Monday, September 26, 2005

More Headlyin' Newz - 9/26/05

From CNN:
Psychologist: England 'like a little kid'
Was reportedly “just playing dress up”

From CNN:
Aruba court lifts curbs on three suspects
Suspects pinned in freak construction accident. Jurists happened along “just in time.”

From LA Times:
U.S. Troops Said to Clash With Shiite Militiamen in Baghdad
Fashion designers brought in to coordinate uniform patterns.

From LA Times:
Liberals and Conservatives Hitch Wagons to Recovery
Wheels immediately get stuck in mud.

From BBC:
Hamas pledges end to Gaza rockets
Plans on firing them from West Bank instead.

From BBC:
China protests at warship attack
Most of nation present at rally held during naval bombardment.

From BBC:
Indian board issues gagging order
Retching not mandatory, but encouraged.

From BBC:
Texas staggers return after storm
Spent most of time holed up in bars. Many need help climbing off bus.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Random Rant Day

It's Monday here in Oki, and I've been reading the continuing drivel about anti-war protests, watching in tense awe as another hurricane smashes like a size 10 1/2 Regualr into our crotch, and I find my mind filling up with questions, much like most of lower New Orleans is filling up with toxic runoff. So, today I dedicate my blogturf to asking all those "Why?" questions:
  • Why have the most vocal of the anti-war shills seems to have forgotten that there was a sweeping vote by both Houses of Congress (Democrats AND Republicans) to invade Iraq...not through some imperial decree by Bushitler?
  • Why do the rabid anti-war sign-wavers want to focus solely on the "nearly 2,000" American's killed, rather than look with an honest glance at the amazing liberty and hope that those lives bought for the Iraqi people?
  • Why are some people so quick to blame the Federal Government for failures in the face of Katrina, instead of taking a quick moment to consider what a friggin' Category 5 hurricane can do to stick-built houses built in a flood plain...and the commensurate difficulties in evacuating tens of thousands of people from a major metropolitan area when you can't use most of the roads...
  • Why are the same group of people who cry the loudest for tolerance and diversity when it comes to homosexuality, race, gender, or new-age karma-clutching faux religionists so quick to shake an angry fist and invoke the word "hate" when it comes to one Republican President?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Progressebonics?

I wanted to link this great article on something called "Progressebonics". It's definitely worth a read. The author is a true visionary. I'd definitely read anything written by him. Pulitzer Prize winning stuff. Here's some examples:

"Killing Babies"
If you are a doctor = "Reproductive Rights"
If you are a soldier = "War criminal"


"Separation of Church and State"
Liberal = An absolute, incontrovertible mandate, contained in the Declaration of Indep…no, wait, article, uh, something or other of the Constitution. No, wait, I mean the Bill of Rights, I think.
Conservative = Not contained in any foundational document, save for a single reference in a personal letter of Thomas Jefferson, which in fact defends robust religious freedom and expression, even to the detriment of government influence.

I took the liberty of adding a few more of my own:

Progressive: Someone unwilling to be chained to lessons learned from 6,000 years of human history, relying instead on a much more enlightened approach to social activism, such as, “because that’s how I feel in my heart.”

Extremist: Someone just as far from center as you, but in the other direction.

States Rights: Freedom to allow the ACLU to determine public policy in schools and civil government.

Separation of Powers: The act of separating people from the power to be self-determinate.

Judicial Activism: Six men and women conscientiously correcting misapprehensions about the constitutionality and interpretation of laws written, reviewed and ratified by a collection of over 500 lawyers known as “Congress.” See also “separation of powers.”

Reactionary Fanatic: Someone who is committed to preserving things like religious liberty, private gun ownership, and traditional marriage.

Progressive Activist: Someone who is committed to opposing things like religious liberty, private gun ownership, and traditional marriage.

Suicide: Defending intelligent design at any major public university.

Linked at Basil's Covered Dish and Mudville Gazette trackback potluck.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Headline News: 9/21/05

Yes, folks, it's another serial plagiarism. The next installment of Headline News, the way they OUGHT to read:

From ABC News:
Lawmakers Weigh Endangered Species Changes
Data gathering difficult as some species will not sit still on scale.

From ABC News:
Roberts Picks Up Democratic Support
Ted Kennedy’s man-bra reportedly left on floor of Congressional locker room.

From ABC News:
Dutch Reporter to Use Heroin, Pot on TV
Coffee table too much of a mess.

From ABC News:
North Korea urged to keep atomic arms pledge
Atomic legs and torso still under negotiation.

From MSNBC:
Wine giant says critter labels not a passing fad
Getting them to stick to the fur seen as biggest hurdle.

From FoxNews:
Lawmakers Scuffle Over Katrina Oversight
Feinstein reportedly a real scrapper, Schumer “hits like a girl.”

From FoxNews:
Administration Urges Democracy in China
Several “strongly worded statements” planned.

  • Part of Basil's "Covered Dish Supper" trackback potluck. Check out the other links!
  • Top News Story!!

    SCOTUS nominations? Yada. Yada.
    Afghan elections? Old news.
    Avian Bird Flu pandemic?{{yaaaawn}}

    But DID YOU HEAR?!

    Tyra Banks Proves Breasts Are Real

    I know the wondering has been keeping you awake at night, so I thought it best to get the word out as quickly as I could. As, you know, a public service.

    From The "Something Smells" Department...

    McCain Feingold Rears It's Ugly Head
    The smart guys (literally) over at AnkleBitingPundits have a disturbing and comprehensive breakdown of how McCain-Feingold is being brought to bear to squelch political blog commentary. Definitely worth a read if you blog, or read people that do. Which, I'm assuming, would be anyone reading this post.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    Maybe they should try e-bay...

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    (click for larger image)

    Thanks to Sacred Cow Burgers for the laugh!

    Update:
    And another good one from Two Dogs. Burger King's NEW fatwa-free logo design!!

    Monday, September 19, 2005

    Headline News: 9/20/05

    I about spewed coffee on my laptop reading Basil's Blog's Headlines, and so, seeing as how I am pretty much unable to come up with an original idea on my own, I thought I'd take a stab at my own rundown of headlines:

    Braving Taliban violence, Afghans voted in their elections
    Many blame confusing ballots. Al Queda pleased with turn out.

    Judge Dismisses Groping Charges Against Slater
    Felt groping just wouldn’t be sufficient. Slater not hurt in the attack.

    Ducklings Preferred Over Swans at Emmys
    Prime Rib also wins out over Chicken Cordon Bleu as favored menu item.

    'Heaven' Pushes the Devil From Top Spot at Box Office
    Said to be "payback" for wilderness tempting, taunting on tabernacle.

    Teacher 'demonized' over letter to politicians
    Exorcism to be conducted while over same letter.

    Propriety, history clash in Argentina
    No one hurt in sudden flare up of violence

    Vatican weighs shift in policy on unmarrieds
    Turns out to be about 7.5 lbs.


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  • From the "Cry Me A River" Department

    This just in, Dan Rather is apparently in full lip-quiver about the climate of fear that pervades the modern day newsroom. FEAR, I TELL YOU!! FEAR! PURE, UNREMITTING HORROR!!

    Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career.
    I hope he's not investigating that wierd noise, walking backwards while clad only in his underwear, and carrying a butcher knife in an overhand grip...
    Addressing the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan, occasionally forcing back tears,
    Ah, the intrepid war correspondent, voice of the masses, sniveling like a metrosexual watching "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Impressive.
    Rather was accompanied by HBO Documentary and Family president Sheila Nevins, both of whom were due to receive lifetime achievement awards at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards on Monday evening.
    Nevins said that even in the documentary world, there's a certain kind of intimidation brought to bear these days, particularly from the religious right.
    Ah, whew. Thank you. For a minute there I thought we might have to endure an article about the mainstream media without a slam against the Fundies. I knew you wouldn't let me down. We all just KNOW how influential the Bible-thumpers are in determining mass media content, now don't we?

    Nevins took up the cause for Rather, who was emotional several times during the event. "When a man is close to tears discussing his work and his lip quivers, he deserves bosses who punch back. I feel I would punch back for Dan," Nevins said.
    That's cuz Dan probably hits like a girl. Me, I just want to punch Dan. His. Lip. Quivers. Snurk.

    Rather praised the coverage of Hurricane Katrina by the new generation of TV journalists and acknowledged that he would have liked to have reported from the Gulf Coast. "Covering hurricanes is something I know something about," he said.
    Ah yes, that whole "moral authority" thing.
    "It's been one of television news' finest moments," Rather said of the Katrina coverage. He likened it to the coverage of President Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

    "They were willing to speak truth to power," Rather said of the coverage.
    You mean like Anderson Cooper running around trying to find someone, anyone who would criticize Pres. Bush or validate Cooper's pre-established biases? Real meaty stuff, that.

    Nevins said she didn't shy away from such R-rated topics as "G-String Divas" and "Taxicab Confessions" but noted that sex and passion have been topics of literature since Chaucer's day. "The most R-rated is a body bag, not a naked body," Nevins said.
    Can't IMAGINE how she ran up against the religious right. Hmm.

    So Nevins gets a Lifetime Achievement Award for making soft-core thinly disguised as documentaries, and Rather gets the LAA for a legacy of biased reporting and forged documents. Nice work if you can get it.

    Clearly, this article was designed to appeal to the soft-hearted who will be won over by Dan's touching emotionalism in the face of the big ol' meany heads in newsroom management who apparently are imposing...a...right..wing..religious...agenda? Yeah, I've kind of thought the same thing for a while now. Or not.

    Instead, it paints a portrait of a has-been whiner who relies on "strong but nurturing" types such as Nevin to do his talking (and fighting) for him while he gets in touch with his feminine side.

    Sometimes, Dan, it's best just to stay out of the limelight.

    UPDATE: Point Five has a hilarious take off on the article. Check it out.

    My first, last, and only Hurricane Katrina post

    Rusty Shackleford of My Pet Jawa has a great first-hand account that really puts the whole thing in perspective.

    Report From The Hurricane Zone: An Unavoidable Tragedy

    I'd put in a handy snippet here, but for some reason, I can't copy and paste. Anyway, go read it here. Do it. Now. Hurry up.

    From the "You've Got To Be Effin' Kidding Me!" Dept.

    This just in: apparently child molestation is a actually an intimate form of "mentoring."

    New book promotes sex with children
    Ph.D. 'expert' claims pederasty good for 'nurturing,' 'mentoring' young boys

    "Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West" features "scholarly" treatises by a raft of mostly-PhD academics, all praising earlier civilizations – particularly Greece and Rome – for the role homosexuality played in those ancient cultures.

    In the chapter titled "Pederasty: An Integration of Cross-Cultural, Cross-Species, and Empirical Data," Bruce Rind Ph.D. lauds the rampant child molestation that reportedly occurred in those societies, at one point citing evolution as supporting a pro-pedophilia worldview.

    Just for reference:
    Mentor: "To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher to (another person)." Uh, yeah.

    This is what passes for academic insight in our institutions of higher learning. W.T.F!?

    There is sooooo much more legitimate research out there that shows almost incontrovertibly how emotionally/psychologically destructive it is to pre-sexualize a young child. It has far-reaching impacts well into adulthood. It leads to repressed feelings of shame, confusion in dealing with normal developmental sexual issues, and other manifestations to include depression and suicide. So how can someone, with a straight face, present this "academic treatise" as anything other than agenda-driven drivel? And these "authors" feel free to publish this crap without any fear of recrimination, or peril to their jobs.

    To me, this is a failure to protect our children. Why do we need to have registries of sex offenders if this behavior is so "healthy?"

    MADNESS!!

    (I actually hesitated to post this, for fear of what it will do to this site in the search engines. But hey, traffic is traffic, right?)

    Just Curious is all...

    How come these guys got arrested....
    "Eleven Christians Arrested, Jailed, and Charged Under Hate Crimes Legislation"

    But these guys didn't?
    Church becomes ground zero for gay-vs.-ex-gay showdown
    Homosexuals picket worshippers leaving service, complain about planned 'Love Won Out' seminar

    So, is it freedom of speech, as long as you don't critcize, oh say, homosexuality. Then it's a hate crime?

    So you can criticize people who criticize homosexuality, but you can't criticize homosexuality?

    Ok, so, can you critcize people who criticize people who criticize homosexuality? Or is that a hate crime again?

    I'm. So. Confused.

    Sunday, September 18, 2005

    Twisted Heteronormative Post #413

    Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a healthy hetrosexual, and I get all the right urges around flesh-n-blood women (well, you know, my WIFE being the only one, of course), but that said, I've got to admit to an (admittedly somewhat disturbing) affection for cartoon chicks. I'm not talking the wierd Japanese anime stuff that gets some guys all a-twitter, but the good, honest wholesome ladies of the sunday morning comic pages.

    I'm sure I speak for many of you red-blooded young men out there when I admit to my fond adulation of Mrs. Bumstead, other wise known as Blondie. Through the years we've been privy to a certain voyeuristic whimsy as she cavorts about in her form-fitting dresses and filmy nightgowns. Oh, sure, she PLAYS the demure one when it's time to cater a dinner party, but I think we all KNOW why Dagwood is really always late for work in the morning. Heh.



    And then there is one Mrs. Jessica Rabbit, as fetching a pen and ink enchantress as every graced a stretch of celluloid. Sadly, it's just like shopping for a house; all the good ones are usually already taken. Kind of like back in high school, when the absolute hammers would always link up with the scrungiest "I'll bet my Dad just HATES him!" leather-clad rocker jerks, this million-dollar babe is shackled with, well, a mangy lookin' rabbit. Now I'm sure that Roger's got a winning personality and all, and we all know how chicks just go ga-ga for that sense-of-humor crap, but come ON. A rabbit?! Maybe there IS something to this whole "shoe size" thing. Anyway, I doubt I was the only one that nearly came unglued the first time Jessica breathed huskily, "I'm not bad; I'm just drawwwn that way." Martha, ma pills! Strangely, I've got a sudden urge to play patty-cake.

    Ah, but now, my heart has been stolen by another. It's sort of a guilty pleasure, really. Her name is Jan, dear sweet Jan, Chris Muir's horn-rimmed, brunette hair-scünchied feministe. She exudes that classic dissonant contradiction of an angry Blue-state feminist's mind in a Red-state cheerleader's body. Oh the self-loathing and angst she must feel every time she is faced with the subtle betrayal of being harnessed with a nice set of, uh, objectification nodules.



    She's every young college Republican's dream: that angry feminist do-gooder who sits two rows up in Poly-Sci and argues with the (male) prof about the oppression of gender roles, decrying the evils of capitalism and male hegemony, and all you can think about is how ROCKIN' she looks in her mercerized cotton and natural fibers. And I just KNOW that you've never played the sympathetic metrosexual just so you can hang out with her at the student union building and pretend to discuss the institutionalized repression of womyn at the hands of the testosterone oligarchy, while you are really just watching all the wonderful things that happen when a braless nature chick gets hopping mad. You sexist beast.

    So, I'm sorry Blondie, Jessica, but I have to follow my heart, and faithfully read Day by Day, you know, for the articles.

    We can still be friends, though, right?

    Funny you should ask....

    Yes, as a matter of fact, I DID chose that profile picture specifically because it makes me look like the sanctimonious, self-righteous, pedantic, pretentious arrogant ass that I am.

    Thank you for asking.

    The only constant is change

    Clearly, I'm monkeying around with the template for this site. Trying to give it a new look and feel. Please bear with my as I try to force blogspot to do my bidding.

    So far, it's putting up a pretty good fight.

    Any suggestions/comments/feedback are greatly appreciated. I am. after all, here to serve YOU, the consumer.

    Update:

    So, poll time. Should the nav stuff and blogroll, etc. go on the LEFT as it is, or on the right? 'Cuz heaven KNOWS I don't want to be accused of favoring the Left...

    Saturday, September 17, 2005

    From the "Well Which IS It?!" Department

    I haven't seen the stories, but I guess it's a slow news day, and so Pres. Bush's hastily scrawled note about needing a bathroom break is apparently all the rage. Give me a break. For years now we've heard about how Bush is some heartless automoton, barely human. And now that he, lo and behold, has to take a whiz just like the rest of us mere mortals, it's great fodder to take him down a notch. Sometimes I'm embarrased to claim membership in Club Homo Sapien.

    And apparently, Ms. Sheehan is once again calling for the US to get its troops out of...New Orleans?! One minute the government didn't act fast enough, and the military was held back because it was "only black people" or whatever, and now they've been there too damn long and it's starting to look like martial law.

    News flash - it IS martial law. It's a disaster area. You Nitwits.

    I used to think that Sheehan was just some loudmouth shill for the left trying to capitalize on her "moral authority" to further an agenda. Now I'm pretty convinced, she really is, actually, no kidding, off her friggin' rocker. As in, mentally unbalanced and in need of managed care. Seriously.

    I'm really trying to change my attitude and lighten up, but this kind of stuff just makes me want to smash things into little pieces.

    Gooooz-fraaabaaaaa. Breathe innnnn.....breathe ouuuuut.

    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    Lite Bloggin'

    I need to actually do some work today, so just a couple of thoughts:

    It occured to me yesterday that the people in Iraq have to live with the equivalent of the Oklahoma City Bombing nearly every day. What does that do to a culture? And before you spout off about if it weren't for the US being there, there wouldn't BE any car bombings, just let me say, I agree. Brutal, oppressive dictatorships are very orderly and stable. And brutal and oppressive. You don't need car bombs when you can just load entire families into the back of a truck, and make them disappear that way. I'm so glad we could agree on this.

    The Therapist has a hilarious post about an exchange between his child-like alter ego and Michael Nodoy, Pointy Head Pontificate and All-Around Card Carrying Sh*t Stain (PHPACCSS). And before you spout off about how Big Mikey is just sticking up for what he believes in, let me state for the slow of whit that Newdow's whole position is that he doesn't believe in anything. So shut up.

    As you can probably tell, I'm a little cranky today.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    So how's THIS supposed to work?!

    House adds sexual orientation to 'hate crimes'
    OKs amendment to child-safety bill with help of 30 Republicans

    Apparently, to Democrats, it sounds like a good idea to attach a rider to a bill protecting your children from sexual predators, imposing stiffer penalites on you for beating the tar out of the guy who sexually assaulted your little boy, because since he's a homosexual, it's now a hate crime.

    Damn straight it's a hate crime! Someone molests my kid, love and tolerance are no longer factors.

    Democrats: Defending the Oppressed. Intercessor for the people. Yada. Yada. Yada.

    And who were the 30 $%#&@! neo-cons who voted for it?

    ACLU & AL Zarqawi: Tell me how there's a difference...

    ACLU threat nixes 23rd Psalm display
    Tapestry with Bible passage hung in county courthouse

    The Banner-Herald said there was no complaint about the tapestry until a reporter began asking about it Monday.
    No one complained. No one hardly knew it was there. Yet still, it must be EXPUNGED!!!

    ACLU-Georgia Legal Director Gerry Webber said he had never heard of a case challenging a display of a 23rd Psalm text, but said it's a "potential violation" of the Constitution.
    A "potential" violation. As in maybe. So we take it down, just in case, to help prevent expensive litigation on the part of the Anti-Christ's Luciferian Utopia.

    In the journalism world, we call this "Prior Restraint."
    Souter said, "When the government acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion, it violates the central Establishment clause value of official religious neutrality."
    I would propose, that the 1st Amendment protections are designed quite specifically and premeditatively to advance and promote religion in our society. Not "A" religion, but religion, as in the practice of, as in "the free exercise thereof." Understanding that a healthy and moral society has a strong foundation in a strict set of moral (religious) principles.

    I still don't understand how "allow" or "permit" somehow equates to "endorse" or "establish." Under this mindset, the govenment is then endorsing, promoting, and establishing all manner of things, to include homosexuality, gaia-based environmentalism, liberalism, humanism and radical socialism. But got to protect people against the EEEEEvilz of religion.

    I just don't see how a hand embroidered Bible verse hung on a wall equates to institutionalized persecution of Muslims and Buddhists. But then again, I'm not very Progressive.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    How nice to see you, MISSSTER Annnndersonnn...

    I've already posted way too much for one day, but I just had to get this off my chest:

    Just caught our buddy Anderson Cooper, the white-haired wonder, on CNN. This was the quote (more or less):

    "We've heard some reports, from people who were there, that they were stopped at the other side of the bridge by police and sheriff. There were reports that there were shots fired...that they fired over their heads. Some said that deputies were taking food and water from the evacuees."
    ...wait for it...

    "We haven't been able to get any confirmation on this, but we'll let you know as things develop."

    So, in other words, you despicable excuse for a so-called journalist, you just "reported" a caustic, wildly inflammatory, and yet self-admittedly a wholly unsubstantiated urban legend in the making allegation, live, on national $#%&*@# television?

    I’m so stomping mad I can’t hardly see straight. Did we learn nothing from the whole "Koran in the toilet" thing?

    Idiot.

    From the "ROTFLMAO" Department

    The Therapist shills out another classic post, this time about BTK's (Big Ted Kennedy) utter lack of credibility in criticizing those who abandon the helpless to certain death under rising waters.



    BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

    Bush Betrays LA - Because of the blacks, maybe?

    Patterico hits it over the fence with this one:

    Bush Fails to Act in L.A. Power Outage
    Bush’s failure to act was immediately denounced by the press and the Democrats in Congress. Sen. Feinstein noted that she has repeatedly requested hundreds of billions to upgrade the grips on the wire cutters used by DWP workers, to prevent them from inadvertently snipping power cables. However, her requests have consistently fallen on deaf ears, ever since President Bush appointed that deaf guy as his liaison to Feinstein’s office.
    Heh.

    Me, I'm just surprised they are calling it a "blackout," because of, well, the clearly RACIST connotations of such a term. I heard a rumor that within 45 mintues, cannibalism had broken out amongst the traumatized inner city poor.

    Or maybe that was just somebody yelling, "Bite Me!" to a passing motorist. It was hard to tell in all the confusion.

    I remember the dark days when I was a youth. The power was out for 11 hours after a windstorm. We were forced to play Scrabble by lantern light, and eat smores cooked over the barbecuer. And tell ghost stories.

    What a night of living hell, I'm here to tell ya.

    Welcome aboard!

    Want to give a shout out to the latest add to my blogroll. Let's heeeeear it forrrrrr,

    The Jaybird Nest!!

    Good, insightful comments. I particularly like his, "Ten things I'm Tired Of." We'll give him a by on the fact that it should say, "Ten Things of Which I'm Tired."

    Jay may not know about his honor yet, so go over and check it out before the traffic gets so heavy that the server crashes.

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Nomination for Anti-Christ of the Week Award

    Cops Find 11 Kids in Cages in Ohio Home
    The Gravelles are denying they had abused or neglected the children.
    You know, aside from the whole, "living in cages with no blankets" thing.
    A court administrator says the children have been placed in four foster homes.
    Greeeaaat. Out of the frying pan....

    On a more positive note...

    Even in such a tragedy as Hurricane Katrina, there can be found some rays of hope, some glimmers of promise for tomorrow. For example:

    Cindy Sheehan.

    Who?

    Exaaaactly.

    Sunday, September 11, 2005

    Sept. 11th - A day which shall live, in Infamy.

    infamy

    n 1: a state of extreme dishonor; "a date which will live in infamy"- F.D.Roosevelt; "the name was a by-word of scorn and opprobrium throughout the city" [syn: opprobrium] [ant: fame] 2: evil fame or public reputation [ant: fame]
    It would be easy to wax long-winded about this day. No, I wasn't in the towers, or on a plane. No, no one I knew was killed that day. However, being in the military, this event has still had a very direct and personal impact on my life. But so many people have already posted so many things, that I doubt I have too much more to add.

    Except to say, let us not forget. After Pearl Harbor, FDR called the act one of "utter cowardice," and "a day which will live in infamy." As in evil, forever famous for its vile character.

    Let us not forget what happened on Sept. 11th. The men who flew those planes were not insane. They were fervent. They were not mental defectives, they were exuberant, rational participants. And yes, they were Muslims.

    There is now controversy over the Flight 93 memorial, suggestions that it looks too much like a crescent shape, too similar to the icon of Islam. I don't know how far you can really take this, but I do know that those apologists for Islam who want to somehow soften or ignore the reality of what happened cannot be allowed to flourish or prosper.

    There is a nobility in remembering the fate of our murdered countrymen. Yes, murdered. They were not killed in an accident. The plane didn't lose hydraulic power or go down in a sudden windstorm. Every one of them, in the air and on the ground, were murdered. Murdered by enemies of our country, our culture, and our way of life.

    Those enemies are still out there. They are still fervent. They are still exuberant. They are still coldly, sociopathically rational. They are still DANGEROUS.

    The Therapist says it very well, as he so often does. He adds:
    I will argue that the only religion that has a true mechanism of media, movies, and art that has free license to mock it is Christianity. Every time a writer, director or artist decides to start peeling off against Jesus, they are proclaimed to be “brave,” “courageous,” “laying it all out there,” etc. This is just preposterous. There is no bravery where institutional hatred for your subect permeates the avenues with which you travel to deliver it.
    Let today be a day of rememberance, mourning, and a renewed committment to find and stop these kinds of sick bastards wherever they hide.

    Wednesday, September 07, 2005

    On Photons, waves, and Helium

    At what point, and under what conditions does light behave as a wave, or a particle? Does quantum reality suggest that the state of energy is dependent on the context in which it is viewed?

    Does low-calorie really equate to low-fat, and vise versa?

    Why doesn't the wick of a candle burn right to the bottom in a couple of seconds?

    Is helium or hydrogen a better medium for lift in balloons?

    Is incadescent or fluorescent preferrable in the workplace?

    In other words, there will be light blogging for the next few days, as I head out "TAD" (Jarhead speak for "business trip"). Not sure if I'll be able to post.

    Talk amongst yourselves. Yes, all seven of you regular visitors. Play nice. Be courteous, and pick up your toys.

    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    A Challenge to the Rabid Chest Beating Bush Bashers

    The Tenth Amendment to The US Constitution
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
    The Principle of Federalism
    Federalism is a system of government in which power is constitutionally divided between a central authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). The two levels of government are interdependent, and share sovereignty.
    In the context of these two concepts and definitions, where falls the idea that Pres. Bush bears the primary (sole?) burden of blame for the inadequate type, scope, and rapidity of the response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans?

    The primary burden falls on the state and local governmental bodies and their designated representatives (Governor and Mayor). For Pres. Bush to step in only after they proved themselves inadequate to the task, is not only fundamentally appropriate, but mandated by Constitutional principles and historical tradition.

    Prove me wrong. I dare you.

    Food For Thought.

    Hurricane Floyd, September, 1999.
    Almost twice the size of typical Atlantic hurricanes, Floyd was some 580 miles (933 km) across and packed tropical storm-force winds (40 to 73 mph) or greater across that entire span.
    In all, Floyd claimed 51 lives and left thousands homeless. Most deaths came after the heavy winds and rains subsided and residents ventured outside, unaware that the rivers and creeks were rising as fast as 6 to 8 inches per hour. Hydrologists labeled this a 500-year flood event, meaning that a flood this severe is likely to occur only once every 500 years; or that it has only a 0.2 percent chance of happening in any given year. Initially, assessment experts estimated damages statewide to be about $1.3 billion, but that number rose to about $6 billion in the following weeks as stunned officials fully grasped the extent of the disaster...
    Clearly a result of Pres. Clinton's failed environmental policies.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    Bush Lied, People Died...Again?

    Once again, it has become painfully clear that (much to my dismay) I am apparently not a Progressive.

    Why, you may ask?

    Well, I just can’t seem to get my brain around the latest liberal talking point that the intensity, nay, the very existence of hurricane Katrina can be laid squarely at the feet of Pres. Bush’s derelict, dare we say, even criminally negligent environmental policies.

    Which policies are those exactly? What has President Bush done in his five years as president that has so fundamentally altered the balance of natural forces as to cause the spinning together of devastating killer tropical storms? Better yet, can someone -- hopefully someone more progressive (and thus enlightened) than I -- explain how any single act or series of acts (or omissions) over such a geologically miniscule period of time can result in such significant climatological changes?

    It’s not what he’s done, it’s what he has FAILED to do!” rises the shrill, anguished cry. “He won’t ratify Kyoto!

    Aside from the fact that it is CONGRESS that ratifies treaties, and CONGRESS (Republicans AND Democrats) that has refused –TWICE -- to ratify the Kyoto protocols. And even if they HAD ratified back in 1997 when it was drafted, the goal was to reduce greenhouse gases by 2012. Let me get the calculator..hmmm..that appears to be 7 MORE YEARS FROM NOW. But I digress.

    Yes, but he’s been in office for 5 years! Think of the progress we could have made!” Reminder: CONGRESS has to ratify the treaty, not the President.

    Is it the radical leftist Progressive viewpoint that Bush should attempt to ram down our throats implement the Kyoto treaty by Executive Order, as Pres. Clinton attempted to do?

    I don’t have the time or desire to spend stating and supporting the patently obvious point that the Kyoto Protocol is less about the environment, and more about the transfer of wealth and sovereignty, (in classic subversive socialist fashion) from the economically prosperous and politically self-determinant western republics to economically bankrupt, socially regressive and politically frangible third-world countries. Rather than encouraging pre-industrial societies to progress and become self-sufficient, it penalizes those who already are.

    The way the wailing Bush-haters tell it, you’d think GW went around opening the floodgates on sewage plants and pulling the plugs out of toxic waste storage tanks. Five years of negligence and overt refusal to do anything to stop the downward spiral of the environment.

    Never mind that the EPA already has incredibly restrictive standards on emissions and aggressive penalties for failure to comply. Never mind that many corporations are voluntarily converting or retrofitting equipment to burn cleaner, running hybrid vehicles as company cars, and dumping research money into alternative energy sources; research money that wouldn’t be available if the direct and indirect costs of Kyoto were brought to bear.

    Suggesting that Pres Bush, in his relatively short tenure, is somehow responsible for radical climatic changes (that any thinking person would realize take decades to manifest) is not only willfully ignorant, but also socially irresponsible and morally reprehensible.

    But then again, the Left seldom worries itself with logic; they don’t need reason for their reasons. Hate becomes its own means and end.