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Friday, November 30, 2007
Roger Without Me
As noted over at Moorwatch, the guy who gave Michael Moore his big break has left us.
I’m sure Miikey is celebrating somewhere with a big plate of cheeseburgers and Twinkies.
Liberty and Security
I’m sure that many of you have been following the banter between Thrill and I in this and various other posts. It usually ends up between the two of us because we hold diametrically opposing views on the idea of liberty versus safety. I’m far more concerned with liberty, he’s far more concerned with safety from terrorists. So it was with great amusement that I just received the following press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a previous release from whom I eviscerated here. You can read the congressman’s full statement here.
Those of you who, like Thrill, believe that relinquishing your rights and liberties to government is the best way to keep you safe, always remember that “safety” is the exact reason that the Chinese government uses to deny people fundamental human rights. And he’s right, China is secure. I was walking around last night with about ¥3,000 in my wallet, which is about what the average Chinese makes in three or four months. I wasn’t worried at all about crime or walking down dark alleys, because this is a very safe city, far safer than Los Angeles ever was. Of course, you have no rights whatsoever, and those few rights which you allegedly have can and are routinely negated at the whim of the government.
So Thrill, feel free to give up your rights. If you have security, what do you need liberty for?
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Apparently we’re not as miserable as we thought.
In other words-normal people. But we’ve turned therapy for everything that upsets us into a national pasttime. For those who don’t want to see a shrink, there’s pills to make us feel better. We’ve gone from teaching peope how to deal with life as it comes to teaching them how to try and make it go away. And now we’re told to think there’s something wrong with us if we’re not depressed. Depressing, isn’t it?
Update by Lee: As an actual psychiatric patient with a diagnosed psychiatric condition (obsessive/compulsive disorder) who takes psychoactive medications to deal with the symptoms, I couldn’t agree more with this piece. America is a pill-popping society. Have a problem? Here’s a pill. There’s always a pill. (And they wonder why kids are inclined to experiment with drugs—they’ve been taught from the earliest of ages that if you feel one way and want to feel better you put a substance in your body.) So people, rather than deal with the normal ups and downs of daily life, go to doctors to get antidepressants. They’ll piss and moan and change doctors if they aren’t given the drugs they are convinced they need, so the doctors give it to them anyway.
Let me put it this way. My goal is to one day be able to get OFF these medications. I may have to take them for the rest of my life, but ideally I’d like to see if I can ever get to a point where I can control my symptoms au naturale. I just don’t have the mental need to be shoving pills down my gullet in order to convince myself that I’m sick.
When Trannies Attack
A group of trannies lose their nuggets and go medieval on a McDonald’s crew.
I’m thinking the drive through guy deserved for ignoring them. That pisses me off too. That and people who think “worser” is a word.
Watch the hilarious account in the crew’s own mangled English:
Manwhore Pre-Empting PSA
I’ll let Manwhore start the official college football thread. I was going to say this on my own blog, but it needs a wider audience. So to the two women who read this blog, I have a message from the Y-chromosome individuals out there:
If someone at work has tickets to the Big 12 Conference Championship game and is looking to sell them at face value, do not assume that your husband is uninterested just because he has never mentioned Mizzou, Chase Daniel or how awesome it would be to watch a pre-season unranked team fight for a trip to the BCS Championship Game with tens of thousands of their fans who are already drunk and happy from spending the afternoon on the Riverwalk.
I’m just sayin’, that’s all.
“Hate is More Lasting Than Dislike”
So as the week closes, and we’re heavy into the Ron Paul debate, I became intruiged about who this guy was. Rumors fly around and around about everything from his positions on fiscal conservatism, leanings to libertarianism, true conservativism, brave new world policies (ie. dissolving the DEA, and the IRS), tax revolution, etc. However there was one thing that didn’t sit well with me from the beginning. Ron Paul the Racist?
To be fair, and to bring this all to light, these statements are disputed, and some people ‘The Paulians” are quick to point it out.
Whether Dr. Paul wrote these staements or not, I have to make one thing abundantly clear, the people that would support this viewpoint either don’t know this or don’t care. I was interested this morning reading some comments made by reader Thrill, and decided to throw some of the reading up for the people here that still have teeth left to bite this Everlasting Gobstopper. From our previous Kinder, Gentler, Hatred by the always amazing West Virginia Rebel, Thrill got to thinking that there was something to more to be learned from this group than meets the eye (and no, he didn’t ask them if they wanted to beat the shit out of Bumblebee because he was a fruity-sounding yellow kind of Transformer :-) )
I’ll let Thrill expand on his thought process further but one thing became clear to me through two emails, and that’s that to these kooks, freepers, and white supremacists Ron Paul is thier man. through email convo I learned more here:
Again these human slime can be found here and a thanks to Thrill for the legwork. I’d like to say what I found most personally disturbing was the speed and security that Laslo repsonds with in his answer. the whole convo is over a very short period of time. that makes me believe this man has looked at “the Doc” very carefully and found what he likes. I truly believe that aside from Laslo being impressed by Paul’s small government politics, he must be attracted to either the satements above, or an even more intimate knowledge of Paul’s viewpoints on black people and how ‘fleet footed’ they are.
Again, I also thought being a conservative was siding with Israel, and not calling them a Pestering Zionist Lobby. All of which Paul has been accused of. this cantidate hardly sounds like someone worthy of support to me, whatsoever. Look, with Paul’s insistance on the Bible in the Constitution, the racist accusations, the anti-semitism, etc. who in the hell is he and just who is supporting him? I wouldn’t want to know I was contributing money to a cesspool of racists and weirdos.
Any of the other politicians up there would get the random axe for muttering something wrong, and this Paul guy is just lurking in the back waiting to pop like that last kernel of popcorn in the bag. Seriously, WTF??!!
We Know You Better Than You Know Yourself
Megan McCardle linked to the venerable “My TiVo thinks I’m gay” article. This was back in 2002. Ah, the good old days when online retailer software would sometimes come out with very strange recommendations. The days when I bought the Aubrey-Maturin series and found my recommendation list crammed with every book, movie, song, video game, article of clothing and piece of furniture related to the age of sail. And no matter how many I marked “not interested”, it came back for more until I ordered something else, at which point it would flood me with British sci-fi or something.
It eventually began to be fun, trying to outwit the damn thing. One day, I put in the following order:
Not all of that was for me, but it was one of the best orders I ever put in. That explosion you heard in Seattle was their computers trying to figure out who I was (I mean, besides an intellectual snob). I got some *weird* recommendations after that. Books on Islam, obscure artsy books, war history books, yes. But also a CD by the Dixie Chicks, a romantic “comedy” starring David Duchovney and various iterations of The Sims video games. I guess the computer decided I was a lunatic so it didn’t matter what they sent me. ("We got too many of them Miss Congeniality DVDs? Recommend ‘em to Hal. He’ll buy anything.")
Anyway, fill the thread with weird things Amazon or TiVo or some other brain-reading device has recommended to you. I know my experience can’t be unique.
The Last Jump
Rev your engines in his memory.
He sacrificed his body so that millions of us could be entertained as kids. RIP, Evel.
It’s All Bush’s Fault, All Of It
Via Boortz, a comprehensive list of over 600 things supposedly caused by global warming. The list includes rioting, more snow or less snow, a lopsided earth and a “fashion disaster” (no, not my wardrobe). Many panics contradict each other, of course.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the biggest problem with getting people to take global warming seriously is the tendency of its supporters to blame everything on it. I’m now convinced that global warming is the reason I couldn’t get dates in high school. I mean, something may my face break out like that.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 11/30/07 at 10:21 AM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
It Was Really Me, Damn It!
Not to be denied his stardom, Osama bin Laden has gone on the offense today saying “Hey! I’m the worstest, baddest terrorist of all time!”
I wonder how he got himself into the bbodies of eleven other people. I also don’t recall us being welcomed by the Taleban either, nor do I recall them gleefully turning this douchebag over to us. However, there is one golden nugget the article brings up:
Eat your heart out, thuthers.
Posted by Manwhore on 11/30/07 at 08:27 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Kinder, Gentler Hatred
Seriously, who do these idiots think they’re kidding?
Now the “Church” can be seen as cute and cuddly. Isn’t that nice?
Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/29/07 at 10:48 PM in Right Wing Assholes • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The Rumble Down South
It’s a real uprising versus the fake revolution.
Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte and Jimmy Carter are going to be extremely disappointed.
Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 11/29/07 at 09:17 PM in Left Wing Idiocy • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Blowin’ In The Wind
Are there less hurricanes this season than you thought there would be? Want to please the global warming crowd in a hurry? Then make some up!
Yes, but Al Gore wasn’t the Prophet of Doom then that he is today. Back then, real science still mattered.
The Doc’s Cash
I just received the following from the Ron Paul campaign.
Man, that’s a whole fucking shitload of truthers, neo-nazis, and other kooks, isn’t it? Or maybe, just maybe, Paul’s message is resonating with a large group of actual conservatives, and the whole attempt to present him as some kind of kook is an organized smear campaign by other candidates who would rather marginalize him than confront him.
Yeah, go right ahead and keep believing that all this money is coming from kooks and weirdos, whatever helps you and Baby Jeebus sleep at night.
I Don’t ♥ Huckabee
A month or two ago there was a discussion about Mike Huckabee and I said he seemed like a real personable guy. He is. He’s coming across that way in almost every account I read. “That Mike Huckabee sure is a nice feller.” People are eating it up too because he’s surging in the polls. The problem is, he’s as batshit crazy as Dennis Kucinich and likely to outspend him. Hey, maybe those two fellers oughta get together! Nevertheless, this is a guy who:
- Believes in young earth Creationism
I’d could overlook these things if the federal government wasn’t involved in setting school curriculum and approving the results of the scientific research it funds. As it stands, the federal government is into everything and that means everything about a presidential candidate matters.
I was even willing to give him a break as a fellow bass player but some things are just too important, especially as he’s currently a contender.
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