Monday, December 31, 2007

A Pin Drops in the MSM


Found at BLACKFIVE: General Petraeus is declared "Man of the Year." Click through for the original story.

Ever wonder why there is no "body count" these days? There is virtually NO reporting about the war in Iraq by the MSM anymore. In leftist Newspeak, victory = failure. Maybe that's a good thing.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gipper '08

This is the closing from his "time for choosing" speech. His courage and determination are chilling.



It is a shame that no one like him is running for president.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hatred

God Hates: _______ (America, Fags, You, Your Tears, the Troops, Fag Enablers, etc. etc.). The Westboro Baptist "Church" is a bunch of despicable sub-human retards. Read the Wikipedia page if you are not convinced. These are the excrement heads who protest at the funerals of our fallen service men and women with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Made the IEDs."

I know, this has been around for a while now. I was just reminded of their mouthbreathing existence recently and felt I had to get the hatred out of me. Can I ask God's forgiveness in advance for kicking the shit out of one (or more) of these douche bags, should I meet them in the course of my day-to-day activities? An unlikely event, to be sure. But I like to be prepared.



UPDATE: Perhaps I should curb my violent tendencies towards these hatemongers. Maybe I will picket them with one of their own signs:



Helfen Sie Mir! Die Schweine Sind Uberall!

A lesson: Never tell a bunch of your buddies your deepest fear, then fall asleep amongst them. Something like this may happen.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Extreme Geekery

Alas, I do not work in a cubicle. However, this USB Missile Launcher may have some application in an home office environment. My boys would probably commandeer the thing and use it against me for their own evil purposes.

Newgrange

An acient tomb in Ireland, whose special feature was rediscovered in 1967, will be shown in the Newgrange Winter Solstice Webcast. At the winter solstice,a narrow passageway illuminates the pitch-dark interior with enough light to read by. From the Newgrange page:

Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a
roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.

At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am.

Newgrange's accuracy as a time-telling device is remarkable when one considers that it was built 500 years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. The intent of its builders was undoubtedly to mark the beginning of the new year. In addition, it may have served as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death.


I hope my crappy connection will allow me to watch...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

"The Hobbit" to Become Film


Yahoo: Peter Jackson to be Executive Producer for "The Hobbit" film.

Good news. I am sure it will be an entertaining and worthwhile investment of my $10.

To Mr. Jackson: LOTR was great, with a few exceptions. Please, please, please, no whole-cloth inventions like the Elves showing up at Helm's Deep. You missed a close one by cutting the Arwen appearance out of those scenes, thank Eru Il├║vatar. And if Mr. Holm should reprise his role as Bilbo (he should, as should the other actors from your LOTR), please be sure he is not as bloated as Anthony Hopkins was in Red Dragon.

When Is a Bookshelf Not a Bookshelf?

Maybe the ad is working. Reuters reports Huckabee, Giuliani tied in 2008 Republican race U.S.

The people who make the TV spots for presidential candidates (and beer brewers) know exactly what they are doing. In the case of beer, attractive women placed in the same frame as the beer promote an pleasing image to the beer drinker. Huckabee's "floating cross" places a pleasing image in the same frame as the product (Huckabee for President!) being sold to the consumer, the consumer in this scenario being conservative christian voters. To suggest that the "floating cross" appears as a coincidence is dishonest at best.

I do not disagree with the verbal message Mr. Huckabee presents. It is good to hear an honest message of Christ and family at this time of year. It is Christmas, after all. I would not go so far as to suggest Mr. Huckabee is a facist. But he is "wrapping himself in the flag," after a fashion:




And now, the best for last. From the AP(via Brietbart):

Huckabee said the bookshelf is just a bookshelf and shrugged off the controversy: "I will confess this: If you play the spot backwards it says, 'Paul is dead. Paul is dead.'"

Is it just coincidence that one of his greatest detractors is fellow republican candidate Ron Paul?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who's Who of MLB Juicers

A disturbing day for baseball.

From the story at ESPN.com :
"I'm going to assume that a lot of the basis for this is hearsay information," Boras [representative to many players on the "list"] said, according to The Times. "It's not based on any kind of clinical testing, so it is widely a product of hearsay testimony. Without clinical testing or hard evidence, any report like this has to be reviewed with great scrutiny."


If the story, and the "list," are found to be true, will anyone be surprised? I think not. I feel sorry for the kids who look up to these players as role models.

Real Cheshire Cats


They don't disappear, they glow in the dark.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Such Bitter Business As The Day Would Quake To Look Upon

All the posting I have been doing lately about charcuterie, butchering, etc. has made me wonder about the term "blood heat." A dictionary search:


blood heat: noun

1. Temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health [syn: body temperature].

2. A temperature approximating that of the human body.

Why is animal blood not mentioned? Surely, it is just as hot as human blood. The only contact most humans have with hot blood, soldiers and Hamlet notwithstanding, would be from an animal being butchered. Hunters know how nice it feels to have one's cold-numbed fingers warmed by the heat of a freshly killed animal. Since most of us do not butcher our own animals (or fight with swords) anymore, this part of the definition has been lost.

Aside: Will anyone forget that a "steaming pile" comes most often from an animal relieving themselves in the outdoors? Here is an example.

Disambiguation

My blog is not to be confused with this.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

How Could I Have Forgotten

The repeal of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. on this day, in 1933?

Thanks to the Llamabutchers for the reminder. And the really nice photo of someone who shares Sir Winston's birthday. Ouch.

Letters of Marque and Reprisal

With the news that Ron Paul has won the Virginia straw poll despite "electioneering" by the doctrinaire Virginia Republican party, I am reevaluating my opinion of his candidacy.

Paul's political leanings are somewhat close to mine. Not identical, but close. For instance, I do not believe that the United States invited or encouraged the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 by our involvement in the enforcement of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Let us lay that blame where it properly belongs: On the incompetence and dereliction of duty of ex-president William Jefferson Clinton, and his administration's pussy-footed reaction to every terror attack during his reign. One cannot treat terrorists as criminals. They are vermin, and should be exterminated.

Which brings me to something I find honorable about Ron Paul. Although he would not be willing to use our military to fight the War on Terror, he would, in certain circumstances, be in favor of granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal. By giving non-government individuals and groups the right to capture/kill terrorists outside of our borders (what the hell, within them as well), the bastards would be constantly looking over their shoulders, trying to find the axe they hear whistling towards their necks. It would have a serious detrimental effect on their operational security, for as much as they profess their readiness to kill (and be killed) for Allah, most would not be willing to be captured or to die an unspectacular death.

Ron Paul introduced the Air Piracy and Capture Act of 2001 and the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. Not law, but a good idea. Anyone interested in being a privateer?

Global Warming, Part VII: Let It Snow

A Baltimore Sun blog has a story about a "historic vote" concerning global warming that is scheduled for today in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

"This is the first time ever a Senate commitee [sic] is voting on a globval [sic] warming bill, and that's historic," said Brad Heavner, director of Environment Maryland. "There is some reasonable expectation that this will get to the floor, but the big question is will it get stronger or weaker?....We think it needs to be stronger."


If John Warner, R(?)-VA, has his way, it will be stronger. He is, so far, the only republican in favor of the lastest nonsense. Maybe Warner can find a way to get George Voinovich, R(?)-OH to support it. Then Voinovich can cry and make a spectacle of himself again, to "raise awareness" of the "dangers" of "climate change."

Here's the real effect this kind of crap will have - from the same story:



...Europe tried a pollution credit trading system to curb carbon dioxide emissions after it passed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, and power companies worked the system to make billions in profits. Electricity customers paid higher bills, thinking they were contributing to a cooler planet. But their money just went into the pockets of the electric companies, which didn't end up actually cutting down on their carbon dioxide emissions.

It is snowing here in central Virgina (and is expected later in D.C.). I love the irony.