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Friday, September 21, 2007

Attempted Car Theft

To the dickheads who broke into my car:

I'm sure you wanted to get more than my stereo faceplate when you jimmied my lock, but you forgot to bring jumper cables. Doh! Kinda hard to start a car with a dead battery.

Oh, and that stereo? Don't work anyway.

I bet you feel stupid now, huh?

Some Common Sense

Heh. Indeed.

A Gathering of Assholes

A bunch of Michelle Malkin-reading assholes mounted a counter-protest recently in DC. Calling the event a "Gathering of Eagles," these brave war-mongers sacrificed an afternoon to help the war effort....

By beating up a guy who sacrificed his son to the war effort.

Check out the pictures of these assholes attacking the Gold Star Dad.

Makes ya real proud to be an American, huh?

These fuckers aren't patriots. A patriot is going to have a little more respect for a man whose son died for his country.

Whatever happened to "I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it?" Doesn't seem to be too much of a principle in this country anymore, if it ever was.

John Roberts

Is he just trying to appear to be a hard-charging reporter, or is he a Republican tool? He asked Chuck Schumer on CNN this morning, "Why are Democrats afraid of taking on Moveon.org?"

Ooh, good one, John.

Next time you get a Republican on, let's ask them "Why are you afraid of taking on Pat Robertson?"

This idea that Democrats have a responsibility to condemn Moveon.org just seems silly to me. They're fucking Democrats, man. If they had any fight in them, Moveon.org wouldn't exist.

Politics as Usual

Whenever you hear a liberal pundit mention that Bush's approval ratings are hovering in the 30s, they're quick to remind you that Congress's rating aren't much better. I've never really understood why this was such a clever rejoinder, considering that the two things have little to do with each other. (Do Congressional ratings go up when Presidential ratings go down? Um, I don't think it works that way.)

I think the reason for the low rating is that politicians (of both stripes) are more worried about how they appear than actually getting things done.

How many times have you heard the call to vote on an issue so the vote could be "on record" and then later regurgitated in a campaign ad.

That explains Terri Schiavo, most of the Iraq legislation, as well as the latest travesty: The Cornyn Amendment.

Yeah, the one defending General Petraeus from the attack ads run by Moveon.org. It passed with flying colors, by the way.

First, I'd like to congratulate the right-wing blowhards who pushed this through. Congratulations on accomplishing absolutely nothing.

Byron York is quick to point out that the dissenting votes all belonged to Democrats, while the Republicans all voted FOR Petraeus and AGAINST Moveon.org. The funny thing about that?

York's hitlist seems to have been the primary purpose of the Amendment, that is, the resolution against an attack ad was meant to provide fodder for future attack ads.

I can just see it now. "Hillary Clinton says she supports the troops, but when Congress voted to support General Petraeus, she voted no. Tell Hillary Clinton..." And so on.

Me, I'm sick of these lame "gotcha" moments. I'm with Obama, who skipped the vote, on this one:
"The focus of the United States Senate should be on ending this war, not on criticizing newspaper advertisements," the senator said in a statement e-mailed to the Huffington Post. "This amendment was a stunt designed only to score cheap political points while what we should be doing is focusing on the deadly serious challenge we face in Iraq. ... By not casting a vote, I registered my protest against this empty politics."
An empty stunt is right.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Dream Deferred

I'm glad I don't live in Jena, LA.

Sounds like they are having some severe racial issues, and to make matters worse, an army of protesters will converge on the town to defend the "Jena 6," a group of six black kids that beat up a white kid. Some are even saying that this is kind of like the Civil Rights marches of the 60s.

But is it really? Nah. There was a nobility in the Civil Rights era that is distinctly lacking here.

Do the leaders of this march realize that by defending the Jena 6, they are implicitly endorsing an inappropriate response to racism? (Unless you think ganging up on white boys is the proper way to deal with a "whites only" tree, that is...)

Rosa Parks didn't get a posse together and beat up a bus driver. She just refused to give up her seat.

Martin Luther King didn't burn down houses or lynch any white people. He marched, he gave speeches that inspired millions, he lead by example and preached nonviolence and humanity.

Do you think Dr. King would rush to the defense of these thugs? Maybe. But somehow I doubt it. This is, after all, the man who said:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
What I want to know is this: Which one of the Jena 6 has any character?

They ganged up on a guy, a six-to-one fight, kicking him while he was down. And no, the white kid didn't put a noose on a tree. He was just doing some good old shit-talking.

So now the Jena 6 are noble, innocent victims of a justice system of out control? Please.

It's arguable whether the Jena 6 charges were too severe. Attempted murder? Assault with a deadly weapon? Yeah, a little too severe. But still, the charges were deserved.

Free the Jena 6? I don't think so. They should suffer the appropriate penalty for what they did.

And I wonder about their supporters. Would they, being the principled non-racist people that they are, support freeing six white kids who beat up a big-mouthed black kid in a mostly-black neighborhood?

No? I don't think so either.

I think it's quite obvious that the folks marching on Jena today aren't all that interested in the content of their character, but very interested in the color of their skin.

PS. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are dead to me. Al Sharpton never met a racial fire he wouldn't pour gasoline on to get his name in the news. Jesse Jackson is just a racist bastard.

Any movement led by these divisive, self-promoting racists will be led off a cliff.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Working For the Weekend

Oh man, I just realized it's only Wednesday...

That's the bad thing about working the night shift. It can be confusing figuring out what day it is.

Of course, it doesn't help when you're working way more than you should. 30 hours of overtime this week... Yes, you read that right. 30 hours of overtime.

My next paycheck should be nice, but I'm wiped out, man.

Propaganda

Calling it like it is...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds this call for Congress to "condemn" Moveon.org a little strange. What does that even mean?

Remember, Congress passes legislation. Sometimes they hold hearings and do some meaningless grandstanding. Does Freedom Watch want Congress to pass legislation that prevents Moveon.org from calling people names? (Obviously that won't work, thanks to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.)

Or do they want Congress to do some more meaningless grandstanding to please their (apparently gullible) constituents?

Besides, where was all this righteous indignation a couple years ago when another extremely partisan Political Action Committee was smearing a sitting US Senator who was running for President?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Searching With My Good Eye Closed

In this day and age, having an inadequate search engine should render your company obsolete.

Exhibit A: Ticketmaster

Let's say you want to see a band called "Down" and you know that it's at the "Ogden Theater."

Just don't try searching for "Down Ogden" on Ticketmaster's website...because you won't find shit!

Can't Cut the Mustard

Speaking of football, I have no clue what kind of game Mike Shannahan is playing with Chad Mustard, but it's a little weird.

I can't imagine what it feels like to be cut from the same team three times in one month.

Tuesday Morning Quarterbacking - Week 2

It was a wild week in the NFL. Watercoolers across the country were abuzz with the Patriots resounding defeat of the Chargers, the crazy shoot-out in Ohio between the Bengals and the Browns, and if you were in Denver, most likely you were wondering why the Broncos have to rely on Jason Elam's leg to win a game.

Here's the Fantasy rundown for the week.

Macon Street Smokers 0-1-1 (Rank: 7 of 8, unchanged from last week)
Lucky for me, I managed to score enough points to tie this game, rather than lose. The final score 125-125, but it's clear to me that I have a severe lack of running back depth on this team. Brian Westbrook (PHI) is good enough, but Laurence Maroney isn't helping me (or the Patriots) that much. I made a trade offer to remedy that situation, but I didn't realize that the guy I offered to trade is my opponent in week 3. Suffice it to say, I don't think that trade will be happening.

Macon Street Maniacs 2-0 (Rank: 1 of 10, unchanged)

Ah, the Maniacs. This is fast becoming my "flagship" team, the team that I care most about, and there's good reason. It's so damn successful. Another win, another week at the top of the league. I'm not the point leader, but after week 2, I am the sole remaining unbeaten team. Again, this week's win belongs to Steve Smith, who scored 3 touch downs on Sunday. The best part about it? Every single one of my starters on this team scored in the double digits. Can the Maniacs be beat? Sure....but will it happen?

Macon Street Monsters 2-0 (Rank: 1 of 8, Up 2)

The Monsters are, well, monstrous. The final score in this match-up, 182.52 - 117.32. Guess who got the 182? Yep, that's me. But it wasn't Peyton Manning this week. It was Jamal Lewis with his 207 yards. Andre Johnson's two touchdowns certainly helped, but Johnson tweaked his knee and is now listed as questionable for next week. I'm really not that worried, though. I went from 3rd place last week to the top this week...and I'm the point leader now too. You know what that is? That's domination!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Blackwater

Finally! Good news from Iraq.

Blackwater USA has their license to kill in Iraq PULLED.

William Arkin got slammed hard for (jokingly) calling the US troops "mercenaries." Just for the record: If you're a member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or National Guard, you are NOT a mercenary.

If you work for Blackwater, though, you are.

Not only should their license to operate in Iraq be revoked, but so should their corporate charter.

A "Fake" Conservative But Real Satire

Now this is satire!

On the Moveon.org ad:
Although I disagreed with the content of the ad, which attacked the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General David Petraeus and featured the offensive tagline "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?," I don't understand why conservatives attacked the Times for accepting it. Aren't we conservatives supposed to be in favor of making buck, even if it means we have to compromise a few principles here and there? And don't we believe that money is free speech and that the more money you spend, the more free speech you deserve?
Ha!

Yes, Jon, there are people that believe that. I've known a few of them.

Bonus: His Scott Thomas Beauchamp post is just golden. It should make a lot of Malkinites feel really stupid, which they should.

This guy's going in my blogroll too.

Speaking of Beauchamp:

Much like Iraq, the Beauchamp story is a text book example of "moving the goalposts." It went from "Scott Thomas isn't a real person and the New Republic is making shit up" to "The incident Scott Beauchamp wrote about happen in Kuwait, not Iraq and if the New Republic's editors didn't know that, then they should have!" Then it was "Someone told me that Beauchamp signed a super-secret sworn statement recanting his stories. I've never seen it, but I'm gonna believe it anyway." (Seriously...a secret sworn statement? I would call that "convincing evidence" if it was a) evidence or b) convincing.) Finally, the line on Beauchamp was that he was an asshole and not representative of the military as a whole.

So follow me here. It went from "Beachamp doesn't exist" to "Beauchamp is an asshole." What's funny about that is that these guys are pretending that's not a complete 180 and they're giving each other high fives.

I do not need to ask the question "Are you stupid?" because the answer is self-evident.

The Wege is Awesome

Ha! I just noticed that the Wege got linked by Crooks and Liars. That's awesome. You know why? Cuz the Wege is awesome.

Speaking of, adding that guy to my blogroll is long overdue.

PS. Mark writes:
Sorry, it sounds to me like some people have waaaaaay too much money. In a nation where the rich send their doggies to get massages, it's pretty fucking unseemly to bitch about the fact that some of the poor now have cable. Especially when a job as an independent contractor cable installer won't keep a family of four above the poverty line unless momma works too (and it wouldn't hurt for mom or dad to have a second job).
Exactly.

Counting Bodies to the Rhythm of the War Drums

Remember all the heat I got for finding the Lancet Iraqi War dead study all too credible? (You can revisit the discussion...I mean, argument here, here, here, and here.)

Since then, there have been further studies, and all of them put the victims of the Iraq War in the hundreds of thousands (even the millions), quite a substantial difference from the low-count estimates put forth by the Bush Administration, the military, and the Iraq Body Count.

This guy discusses it better than I can.
We now have four survey estimates from three independent teams of professionals using two different good-practice methods. They all say that the excess deaths in Iraq are hugely greater than the IBC body count, let alone the numbers from the MNF or the Iraqi government. The mean estimate, combining the ORB result with my extrapolations from the three older ones, is 782,000.
That's about ten times what the IBC has now.

Why such a huge discrepancy between sources?

Maybe because we have one side who wants to get the truth, and one side that wants to obscure it? That's my guess, anyway. Since I keep harping on this, you can guess who I believe.

The independent experts who keep finding out the same things? Or the MNF, who has been falling over themselves to show that "things aren't that bad." And what about the Iraqi government, who is most likely responsible for some of those deaths. (Funny that folks who didn't believe Clinton when he said "I didn't sleep with that woman," now believe the Iraqi government, whose reputation can be summed up with the word corrupt, when they say, "I didn't kill all those people.")

As for the Iraq Body Count...blah. They get most of their info from media reports, and any idiot can tell you that culling data from media reports is not a good way to get statistics on anything. For example...my cousin's armed robbery arrest didn't make the papers. If the IBC were tracking armed robberies, they would have missed that one.

(Oh, one last thing. Though it's probably not necessary considering the drought of comments lately, I'm disabling comments on this post. I'm not trying to cut off debate; just trying to avert another flame war. I hate those things.)

More Robbery

Speaking of armed robbery, this is what I want to know...

Which racist Las Vegas PD detective framed OJ for armed robbery?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

On Budgets, Borrowing, and Armed Robbery

Last week I got a familiar call from my cousin. "Hey, you got forty bucks I could borrow? I'll pay you back on Wednesday." I say "familiar," because every few weeks (it was every week at one time) I'd get a similar call. Sometimes it was $20, sometimes it was $40. One time I think he even asked for $60.

The first time he called, I obliged, being the helpful generous person that I am. "You need to borrow twenty bucks? You'll pay me back on payday? Alright, I can do that. I know how it is to be young, dumb, and unable to manage money."

But there was a slight problem. Payday came and went, and I got no call from Cuz. Not even to say, "Would it be cool if I paid you next week?"

See, that was a test, and he failed.

Since then, he's found it very difficult to squeeze blood from this stone, no matter the sob story. You want to take a girl out to the movies? That's great...just don't tell her you had to borrow the money to do it. (Maybe you could convince her to pay, Mr. Smooth Can't Even Afford to Go On A Date.) You're out of cigarettes and gas? Too bad, pal. The solution to that problem can be summed up in one word: Budgeting.

So after this latest call a week ago, I had planned on having a discussion with him but since I've been working 10 hours a day for the last 7 days or so (on the night shift even), I haven't had time. I was going to sit him down and have a little heart to heart, explaining that he had two options:

1) Learn to manage his money.

Or

2) Nickle and dime his friends, family and associates every week for small loans for the rest of his life.

I didn't think of the third option, which is the one he chose:

Armed robbery. Yeah, armed robbery.

Turns out his lack of money management skills is the least of his problems...

Coming Soon 2

Hermano's new record, supposedly released in the US on November 7th, just in time for my birthday.
Hey, they have an import DVD. Anyone got any Euros I could borrow?

The Bleeding

I heard the tail end of this song on the radio and thought it sounded pretty cool. Now that I've seen the video though, I don't know...
The last minute is the best part. The first two minutes are a bit much to sit through.

Let it load and fast foward to about 2:45.

Oh, the band is called Five Finger Death Punch. Love that name.

Coming Soon


Dropping Sept 25.