The 137th sign of the Apocalypse

From Soccernet:

England have been overtaken by the United States in the FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings after dropping one place to eighth. The USA, still managed by Bruce Arena who guided his country to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, have reached their highest ever placing with a rise to sixth.

Heh heh heh….

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Conservative dream or another stab in the back?

Instapundit quotes Jeffrey Rosen of the New Republic writing:

Top of his class at Harvard Law School and a former law clerk for Rehnquist, Roberts is one of the most impressive appellate lawyers around today. Liberal groups object to the fact that, in 1990, as a deputy solicitor general, Roberts signed a brief in a case involving abortion-financing that called, in a footnote, for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. But it would be absurd to Bork him for this: Overturning Roe was the Bush administration’s position at the time, and Roberts, as an advocate, also represented liberal positions, arguing in favor of affirmative action, against broad protections for property rights, and on behalf of prisoners’ rights. In little more than a year on the bench, he has won the respect of his liberal and conservative colleagues but has not had enough cases to develop a clear record on questions involving the Constitution in Exile.

Top of his class at Harvard Law School sounds a bit suspect to me, but if he is truly a strict constructionist, that would certainly be good news. Supreme Court justices are notoriously unpredictable, so any celebrating by conservatives would be premature, but it does appear that the President has at least avoided openly stabbing his base in the back again.

One Republican Insty reader, meanwhile, is rather less sanguine:
“What do I think of him? Beats me. Just searched his hearing transcripts on the right to bear arms and found nothing. How is he on federalism and other limits on government power? Beats me again.

Great. O’Connor with a penis. I’m supposed to be happy about this?

7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republicans. 3 of them are acceptable, which shows you how incompetent Republicans are at choosing judges.

Frankly this conservative is completely underwhelmed. Bush might think he’s got some sort of mojo going on, but if Roberts doesn’t turn out to be a solid conservative, and not another O’Connor, then the GOP is screwed.

I know a lot of conservatives who have been adding up the support given, and lack of results received from the GOP. I’ve been asking a lot of conservatives to name which issues or agendas the GOP has come through on for conservatives.

It’s a damn small list.

Why technology startups don’t hire women

From an actual IM session celebrating a long-awaited and significant technological breakthrough:

[17:01] f78: u got lucky
[17:01] f78: everything works, no worries about the automatic UV shit
[17:01] f78: i installed sp1
[17:02] f78: gives new options to choose
[17:02] f78: how lucky is that? lol
[17:02] bc1: Not lucky. That’s forethought. Planning is what it is.
[17:02] bc1: Good going. You deserve twice what your making!
[17:03] f78: i now have new options in the render to texture options
[17:03] f78: mapping coordinates let me choose “existing channel” or “automatic unwrap”
[17:03] bc1: Seriously, you can export automatically by baking to the diffuse texture or something?
[17:04] f78: and now under baked material i can choose output into original source instead of “Save Source (Create Shell)”
[17:04] f78: fucking wonderful
[17:04] bc1: Do you lose the oringal texturing then?
[17:04] f78: i still have to apply the texture to a new swatch but 9 out of the 10 steps i wrote to you are eliminated
[17:04] f78: this is fuckin’ tits.
[17:04] f78: 🙂
[17:05] f78: big beautiful perky implanted tits
[17:05] bc1: So no problems then? On to [reference to forthcoming feature removed]?
[17:05] f78: yeah, go ahead and do your thing
[17:06] f78: i’ll hollar if i have a problem
[17:06] f78: this looks good though. 🙂
[17:06] bc1: Fantastic! Considering I wasn’t planning on having time to address this until mid August, we are ahead of schedule. Thank you f78 and SP1!
[17:06] f78: lol

It may not be particularly edifying, but it is funny, at least to me. And, I’m in an excellent mood thanks to the quoted developments, the “hostile environment” notwithstanding.

This reminds me of when Big Chilly and I were once asked if we planned to institute drug testing for our game development company…. Big Chilly looked at the questioner in complete disbelief, then told him that we had no intention of testing anybody, since we wouldn’t have any employees left. The guys actually liked the idea of drug testing, though; they figured that if an artist managed to pass a the test, he wasn’t likely to be any good.

Freaks, the lot of them. “big beautiful perky….” I’m still laughing.