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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Man Up Already

I don't know a nice way of putting this, but John Boehner is a fucking embarrassment. And I don't say that because he's a Republican who supports policies I disagree with. Oh, no, it's not the policies. It's the tears.

On Wednesday, he honored Neil Armstrong with a Congressional Gold Medal...and another good cry. What the hell, man? He's the Speaker of the House and a grown man. And yet he can't give a speech without crying like a baby?

And I don't mean to question his manhood. Just his emotional maturity. Look at this photo.

Would you want to get a medal from this emotional wreck? Would you even want to stand next to this guy?

Tooting My Own Horn

I'm not a conservative, but I'm a big fan of Outside the Beltway, a right-of-center blog run by James Joyner and company. I comment a lot over there under my nom de guerre Herb, but I've never had a comment get such truck.
The full discussion can be found here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh Hell YES!

Here's Down rocking Sao Paulo.

I love this song.

This verse makes me want to smoke weed, and yet reminds me why I shouldn't:
Crumbling world falls through my hands
In my mouth tastes bitter sand
Grass is burning, pulse is slow
Drip by drip my backwards growth
And this verse is just awesome:

Wine, song, women, birth
This deflowered mother earth
Planting, plowing, how she grieves
The seed that grow these dying trees.

More Highway Talk....Noooooo!

Just as I can't read anything Sullivan says about God and take it seriously, I can't read anything about urban planning from Matt Yglesias and take him seriously. Yglesias, for some reason, has this hard-on for urban density (I think it comes from living in NYC and Washington DC his whole life) and a real hatred for suburban sprawl.

Here he is crying about a new highway in Berlin:
Now the plan is to finally finish the thing which will damage the neighborhoods directly afflicted by construction and, by speeding automobile commutes, encourage commuters to sprawl out into the surrounding suburbs.
So...what's wrong with that?

There's no reason why a cross-town journey should take hours in the 21st Century. And with the population growing at an exponential pace (7 billion people on the planet now, compared with 1.6 billion in 1900) there's no reason we should all be piled on top of each other in dense urban clusters.

Not More God Talk.....Nooooooo!

Andrew Sullivan is writing a book...about God, and if it's in this vein, I ain't reading it.
I am not inventing a new religion, like Joseph Smith. I am explaining what I see as the truths of Christianity in language that is not encrusted with myth and irrational literalism, a Christianity that incorporates the unprecedented amount of knowledge that mankind has now acquired about the universe, history, science and indeed the flawed human origins of the Scriptures themselves. To say that God is everywhere, as orthodox Christians believe, is precisely to say he is not some grey-bearded man in the sky. God is neither male nor female. God is hidden. God cannot be grasped by our human minds. But God is the force behind everything, and good.
A Christianity without myth? How's that going to work?

I always thought you had to buy onto a few things in order to be a Christian and all of those things are a bit "myth"-y. Even if you reject the virgin birth and the miracles, the prophecies and the resurrection, don't you have to accept at the very least the divinity of Jesus, who by all accounts was most definitely male?

Take all that out and you're left with a warmed-over spiritualism that is most definitely NOT Christianity as its been understood and practiced for centuries.

At any rate, I'm not a Christian, just raised as one, so what do I know? I have no choice but to reject hogwash like this:
That the universe loves us.
Especially after reading this:
God cannot be grasped by our human minds.
Which one is it? If "God/the Universe" is so incomprehensible, how can we be so sure that's its principle property is love?

The universe doesn't care about you because the universe doesn't care about anything. It can't. It's not an emotional being. It's merely the totality of everything that exists.

Maynard said it best:
The universe is hostile, so impersonal
Devour to survive, so it is, so it's always been.
I mean, I love hamburgers...but cows? I hate cows more than I hate coppers. Stupid cows.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Jimmy Fallon Does Morrison

And cracks me up.

When I was a kid, we used to watch Reading Rainbow at school all the time...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Football Kittie

My kitties don't really care about the TV unless I'm watching football.

Kitties!

They're growing up...
I got this super-plush blanket for me, but my kitties have claimed it as their own.
Here's Sadie playing. Smoke's glowing eyes look on from the sidelines.

Tree Killer

Three down...three to go.
I have managed, through no small effort, to successfully cut down and stump three of the trees growing in my neighbor's fence and over my house. My method: dig a hole around the stump, cut off as many roots as I can, then cut off anything that's above ground. Drill holes in the stump, fill the holes with kosher salt. Bury the stump and wait for the slow death.

It's not without side effects. As you can see here, I actually had to cut away some of the fence to get the stump out.
I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this one.
Much less this one.
But however I do it, these trees will be gone.

More OWS

I really don't want to sound like I'm bagging hard on these people, but they have to get their shit together.

The Denver Post reports:
Denver police in riot gear forced stubborn protestors out of Civic Center park early this evening, tearing down illegally pitched tents.
The OWS response:
At least half of the protesters started to leave Lincoln Park and Civic Center after a 4:30 p.m. parlay with police, but many voted to stay and some of them blocked Broadway about 5:15 p.m.

Police moved quickly to clear Broadway. At 5:30 p.m., Broadway was closed by police between Colfax and 14th avenues.
Half wanted no part of a confrontation, and the other half were under control in fifteen minutes.

Some strategery you guys got there.

And here's the icing on the cake:
A city garbage truck pulled up as some protesters continued to chant anti-police slogans: "You look stupid in your helmets and with your clubs .... This a peaceful assembly — no weapons allowed."
The lack of self-awareness is staggering.

The police look stupid? You're the one sleeping on the sidewalk. The helmets and the clubs? The easier to crush you, my dear. The no weapons allowed policy? You're facing dudes with helmets and clubs. Is that really wise?