Friday, April 29, 2005

Bad News

Osama Bin Ladin is not dead.

The obvious reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail immediately comes to mind.

One day about a year ago I was driving over a section of highway that was laid over a swamp when I suddenly had the vision of Michael Palin as the Lord of Swamp Castle in command of space station Babylon Five:

"Everyone thought I was daft to build a space station in the Epsilon System..."

"Don't like her? She's got huge...Influence on the Gray Council!"

"You're marrying Satai Lucky, so you better get used to it!"

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

Think Of It As Idiocy In Action

Moveon members demonstrate their superior knowledge of history and spelling at a protest in Minneapolis:


(Hat tip to the Minnesota Democrat Exposer and thanks to When Angry Democrats Attack.)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Thought for the Day

There is no shortage of assholes and idiots.

The good news is that there is some overlap.
_

Why I Don't Live In Wisconsin

First Ed Gein, now this chap. What is it with momma's boys from Wisconsin?

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. - A loner who told authorities he kept his dead mother in a freezer for years played make-believe with her into junior high and endured teasing because she walked him to high school.

Philip Schuth and his mother, Edith, had only each other, neighbors and acquaintances said Tuesday as they tried to make sense of a police standoff at Schuth's home that ended with Schuth in jail and investigators carting a massive chest-freezer out of his basement. Inside was a body Schuth claims is his mother.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

And Now For Something Completely Different

A message for gangbangers (and gangbanger wannabes) from Doc Russia:

Note to boyfriends: Do not think for a moment that your ghettolicious street fabulous bulllshit is going to get you anything besides snide derision from me. I will go over, I will look at your road pizza girlfriend. I will stand there and pick my nose for a loooong minute. Then say something along the lines of "yeah, she looks pretty fu*ked up, you better get someone to look at that" and stroll out. I am neither impressed nor intimidated by your bullshit gang sign throwing, psuedomasculine, pissant posing. If you want to impress me, put a damned shirt on, speak english, or better yet, pipe down and wait your freaking turn. This is not Burger King. We do not make it your way. This is an emergency center, and believe it or not, we are professional grade. Unless you have an MD, PA, or RN behind your name, I do not give a rat's ass what you think the course of treatment should be. I do not care how bad it looks; we are not going to stitch those pit bull bites. I don't care how uncomfortable you are, we are not going to take off that C-collar until we know that that 2mm C2 anterior displacement and subluxation is just positional artifact.

And no amount of trying to flex your muscles, or giving me the evil eye, or curling your lip is going to make me shudder. First off; I am a lot bigger than you. Second off, I have fought and won fights with Marines bigger than you. Third; that sheriff sitting over there is former army, carries a .44 magnum S&W, and owes me for spotting him for lunch.

Did I mention that gangbangers (and wannabes) tip like shit?

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Um...Okay...

Ireland On-Line explains why the next Star Wars movie is going to suck:

Hollywood mogul George Lucas struggled so much with writing the screenplay for final Star Wars installment Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, he had to force himself to stick to a rigid working day as he sought inspiration.

The hugely successful movie-maker, 60, took on the persona of a normal office worker as he sat at his desk for nine hours a day, five days a week - and he still only managed to produce five pages everyday.

He says: "I am very diligent about writing. I go to work at 8.30am and leave at 6pm. I sit there with that page in front of me but I still can't write it.

"I do get it done, I actually write five pages a day. But I force myself - otherwise I would probably write a page a day."

I think I'm doing good if I get a page a day.

And I don't force myself, either.
_

This Is Interesting

From the trailer for SERENITY:

"This is going to get pretty interesting."

"Define 'interesting'".

"Oh God! Oh God! We're all going to die!"

And:

"I want to resolve this like civilized men. I not treatening you. I'm unarmed..."

"Good!" BANG!


I still have to watch my copy of the collected episodes of FIREFLY on DVD.

(Les raps own knucles with his stainless steel ruler)

Ouch!
_

I Didn't See This One Coming...

I am:
Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.


Which science fiction writer are you?


This may explain my obsession with creating my own private Traveller universe.
_

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

This Is Pathetic

Doc Russia had something to say about one of his patients:

Two patients I had to deal with today were real works of art.

Although one was male and one was female, they both were 14 years old and each of them weighed more than my 6"1' large-and-in-charge overweight ass.

Mostly it was the guy who bothered me. In certain cultures, no matter his age, boys are considered superior to girls. Even if a boy is 4 years old and hasn't quite mastered toilet training yet, without the dad around, he is the master of the house, lording over even his own mother.

What this means is that mom caters to his every desire, and about the time he turns 14, he has been enabled into helplessness. He has been getting along so long on the industry of others that he no longer knows how to do things without them. He ends up turning into a blubbering mass of chewed bubble gum every time someone puts any sort of tasks upon him. Tell him to sit in a chair as opposed to lying in bed, and he starts crying and screaming "I caaaaaaaan't."

When I was the same age as that grossly over-spoiled brat I was delivering the afternoon edition of the local socialist rag after school hours. And if I regret anything about my attendance at the Benning School for Boys it's that I didn't do it sooner.

While I'm in sympathy with the good doctor's concept of "Gunny Therapy" I would never physically bat anyone about the head, even though I have raised my voice to idiots in the manner of an army infantry drill sergeant. I was fired from a hospital security position for that once.

One of "interesting" parts of the job of pizza delivery driver is trying to not go off in the drill sergeant mode on every idiot who doesn't offer a tip. Especially when the outdoor environmental conditions are especially crappy. Apart from hardcore liberals, the worst offenders on average (there are exceptions) in this area appear to be "African-American" women. The personal check made out in the exact amount being the preferred weapon of choice in this reprehensible practice.

(HT: Heartless Libertarian)

Quote of the Day

From The Onion, April 27, 2005:

"Look, governments are supposed to kill people, not encourage them to be healthier."

-- Eduardo York, Broadcast Technician

I wasn't really thrilled with this week's horoscope. I mean its not like I actually went around tossing Molotov cocktails...
_

Thought for the Day

Someone who is offended by a statement of truth may not actually be in the wrong, but that is certainly the way to bet.
_

Monday, April 25, 2005

This Is Sick

I'm an atheist and I think this is sick.

SORE THUMBS on the new Pope.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

An Addition, A Subtraction

LASunsett had something interresting to say about the situation in Iran:

Iran is struggling to come to a boil. This summer could prove to be a pivotal moment in the underground struggle to oust the mullahs.

When the Shah was ousted it simmered like this for a while, before coming into a full roiling boil. There is a whole generation of Iranians that do not remember the Shah. They only know the mullah's form of tyranny. Older adults have had a chance to see that they traded one form of tyranny for a worse one.

Despite his despotic characteristics, the Shah was able to westernize a major Islamic country. There are many today that long for that re-westernization, without the Shah, under a freely elected government. The vote in Iraq was highly instrumental, kind of like lighting the pilot light.

So I've added his blog to the roll of blogs.

The Baby Seal Seal Club has apparently been hacked and is no longer a source of insightful commentary. I've removed the link. (Dude, if you're still blogging elsewhere, let me know. Okay?)
_

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Meanwhile...Across The Ocean

Iran executes teenage demonstrators in Ahwaz:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards executed a number of teenage demonstrators in the streets of Ahwaz, southern Iran, according to eye-witnesses.

Residents reported that Revolutionary Guards arrested demonstrators in the city streets and gunned them down to terrorise the local people and end a weeklong anti-government uprising that has spread throughout the oil-rich Khuzestan Province.

Helicopters were also seen opening fire on demonstrators.

A 5-year-old boy was killed when he was run over by a Revolutionary Guards’ armoured personnel carrier, eye-witnesses said.

Expecting leftist demonstrations against the mullahcrats in five...four...three...
_
(Dammit! Forgot to HT Dr. Ray!)

This Is Civilization In Action

A thought just occured to me regarding yesterday's post about the mass-murderer Che Guevara:

We accepted Fidel Castro's daughter and granddaughter as refugees from Cuban Socialism, and we didn't shoot them.

Think of it as civilization in action.
_

Saturday, April 23, 2005

This Is Socialism In Action

Dr. John Ray provided the link to this:

"One morning the horrible sound of that rusty steel door swinging open startled us awake and Che's guards shoved a new prisoner into our cell. His face was bruised and smeared with blood. We could only gape. He was a boy, couldn't have been much older than 12, maybe 14.

"'What did you do?' We asked horrified. 'I tried to defend my papa,' gasped the bloodied boy. 'I tried to keep these Communist sons of b**tches form murdering him! But they sent him to the firing squad.'"

Soon Che's goons came back, the rusty steel door opened and they yanked the valiant boy out of the cell. "We all rushed to the cell's window that faced the execution pit," recalls Mr. San Martin. "We simply couldn't believe they'd murder him! Then we spotted him, strutting around the blood-drenched execution yard with his hands on his waist and barking orders – the gallant Che Guevara."

Here Che was, finally in his element. In battle he was a sad joke, a bumbler of epic proportions (for details see "Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant"), but up against disarmed and bloodied boys he was a snarling tiger.

Read the whole article and remember it the next time you see someone wearing a "Che" shirt.
_

Friday, April 22, 2005

The Doctor Is In

Dr. Michael Hurd writes:

If you don't like the behavior you're seeing, then stop subsidizing it. Stop giving money to people who do things you dislike. Stop endorsing and praising them. Stop implying approval when you really disagree and disapprove of what they're doing. Stop smiling when you could frown instead, or merely remain blank.

When you subsidize something, you'll tend to get more of it. When you stop subsidizing, you’ll tend to get less of it. This applies to all kinds of relationships, including family and friends--especially family and friends. You have more influence than you think.

_

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Some Questions

Would you wear a Charlie Manson tee-shirt to the Tate Family reunion?

Would you wear a Adolf Hitler shirt in a synagague?

Keith Urbahn of the Yale Daily News thinks that communist-chic attire (the Che shirt, etc.) is defintely not cool (HT to Mark Urbin):

Marxism was a dark -- perhaps the darkest -- chapter in human history. Those who still admire the ideology are sullied by the black stain of 85 million deaths. Those who -- ignorant of the story behind their beloved leftist icons -- sport Che or vintage Communist Party shirts are likewise tainted by tacit approval of unprecedented crimes against humanity.

Displaying a swastika or a poster of the KKK's Grand Dragon on a dorm wall is considered unacceptable by the standards of modern society, yet somehow, symbols identified with communist mass murder pass the test of political correctness -- they're even "cute" or "kitschy." But "radical chic" isn't "cool"; it's a disgraceful endorsement of humanity's most appalling atrocities.

And we still have May Day coming up soon. Anyone in favor of candlelight vigil to remember the victims of Communism?
_

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

This Week

This week is the aniversary of the Waco Massacre.

Tom Knapp writes:

The Israeli government took sixteen years to track down Adolph Eichman at the little house in Buenos Aires where he had retired from a long and productive career of burning, gassing and machine-gunning Jews. How long will it take us to put U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno behind bars where she belongs?


(Hat Tip to Dr. John Ray.)
_

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Quote of the Day

From Schlock Mercenary, April 20, 2005:

If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, I've got a room full of violence-prone semi-sociopaths who care.

-- Commander Kevyn Andreyasn

And Now...

...Moxie is having a little fun with British royalty.

If a nominal monarch cannot exercise proper political authority, at least he should have more moral authority than the average inhabitant of a trailer park.
_

Oh, Good One...

Air Strike
You preferred a weapon with 56% power over speed and 85% range over melee.
You use Air Strikes.

Fighting?
Fighting is for idiots! All you have to do is make a quick
walkie-talkie call and have the ground ahead of you carpeted with
explosive charges. Your enemies will be searching frantically for
refuge as you chuckle from afar.




My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 61% on power
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on range
Link: The What's Your Signature Weapon Test written by inurashii on Ok Cupid

Monday, April 18, 2005

Today in Pizzaland

I had an interesting delivery run today.

There were two customers on the run. The first delivery was to someone with multiple Gay activism stickers plastered all over the front screendoor in such a way as to scream: LOOK AT ME, I'M SO [EXPLETIVE] WONDERFUL!

They paid for their order with a check for the exact amount.

The second delivery was to a working mother with a young son. She paid for her order with a check with a two-dollar tip written in.

If anything, fifteen months of delivering pizza for a living has caused my previous loathing of the Left to become deeper and more visceral. After all, why should any leftist go through the effort of doing something that is objectively positive, such as tipping the delivery driver, when they can merely strike a pose and feel good about themselves afterwards?

Why indeed?

Seriously, I generally received better tips from Mexican immigrants, who are working their butts off to support their families and are barely getting by, than I do from hardcore liberals. (The continued display of Kerry/Edwards and Wellstone yard signs or other indicators of political alignment are usually a dead giveaway.)

And Then She...

So anyway, I was checking Mark's Ann Coulter sig-quote page when I read this beauty:

"Why is it that the same people who have the least confidence in the police and the military are the most willing to allow only the police and the military to have guns?"

-- Ann Coulter

I think (and I'm still in the process of waking up here as I type this) that the answer has something to do with who's giving what orders and degree to which said orders could be reasonably expected to be followed.

I would think if a local socialist politician who gets in touch with his/her inner Stalin (or the stooge in the police chief's office who gets in touch with his inner Beria) were to command me to walk to the ditch outside of town and blow my brains out, the most likely response, at least verbally, is something to the effect of "go to Hell."

(And if Hillary is elected in '08, things could get really interesting really fast.)

This may also explain why some socialists are sympathetic to the idea of bringing convicted felons and conscripts into the armed forces. Where a citizen soldier may be reasonably expected to apply a buttstroke to the head of someone who orders the commission of an atrocity, a conscript has already demonstrated a capacity of obedience and the felon doesn't care.

I have to get dressed to go to work now...
_

Oh, Good One...

Over at Mark's...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

In Other News

If you haven't read or heard by now, Ann Coulter will be on the cover of SLIME TIME Magazine.

I like Ann, but she is a tall and thin Christian and I'm a short and fat atheist. It would never work.

Darn.
_

Quotes of the Day

A dumbass Democrat senator (yes, I know its a redundancy) had this to say about President Bush's plan to reform Social Security:

"U.S. Treasury securities have the ability to be paid under any circumstances based on the ability of the government to print money."

In other words, let them eat paper!

Here's what Dr. Ray had to say about this:

Inflating the currency is a dreadful idea that has landed much of Latin America in massive trouble. Like a latter-day Evita Peron, Corzine smiles upon the Argentine economic model: skyrocketing prices, a currency as disposable as Kleenex, and rising social chaos. Democrats have said many silly things in their crusade to scuttle President Bush's personal retirement accounts, but this must be the stupidest.

To vote for a change, even though reality requires it, is for the Donks an admission that they were in some respect wrong.

I wouldn't expect them to do it.
_

Saturday, April 16, 2005

And Then...

Dr. John Ray has linked to an old rant of mine.

The Left, being dependent upon others for their sustenance, must stand in opposition to the society of rational consent and openly support systems of compulsion, be it various species of Socialism or the witch-doctor rule of Islam, because to do otherwise is to condemn themselves to death.

Of course, in my view, if the Left would just die it would be nice.


_

Friday, April 15, 2005

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Thought for the Day

Someday, a tourist from another planet will inquire about the location of the Terran city of Cheeseburg, the birthplace of the cheeseburger.
_

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Groan!

Walter Williams on stupid airport security (Part II):

One person wrote that he, his wife and son were stopped, questioned and searched at length by TSA and FBI officials. It turned out there was a terror alert for a person named Harry Smith (not the true name). The couple's 5-year-old son's name was also Harry Smith. How much brains do you think it requires for the FBI and TSA to immediately realize that their 5-year-old son was the wrong Harry Smith?

And here is his first piece on the subject of stupid airport security.
_

Quote of the Day

Glenn M. Goffin wrote on the Traveller Mailing List:

The father of a friend was a US Army veteran of the Pacific war. He said that there was usually an informal agreement with the Japanese Imperial Marines not to take any prisoners: "It was just easier all around that way."

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

Monday, April 11, 2005

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

The Gang of One said:

If it were not for falsehoods, distortions, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, and more lies, the left would have nothing to say.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
_

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Somewhere In Pizzaland

On Friday afternoon I had to give a point by point instruction to a Somali immigrant on how to write a check in order to pay for her veggie pizza.

One thing that I noticed is that hardcore leftist activists are extremely parsimonious when it comes to tipping. One even laughed in my face when I suggested that he could write in a tip on the credit card slip.

Shows how much they really love the real workers.

_

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fun Fact

When I talk to myself I usually use the first person plural.

_

Saturday, April 02, 2005

A Question

What are you doing on May 1st?

Bruce Walker writes in the American Daily:

America must begin to remember the Other Holocaust. Communism, unlike Nazism, is not dead. Putin today dips his toe into the water to see if the Cold War against communism is still cold. The Korean Hitler has created a Treblinka that dwarfs Treblinka. China ponders Tiananmen Square wonders whether the genocide of Tibet, much more recent than HaShoah, is still treated as nothing.

The ghost of Hitler is dead, but the ghost of Stalin is not. What better time for Americans and their government to recall these than when we remember their dead brothers and sisters in Nazi death camps? If we do not begin to remember the Gulag and the Killing Fields and Tibet and the vast apparatus of communist democide, then it is inevitable that we can and we will forget HaShoah.

How about a memorial for the victims of Communism?

_

Idiot Saving Time

John J. Miller at National Review Online explains the true origins of Daylight Savings Time and why it should be repealed.

In Other News

NASA has found water on Mars.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Wiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Cox and Forkum has given us cause for thought, if not cause for concern:



There's also an ongoing discussion of the meaning of this cartoon.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled April Fool's Day.

_