Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey!

Ace tipped me off to the new Sherlock Holmes movie (coming out in December): he’s got some thoughts about this one that you should check out. And before you start worrying, apparently Guy Ritchie (director) and Jude Law (Watson) are both Holmesians, while Robert Downey (Holmes) is… Robert Downey. So, there’s already a couple of good signs that it won’t suck.

But to segue, while looking up the answer to a question that my lovely wife asked (“Was Sherlock Holmes was the physical confrontation type?”) I came across bartitsu.org, a site dedicated to the… well, there’s some controversy whether bartitsu is a ‘real’ Victorian martial art, and not helped by the fact that Doyle called it ‘baritsu.’ Still, people seemed determined to reproduce it now; they have books out (Bartitsu Compendium, Volume 1: History and the Canonical Syllabus) and the aforementioned website.

And this article on the umbrella as a combat weapon is quite good, although I shall politely not address its claim to be an authentic journal article from the Victorian era.

[UPDATE] I have been informed in comments that the article is quite real. I stand abashed.

It’s a shame Keith Olbermann’s not more popular.

If he was, my pointing out that this denial by Sy Hersh that he ever claimed that Cheney had a death squad was directly contradicted by audio found at this post:

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“It’s an executive assassination ring, essentially.”

…might have some more oomph. Alas, it’s Keith Olbermann, and it’s Sy Hersh: nobody with a functional brain stem takes either seriously.

Which is not really a shame, I suppose.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

White House’s ‘Blame Bush’ reflex embarrasses them, EPA.

More than usual, that is.

It goes like this (H/T & links via Ed Driscoll and OpenMarket.org).

A memo from the EPA surfaced a while back that mentioned in passing that regulating greenhouse gasses to the extent desired by the most fervent global warming believers might have an adverse effect on the impious, too:

In contrast, an endangerment finding under section 202 may not be not the most appropriate approach for regulating GHGs. Making the decision to regulate CO2 under the CAA for the first time is likely to have serious economic consequences for regulated entities throughout the U.S. economy, including small businesses and small communities. Should EPA later extend this finding to stationary sources, small businesses and institutions would be subject to costly regulatory programs such as New Source Review.

As this was somewhat alarming, once you translated it into Standard English, the White House eventually started a little pushback that no, they wouldn’t be junking the entire American economy just quite yet.  So far, so good: after all, you don’t need to be a conservative to know that the government produces a lot of unfortunately relevant documents that later have to be eliminated and/or repudiated*. Continue reading White House’s ‘Blame Bush’ reflex embarrasses them, EPA.

Dueling Quotes of the Day.

We have two prime contenders for this one.

Jim Geraghty, on the Virginia Democratic Primaries:

One of my readers* summarized the Democratic field this morning as “the corrupt brother of a corrupt anti-Semite, an upstate New Yorker who failed as DNC Chair and who has no real ties to the state, and some Virginian who keeps hitting people with his car.”

Allahpundit, on the… business… decision of Newsweek to cut circulation, raise prices, and go from puff news pieces to puff opinion pieces:

…if you’re a lefty and love the New Yorker but struggle with some of the bigger words, now there’s a magazine for you.

I can’t decide, myself.

Moe Lane Continue reading Dueling Quotes of the Day.

You know, I’m not a vegetarian…

…but this doesn’t sound half bad:

Potato Burrito

To make this non-vegetarian, you could add sauteed ground beef or spicy sausage to this simple recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 flour tortillas

Preparation:

Cook hash brown potatoes as directed on package. Add salsa, cheese and green onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until hot. Fold mixture into warmed flour tortillas and serve. 6 servings

Although I’m thinking that sour cream wouldn’t be out of the question for this one.

Senator Webb comes out against Gitmo.

You have the right to neither surprise, nor a sense of betrayal.

[UPDATE] Welcome, Hot Air readers.

Oh, Webb is saying that he’s merely against the timetable, but that’s just political-speak for ‘I need to start laying down the groundwork for my retreat on this issue.’ By this time next year he’ll be telling everybody how he’s fully satisfied that Obama’s ‘reform’ of Gitmo addresses the issues brought up during the campaign, etc, etc, etc. Amazing how quickly some of these guys catch Washington Establishment Disease, huh? Continue reading Senator Webb comes out against Gitmo.

Reps. Barton & Upton to Rep. Waxman: What’s the rush?

From a letter to Rep. Waxman by Rep. Barton & Rep. Upton on the apparently burning need to pass HR 2454 before Memorial Day:

In your March 27 letter to President Obama concerning climate legislation in the 111th Congress, you seemed to agree. You told the President that “hearings, markups, and regular order are the best way to forge the compromises that will unite members from all parts of the country. As we work to achieve this consensus, we hope Republican members of our committee and of the full House will join the process too, so that truly bipartisan answers can be developed.”

However, your self-imposed Memorial Day deadline for reporting this bill necessarily requires that we short-circuit the logical legislative process that our democracy thrives on, and replace it with a frantic rush to judgment.

What is the hurry? If we wanted a bill sure to embarrass our committee, this is precisely the process we would adopt to create one. It began with secret negotiations, moved on to a decision to skip subcommittee consideration altogether, and now we face a scheduled markup. We appreciate that today you provided us with a copy of your revised language in the form of an introduced bill—H.R. 2454—that is 284 pages longer than your original draft. However, since the House is not in session today and will not be voting until Monday evening, Members will not have had any meaningful chance to even look at your new language; much less try and understand it before you start the markup. Not that this would make any difference, as we understand that you will be offering a complete substitute amendment at the markup that we will not see until it is offered. Mr. Chairman, this is no way to write any public law, much less one that will transform the way every person in our country lives and works.

Continue reading Reps. Barton & Upton to Rep. Waxman: What’s the rush?