Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Read This Review or . . .

If you're not dying to read this book after reading just these two paragraphs of Andrew Ferguson's review, then move along.  Nothing to see here.
  Forgive me if I open on a personal note: The other night I started laughing so hard I had to leave the room. My daughter was trying to study, and I could see she was getting alarmed. It was kind of scary to me, too, if you want to know the truth. For a moment there, as I made it into the bathroom and shut the door, I thought my body was approaching organ failure, not that I know what organ failure feels like, thank God. You hear people say things like "I laughed so hard I cried" and "I nearly fell out of my chair," but I had gone well beyond the crying stage by the time my metabolism began to return to equilibrium. And then I realized that I hadn't laughed so hard in 35 years, since I was a teenager, reading National Lampoon.

American men of a certain age will recall the feeling. What I'd been reading the other night was, no coincidence, National Lampoon—specifically the monologue of a fictional New York cabbie named Bernie X. He was the creation of Gerald Sussman, a writer and editor for the Lampoon from its early days in the 1970s to its sputtering death in 1998. Sussman, it is said, wrote more words for the magazine than any other contributor. I'm sorry I can't quote any of his pieces here. They're filthy.

If I'd gone ahead and died the other night, my wife would have known whom to sue. "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead," in which Bernie X appears ...

 Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead

Chris Christie - It's Ordained!

The Christie Cometh

When Mr. Peabody Speaks

Christie denies any interest in the top job. But he's clearly a born executive. A pro-lifer, he has none of the social-issues baggage that has harmed Northeast Republicans in past primaries. He has a record to be proud of. He's incredibly well spoken. Other than Paul Ryan, I can't think of another Republican officeholder who gets conservatives as excited as Christie does.

The last president from New Jersey, as it happens, won office only two years after becoming governor of the Garden State.

... a born executive and LEADER!


Bixer & Code Pink

CodePink and Boxer
On returning home from their trip to Fallujah Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin told reporters:

    “I don’t know of any other case in history in which the parents of fallen soldiers collected medicine … for the families of the ‘other side’,” said Medea Benjamin, the founding director of Global Exchange, a human rights group. “It is a reflection of a growing movement in the United States … opposed to the unjust nature of this war,” she said.

Mommy Apple's anti sexting

Nanny Apple

Apple Patents Anti-Sexting Device

Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent  Apple filed in 2008, which, get this, prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages.  The patent’s official title? “Text-based communication control for personal communication device” which actually doesn’t use the pretty ridiculous noun/verb “Sexting,” but come on, we all know what they mean.

The “Sexting” patent background info states that the problem it solves is that there is currently “No way to monitor and control text communications to make them user appropriate. For example, users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language.”
After years of watching Apple operate, here's my guess.  The company certainly knows that implementing this will send the teen/young adult market to non-iPhone phone products.  So, they must have good reason to think that congress will mandate it, as they did the  V-chip.  Apple's competitors will then have to pay them a royalty.  Of course they could not have anticipated the pending congressional bloodbath that will neuter, if not kill many of their paid-for lap dogs.  Historically, fascist government controls industries produce; we may be in an era where tech is leading the way (see surveillance cams). 

Detoured off of the road to perdition

How Critical Thinking Saved a Life

  Rice proudly voted for Democrat Jimmy Carter. Then everything changed.

"I loved Carter's story, the first president from Dixie," says Rice. "But (in the late '70s) I was studying and visiting the Soviet Union. And when they invaded Afghanistan, Carter said he suddenly understood what the Soviets were all about. And I thought, 'Who did you think you were dealing with?' I knew what that place was. So I found myself attracted to Ronald Reagan's policies, and that's how it started."
Becoming Condoleezza Rice

VX-Ray Vision

Real X-Ray Vision

Boeing 777 x-ray
The image above is the largest x-ray photograph ever taken. It’s a Boeing 777 and required over 500 separate x-rays of individual elements to achieve.
Boned Jello

This  pretty much exposes Janet Napolitano as the incompetent pervert she is.  Note (right) that it is possible to find concealed weapons without displaying people's junk. [more pics]

It's Kool-Aid Time

Kool-Aid Time

Once again now ...

Nobody believes in democracy

The Milton Friedman Motherlode

Ma, they done gone insane!

I think, after we go mau-mau on the media, nuke California, and hang 40-50 judges, yes.  Yes we can Harry.  Now, I'm giving you a 10 second headstart ...

On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith interviewed former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and questioned the ability of tea party candidates to be effective in office: "...when it's time to govern, can anger govern? Or better yet, how about this one, if a tug-of-war starts between the tea party folk and the mainstream Republicans, who's going to win that tug-of-war?" 
[Bias Alert]

Everything in moderation ...

Israeli Orchestra to Play Music
of Wagner, Hitler’s Favorite
(This post will be removed as soon as I find a more ridiculous whine)

M1 Garand - a danger to America WTF

This is my rifle   
This is my gun ...


I remember numbers out of the blue.  Don't know why.  Sometimes it's the combination to my high school gym locker, or my 10th  grade girlfriend's phone number.  While typing this - just now -  I remembered that my grandparent's phone number was  PEnsacola 6-6264. WTF?

These are numbers that were important to me at one time. Like the serial number of my M1-Garand, which I don't remember just now, but it'll pop into my head again. Failure to recite that number on the Drill Sgt's command cost 50 push-ups.  Losing it was unforgivable, and the threat of having to pay the Army $103 ( I think it was), or 2 month's pay, was used to reinforce that point. I've  wanted to own an M-1 for some time now,  but $1200? Yikes.  But wait! 

The Republic of Korea is about to return tens of thousands of surplus M-1s  to the U.S. for sale in the consumer market. But Wait!

The Obama-run Washington bureaucracy has classified a common and reliable rifle, the M1 Garand, as a "threat to public safety in the U.S.," and the State Department has canceled plans by the Republic of Korea to return tens of thousands of surplus rifles to the U.S. for sale in the consumer market.

The stunning classification of an ordinary gun that was used in the U.S. military for two decades and issued to thousands of soldiers and Marines during World War II and Korea as a threat came in a document by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

It is being publicized by Examiner gun rights writer David Codrea, who said the federal agency appeared alarmed that there would be "no more controls [over imported Garands] than any other firearm."
Obama agency busts plan to sell rifles to Americans

Now I don't just want one.  I think I'll need it.

Foreign Aid

Another Clinton Judge

Federal Judge: We've Decided
Democracy Is Unconstitutional

Judge Virginia Phillips (Clinton)

Charlie and Arnie sitting in a tree ...

How Weird is this?

Boned Jello

Schwarzenegger endorses Crist for Senate in Fla.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for Senate on Tuesday, praising him for his ability to work across the aisle.

"Great leader, works with both parties, and our country needs someone like him in DC right now," Schwarzenegger said on Twitter.

WHAT? No, we do not need another pandering prima donna      like Charlie Crist right now, although I can see a certain similarity between the two governors.  Both hold  principles that resemble the limp noodle of a body builder after a lifetime of using steroids.  I see no strategic nor tactical advantage for Arnie in  this endorsement.  Must be a lame shot at the Teaparty movement that eschews their kind.   It's insane. Both are has-beens. 

American Duh

This Stinks!
April 17, 1991, was a heady day for Benno C. Schmidt Jr. and Donald Kagan. Beaming triumphantly at a news conference, then-President Schmidt and Kagan, who was dean of Yale College, announced some spectacular news: Lee Bass '79 would be giving Yale $20 million. It was an unusual gift for the University, not only because of its size, but because of the specificity of its academic purpose: the study of Western Civilization. Schmidt hailed the gift as "one of the largest and most inspired ever received by Yale.

But four years later, Yale's new President, Richard C. Levin, found himself giving Bass his money back. -
Bass, Yale, and Western Civ.

The money was returned - at Bass's request - because the Yale faculty, in a nutshell, bristled over the condition that Western Civilization be taught at Yale, and refused to go along.  Multiculturalism had gained its foothold in elite academia; angst poetry written by a Ethiopian rug merchant trumped Plato and Churchill.  Today's announcement then, while no real surprise, a formality really, is, I dunno, like your dad dying after a long bout of cancer.  You knew it was coming, but the finality of it is shocking.

Boned Jello
Earlier this year, Massachusetts and New York, blaming budget troubles, pulled the plug on their state tests in U.S. history. Given the strident union rhetoric against “high-stakes” testing— America's Federation of Teachers’ Randi Weingarten has accused reformers of turning schools into “Test Prep, Inc.”—one would have expected social studies teachers in the two states to be elated. Instead, they were outraged. Don’t know much about history…