/15/2004 01:27:00 PM #

Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Okay. I'm going to take a little break from politics to thoroughly gross everyone out. Newsweek has a story on Viagra babies. Yes, I said Viagra babies.

What kind of mental images does this conjure up? I feel like I need to wash my brain out with soap. If there are two things elderly people should stay away from, they're sex and snowmobiles.

Luke Duke 1/14/2004 11:28:00 AM #

Tuesday, January 13, 2004


Drudge has some interesting comments from the folks who support

"George Bush is not Hitler. He would be if he fu--ing applied himself." (big, extended applause) "I mean he just isn't."

-Margaret Cho

"I was afraid that Bill O'Reilly would come and, with a shotgun at my front door and shoot me for being unpatriotic."

-Julia Stiles

At least they have class.

Luke Duke 1/13/2004 04:50:00 PM #

Fraters has a great piece on the over-inflated Paul O'Neill controversy.

KATIE COURIC: Very quickly, will you vote for President Bush in November?

PAUL O'NEILL: Probably. I don't see anybody that strikes me as better prepared and more capable. But I really do think we have a bipartisan problem of a broken political process, and I think the American people need to demand more of people who would be their leaders.

-From the Today Show 1-13-04(hat-tip to Powerline)

Luke Duke 1/13/2004 04:22:00 PM #

NewsMax has been covering and uncovering the race records of a couple prominent democratic candidates, Howard Dean, and Dick Gephardt.

It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Democrats are given a pass on racism. I guarantee you that if Trent Lott became a liberal democrat he would be welcomed with open arms. After all, a former KKK recruiter is a lead senator. The democratic party is the party of the double standard. You are not forgiven for mistakes, You are not forgiven for statements taken out of context, you are not forgiven when you apologize--you are forgiven when they have your vote.

I don't want an ex-KKK member of either party making my laws. I don't want a president who writes a race-baiting check that his lily-white ass can't catch.

Dean played the race card. His bluff was called.

Luke Duke 1/13/2004 04:16:00 PM #

Monday, January 12, 2004


Viking Pundit has an excellent post on the way the liberal media reports the news.

Luke Duke 1/12/2004 02:46:00 PM #

Dean is no safer now that Saddam has been caught.

Attacks against coalition forces in Iraq have dropped 22% in the four weeks since Saddam Hussein's capture, military records show.

U.S. military officers say the decline in attacks, after months of growing intensity, is the first proof that Saddam's capture and recent U.S. offensives have dampened, but not eliminated, resistance to the occupation.

-Jim Michaels USA Today

Luke Duke 1/12/2004 10:47:00 AM #

Sunday, January 11, 2004


Brad at Infinite Monkeys has a great follow up to the Hugh Hewitt Hindenburg Metaphor. Despite the fact that it is well thought out and was heavily researched, Hugh is ignoring it. The coalition does not like to be ignored.

Luke Duke 1/11/2004 02:12:00 PM #

Friday, January 09, 2004


Wesley Clark said yesterday the two greatest lies of the last three years are that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks couldn't have been prevented and that another attack is inevitable.

He said a Clark administration would protect America in the future.

"If I'm president of the United States, I'm going to take care of the American people," Clark said in a meeting with the Monitor editorial board. "We are not going to have one of these incidents."

-The Concord Monitor

At this point, the general can say anything he wants to about what will or won't happen during his presidency--BECAUSE HE'S GOT A SNOWBALLS CHANCE IN HELL OF HAVING ONE.

**This just in**When Wesley Clark becomes president he will stop child-obesity and repeal Mondays.

Luke Duke 1/09/2004 12:44:00 PM #

Thursday, January 08, 2004


Lileks visits the valley in his bleat today...and he didn't even stop by to say "hi" while he was in town.

Luke Duke 1/08/2004 11:10:00 AM #

Wednesday, January 07, 2004


Paging Dr. Dean

Luke Duke 1/07/2004 03:49:00 PM #

Drudge linked up to a hilarious story about a guy who's suing his cable company for making his family fat and lazy.

“I believe that the reason I smoke and drink every day and my wife is overweight is because we watched TV every day for the last four years.”

In a completely unrelated story, I will be suing 960 The Patriot for my addiction to the Hugh Hewitt show. The show is obviously bad for my mental health, but they offer it up for free--how can I not listen?

Fraters-If you keep entertaining me, thus taking up precious time I could be using to cure cancer, you're next. Also, you should put a warning up before your site can be entered. Something to the effect of, "Warning: The site you are about to view has not been approveded by the FDA and could be a waste of time for those who lack a sufficient amount of intelligence. If you understand the risk and still wish to proceed, click the martini glass below."

Luke Duke 1/07/2004 02:09:00 PM #

One thing I've never understood about the left is their soft-spot for Fidel Castro. It's nice to hear someone--from Hollywood of all places--calling people on it.

"(Spielberg) said, 'The best seven hours I ever spent was actually with Fidel Castro.' Now, what I want to ask him, and I know he's going to get (bleeped) off, (is) 'Would you consider building a little annex on the Holocaust museum or at least across the street to honor the dead Cubans that Castro killed?'"

- Robert Duvall to Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes II

**full story**

Luke Duke 1/07/2004 12:01:00 PM #

Tuesday, January 06, 2004


Who says editorial comics aren't creative?

Benson vs. Ariail

Alcaraz vs. Schorr

Benson vs. Stahler

Luke Duke 1/06/2004 05:06:00 PM #

The Fraters guys have an ongoing conversation about go-to cuss words. I've tried lately to calm down on the cussin', but sometimes it's all that works.

JB Doubtless is a "what the F" man, and The Elder a "Fuggin' A" guy. While those are excellent choices I prefer a good ol' fashioned "sonofabitch" myself. The reason I go with this one is that if for some reason I felt the need to let one go in front of women or children, it wouldn't be as bad as the F or S. Hell, I could even say it on the radio and not get bleeped.

This is not to say that I don't let the F-bomb drop now and again, but I'm afraid if I make it my go-to it might come back to bite me in the ass.

Luke Duke 1/06/2004 12:06:00 PM #

"When some Americans prepared to leave (Bam, Iran), they were begged to remain. The Iranians feel safer with us than with their own tyrants."

- Michael Ledeen in National Review

Luke Duke 1/06/2004 11:48:00 AM #

Bay area resident Jennifer Nelson has an eye-opening article on the policies and lack of tolerance that prevail in the bay.

"For a segment of the population that prides itself on its tolerance and diversity, some Bay Area liberals can be extremely hypocritical. They believe in cultural and racial diversity..., but not in diversity of opinions. "

- Bay Area writer Jennifer Nelson in the San Francisco Chronicle

Luke Duke 1/06/2004 11:37:00 AM #

Wes Boyd, founder of Move On, which featured two commercials comparing Bush to Hitler, issued a statement on the matter today. An apology? Of course not.

Wes Boyd, a founder, fired back, saying Republicans were "deliberately and maliciously" misleading the public by asserting that had sponsored the advertisements. "None of these was our ad," Mr. Boyd said in a statement. "Nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by Voter Fund."

-NY Times

I would hardly call the Jewish groups that spoke out against Move On's lack of discretion "republican." Boyd did say that the ads were in poor taste, and shouldn't have slipped through. He should admit that his website is in poor taste, and serves no purpose in grown-up political discourse.

Luke Duke 1/06/2004 11:12:00 AM #

Monday, January 05, 2004


Nikita at Command-Post has a great piece on the "quagmire" in Iraq. I stole it from Blogs for Bush.

Luke Duke 1/05/2004 04:16:00 PM #

The Big Trunk over at Powerline has posted some great quotes from his favorite democrat and mine, Zell Miller.

The democratic party is in a sorry state. They neither give nor accept constructive criticism. They would rather spew hatred at Bush and ride the tidal wave of extreme liberalism. It won't be pretty when that wave comes crashing down.

I love the two-party system, I love the competition, but at a certain point it starts to look like Saturday's ASU vs. U of A game. Sad.

Luke Duke 1/05/2004 03:04:00 PM #

A rare moment of clarity has taken place and it has become obvious that the democratic party has gone too far. Nuts on the left have been comparing Bush to Hitler for years, but for a "legitimate" web site, contributed to and endorsed by major players in the democratic party, to post commercials morphing a photo of Bush into a photo of Hitler is unprecedented. The most liberal of liberal groups are now speaking out against this ignorant hate-speech(ADL, Simon Wiesenthal Center), and I applaud them, because whether we agree on issues or not the most important thing is honesty.

Luke Duke 1/05/2004 12:39:00 PM #

Great article from the Washington Post.

There has been a measurable rightward shift in the black electorate. ...More African Americans now have college degrees, ushering them into the middle class, shifting their values and priorities while prompting them to abandon the "blacks-as-victims" theology.

- Author Jonetta Rose Barras in The Washington Post

Luke Duke 1/05/2004 10:58:00 AM #

Sunday, January 04, 2004


Drudge linked up a Time photo series of President Bush tending to his Crawford ranch. I know a lot of people see this as just a photo-op, but do you think any of the democratic candidates even know how to start a chainsaw? Or a campaign?

Luke Duke 1/04/2004 03:59:00 PM #

Thursday, January 01, 2004


Well, we made it through New Years Eve with no terrorism on our soil. I can't wait for the claims that Bush/Ashcroft just wanted to scare us. I didn't see an inordinate amount of security at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party, other than security checking my girlfriends purse at the entrance and then tagging it to let other guards know it had been searched.

I don't doubt that terrorists planned to attack the block party, but downtown Tempe has the power to change anybody into a regular booze-lovin', skirt-chasin', party animal. And believe you me, after a couple of beer-bongs, a keg stand, and a few Girls Gone Wild moments, the last thing you want to do is carry out your divine commission of slaughtering infidels. If Osama tried to hide in Tempe, he would be pledging Sigma Pi within a day-and they'd let him in to get some of that terrorist dope those commercials talk about.

Christmas. New Year. Valentine's day.

Luke Duke 1/01/2004 11:11:00 AM #
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