Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cool Shit Found on the Internet

I'm probably the only person on the planet who would think this was cool, but check this headline:

Cuauhtemoc Medina Wins Hopps Award


It's an unusual name, yes, but the cool thing (to me) is that it's a Nahuatl (ie, Aztec) name.

Indeed, Cuauhtemoc was the last ruler of the Aztecs ever before their final defeat at the hands of Cortes and his conquistadors.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Blade Runner

I've known since the "Director's Cut" that Ridley Scott always intended to hint that Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner was an android.  I never got why, though.

It's all about that damn unicorn.

In one scene, Ford's Deckard is falling asleep and has a dream about a unicorn.  It's not really important to know why he's dreaming of a unicorn or what the unicorn represents.  Just know he's dreaming about a unicorn.

Throughout the movie, he is "handled" (in a CIA kind of way, as opposed to a Catholic priest kind of way) by a cop played by Edward James Olmos.  His character speaks a pidgin language and is strangely fond of making little origami figures and leaving them around.  It's not really important to know why he makes origami figures.  Just know that he makes them.

At the very end of the movie, after the unicorn dream, after tracking down and killing all the rogue replicants, Harrison Ford is leaving his apartment with his replicant girlfriend and finds a tiny little unicorn origami figure in the hall.

You see, the unicorn dream wasn't a dream at all.  It was a memory implant.  And that unicorn origami figure in the hallway was just Edward James Olmos's way of saying, "I know you were implanted with a unicorn dream."

Makes sense, right?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Hard To Take Ya Seriously

When you're writing stuff like this:
Johnson’s success shows that Americans are interested in what the GOP has always said it stood for but never delivered on: A government that stays out of the boardroom and out of the bedroom.
Johnson got a little over 1% of the vote.

A curious definition of "success," innit?

(And, seriously, when did the GOP say it was going to stay out of the bedroom?)


Brendan Behan once wrote: "I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse."

That quote came to mind when I read about this story.

If you're handcuffing and arresting 60-year-old ladies because they spoke for more than three're doing it wrong!

Good Riddance

Linked for one reason and one reason only....ridicule:
I've soured on electoral politics given what happened last night. I believe now the best course of action is outright revolt. What do I mean by that?

Well, to each his own. Some may choose to push secession in their state legislatures. Others may choose to leave the U.S. for good (Costa Rica, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Hong Kong, Israel). Still others may want to personally separate themselves from the United States here in North America while still living under communist rule' the Glenn Beck, grab your guns, food storage, build bunkers, survivalist route. I heartily endorse all these efforts.

However, for me, I'm choosing another rather unique path; a personal boycott, if you will. Starting early this morning, I am going to un-friend every single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama, or I even suspect may have Democrat leanings. I will do the same in person. All family and friends, even close family and friends, who I know to be Democrats are hereby dead to me. I vow never to speak to them again for the rest of my life, or have any communications with them. They are in short, the enemies of liberty. They deserve nothing less than hatred and utter contempt.
Two words, man...grow up. I'd almost prefer this guy run off to Costa Rica with his tail between his legs than this "I'll just be a dick" method.

This is exactly why I will NEVER be a Libertarian and will argue with them endlessly. It has been my experience that while Libertarians make faint noises about freedom, their primary motivation is a distorted sense of their own superiority.

 Listen to this guy call other people "the enemies of liberty" even as he hangs a big "NO DEMOCRATS" sign around his life. 

Are we supposed to mourn this or something?  Cry out in horror?'re doing us a favor.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tears of Importent Rage

I don't mean to gloat, but c' would think Obama's re-election would convince some folks on the right that they need to re-think their approach.

But no, I log into Facebook and see on Uncle Jim's wall (in response to Jim's all too reasonable call for unity) some guy complaining that Obama's Marxism is going to turn the US into a third world country.

To me, that shit is absurd on its face. I have serious doubts that this guy --and I don't know him-- can describe Marxism much less offer a cogent critique of it, but he heard Obama was a Marxist on some radio show, knows Marxism is evil, and so here he is, fecklessly repeating it on Facebook and wondering why everyone else isn't just accepting it as credulously as he did.

And why should we? Over the last ten years, people on the right have grown all too comfortable with lying:   lying to each other, lying to themselves, lying about other people.

Remember when Saddam Hussein had WMD?  Remember when John McCain said "The fundamentals of economy are strong," even though we're still dealing with a massive recession years later.

Remember when they said Obama was born in a foreign country?  Remember when climate change was a hoax?  When allowing gay people to serve openly in the military or get married would destroy "traditional America?"

You go down the list and it's been wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong pretty much the whole way down. But no one on the right seems to notice and if they do, they don't care.

Uncle Jim's original Facebook post about unity was spot on.  But then later, he said in response to the "Marxist Third World" guy that he was "right on the money."

No, man.  That shit is so far off the mark, it's not even funny.  It's actually embarrassing.  How's that saying go?  "Better to have people think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

I have to say...I don't think Obama won re-election on Tuesday due to the strength of his first term.  I think he won re-election on Tuesday due to the weakness of his opposition.  Did they really think 4 years of birtherism and crying socialism at every turn was going to help them?

Sorry, guys, there aren't enough stupid people in the world and sooner or later you have to deliver the goods.  If you say Iraq had WMD, then they better have WMD.  If you say the president was born in Kenya, then he better have been born in Kenya.  If you say climate change is a hoax or that people in the military are not mature enough to serve alongside gays or that raped women can terminate pregnancies through intrauterine chemistry, then you better make sure that shit turns out to be true.

If you don't want people to laugh at you, that is. 

Yes We Can? Yes, Weed Id

In addition to giving our electoral votes to Barack Obama (your welcome), Colorado also legalized marijuana for recreational use. Medical marijuana is and always was a sham towards that end and, well.....I guess it worked!

This, I did not know: 
 The elimination of penalties for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana (if you are 21 or older) takes effect right away in both states. But the provisions allowing commercial production and sale of cannabis for recreational use require regulations that will be written during the next year. The Washington Liquor Control Board has until December 1, 2013, to adopt regulations for marijuana growers, wholesalers, processors, and retailers. The deadline in Colorado, where cannabis businesses will be overseen by the state Department of Revenue, is July 1, 2013. Colorado's law, unlike Washington's, also allows home cultivation of up to six plants and nonprofit transfers of up to an ounce, so Colorado pot smokers will have an immediate state-legal source of marijuana.
I had a "red card" for a year, and while I did get it so I could go to the weed store, I also intended to get some clones. I never did, though. Might have to reconsider.

The Election

Told ya Obama would win....

Not only am I glad that the next four years will not be about abortion and gay marriage and invading Iran, but I'm glad that Mitt Romney's political career is over.

I'm sure he's a great guy.  But politically.....something to be discouraged.

Daniel Larison, writing at the American Conservative, explains why:
Traditional conservatives can’t celebrate Obama’s re-election, but they certainly shouldn’t be disconsolate over Romney’s loss, either. Romney represented almost everything that was wrong, misguided, and self-destructive in the Republican Party and the conservative movement. His defeat is a good outcome for the cause of peace and liberty in the country as a whole and within the Republican Party. The public rejected a candidate of fathomless cynicism and dishonesty, and that has to be greeted as a small, encouraging sign that there are still some things that Americans won’t tolerate in their leaders. Very few candidates have deserved to lose an election as richly as Romney deserved to lose this one.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Super Diamond

Saturday night I saw a couple of tribute bands bring down the house at the Ogden Theater, first the U2 tribute Under a Blood Red Sky and then the Neil Diamond tribute Super Diamond. I have to say...there is no shame in being in a tribute band, especially if you bring the thunder.

Pick the right band and your audience will be full of beautiful women. I've been to rock shows full of hairy dudes and their unlucky girlfriends. This was way cooler.

I wasn't as familiar with Neil Diamond's work as I thought I was. My brother said this was my song:

I can see his point, but this one speaks to me more:

I dunno know what it is, but my chair just will not listen.

Funny part of the night, which I wish I would have got on video, was when my brother went down to the front of the stage and had a little moment with Fake Bono.  He just went down to take some pictures and a minute later Fake Bono's singing to him and throwing him high fives...

It was funny.