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Saturday, December 31, 2005
You Got Servered
Hey, I just wanted to get some feedback from people. Ever since we switched to the new domain the server seems to be going up and down more than a drunk teenage girl at an N’Sync concert. You’ll be surfing along and one second later the server cannot be found, but it comes back up a few minutes later. Has this been happening to other people?
The Year That Will Be
I’m packing and drinking and eating quesadillas right now. I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Get FUBAR as much as you like, but make sure you make it home alive. Let’s hope that 2006 doesn’t turn out to be a sucktacular crapfest.
Will the terrorist insurgency be cracked?
Find out in 2006!
Me And My Girl… Drunk Blogging
I know you guys love it when I drunk blog. I’m so fucking drunk right now I can’t believe I made it up the stairts at my brother’s house. Holy Christ!
20 gold star points to anyone who can get the reference in the title to this post.
Update: Now that I am awake and sober and surprisingly not hung-over, I’ll tell you that it took me about ten minutes to type this post last night. Man, I was absolutely shithammered. I fly home on the 1st, so last night was the last opportunity for me to really get my drink on.
Oh, and for the curious, the reference in the title is from the song “Me and My Girl (Nightclubbing)” by David Essex, circa 1981. (I told you I was drunk!)
Friday, December 30, 2005
The Year That Was
I’ve had a couple of people email requesting me to do some Top Ten of 2005 lists. I always thought these were kind of dopey, but I suppose if we make it a group effort it could be fun. So, use the comments to this post to leave your own Top Ten Whatevers of 2005.
One thing I would be really curious about is to see what you think the top ten posts on this blog were over the past year. If you leave a top ten posts list, a couple of days from now I’ll compile them into one big list.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
School of Thought
It seems that all is not lost in North Dakota.
He added, “Not to mention that we didn’t want to appear like a bunch of drooling, applesauce-slurping, banjo-playing hillbillies who are laughed at by everyone else in the world for our self-inforced scientific ignorance.”
Update: In a devastating blow to the anti-ID message, InsipiD pointed out that I posted a typographical error above by misspelling the word “enforced.” How I will be able to recover from this body blow I have yet to reckon.
The Power of Words
One of the common refrains that we hear from the asshat left is that it is possible to support the troops without supporting the mission, and that opposing the fascist Bush, his war for corporate oil profits, and his ultimate goal for a Christian theocracy in America will not demoralize the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it was with interest that I read the following in an email from MoveOn.org. It’s a message that Harry Reid asked them to forward on to their members.
Interesting, isn’t it. On the one hand left-wing activism has the power to inspire people and wake them up. In other words, its message has an effect. On the other hand, left-wing activism won’t have any effect on the troops in Iraq who happen to hear it. Its message is effective only against politicians and th public, but soldiers are somehow impervious to its effects. Only someone as intellectually bankrupt as an American liberal could believe this bullshit.
A Heavenly Glow
There’s new info from space.
The discovery immediately prompted a response from Elmer Dinkley, director of the Intelligent Design Institute Of Toledo. “These here scientist folk are willing to believe any old thing that comes along, aren’t they? I mean, it’s obvious to me and all other non-heathen sinners that the glow in these pitchers is the divine light being cast by angel’s wings. Seriously folks, stars from like a trillion bajillion years ago? Pretty tough, considering the universe ain’t but 6,000 years old. I mean, I suppose these here stars were already around when Adam and Eve were running around with the dinosaurs, right? Sheesh, come on now.”
Scandals and Sandals
An Israeli columnist overall supportive of the Iraq invasion makes a great point’, one which echoes things I have said here many times.
This is absolutely true. One of Bush’s many failings, indeed possibly his main failing as president, is to be likable. Being likable doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be a better president per se, only that you will be able to use that likability to drum up popular support. This is why car companies send models to auto shows. The hot broad in the skimpy outfit is a much better salesman for the car than the frumpy greasy-hands engineer who designed and assembled the thing. But public opinion is important, and Bush, through the various scandals, has made himself and most of his staff to appear as pretty unlikable people. Through their failings in other areas, supporters off the war and of the administration itself are really righting for air during discussions over the fate of Iraq. The administration’s incompetence is causing the glow from the Saddam Trial to diminish, The schmucks in the MSM aren’t giving it the coverage it deserves simply because when they have a choice over highlighting the latest scandal or the trial, which are they going to pick?
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Snow Snow Bang Bang
Canada refuses to face reality.
There are a number of things at work here. The first is that the Canadian social welfare system, which they hold up as being a model for the world in its ability to provide for the needy and thus reduce the “need” for people to turn to crime, is failing. The second is the belief that guns cause crime, when crime is a symptom of social failure and guns are merely the most convenient tool with which to do the job. The third is that Canada’s gun registry has been a monumental failure, despite costing roughly fifteen times the original estimate. The fourth is that this is an election year, and rather than speak honestly to the Canadian public about any of these issues, Canadian politicians are falling back on the most trusty old sawhorse in their political arsenal: blame America.
“It’s not aboot us, eh. Our problems aren’t our own. We’ve got a social welfare system and free health care. We love each other. We don’t lock our doors. If we’re having a problem with guns and gang violence, it just can’t be our fault. It’s those damn hoser Americans, isn’t it! With their guns and their cowboy president and their love of violence. You know what America needs? It needs to be more Canada-like. If they followed our lead and implemented a social welfare system and gave everyone free health care, then their crime rate would drop… like ours. Oh.”
The rise in Canadian crime is a failure of the Canadian system, and has nothing to do with rates of gun ownership in America. Yes, the guns going into Canada are coming from America, but this is because the criminal element in Canada is creating a demand for them. This is EXACTLY the same dynamic that gun rights advocates in America use to point out the inherent stupidity of gun control laws: when you pass a law against guns, criminals will be the only armed people, because by the very definition of the term criminals do not follow laws. Canada seems to think that by disarming the law-abiding public somehow this will keep weapons out of the hands of criminal gangs, when this idea is absolutely absurd on its face.
Canada. Where real progress is always impeded by a pathological need to blame everything on America.
Steal Steal Bang Bang
God bless Texas.
Note to criminals: Texas is not a state where you can expect citizens to remain compliant victims, even over something like two cases of beer. Happy New Year.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Old School Gaming
What’s the best site for downloading MAME ROMs? I’m looking for the classics: Joust, Pac-Mac, Defender, and so on.
The insurgency is over!
All we need to do is figure out some way to destroy Iraq with a tsunami.
Politics and Islam
Not only is Europe beginning to feel the effects of a low birth rate among their educated white population combined with high rates of immigration of ignorant, low-skilled Muslims, but now there’s a growing trend for those educated white women to go to the Dark Side.
Here’s the interesting point. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and most of the other major religions are also about love, tolerance, and peace. Of all these faiths, the only one which mandates that its love, tolerance, and peace be enforced at the point of a sword is Islam. This is because Islam is not only a religion but a political system. The faith requires that politics and law be intertwined, whereas Western civilization is built on the backbone of a separation of church and state. This is why Islam is so dangerous a force in the modern world, because for the most part they simply cannot make the distinction between politics and religion.
More evidence of my point above. Christianity also provides rules which need to be followed in order to gain salvation and acceptance into God’s graces in the afterlife. However, this choice is voluntary. Free will is one of the hallmarks of Christian belief, it’s the origin of the concept of Original Sin. God tells you the rules, and he tells you what you will gain by following them. But the choice to whether or not to follow those rules is left to the individual. Islam, on the other hand, offers no such choice. The rules are laid out by God through the prophet Mohammed, and anyone who does not follow them is an abomination against God, and must be brought to heel by force.
There it is again, the concept of politics and religion being inexorably linked in the Islamic mind.
Unfortunately, this is the major dynamic we see at work in the Islamic world today. I have never believed that Islam and democracy are inherently incompatible, but Muslims have to understand that in the Western world politics and religion are separate. In the Muslim world this is not the case, and the radicalized, perverse elements of this religion have dominated it, to the point where blowing yourself up to kill others is seen as the ultimate act of religions piety.
Linkage is for Cool Kids
My quest for a global information hegemony continues unabated!
There’s been a death in San Quentin.
For me, at least, the Sausage King will always be Abe Frohman.
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