April 14, 2004

Waffles R'nt Us

Just say no to Waffles this November. Remember, he's not just for breakfast anymore.



Also saw this over at A Little More To The Right and it's in line with the theme of this post:


You don't want this to happen, do you?

And courtesy of Kevin I give you this:


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Wictory Wednesday

I watched the press conference last night and was struck by the President's demeanor more than his words. He appeared honest and forthright. Also, he seemed ready and willing to do what he deemed necessary in Iraq, letting the voters judge him as they see fit in November. It was also good to hear a politician state that "I don't govern based on polls." Quite refreshing in contrast to he who shall not be named. Oh sure, Bush is a politician and will do and say things purely for political benefit on occasion. However, I'll offer another contrast between the two presidential candidates: Bush called John Kerry to congratulate him on sewing up the Democrat nomination while Kerry saw fit to make gratuitous slams on Bush's character at a union gathering. Real classy, dude.

Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday I ask my readers to volunteer and/or donate to the Bush campaign if they haven't done so already. And if you have volunteered and donated, then get a friend to join you. It's the only way to defeat the lying liberal media.

If you're a blogger, you can join Wictory Wednesday simply by putting up a post like this every Wednesday, asking your readers to volunteer and/or donate to the president's re-election campaign. Be sure to visit these fine participating blogs:

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One comment about the press conference

The first question asked contained both "Vietnam" and "quagmire" in it. Holy. Crap. That's got to be a record. Did the press corps have some sort of press conference game show going on where they'd receive points for inserting Ted Kennedy talking points into their questions? It looks like the first guy must have tried for the daily double. Maybe he would have made it to the bonus round if he could have some insinuated that the President flew the 9/11 planes into the World Trade Center by remote control.

Question: would it be wrong to create a little attitude adjustment on some reporters using a Louisville Slugger? Inquiring minds want to know.

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April 13, 2004

Do you feel lucky, punk?

Apparently, he did.

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Another pointless quiz

I found this java script hidden away in a temporary file so I don't know where I found this quiz. In any event, here are my results:

You're Dune!

by Frank Herbert

You have control over a great wealth of resources, but no one wants to let you have them. You've decided to try to defend yourself, but it may take eons before you really get back what you feel you deserve. Meanwhile you have a cult-like following of minions waiting for your life to progress. This would all be even more exciting if you
could just get the sand out of your eyes.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

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April 12, 2004

Hard to argue with his logic

Saw the following excerpt over at Vox Populi:

Alex wrote: Crappy power Republicans do not represent the wishes of the majority of the party in the Majority Party

I agree. What I don't understand is that given this, why do you think that enlarging this already ineffectual conservative majority will help you take the party away from the strong government Republicans who have controlled it since its birth? I've already seen good conservatives spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to do precisely what you're advocating, only to eventually quit the party in disgust, their lesson learned the hard way.

You will never be allowed to seize the reins of power. Do you truly believe that it is happenstance that the same sort of quasi-moderate Republicans keep getting nominated, regardless of whether they are electable or not? Do you think it is an accident that the party is always trying to unseat one of its most popular members, Ron Paul? The notion of "fixing" the Republican Party is like trying to take over a Fortune 500 company to bring your product to market instead of starting a new business. It may look easier, but the reality is harder because you have an active opposition.

Only those who think outside the box ever have the ability to create significant change. The two-party system exists for a reason and only way to break out of the long-term bipartisan direction is to build a third party. And a third party will never grow unless those who are sympathetic to its goals are willing to give up their addiction to the status quo. That's my take on it. Perot and the Reform party were not a genuine movement as they had no ideology, however, they did show that their is real discontent. Just imagine if Perot had not been a goofy-looking loon, but a principled and properly polished candidate committed to liberty.

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Not for cat lovers

I found this automobile commercial that's likely to offend anyone that has/likes cats(note: I own 3 myself). However, I traced the origin of the clip and it has an interesting lineage. Here's the earlier, alternative version. I wonder if there's a "monkey" version yet? If not, Frank will probably create one.

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find the lie?

Masterful effort dissecting logical fallacies over at Snooze Button Dreams.

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Well, it's Monday morning and I'm sitting in my cubicle waiting for network access to be granted that will allow me to do my new job. Also waiting for incorrectly revoked old access to be restored so that I can finish up old projects that I started in my old position. Consequently, I think it's time to add lots of linky love today:

And still more from Neal Boortz:

A bit later today a breathless media will be standing by to report on John Kerry's latest campaign gambit ... the "Misery Index." He's going to try to tell Americans just how horrible things are for them.

Well, let's see ....

  • Inflation is low
  • Interest rates are low
  • Unemployment is low and new claims for jobless benefits are going down
  • Jobs are being created at the greatest rate in years, and a greater proportion of these jobs are high-paid managerial positions.
  • Family income is at an all-time high, and yes ... that's adjusted for inflation.
  • Almost one-half of wage-earners pay no federal income taxes at all
  • Home ownership levels are also at an all-time high.
  • Fewer people are on welfare
  • Illegitimate birth rates are down
  • Record amounts are being spent on entertainment like movies, theme parks and vacations
  • More and more people are rediscovering their religious faith

Yeah .. it's a miserable time to live in America, isn't it? Well, John Kerry is sure going to try to convince you that it is. Remember, good news for you is usually bad news for Democrats. Bad news for you is good news for Democrats. Democrats in general, and John Kerry in particular, thrive when you suffer. Kerry will do his best today to convince you that you are far more miserable than you really feel. Do you really want to lend your political support to a candidate and to a party that thrives on misery?

Now we know why John Kerry has such a long face. He can't help it, he's just miserable.

You can't say that! At least, not in Canada. Here's hoping that the US doesn't join in. John Leo has the scoop. Excerpt:

'Canada is a pleasantly authoritarian country," Alan Borovoy, general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, said a few years ago. An example of what he means is Bill C-250, a repressive, anti-free-speech measure that is on the brink of becoming law in Canada. It would add "sexual orientation" to the Canadian hate propaganda law, thus making public criticism of homosexuality a crime. It is sometimes called the "Bible as Hate Literature" bill, or simply "the chill bill." It could ban publicly expressed opposition to gay marriage or any other political goal of gay groups. The bill has a loophole for religious opposition to homosexuality, but few scholars think it will offer protection, given the strength of the gay lobby and the trend toward censorship in Canada. Law Prof. David Bernstein, in his new book "You Can't Say That!" wrote that "it has apparently become illegal in Canada to advocate traditional Christian opposition to homosexual sex." Or traditional Jewish or Muslim opposition, too.
In the United States, the dominance of anti-bias laws and rules limiting free speech and free exercise of religion is clear on campuses, not so clear in the real world. Still, First Amendment arguments are losing ground to antidiscrimination laws in many areas, and once stalwart free-speech groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have mostly gone over to the other side. An unlikely split has occurred. In the interest of fighting bias, liberal groups reliably promote laws that limit First Amendment principles. The best defenders of free speech and freedom of religion are no longer on the left. They are found on the right.

Global blarney?

A movie opens at #1 and stays there for three weeks, dropping back into the pack for the next three. Said movie then jumps back to #1 in week 7. Not surprising, though, when you consider the movie's subject and the time of year.

When otters attack! I'll bet that FOX is unhappy that reality upstaged them for once.

The Bible is a book for all people. Bob Just has the scoop.

Mark Steyn on the current situation in Iraq. Excerpt:

So how bad are things in Iraq?

Answer: not very. Fallujah is not the new Mogadishu, Muqtaba al-Sadr is not the new Ayatollah Khomeini and, despite what Ted Kennedy says, Iraq is not ''George Bush's Vietnam.'' Or even George Bush's Chappaquiddick.

Read the whole thing.

So Eleanor Clift thinks it's horrible that Condi didn't apologize during her testimony. I'll take the cow by the horns here and apologize in Rice's place: I'm sorry that you're a complete asshat, Eleanor. There. Feel better now?

It's hunting season again. Deroy Murdock wants to bag a RINO.

Shhh! Jonah Goldberg reveals what the President knew and when he knew it.

Michele has a note to the leftists out there. Excerpt:

You know what's going to happen if we don't take these bastards out?

Look here. Read these stories. That's what will happen. We will live that all over again. And some of us won't even live it. We'll be dead.

That's what you are supporting, you traitorous fools.

This is war. The insurgents and their backers are our enemies. Either put down your signs and get on the right side or head over to Iraq, strap on a suicide belt and show your real support for these goons.

Oh, it's so much easier to just chant and sing, isn't it? You are a bunch of cowards. Traitors, cowards and supporters of mass murderers and tyrants. If that's the kind of people you support then get the fuck out of here and go live with them.

And the hell with your moral equivelancy. Drop your crappy little fool's lies in the comments about how everything is our fault, how we made poor little al Sadr and all the Mullahs and Arafat and all those other henchmen hate us. I no longer consider your comments even worthy of my laughter.

I'm going now to spend Easter Sunday with my family. If you people don't want us to fight terrorism, I better go enjoy as much time with my family as I can while we're all still free to do so.


I think she should stop holding back and tell us what she really thinks.

When moonbats collide. Link via Michele. Warning: if you don't actually hate this country or support terrorists, the pictures are likely to make you very, very angry.

Not sure what to make of this result. Found over at Annika's place:
kiss my ass2
congratulations. you are the kiss my ass happy
bunny. You don't care about anyone or anything.
You must be so proud

which happy bunny are you?
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Harvey posts some things that make a woman look sexy. I agree about smiles being sexy. Everytime my wife smiles at me I just melt. Yes, I'm her lapdog. More to the point, I like it that way.

John Cole has the latest excerpt in his ongoing series of posts filed under what he calls "Democratic Stupidity". Lifted in its entirety:

The memo has been released, and if you had any doubts that the left had any desire to do anything but to politicize 9/11, check out the Calpundit's rhetoric:

Look, I know there's a perfectly good case to be made that the PDB merely states generalities and doesn't warn of a specific, impending attack. That's fine as far as it goes, and it's the spin I'd expect the White House to put on it.

It's all spin in the weird world of Democrats. How about it is the truth?

Asparagirl turned 25 today. I'm surrounded by children in the blogosphere! Anyway, stop by and wish her a happy one. And read the stuff the she and her husband write. Top notch stuff, including this post and this one. Note: the second post contains links to extra geeky humor. Having read it all before only underscores my geek quotient. And I love the title of the post: "That's What We Call An ID 10 T Problem." One excerpt from the first link:

I'm an apatheist. The question is no longer interesting, and the answer no longer matters.

Den Beste bids farewell to his latest blogroll graduates and welcomes a new group into the fold. He also links to this response by George Turner in a comment thread over at the Emperor's place. Here's the response in its entirety:

I am the very model of a modern left wing democrat.
I vent my spleen and prattle in forums on the internet.
I can’t hold long a single thought. I need to take my Ritalin.
Now what was that you asked of me? Did I just take my vitamin?
I cannot lose an argument, so why don’t you get used to it.
I won’t concede a single point, even if there’s no truth in it.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll post back an ad-homenim.
Regardless of the things you do, you’re all BushHitler’s supermen
They call me Post-It Note’s bleat boy, and I post crap like it was true.
On all the countless websites that my drivel is cross-posted to.

We call him Post-It Note’s bleat boy, and he posts crap like it was true.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.

Your weblog I will litter with my often posted snivelling
And you all have to pay the bill, supporting all my drivelling.
My posts sum up in six bad lines of mindless dreck and scribbling,
But lots of carps and doodoo too, plump out my posts with twiddling.
Impossible to penetrate much less on which to cogitate
I don’t see how you can relate, to my simplistic mental state.
I will flame you with invective till you yield to my perspective.
Of socialist utopia when we join the big collective.
My whole outlook is progressive my belief is so obsessive
All your taxes are regressive cause with stuff we are possessive.

His whole outlook is progressive his belief is so obsessive
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.

I’m ignorant of simple facts, both social and historical.
So don’t confuse me with your lies, just argue metaphorical.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll argue opposite you see.
If provably you show I’m wrong I’ll change the question joyfully.
My facts are bad, conclusions too, my arguments erroneous,
You’ll be crying oh “boo hoo”, cause I’m so sanctimonious.
My learning is extensive but is nothing more than Chomskyia,
Designed to fan my hatred of the Empire called Amerika,
Your ruler soon is coming down, we'll crush him like a big ass clown
John Kerry soon will wear the crown, so I don't care if you all drown.
I am the very model of a left wing personality.
I intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

He is the very model of a left wing personality.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

So Kelley's ailment was finally diagnosed: benign MS. Not surprisingly, she shows the same rock-solid determination and good humor that we've come to expect from her. Go by and wish her well.

Spoons continues his search for the "Diogenes For The Blogosphere." Excerpt:

Are there no honest, decent liberals in the blogosphere? None at all?

Josh Marshall long ago removed the mask, and few now cite him as an example. Kos is a raving hate-filled lunatic, shunned even by left politicians. Now the erstwhile Calpundit, Kevin Drum, so esteemed that the Washington Monthly put him in charge of their entire web operation, reveals himself to be yet another dishonest hack.

The commenters came up with 3(that's right, only 3) such: Roger Simon, Jennifer Larson amd Michael Totten. I added Jeff Jarvis.

Speaking of Jarvis, he has the best line that I've seen about the box office rankings from this last weekend:

: Jesus beats Hellboy.

Spoons keeps talking about This Just In. I'm gonna have to check it out. Excerpt:

How many more days of this 9/11 Commission are we gonna have to wade through? Everybody's trying to figure out who's responsible. Let me save you some time and money. ARABS!

* * *

Newspaper Headline: Panel Concludes Al Qaeda Could Have Prevented 9/11

Enough for now. I actually have some work to do. Really. Okay, stop laughing. Now!

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Quote of the day

Lifted in its entirety from Neal Boorz's website:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." .... John Stuart Mill.

It occurs to me that there are quite a lot of people in this country who fit that description. Most of them will vote for John Kerry in November.

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So Mickelson breaks through in a major. At Augusta, no less. Good for him.

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April 11, 2004

"Jersey Girl" review(sort of)

I just saw my 6th Kevin Smith movie and it's the first one that I think my mother would actually enjoy. Quite a departure from films such as Clerks or Chasing Amy. However, you'll find something familiar in that several actors from earlier films appeared in this one, too. Let's run down the list:

Ben Affleck: Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and now Jersey Girl.
Matt Damon: I don't remember him from Mallrats, but the other movies listed for Affleck apply here. And no, I didn't check IMDB.
Jason Lee: See also Ben Affleck

One oddity is that I didn't see Kevin Smith anywhere, although I did hear that Silent Bob had been retired. What I found amusing, though, is that Smith appeared briefly in Daredevil, starring ?guess who? Ben Affleck. Incest might be too strong a word to use here, but not by much. Anyway, I'll try to avoid details as much as possible. Unlike for The Passion, the phrase "spoilers ahead" applies here.

Ben Affleck does a pretty good job as a man who became a single father when his wife died during childbirth. Interestingly enough, J-Lo played his wife. She did a pretty good job for the 10 minutes she was onscreen. Lots of personal growth involved and some somewhat sappy sentiments about what's really important. You think maybe Kevin Smith's child has anything to do with that? Or the fact that this is his first movie not rated "R"? Nah. In any event, pretty decent romantic movie with a decent mix of comedy and drama. Excessively bitter people might not enjoy it, but I did. So go check it out, if you want.

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April 09, 2004

Ah ha!

I checked Blog City's header editing and it does allow META encoding, which means that I can redirect visitors to the new mu.nu site. Once all my old posts have been moved over to this site, I'll set up the redirect with a short delay. After a couple of months, it will cease to be necessary. Very cool.

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Clancy of the Overflow

Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
    Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
    Just on spec, addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow".

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
    (And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
    "Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
    Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
    For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
    In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
    And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
    Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
    Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
    Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
    Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
    As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
    For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
    Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal—
    But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of The Overflow.

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