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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Paying the Piper
the legal system has struck again!! Jury awards Marine’s Father 11 million in damages. HAHA!
Man, these scumbags got what was coming to them.
I was waiting for this. Brian, Thank you. A lawyer speaks..
Posted by Manwhore on 10/31/07 at 04:45 PM in Decline of Western Civilization • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Uncle Putin’s Kids
The Putin Youth, exposed.
We do things differently in this country. Instead of giving presidents third terms, we wait an election and let their wives do it for them.
Update from Lee: Or their sons.
Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 10/31/07 at 04:14 PM in Europe and the UK • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Let Freedom Ring
Ron Paul shows he still gets it, which is partly why other Republicans are so desperate to keep him on the sidelines.
Sometimes the kids are all right. It says something about the sorry state of the GOP when a guy who actually believes in freedom (what a concept!) low taxes, less government interference-you know, actual, conservative ideas-is treated as a nutcase by pundits and political hacks posing as conservatives.
Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 10/31/07 at 03:53 PM in Election 2008 • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
How They Think
Having now agreed with Boortz, I feel the need to respond to this vileness:
If this doesn’t exemplify the thinking of the pro-torture Right, I don’t know what does. It’s bullshit because (a) every torturer thinks there is a ticking time bomb; (b) these methods are most likely to get you false information and send you on a wild-goose chase while the bomb goes off; (c) the whole reason we have professional interrogators is so that people don’t get carried away trying to protect someone they love. Emotion doesn’t help.
Boortz also goes on to say that “Waterboarding, by the way, is not torture .. unless you define torture down, as the MoveOn Democrats and the media have been doing for years.” The United State has always considered water-boarding to be torture when it was done by anyone else. We specificially highlighted its extensive use by the Khmer Rouge as an example of torture. The only way this isn’t torture is if you think the rules are different for America.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/31/07 at 12:58 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Right-Thinking from the Right Coast
Who needs coffee when you’ve got The University of Delaware (via Boortz and WND):
This is nothing new. “Diversity? The only diversity we want is superficial, not intellectual!”
Anyone who has been in academia within the last 20 years know this routine. You come on campus and some “diversity coordinator” spends a day telling you that you a racist, sexist, homophobic monster. Fortunately, most students are resistant to this brain-washing. They have a few beers, say “What the fuck!” and get on with trying to graduate and get laid. The few dim bulbs who swallow it create the next generation of “sensitivity trainers” and Professors of Education. Occasionally, you’ll get a professor who wants to spout the Party Line. And student organizations are all over it. But it generally gets ignored.
(My own undergraduate school was actually pretty good about this - they only required you take a course about some other culture. Women’s Studies qualified—apparently women are a mystery even to themselves. But I chose a course on South Asian anthropology and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. My current employer doesn’t do this—at least not for staff.)
Anyway, what’s got people’s boxers in a bunch is this:
Adding: “By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudice, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination)”.
This is the new wrinkle—extending the Orwellian “re-education” through RAs. As if RAs didn’t already have their hands full dealing with young hormone-addled idiots who think they know everything.
I found this through Boortz and traced it to World Net Daily (all the Religious Right News that Might Be True) and then to FIRE. FIRE has the original documents and they are both infuriating and informative. They are written by Shakti Butler, who is not a professor at Delaware. She is one of these “educators” whose igorance about race, history, biology, sociology and linguistics is masked with inflammatory rhetoric and obfuscating language. Universities hire them to diffuse pressure from political groups not because they believe in what they’re peddling.
Check out her organization and I defy you to tell me what they actually do apart from indoctrinate young people. (And who redundantly lists their title as Dr. So-and-so, Ph.D.? The only time I take even one honorific is when I’m on the phone with the cable company).
I don’t want to be nasty to Dr. Butler. She’s probably a nice lady if you know her and I’m sure she means well. But I have very little patience with diversity coordinators. She and her fellow trainers make a *very* good living peddling this sort of nonsense to, in Limbaugh’s words, young skulls full of mush. So I regret to say that I’m with FIRE on this one—I see no reason why a public University should pay exorbitant fees for this sort of Orwellian newspeak. Let the student organizations scream. They’ll do that anyway.
If you haven’t seen the Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode about college, which exposes one of these “diversity trainers” for the lying, ignorant, racist sack of crap he is, do so. It will blow your mind. The episode also contains a quote that encapsulates what I think about “sensitivity training” and “diversity” and political correctness. I am a staunch believer in academic freedom. If you give you people intellectual freedom, that has to include the freedom to stumble on and even embrace bad ideas. I stumbled on quite a few as an undergraduate, most memorably the adding of Jaeger to Sloe Ginn. But, after I peeled myself off the bathroom floor, I learned my lesson and moved on to better ideas, such as Guinness.
Update: Glutton for punishment that I am, I read through Butler’s 15-page screed. Among other things, it says that there is no such thing as a non-racist, specifically says that Republicans are racist, claims racism was solely invented by Europeans, denounces the concept of the individual and is specifically ignorant about history and anthropology.
Here is my favorite quote: “The wealth that initially made the United States possible as an independent nation-state was created when European colonialists stole the land of Native Americans, kidnaped [sic] people from Africa and forced both Africans and Native Americans into a system of enslaved labor. Stolen land, genocide and enslaved labor provided the initial capital of capitalism.” Explains to me then, why the non-slave Northern states were so much richer and more powerful than the slave-filled Southern states. And why America’s prosperity took off after the abolition of slavery. Or why South America - where far more genocide and slavery took place - is poorer than the United States? Racism, genocide and slavery did not enable America’s wealth, it impeded it.
I take it back - I do mean to be nasty to Dr. Butler, Ph.D.Close this post...
Porno for Pyros
Seriously, is there an ass-whipping painful enough?
When I was about six my dad caught my brother and I playing with matches, and he took the belt to our asses like you wouldn’t believe. I can’t even begin to imagine how he’d handle this one.
Posted by Lee on 10/31/07 at 05:55 AM in Decline of Western Civilization • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Preach It, Gordo
British PM Gordon Brown is meeting with Saudi King Abdullah. CNN International showed a clip of a speech he just gave (I can’t find it online yet) where he condemned torture, whether it was in Myanmar or Zimbabwe or anywhere else, and said something to the effect of “human rights are universal and not negotiable.”
What a shame that, in addition to Myanmar and Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia, he could also have included the United States as countries which legally condone and practice torture.
I’ve posted details of my new apartment over at LeeInChina. Plus I’m freezing my nuts off because the fucking government hasn’t turned on the goddamned heat yet.
While you guys are sleeping I’m watching the Madrid train bombing verdict live on CNN International. It’s like a Muslim OJ trial. The judge is droning on and on, laying out the evidence and giving commentary. I wish he’d just shut the fuck up and find them guilty already.
Just like CNN in the US they have stories that they run every 15 minutes or so. One of them deals with the Madrid bombings. They interviewed one guy who lost 40% of his hearing in the blast. The thing is, he said that he was so traumatized by the attack that he could never ride a train or—I shit you not—work again. That’s right, he was so traumatized because he was bombed on his way to work that he can never work again.
I feel for the guy. He’s obviously a victim, but give me a fucking break. Get your lazy ass back to work.
Update: Wow, surprising. Some of them got the harshest penalties allowed by law, and some are going to get some weak-ass sentences. Man, I’d hate to be those prosecutors right now. Five of them were acquitted completely of the serious charges.
Fucking weak. The Spaniards are bombed by Muslims. As a result, they elect a socialist leader who pulls Spain out of the Iraq coalition—a victory for the terrorists. Now the Spanish legal system has made them look even more weak.
Look, I understand that this is how the law works, and I’d much rather live under this type of system than any other, but damn.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Who knew that Karl Marx was literally a butthead?
A boil on his ass, eh? Considering he was a boil on humanity’s butt, it seems rather fitting.
Sit On It, Ralph
Oh, this is rich.
And you thought Al Gore’s whining was bad...look, as much as a douchebag Kerry is, this is quite a stretch. Even if he’d been competitive, does Ralphie really think he could have kept Bush from winning? All he would have done is take votes away from Lurch, and that’s why third parties can’t get taken seriously in this country.
Casper the Friendly Brit
This has to be the coolest thing I have ever seen!! British Ministry of Defence unveils invisible tank.
It’s pretty amazing, when you think about it. If this technology alone could mask a human from vision, I can see the entire male market of japan purchasing one to catch a panchira.
Update from Lee: This sounds like a plot to a bad movie. A general is in charge of a project to make an invisible tank, he can’t get it to work in time, so he just has the press and visiting brass looking at an empty field, where they are all amazed that none of them can see the tanks.
Fareed vs. Norm
Judge Terror States on Their Actions, Not Their Words
A nice short debate between Fareed Zakaria and Norman Podhoretz on the subject of Iran can be found here:
I disagree somewhat with Fareed—isolating yourself from the world’s biggest economy isn’t exactly rational—but read the debate. Podhoretz—who, incidentally, has been absolutely wrong about everything throughout his career—keeps coming back to what the Iranians say. Zakaria keeps coming back to what the Iranians have done.
There is sometimes a huge difference between what politicians say and what they do. Just in the last few years in this country, Bill Clinton governed a lot more conservatively than he talked and George Bush has governed a lot more liberally than he talked. People who allow sleep deprivation say, “We Don’t Torture!” while men who made careers exaggerating atrocities say they support the troops. I once dated a woman who lived in DC and she told me, “This is a town of bullshit. Never listen to what anyone says.” I somehow doubt that Bullshitism is exclusive to Washington.
Iran has been brutally oppressive to their own people and has supported terrorism aboard. That’s plenty of reason to oppose and contain them. But if they are making moves to become the Fourth Reich, they are being awfully subtle about it. The more I listen to this debate, the more the “Attack Iran Now!” crowd sound like unhinged misinformed lunatics.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 10/30/07 at 12:09 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Smells Like Tween Spirit
So this is where I’ll be tonight, at the Hannah Montana concert:
It’s dad’s and daughters. We’re hitting dinner beforehand and will surely have a few drinkie-poos (Shirley Temples for the girls). We’re using public transit so no worries.
I keep joking that we should all eat some shrooms and slam a few 40oz’s before the show so we can pass out in the aisle and show these girls what a real rock concert is like. My wife doesn’t find the humor in that. Not sure why.
Update: This article describes just how big this tour is.
Like it or not, that’s some serious success.
The Apple That Roared
Over at LeeInChina I was asked whether I had installed Leopard, Apple’s new operating system. I have not, simply because being in China it’s not like I can just hop in the car and drive over to the Apple Store and pick up a copy. I don’t even know where to find Apple stuff in Beijing yet. That being said, there have been some reports of some issues with the new OS, so even though I’m busting a gut to get at the new features, I think I’ll wait a few days until some of the patches are released and the kinks worked out. I’ll probably find an Apple retailer this weekend and buy a copy.
Anyone out there got it yet? Work okay for you? How are you liking it? Any of you Windows types done the hack yet?
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