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The Rhythm of Daphne and Chloe

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The cats have their own view of the pace of life here at Villa MartiniPundit, to which they are both precisely attuned. That this pace does not always match that of the human denizens is of little consequence. Behold the intensity of Chloe:

Resistance would be futile, if she cared about such things.

Note Daphne at rest, above.

Indeed, the very thought of resistance – how droll. As if one could be bothered lifting a paw.

One does have one’s dignity to consider. Two cool city cats cannot bestir themselves for the entertainment of mere humans. Of course, moments before, this was the scene:

All of us here at Villa MartiniPundit wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

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December 31, 2004 at 4:10 pm

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Still Digging After All These Years

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We still hear the root causes nonsense from time to time, and Ilana Mercer explains the present form quite neatly:

Root causes are the rationalizations liberals give — usually after the fact — for their immoral actions or for the immoral actions of others. The paradox at the heart of the root-causes fraud is that causal theoretical explanations are invoked only after bad deeds have been committed. Good deeds have no need of mitigating circumstances.

Thus liberals find no need to explain why Bill Gates behaves benevolently, but somehow, they require a theory to explain why Montgomery, after a good deal of premeditated scheming, gained access to the Missouri home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, strangled her, sliced open her abdomen, and then made away with her child, later passing the girl off as her own.

In the months to come, you’ll see the dog-and-pony psychiatric show and its media claque pose such questions as: “What drove Lisa Montgomery to mug, murder, and mutilate Bobbie Jo Stinnett.” That’s because, after people perpetrate evil, liberals toss free will to the wind. Since Montgomery did a monstrous thing, liberals attribute her actions to causes. You see, to perpetrate evil, one must be “mentally ill.” Since Bill Gates does good things, those of a liberal mindset attribute his actions to choice. They acknowledge free will and human agency if — and only if — adaptive actions are involved.

It ought to be shocking that free will plays so small a part in the calculations of those who most fervently advocate the ‘downtrodden,’ but of course, it is not. The bigotry of low expectations is not a concept self-styled ‘progessives’ are apt to grasp, especially when the very diagnosis eliminates the option of self-actualization on the part of the ‘downtrodden.’ The explanation is all that’s required – that it contains the seeds of its own failure is irrelevant.

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December 31, 2004 at 12:51 pm

“Governor” Gregoire

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There’s nothing like catching a liberal with his/her hand caught in the cookie jar. Stuck, up to the elbow, and clutching a handful, they will solemnly assure you that they intend to count every cookie and why aren’t you more worried about the Republican with his (always a he there to them) hand in the cookie jar next door? After all, if they’ve stolen a cookie, why can’t we?

I jest, but not by much. As of this writing, it appears that Christine Gregoire has succeeded where Al Gore failed. Hold on now – what about Ohio and Florida? Why haven’t I posted in the irregularities of those two states? Well, because there’s no credible evidence, that’s why.

Take Florida. How is it that all those registered Democrats in the northern counties voted for Bush? This is ipso facto evidence that something’s rotten in the panhandle to those who have no clue about the place. I’ve been there and know people there. They may be registered as a Democrat but they aren’t going to vote for a guy like John Kerry, a result the Miami-Herald confirmed in their recount. (Admittedly, people like Markos Moulitsas dispute their recount. Given he’s considered beyond reason in these parts, you may as well stop reading if you’re aligned with him.) So the FL evidence is wishful rather than factual and hardly rises to the level where I’m going to invest time in looking at it.

Similarly, the Ohio recount is now complete, with Kerry picking up a few hundred votes. Given the margin of some 118,000 votes, the only possible justification for the taxpayer expense would be to satisfy the voters that the process was fair and complete. (As above, some dispute the recount – Jesse Jackson among them. See above.) The charge that long lines were somehow — unfair” seems stretched when long lines were a feature of the record voter turnout all over the country. A quick Google search yields stories of long lines in MI, CA, MO, and IN. Though I personally did not experience them, I heard of long waits here in MA as well. There are also indications in OH that precincts stayed open:

Ground zero for long waits was Gambier, Ohio, where two electronic voting machines served 1,170 voters. The polling place had to stay open until 4 a.m. to accommodate everyone.

There are also allegations of electronic voter fraud not just in OH, but everywhere. The same people who insisted that punch cards be replaced now see fraud everywhere electronic voting is conducted. I hope to make this the subject of a later post, but meanwhile, I invite specific instances of fraud in the comments. Not, mind you, suspicions or allegations – specifics. And nothing from the Democratic Underground, Indymedia, TPM, or the like counts in any case.

So where does that leave ‘Governor-elect’ Gregoire? Let’s recap:

Dino Rossi wins the election by 261 votes. The slim margin requires a recount.

Dino Rossi wins again in the recount by 42 votes. Christine Gregoire says — The race continues. A 42-vote margin, my friends, that is a tied race.” Most of these new votes came from Democrats going around after the fact seeking Gregoire voters door-to-door, all the while admitting they were suppressing votes for Rossi.

Meanwhile, heavily Democratic King County discovers hundreds of ballots it claims were not counted on election day, judges are consulted, and eventually 732 ballots which were found at three separate times, all in places which had not been secured or monitored, find that Christine Gregoire now leads by 130 votes. Like the Gore attempt in FL, no other counties in WA are being granted the extraordinary privilege of three shots at electing their preferred candidate. Cherry-picking indeed. Also like FL, unclear ballots are counted for the preferred candidate as in write-ins for — Christine Rossi” are counted for Christine Gregoire. Now Rossi should concede as the desired result has been achieved. Gregoire’s team also rejects the idea of another election because:

“This ain’t golf. No mulligans allowed here, folks,” said Gregoire’s spokesman, Morton Brilliant. “It’s irresponsible to spend $4 million in taxpayer money on a new election just because you don’t like losing this one.”

Now that’s chutzpah. They take not one but two mulligans. But I forget myself, they’re Democrats so that’s different.

At this point it’s impossible to say what will happen, but it doesn’t look like Rossi will contest in court, and he probably shouldn’t. It’s unlikely to overturn the result at this point, and even if it did, it would have the taint that Gregoire will now have over her time in office. Let ‘Governor’ Gregoire attempt to govern and reap the whirlwind of her victory. I doubt very much she’ll get a second term.

Conservatives are supposed to be outraged over the fevered imaginings of the tinfoil brigade at the Democratic Underground so we won’t notice what’s going on in WA. We are expected to grant great weight to the flimsiest of accusations as we are to give great benefit of the doubt to the activities of King County. Liberals genuinely seem to prefer a — heads we win, tails you lose” approach to elections, and find themselves shocked, shocked, that conservatives question their bona fides on the subject. Their sense of entitlement is so brazen they openly say “no mulligans” and “if they say Rossi we thank them and move on,” in other words, ‘every vote counts except those for Rossi.’ It really is time for the Democrats to change the name of their party.

Update More from Ronald Wieck at the American Thinker.

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December 30, 2004 at 2:16 pm

Back in the Saddle

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Well, I’m back and a good break it was. Martinis were consumed (although not nearly as many as I would have liked) and much holiday cheer was shared with family, old friends, and some new friends. Even made the aquaintance of five new very cool cats and one nuisance dog who shed white fur all over my black fleece. Ah well, at least no one spilled any egg nog on me. Thanks to all who commented in my absence.

On a more serious note, the catastrophe in Southeast Asia continues to mount in its human toll as the current estimate tops 120,000. A new blog South-East Asia Eathquake and Tsunami (SEA-EAT) has been collecting information, links, telephone numbers, and charities. They don’t endorse any of the charities – and neither do I – but it’s a good place to start.

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December 30, 2004 at 10:41 am

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Merry Christmas

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Barring stories about cloned dogs going for $100k, blogging will be light to nonexistent over the next few days.

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all!

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December 23, 2004 at 10:57 am

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No Cat Is Worth This

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I say again. $50,000.

That’s more than the average household income in the United States. It will buy you one helluva a car. In many places, it will buy you a home.

For some, it’s the going price for a kitten.

I’ve spent money on cats. Regular readers know I’ve got two purebred pedigreed cats and they weren’t free. They’re both wonderful, but they combined don’t come within spitting distance of that kind of money. I’ve also had cats from pet stores, from shelters, and one who showed up at my door. That one was definitely free. I’ve loved them all.

But fifty grand? Sorry, that’s too much.

And it’s a clone. How vain to attempt the cloning of a human. How conceited to clone a cat. I have no respect for someone so vain and so reckless and so narcissistic.

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December 22, 2004 at 9:30 pm

No More Votes Needed Thank You

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The Democrats have apparently found enough votes to ‘win’ the governor’s race in Washington. What a surprise.

Democrats have claimed victory in the race for Washington governor by a razor-thin margin of eight votes, citing preliminary results of a hand recount they say puts Christine Gregoire in front for the first time. Republicans maintained the race was still too close to call.

The stunning turnaround was reported late Tuesday by the head of the state Democratic Party, who said party officials’ analysis of hand-counted returns from King County – the last county to finish the grueling process – showed that Gregoire had eclipsed the dwindling margin that Republican Dino Rossi has held since Election Day.

And the completely predictable:

“We’re confident Christine Gregoire has been elected the governor of the state of Washington,” Democratic Chairman Paul Berendt said. “I believe Dino Rossi should concede.”

So after mysteriously finding more ‘uncounted’ votes in King County three (or is it four?) times, the Dems have a margin of victory of eight votes. It’s like they’re not even trying to hide the fraud.

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December 22, 2004 at 10:21 am

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