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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

You Can Call Me Superman
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Over the years I’ve demonstrated myself to be many things:  Conservative, Libertarian, drunk, Christ-punching leftist, brilliant satirist, insightful pundit, alcoholic, problem drinker… the list goes on and on.  Now we can add one more distinction to my list of honorifics:  lifesaver.

Earlier tonight I was at a little roach coach-type place by my work, buying some kebabs with a coworker.  There were a few people milling around eating, when all of a sudden a girl came running past me and doubled over.  I thought she was puking, but then she spun around, ran up to me, and indicated through gestures, panicked eyes, and nearly inaudible wheezing that she was choking, so I flipped her around and did the Heimlich maneuver.  Two thrusts and a huge piece of steak flew right out of her throat. 

So that was my good deed for the day.  I ate my kebab, then went back to being an asshole.

Posted by Lee on 11/23/05 at 01:27 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Pretty In Pedo
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

The world’s hottest pedophile has made a deal to avoid jail time for raping a minor.  Her lawyer had this to say.

“To place an attractive young woman in that kind of hell hole is like putting a piece of raw meat in with the lions,” Lafave’s attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said in July of the possibility of jail time. “I’m not sure she would survive.”

Which, of course, means that if she was a fat, ugly pig covered in tattoos she’d adjust to prison life quite nicely.

Posted by Lee on 11/22/05 at 01:28 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Out here in La-La Land I often hear people extolling the virtues of organic produce.  “It’s not made with pesticides or non-organic fertilizers.  It’s grown just the way nature intended it.” What these morons don’t realize is that Mother Nature is a cruel bitch, whose job it is to kill off enough of us to sustain life on the planet.  So you can imagine the total sense of schadenfreude I achieved when reading this.

Contaminated fruits and vegetables are causing more food-borne illness among Americans than raw chicken or eggs, consumer advocates said a in report released on Monday.

Common sources of food illnesses include various bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli that can infect humans and animals then make their way into manure used to fertilize plants. The practice of using manure fertilizer is more common in Latin America, which has become a growing source of fresh produce for the United States.

“Although poultry has historically been responsible for far more Salmonella infections, in the most recent years ... produce seems to be catching up,” the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said, calling for tougher federal food safety standards.

In other words, areas which still use copious amounts of disease-riven animal feces as fertilizer, rather than artificial (but superior) nitrate fertilizers, are the areas putting the contaminated food on the market.  And these farming practices are exactly the same as those proposed by the hippie collectivist organic farming morons.

If you want vegetables to be full of hepatitis and weevils, you can’t do better than organic food.

Posted by Lee on 11/22/05 at 03:01 AM in Science and Technology  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Monday, November 21, 2005

37 Years
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

In the neverending battle between Andrew Sullivan and the Opinion Journal, this time the OJ wins.

In the Times of London, anti-Bush hysteric Andrew Sullivan lauds Rep. John Murtha:

All you have to do is look at John Murtha to see what he represents. He’s a white-haired, red-faced pro-war Democrat with a record of 37 years of service in the US Marines.

Democratic chairman Howard Dean cited the “37 years” figure in an e-mail to supporters last week too. It’s true, in a sense, but misleading. It makes it sound as though Murtha was a career military man. In fact, according to his congressional biography, Murtha was on active duty for six years at most (1952-55 and 1966-67); the rest of the time, including some 16 of his nearly 32 years in the House, he was a reservist.

We don’t mean to disparage Murtha’s service, but why do the Democrats always seem to exaggerate these things? John Kerry* was a “war hero” for serving 120 days in Vietnam and earning an improbable number of medals. In 2002 pro-Saddam Rep. Jim McDermott claimed that he and then-Rep. David Bonior served in Vietnam. In fact, McDermott served as a naval psychiatrist and Bonior as an Air Force cook--both in California.

Let’s honor the service of all veterans--including, by the way, those who wore the uniform of the Texas Air National Guard, and those who criticize John Kerry. But all this phony jingoism in the service of weakness on national security has us nostalgic for the days when the Democrats nominated an honest-to-goodness draft avoider for president.

Fucking-A right.

Posted by Lee on 11/21/05 at 08:38 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Over at Sully’s blog he links to a story describing the process of waterboarding.

The prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner’s face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.

According to the sources, CIA officers who subjected themselves to the water boarding technique lasted an average of 14 seconds before caving in. They said al Qaeda’s toughest prisoner, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, won the admiration of interrogators when he was able to last between two and two-and-a-half minutes before begging to confess.

“The person believes they are being killed, and as such, it really amounts to a mock execution, which is illegal under international law,” said John Sifton of Human Rights Watch.

Sully then asks if we, after reading this, think this is torture.  My answer:  absolutely not.  While I am in almost complete agreement with Sullivan over the larger issue of torture, I agree with the WSJ here.  This, to me, doesn’t seem like torture in any sense of the word.  The way I see it, torture involves physical pain (not merely discomfort), something with a good likelihood of inducing permanent injury or death.  Much like the old line about pornography, I can’t define it but I know it when I see it. 

Needles under the fingernails is torture.  Beating the soles of the feet is torture.  Shocking the testicles with electricity is torture.  Branding with irons is torture.  Pouring water on someone’s face to induce a natural survival reflex?  Not torture.

Call me heartless, but let me put it this way: I’m honestly tempted to get some friends of mine and try this just to see what it’s like.  I can state unequivocally that I would never stick pins under my fingernails to experience it firsthand, but I’m honestly intrigued as to how waterboarding works.  Would I voluntarily subject myself to torture?  I’m sure waterboarding is a wholly unpleasant experience, but that’s the whole point, isn’t it?  And once it’s over, I’ll be able to get up and walk away from it.  Hardly seems like torture to me.

Let me put it this way.  We’ve all seen the old gag in movies about fraternities where a pledge is given a brick with a length of string wrapped around it.  He is then told to tie the string to his dick and drop the brick out the window.  The pledge doesn’t know, of course, that there is enough string so that the brick hits the ground harmlessly.  Now, in the mind of the pledge he actually believes that he is about to have his dick ripped off, or at least severely and painfully wounded.  Is this torture?  It sure seems like it under Sully’s definition, doesn’t it?

Posted by Lee on 11/21/05 at 04:45 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Healthy Debate
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Apologies for the lack of posting today.  I have been filling out a new application form for some better health insurance.  When I started back at work I was presented with an option to join the company HMO or keep the money for myself and buy my own insurance.  Since HMOs suck, I decided to buy my own.  I found a great PPO plan at Blue Cross for about $335 a month, but the application form is about 30 pages long.  They want to know the first time you ever scratched your ass, and who your doctor was at the time.  I can’t remember the details of half the shit they’re asking me.  I’ve spent maybe, oh, 8 hours doing this so far.  It’s unbearable. 

Note to lefties:  see how this works?  I could have gotten “free” insurance through my employer, but the insurance they offered sucked.  Rather than whine to the government about how Uncle Sam should be providing me with free goodies from the ample government teat, I decided to (gasp!) buy my own!  Now, before any of you gets your delicate little panties in a wad, note that the $335 a month is for the top of the line program that Blue Cross offers.  I’ve got their price list in front of me, and there are a number of programs starting at under $100 a month.  In other words, anyone who wants health insurance should be able to afford it themselves, and those who cannot—the true indigent among us—can already get healthcare through Medicare and other programs.

I wonder how many of the much-ballyhooed “40 million people without health insurance” we hear so much about are people who actually can’t afford it, versus people who could afford it but decided to buy a new iPod or a pair of fly-ass Nikes instead.  In other words, people whose biggest healthcare problem is an inability to manage their money.

Posted by Lee on 11/21/05 at 12:52 AM in Health Care  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Tookie Mandela
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

One of the biggest news items out here on The Left Coast is the impending execution of Tookie Williams.  Williams was one of the founders of the Crips street gang, and he was convicted for a quadruple murder 26 years ago.  The usual group of bleeding hearts, Hollywood fucktards, and other moral crusaders are appealing for Gov. Arnie to commute his sentence.  Why?  Because, you see, Tookie has had a remarkable conversion while in prison.  He’s written children’s books urging kids to turn away from violence.  He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, which just goes to show how utterly worthless that particular honor has become.  At a big rally the other day, Snoop Dogg, a former Crip himself, had this to say.

At Saturday’s rally, Snoop Dogg, who has spoken with Williams by telephone, told the crowd that he considered the inmate an inspirational figure. He said he was so moved by Williams’ decision to renounce gangs that he also wants to spread the anti-violence message.

After watching “Redemption,” the rapper said, he decided that he “really needed to be contacting the kids.”

The entertainer said he used to belong to the Crips in Long Beach but “learned how to better control myself and my attitude.”

The rapper was acquitted of murder charges in Los Angeles in 1996 and pleaded guilty the following year to being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun.

Williams’ “influence is really rubbing off on me, and I control lots of people on the streets, and what I do right, they do right,” said the rapper, who wore a white T-shirt with “savetookie.org” in large black letters.

See, this is what I don’t get.  What better message could there be not to commit crime than being, you know, punished for committing it?  This is what I don’t get about people.  Remember when Karla Faye Tucker was on death row in Texas, and all the religious yahoos were pleading for her sentence to be commuted because she had “found the Lord” while in prison?  Hey, fair enough, she’s a changed woman… so what?  She wasn’t being punished for what she was, she was being punished for what she did.  The same goes for Tookie.  Not only did he create one of the most violent street gangs in modern history, but he also killed four people, and God knows how many other people he killed for which he was never caught.  The message to kids is this: if you commit a crime, you can’t make up for it later by turning into a super spiffy guy.  Besides, there’s some doubt as to whether his “redemption” is genuine.

Los Angeles County prosecutors, a statewide prosecutors group and relatives of his victims have adamantly opposed clemency. They say Williams deserves to die for his crimes and for helping start a gang that has claimed thousands of lives over the years.

They also doubt his conversion, noting that he has not admitted to the crimes and has refused to provide information to law enforcement about other gang members. Williams has said he doesn’t want to be a “snitch.”

Of course he doesn’t.  Being a snitch could put him in peril while in prison.  He still relies on his gang homies to keep him alive.  But that doesn’t really matter to the bleeding hearts.  I mean, he wrote children’s books!  And he had a movie made about him!  He’s got to be a good guy, right?

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Christian loonies calling for you to be spared because you’ve found the Lord, or if it’s the barking moonbat bleeding hearts crying over your wasted transformation, there will always be large segments of society who fail to grasp the fundamental purpose of the justice system: to punish criminals.  Will that happen?

Schwarzenegger told reporters Thursday in Shanghai that he had not made up his mind about whether to grant Williams clemency and was approaching the decision with dread.

Yeah, but that’s the price of being governor.  You gots to make the big decisions, yo.  If Tookie doesn’t get terminated, you can write Arnie off as governor next year.

Fry the bastard.

Posted by Lee on 11/20/05 at 04:58 PM in Cullyforneah  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Me and George Thorogood
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Saturday night at Lee’s house: a trip to the liquor store, a bottle of Patron Reposado, a bag of limes, and a TiVo full of unwatched visual goodness.

I love being a bachelor sometimes.

Update: Half a bottle of Patron, already had an hour-long drunk phone call… aww yeah. :)

Posted by Lee on 11/19/05 at 11:35 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Hacker Update
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

With a little further investigating we’ve discovered that the source of the attack isn’t some liberal dickwad, as all the others have been.  It is, believe it or not, an offshore internet pornographer. 

Remember a few weeks ago, Jim and I tried to cut down the spam in the referrers and it hosed the site temporarily?  Apparently this pissed off one of those spammers so much that he decided to attack my site and render it useless.  The attack is hitting both my IP address and my URL.  What this means is that, until this guy gets bored and stops, my site is toast.  And since the attack is coming from outside the United States there’s really not a whole lot law enforcement can do.

But all is not lost.  Last night Jim and I thought up a novel solution to the problem.  (It was weird, we actually had the exact same idea at exactly the same time.) We’ll be announcing the details of this brilliant plan shortly, but suffice it to say that all should be functioning like normal in a few days.

Posted by Lee on 11/19/05 at 12:02 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Friday, November 18, 2005

Vote Or Die
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Just when I think the Republicans have lost their balls they come out with this little piece of political hardball.

For all the plaintive wailing we’re hearing from the Democrats about the war, the GOP is giving them an opportunity to vote their conscience.  Now they can get on the record; there’s no way they can vote against this bill and still try to claim their mantle as pinnacles of anti-war fervor.  This is a brilliant maneuver on the part of the House Republicans, exactly the sort of politics I like to see.

When this gets voted down by the Democrats, let’s see what the Cindy Sheehan/Michael Moore crowd has to say about it.

Posted by Lee on 11/18/05 at 07:02 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Two Men Enter
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

When Sully nails it, he nails it.

In theory, it should be possible for a Republican to be both socially moderate, fiscally conservative, and dedicated to the fight against Islamo-fascism. That’s, broadly speaking, my position. But one reason I feel no real connection to today’s GOP is that there are almost no people in that position in the party as it now stands. The most reliable fiscal conservative, Tom Coburn, is a rabid gay-hater and a theocon. It’s simply a fact that, as a RedState blogger points out, not a single Republican Senator who opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment voted for the Coburn Amendment, and not a single Republican Senator who co-sponsored the latest stem cell research bill voted for the Coburn Amendment. The kind of conservatism I believe in no longer really exists in the Congress of the United States. You have to go to Britain to find it, or back a couple of decades before the Southern fundamentalists took over the GOP entirely. McCain is the best we’ve got, and God bless him. But it’s also undeniable that he has deep suspicions of economic freedom, and often sees the need for government to intervene in all sorts of areas - steroids in sports, for example, - where government, in my view, has no role whatever. Does that mean that social inclusives and fiscal conservatives should despair? I hope not. There are glimmers of hope among fiscally conservative Democrats. A McCain-led GOP would be vastly preferable to a Bush-led one. But these are dark days for individual freedom and fiscal sanity in America, and it’s no use pretending otherwise.

A few months ago I said that McCain was the only person out there who could save the Republican Party from itself, and this thought was very much in tune with what Sullivan writes above.  When Bush ran for president he presented himself as being a certain type of man, and once in office became something totally different, especially in his second term.  (Who woulda thunk that the first MBA president could fuck up the deficit this badly.) McCain is, well, McCain.  You know where he stands on things.  And, like Sully, I think I would much prefer a McCain-led GOP to one led by Bush.  While I realize that both men have their faults, and that I don’t agree with either of them 100% of the time, McCain is a better man and would make a better president.  And, short of McCain or perhaps Condi, I don’t see a whole lot of hope for the GOP in 2006. 

Bush, by being so polarizing a figure, has literally forced the country to the left, at least in terms of their vote.  While many people may agree with the GOP on basic ideological grounds, Bush has left such a bad taste in many people’s mouths they’ll either refrain from voting or will vote for the Democrats just to shake things up a little bit.

Posted by Lee on 11/18/05 at 04:10 PM in Politics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

A Choice of Words
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

There’s a new list out, with an interesting winner.

In 2005, some people wanted the word “brainstorming” replaced by “thought shower” so as not to offend people with brain disorders, and they also wanted “deferred success” to replace “failure” so as not to embarrass those who don’t succeed.

Both phrases appear on a tongue-in-cheek list released on Thursday of the year’s most politically correct words and phrases issued by Global Language Monitor, a nonprofit group that monitors language use.

The phrase that topped this year’s list was “misguided criminals,” one of several terms the BBC used so as not to use the word “terrorist” in describing those who carried out train and bus bombings in London that killed 52 people in July, according to Paul JJ Payack, the head of Global Language Monitor.

He added, “The BBC attempts to strip away all emotion by using what it considers ‘neutral’ descriptions when describing those who carried out the bombings in the London Tubes.”

Can you believe that crap?  I mean, honestly, the BBC is inventing words to call terrorists because they don’t have the intellectual integrity to call terrorists what they actually are: terrorists.  Perhaps the next time there is a nuclear meltdown the BBC will refer to the radiation as “magic moonbeams.”

Posted by Lee on 11/18/05 at 10:10 AM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I Live!
by Lee

Originally posted at my temporary Blogger site.

Well, here’s the scoop.  I have fallen victim to a massive MASSIVE distributed denial of service attack.  It’s been going on for three days now and shows no sign of letting up.  This isn’t some kid with a little hacking utility, this is a well-organized malicious assault by someone who really knows exactly what they are doing.  All the IP numbers are spoofed, and it appears to be more or less untraceable. 

I have contacted both the FBI’s cybercrime division and the US Secret Service, but God only knows how long it will take them to do anything, assuming even that they’ll do anything in the first place.  So, for now, it’s back to good old Blogger.  I don’t know how long I’m going to be here for, maybe a day or two, maybe a couple of weeks.  I’m still trying to figure out what, exactly, I can do, either from a technological or legal standpoint.  If it ever turns out that I find out who did this I fully plan on prosecuting them in both criminal and civil court.

Fucking liberal scumbags.

Posted by Lee on 11/17/05 at 11:55 PM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Long Porn Ago…
by Lee

What has George Lucas been up to after Star Wars?

Last week, gay porn media company Lucas Entertainment Inc. announced that it would make trailers for its films available on the iPod.

So, how much would you pay to see Jar Jar Binks taking it up the ass?

Posted by Lee on 11/15/05 at 01:31 PM in Life & Culture  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

by Lee

About the slowness:  Jim and I were both mailbombed all day yesterday by some Michael Moore fan, so it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if we were being DOS attacked today by the same scumbag.  Apologies.

Posted by Lee on 11/15/05 at 11:28 AM in Etcetera  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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