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Sunday, November 27, 2005

An Apple at Christmas
by Lee

If those of you in the military are thinking about buying an iPod, PowerMac, or any other Apple product this Christmas, Apple is offering discounted prices to all people in the service.  You can get the details at Military.com.

Posted by Lee on 11/27/05 at 09:18 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Life Without Saddam
by Lee

Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, and much of the radical left-wing asshats in this country advocate an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.  For a preview of what life would be like for the Iraqi people were we to do such a thing, I give you this.

The former Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, has called for immediate action against human rights abuses.

Such abuses are as bad today as they were under Saddam Hussein, Mr Allawi told UK newspaper The Observer.

Militias were operating with impunity within the Interior Ministry, torturing and killing Iraqis in secret bunkers.

He warned the militias had infiltrated the police and other institutions, and their influence could spread like a disease throughout the government.

And then there’s this.

“People are doing the same as (in) Saddam Hussein’s time and worse,” Mr Allawi told the newspaper.

“It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam.

“These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam Hussein, and now we are seeing the same things.”

One quibble: the “we” he speaks of are not the Iraqi people, but the US and Allied militaries of the Bush coalition.  If the Iraqi people had fought Saddam Hussein then the US military probably wouldn’t be there right now.  Nonetheless, his main point is one that every person advocating an immediate withdrawal needs to hear.

“Iraq is the centrepiece of this region,” he said. “If things go wrong, neither Europe nor the United States will be safe.”

Bingo.  Whether or not you agreed with the war in the first place, we cannot withdraw now.  In our absence Iraq will become a Shi’ite vassal state of Iran.  If you think we’ve got problems with Iran now, wait until they’re controlling the Iraqi government (and Iraqi oil) as well. 

If you want historical precedent on what will happen to the Iraqi people if we pull out now, look at what happened to the Cambodians when we turned and ran from Vietnam.

Posted by Lee on 11/27/05 at 03:52 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Two Presidents, A Book, and A Pizza Place
by Lee

I get sent a lot of books from a lot of publishers.  Some of them are good, some not so good.  Most of the books I have gotten recently from the fine folks over at Crown Forum have been quite good, and my recent favorite has undoubtedly been Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders by Steven F. Hayward.  The author knows his subject matter well, and you really get an insight into the character of both men, especially in their unwavering belief in staying the course to meet their objectives, even in the face of staunch criticism and adversity.  The book is a great read, I highly recommend it to everyone.

One point Hayward makes really rang home to me, given the situation we find our country in today.  One of Reagan’s favorite sayings was “There is no limit to what you can achieve, so long as you don’t mind who gets the credit.” Reagan was interested in seeing a more conservative America, and he was willing to sacrifice the accolades in pursuit of getting his agenda implemented.  If he could pressure the Democrats into supporting one of his positions, he didn’t mind sharing the credit with them.  The reasoning was simple: every politician likes to receive credit for a popular decision.  If the mood of the country was swinging to the right, by being gracious to his opposition Reagan gave them an avenue by which they could play to the whims of their constituents and still retain a sense of dignity.  The agenda was more important than the credit.

The Bush administration is the polar opposite of this.  They care solely about the credit, and care nothing about the agenda.  They are willing to sell out whatever conservative principles they may have had in order to build a Republican majority.  This is why we see tax cuts coupled with spending increases, or massive welfare entitlements like the prescription drug benefit, and so on.  These are all things that are not conservative in nature, yet were supported by the Bush administration solely because they were something that the public wanted and they wanted to be able to say that the GOP was the party which delivered. 

Reagan took the hard road and shifted the country towards his vision.  Bush looked at the mood of the country and shifted his agenda accordingly.  As we can all plainly see, Reagan’s way was better.  Unfortunately, shifting public opinion in this manner requires the monumental leadership skills of someone like Reagan or Churchill, and Bush, unfortunately, does not hold a candle to these men in that regard.

If you want to see a practical example of this dynamic in action, take a look at this report.

The White House has for the first time claimed ownership of an Iraq withdrawal plan, arguing that a troop pullout blueprint unveiled this past week by a Democratic senator was “remarkably similar” to its own.

It also signaled its acceptance of a recent US Senate amendment designed to pave the way for a phased US military withdrawal from the violence-torn country.

The statement by White House spokesman Scott McClellan came in response to a commentary published in The Washington Post by Joseph Biden, the top Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in which he said US forces will begin leaving Iraq next year “in large numbers.”

According to Biden, the United States will move about 50,000 servicemen out of the country by the end of 2006, and “a significant number” of the remaining 100,000 the year after.

The blueprint also calls for leaving only an unspecified “small force” either in Iraq or across the border to strike at concentrations of insurgents, if necessary.

That’s it, folks.  Game over.  We’ve lost.  The Bush administration has been singularly incapable of explaining to the American people why the war in Iraq is so essential and victory there so imperative.  They’re allowing the war to be defined by the media and the Democrats, and as the mood of the country shows the anti-war folks are being successful.  Bush has the bully pulpit of the presidency to get his message out, but usually speaks only in fragments and one-sentence sound bites.  And now, because the tide of public opinion is turning against the war, the Bush administration is setting themselves up to be able to be the party that brought the troops home.  Never mind the catastrophic consequences for pulling out before the job is finished and Iraq is stable.  No, the most important consideration now is delivering what the people want, since the administration is utterly inept when it comes to rallying the public to their side.

We will all pay a price for this weakness.  It will probably be a decade or so from now, but it’s going to happen.  We’ll end up in a much larger war against a much more ferocious and well-armed enemy.  But hey, maybe the Democrats will be in power then, so the GOP will be able to blame it all on them.

Posted by Lee on 11/27/05 at 05:43 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Prize from Death Row
by Lee

In the post immediately preceding this one, the following is quoted from a Washington Times article.

Williams’ anti-gang children’s books, his peace advocacy and well publicized Nobel Peace Prize nominations…

I’m so sick of hearing about these nominations, as if they mean anything.  Here’s what the Nobel Prize website says about who can nominate someone for a prize.

1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;
2. Members of international courts;
3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes;
4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
5. Board members of organizations who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;
6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee;
7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

In other words, just about anyone can be nominated for a NPP.  It’s like the Academy Awards.  They start out with a nominating committee, which looks over the hundreds of possible nominees and winnows it down to five.  It is then these five that the Academy itself votes on.  While the Nobel Committee isn’t as transparent as the Academy Awards, they would surely have to follow some kind of similar procedure.  They probably receive tens of thousands of nominees per year, but they simply couldn’t actually consider every one of these nominees as serious.  I mean, Bush and Blair were nominated last year, but I seriously doubt that any of Tookie’s admirers would point to that nomination as having any particular degree of merit.  All these five nominations mean is that five times in the past some radical left-wing asshat at some college somewhere decided to submit his name for a nomination.  Whoopdee-fucking-doo.

Besides, there’s one larger point here.  If Tookie has seriously reformed, and is actively working to better his life and the lives of children, here’s what I expect.  Tookie has, thus far, refused to cooperate with authorities in their efforts to break the back of the Crips that he founded.  Surely someone who wanted to repent for his sins would work to undo his mistake, right?  Now, Tookie needs the Crips to stay alive in prison.  They’d kill him themselves if he ratted them out.  But once all his appeals are exhausted, what motive does he have for remaining silent?  The day before his execution he should spill his guts about every single thing he knows about Crip life, about their organization, about crimes he could help solve, and so on.  He should also record a commercial, from his cell on death row.  “Hi, I’m Tookie Williams.  I founded the Crips.  I’m about to be executed for my crimes.  Children, learn from my example.  I am about to be put to death for what I have done.  Don’t follow in my path.” Of course, this would require him to admit that he killed those four people, which he has thus far refused to do.

If he did these things before he went to the needle room, hell, he might just actually deserve that Peace Prize he’s been nominated for.  Because as it stands now, he’s just a punk bitch working the system to do everything he can to keep his ass alive.

Posted by Lee on 11/26/05 at 09:41 PM in Cullyforneah  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Termination Dance
by Lee

Arnie is acting like a governor.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to hold a private hearing Dec. 8 on the clemency request of Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the Crips gang co-founder who is scheduled to die by lethal injection five days later.

Schwarzenegger will hear only from lawyers for Williams and the state, spokeswoman Margita Thompson said Friday. She declined to say why he chose a private meeting over a public hearing that many expected before the state Board of Parole Hearings.

Such a public forum would surely draw a crowd.

Williams’ anti-gang children’s books, his peace advocacy and well publicized Nobel Peace Prize nominations have spawned a fervent campaign for clemency. His tale of transformation while on death row also has drawn skepticism from those who hope the state fulfills the jury’s sentence in the shotgun murders of four people in 1979.

“We requested a meeting with the governor, and we’re very pleased that we will have the opportunity to speak with him,” said attorney Jonathan Harris, who wrote the clemency petition for Williams, now 51.

California is among 14 states where the governor has sole authority to grant clemency, which for Williams would mean life in prison without parole.

Schwarzenegger has rejected the only other two petitions from death row inmates seeking a commutation of a death sentence.

I’m not making too big a deal out of this.  I don’t think, for a second, that Arnie is going to grant this numbnuts clemency.  However, he is the governor, and there is a large support movement in place for Tookie Williams.  It would be politically asinine to simply dismiss all these people out of hand, especially considering how weak Arnie is doing in the polls in the wake of his catastrophic electoral failure. 

By giving them a hearing, and making remarks about how he’s agonizing over the decision, he gives himself a lot of leeway when it comes to public opinion.  He’ll let all the sides make their case, then he’ll retire to Sacramento for a few days to “think things over.” Then he’ll sign the death warrant, and a spokesman (not Arnie himself) will read a statement to the press that, while he certainly respects the remarkable transformation that Mr. Williams underwent in prison, and appreciates the arguments put forth by Mr. Williams’ supporters, after careful consideration the governor has decided that the original sentence imposed by the jury should be carried out in full. 

Not listening to all sides would be career suicide.  Actually granting clemency to this douchebag would be as well.  Give the governator a little more credit than that.

Posted by Lee on 11/26/05 at 06:59 PM in Cullyforneah  • (7) TrackbacksPermalink

How Many Dinars Is That?
by Lee

Here’s the latest story which won’t get much press.

Iraq’s Red Crescent relief organization found its own way to mark the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday by announcing that it had sent a $1 million “thank you” donation to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The sum, transferred by wire on Sunday, amounts to 20 percent of the organization’s annual budget.

“I wish we could have a billion dollars to give,” Said Hakki, the organization’s president, said by telephone from Baghdad. “Even then, it is not enough to show our appreciation for what the U.S. has done for Iraq and is still doing.”

The donation was made with the approval of the office of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and is thought to mark the first time that Iraq has sent aid to the United States.

Haydar al-Abadi, a senior adviser to the prime minister, said in a separate telephone interview that he was worried that the gesture—though noble—could prompt complaints that the money should have been spent on the country’s own emergencies.

But Mr. Hakki was adamant.

“Giving thanks is an Iraqi tradition as well as an American one. This is the minimum we could do after the Americans shed their blood in our country, mixing their blood with ours,” he said.

He said the overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein was “a blessing from God, and the U.S. was His tool.”

A propaganda move?  Maybe.  But whatever it is, the gesture is a good one, and I hope this gets quite a bit of press.

Posted by Lee on 11/26/05 at 04:08 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wax Off
by Lee

Ah, Daniel-san.  Mr. Miyagi gone to great karate tournament in sky.

Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, 73, whose portrayal of the wise and sly master teacher in “The Karate Kid” earned him an Oscar nomination, died Nov. 24 at his home in Las Vegas.

There were conflicting reports about the cause of death. His daughter Aly Morita said he died of heart failure at a Las Vegas hospital. His longtime manager, Arnold Soloway, said the actor died of kidney failure at a hospital while awaiting a transplant.

And for a little flashback, check out this Stars and Stripes from 1967, when Miyagi was known as “The Hip Nip.”

Posted by Lee on 11/26/05 at 02:03 PM in Life & Culture  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, November 25, 2005

Get Off Or Die Trying
by Lee

Yo yo yo, Fiddy wanna hep you get yo freak on fo shizzle.

Rapper 50 CENT is planning to release his own new line in condoms and sex toys.

The IN DA CLUB hitmaker, who already has a clothing line and a range of energy drinks, is planning to branch out into the lucrative sex market - even creating a vibrator that looks just like him.

50 tells America’s GQ magazine, “I need to make a 50 Cent condom, and a motorised version of me.

“A motorised version of me will definitely have to be waterproof, so you could utilise it in the tub. A lot of them (vibrators) aren’t waterproof.

“Blue is my favourite colour, so it would probably be blue. But I don’t know how big. I don’t know if big is better because I’m not sure a man wants his woman playing with a really big dildo.

“But I want to do something like that, to create something that’s popular and exciting sexually for women.”

In the works is a dildo which, after you achieve orgasm, pulls out a gat and pops nine caps in yo ass.

Posted by Lee on 11/25/05 at 07:38 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Power of Authority
by Lee

Take a look at this article.  It covers a growing phenomenon where some pervert will call a fast food restaurant pretending to be a police officer, and convince the manager on duty to strip search one of the employees while “the officer” remains on the phone.  I was going to make this the subject of the post, until I came to this section.

Psychological experts say it is human nature to obey orders, no matter how evil they might seem—as was illustrated in one of the most famous and frightening human experiments of the 20th century.

Seeking to understand why so many Germans followed orders during the Holocaust, Dr. Stanley Milgram, a Yale University psychologist, took out a classified ad in 1960 and 1961, inviting residents of New Haven, Conn., to take part in what they were told was a study of the relationship between punishment and learning.

A man in a white lab coat introduced the participants to a student, and told them to shock the student each time he made a mistake, increasing the voltage with each error.

In reality, the machine was a prop, and the student was an actor who wasn’t shocked. Yet nearly two-thirds of Milgram’s subjects gave what they believed were paralyzing jolts to a pitifully protesting victim simply because an authority figure—the man in the white coat—had commanded them to do so.

“With numbing regularity, good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe,” Milgram wrote of his results, which were later replicated in nine other countries.

Milgram died in 1984, but his biographer and protege, Dr. Thomas Blass, said in an interview that the behavior of the people duped in the strip-search hoaxes would not have surprised him.

“Once you accept another person’s authority, you become a different person,” Blass said. “You are concerned with how well you follow out your orders, rather than whether it is right or wrong.”

During the recent debates over the US government’s use of torture, I made the point a number of times that our government’s policies are sending a mixed message to our troops.  Here’s what I wrote in one post.

Here’s how it breaks down.  Bush and his gang condone the use of torture, and it’s filtered down through the ranks.  These enlisted men, who have been told nudge-nudge-wink-wink-hey-it’s-cool-to-smack-’em-around-a-little, are now going to face a possible court-martial.  Why?  Because there’s no codified policy on how to treat prisoners.  So we go without a clear policy, and any time a situation like this arises, Bush will continue to assert that the US doesn’t condone torture while some of our best soldiers end up in prison.

I don’t know about you, but as a former junior enlisted puke myself I think we owe our soldiers a little bit more than this, don’t you?  They signed up to fight and kill and die like warriors, not to be the political patsy for a president who doesn’t have the integrity to publicly endorse a policy covering treatment of prisoners.

In response to this point many of you claimed that, hey, our troops were trained on how to treat prisoners at one point, and if they violated that training in the field then they deserve to go to prison.  But it’s a lot deeper than that.  Look at the staff at Abu Ghraib, for instance.  Sure they went overboard, but this was also a facility where the CIA and SpecOps people were routinely torturing prisoners.  “Hey, do us a favor and rough ‘em up a little bit” they were told.  It wasn’t official policy, and it wasn’t an order per se, but an environment was created where this type of behavior was unofficially condoned and even encouraged. 

People in the military, especially the junior enlisted personnel, are trained to follow orders.  Many of these kids now in prison went straight from high school into the military, without any real life experience of their own.  They went from one power structure to another, if you will, from being told what to do by their parents and teachers and coaches to being told what to do by sergeants and officers and CIA people.  And given the psychological pull of authority, especially in a place like Abu Ghraib, can we really fault the junior enlisteds all that much for violating their training?

This is why a clear, concise policy on these matters is so damn important.  Here’s how I closed out the above-quoted post.

Personally I don’t see how anyone who considers himself a conservative could continue to support a president who is more than willing to sell out the troops under his command in the name of political expediency.  But, hey, I’m kooky like that.  I guess supporting the troops more than I support the political weakness of the man who commands them makes me a liberal who hates America.

If we’re going to send these junior enlisteds off to these type of places, we can’t give them mixed messages as to what is expected of them and then send them to prison as patsies when they do the wrong thing.  We should expect better from our leadership.

Posted by Lee on 11/25/05 at 03:11 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Death Mom
by Lee

The MediaWhore™ is back in Texas.

Cindy Sheehan has returned to Crawford, Texas, to resume her protest against the war in Iraq.

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq last year invigorated the anti-war movement in August when she began a lonely vigil outside President Bush’s Crawford ranch and was joined by hundreds of others.

Sheehan was greeted by about three-dozen cheering supporters last night when she arrived at the Waco airport. She vowed to “keep pressing” until U-S troops are brought home.

Wow, 40 people!  What a news story!

A dozen protesters were arrested near the ranch Wednesday. More than a hundred continued the protest yesterday with a symbolic Iraqi meal. Instead of the usual Thanksgiving feast, they ate salmon, lentils and rice.

Showing solidarity with the Iraqi people, I see.  Perhaps they could also show solidarity by living their lives the way the Iraqi people will live them if we unilaterally withdraw.  You know, they should walk around in head-to-toe black sackcloth, with no rights, allowing themselves to be executed and murdered at will by their oppressive Islamic overlords.  But hey, why do something intellectually honest, when you cal eat salmon in safety and claim the moral high ground for doing so?

Posted by Lee on 11/25/05 at 12:59 PM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Best Buy, Worst Guy
by Lee

And here we see the world’s dumbest pedophile.

A Braintree man was arrested on child pornography charges Friday after he went to the Best Buy seeking help in deleting pictures from a digital camera card reportedly containing 26 images of child porn.

Police were already in the parking lot after just arresting two men on drug charges and quickly arrived to speak with store employees. Detectives learned that a man, later identified as Larry E. Laube, 59, had just run out of the store toward the back of the building. Police said the employees advised the detectives that they observed 26 photographs of child pornography on Laube’s digital camera and attempted to keep him inside the store until police arrived. The employees told police that some of the pictures appeared to have been downloaded off the Internet, but others appeared to have been taken with the camera.

Do you know how easy it is to delete images off a camera?  Barring that, all you have to do is take the fucking memory card out and throw it in the trash.  What an idiot.  I hope when he’s being anally savaged in prison, he remembers that Best Buy employees are there to answer all your technical questions.

Posted by Lee on 11/25/05 at 02:00 AM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Snow White
by Lee

Vanity Fair’s latest edition has Beyoncé Knowles on the cover, and many have accused them of altering her to make her look more white.  See if you agree.

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She certainly looks whiter to me.  Was it intentional?

According to the online version of Radar, an unnamed source said everything on the cover is bright to make it seem as white as can be. The source also said Beyonce’s complexion was airbrushed to a “Jennifer Lopez shade of bronze to fit in with the magazine’s cheery aesthetic,” according to Radar, which calls itself the “magazine version of The Daily Show.”

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if an editorial decision was made to lighten her up a little.  I’m sure it wasn’t made overtly, but in a more subtle, artistic manner.  That being said, it doesn’t make the point any less trivial.  Here’s how one observer summed it up.

f Beyonce were dark-skinned with an afro, would she have made the cover?

Probably not, says Kumea Shorter-Gooden, a psychology professor at Alliant International University and co-author of the book Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America.

“I do think she’s more familiar, more comfortable to them in part because she has such a Euro-American look,” Shorter-Gooden says. “ I think this is a problem. We continue as a society to privilege those who look more Euro-American.”

She says these days the message to the “brown skin girl with nappy short hair” is she should change herself - get some contact lenses and some hair for a weave.

Shorter-Gooden calls it cultural racism.

“We have dealt with Jim Crow, legal barriers and obstacles,” she says. “It is not that you can’t go to this school or drink out of this water fountain. It’s telling the brown skin girl that you are ugly. If you want to be popular, lovable, successful you need to look more white. That’s what kids of all ethnicities get bombarded with.”

I think there’s probably a fair argument to be made here, but is it really limited to blacks?  I think that there is a certain ideal which the population at large considers attractive, and people, especially women, are molded to fit that ideal.  What I mean is, we can all agree that on some level a girl with brown skin and nappy hair might feel ugly, but what does society say to those freaky “ginger kids,” with pale skin, bright red hair, and freckles?  How about short, fat girls?  In this case there’s a racial component, but this component is only one symptom of a larger phenomenon, and to try and cast this as being some kind of racial indictment of America at large is short-sighted. 

Let me put it this way.  I can’t think of a single guy in the 12-75 age range, who wouldn’t have sex with Beyoncé if they had the chance, no matter what her skin tone.  Nobody would ever look at her and say, “Man, I’d totally tap that ass if only her skin tone was a few shades lighter.  Then she’d be smokin’ hot!”

When Vincente Fox first came to power in Mexico I remember reading an article about his cabinet.  The author made the point that everyone in it was light skinned, with European features.  This had never really dawned on me before, but the article spelled it out pretty clearly.  Mexicans are the descendants of European settlers and the indigenous Indian population.  Some people are more European and some are more native.  It’s the natives that you see in poverty, whereas those of a more European look tend to be better off.  It’s very much a class system based on ethnicity.  I asked a Mexican coworker about it and he confirmed that, yeah, in the Hispanic community there’s definitely a preference for people with a more European look. 

The lightening of the picture, whether through the lighting at the shoot or through digital manipulation afterward, should serve as an indicator of racism.  Not of America at large, of course.  It should serve as an indicator of subtle racism among the intellectual liberals that run Vanity Fair.  Oh sure, they’re all for racial equality and all that, but they went ahead and ended up with a picture of a very white-looking Beyoncé on their cover.  It’s the subtle racism that people on the right see all the time from people on the left, the very same people who accuse the right as being populated by racists.

Posted by Lee on 11/25/05 at 12:06 AM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Brilliant Brownie
by Lee

Not being able to find a job anywhere, Brownie has come up with a novel solution to his unemployment.

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

“If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses — because that goes straight to the bottom line — then I hope I can help the country in some way,” Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.

Brown’s advice:  “For starters, don’t hire me.”

Posted by Lee on 11/24/05 at 11:14 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blistering Cheese
by Lee

Greetings, folks!  On this day of giving thanks, let us now give thanks that everyone’s favorite waste of time, Right-Thinking, is now back and in full effect!  Jim, my longtime friend and web monkey, has spent a large portion of his nocturnal life getting everything configured and working.  Let us all thank him for his efforts.

Okay, most of you got here through www.blisteringcheese.com.  This will probably be the URL to the blog for the next week or so.  Then, once we make sure that everything is functioning properly, I’ll change it so we can start using www.right-thinking.com again.  For now, though, please bookmark the blisteringcheese address.

All of the posts from the Blogger days have been reposted below.  Basically this is exactly the same database from Right-Thinking, just with a different temporary pointer.  After I turn the Right-Thinking domain back on, the BlisteringCheese domain will automatically forward everyone to Right-Thinking.  Think of it like the database being a house, and the domain is the front door.  All I did was add another door, the house is still and will remain the same.

I’m sure many of you are wondering where the hell I got “Blistering Cheese” from.  This is actually a longtime running joke with Jim and me, from many years ago when we were in New Orleans at the world-famous Café Dumond.  You can read Jim’s brief description of the incident here.  (Warning: slightly vulgar)

Keep your fingers crossed, folks.  It looks like the worst should be over.

Update: I’ve had four people email me about this, so I’ve put this update in.  The page you’re viewing here is the permalink page to the Blistering Cheese post.  To view the main blog page, click on the main logo at the top of the page or click here.  Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by Lee on 11/24/05 at 09:27 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Gobble Gobble
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Apologies for the lack of posting today.  I was swamped at work trying to get stuff finished before the holiday break.  And now I’m off to see Depeche Mode in concert.

But I have good news to report.  Jim and I are close, very close, to getting the old blog back online.  Maybe today, maybe tomorrow.  More information will be forthcoming as appropriate.

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Be safe, and I’ll see you soon.

Posted by Lee on 11/23/05 at 06:26 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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