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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Nice Hat!

Brett Baker, in the comments of this post at Blogs For Bush pointed out the following:

"Anybody notice they seated him behind Rumsfeld, who seemed to make it a point to wear a really big hat?"

After seeing this picture:



Thanks again, Brett. My sides are still hurting.

Update: A couple of readers pointed out that the fellow wearing the hat is not Don Rumsfeld. It does look like him though. Even if the guy wore the hat by chance, the idea of Flipper having to look over and around a huge cowboy hat to be reminded of the fact that he's a loser is still a knee slapper. Title edited accordingly.

Iraqi Television Advertises Elections

Those who supported the liberation of Iraq may enjoy these advertisements airing on Iraqi television to promote the coming elections. It does the heart good to know that our deligence has given millions of people, previously the subjects of brutal oppression, the freedom to vote in free and open elections.

Clip #493: An Iraqi Elections Broadcast
Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai) - 1/12/2005 - 00:00:51
US Army convoy leaves a desert. A little boy watches them go. He is joined by his friends. They play soccer.
Written on screen: They move on, and we stay.
www.futureiraq.org

Clip #478: Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi's Elections Broadcast
Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai) - 1/9/2005 - 00:00:54
Alawi: Hello, My name is Iyad Allawi, I am an Iraqi and a physician. When we physicians graduate, we take an oath to treat people and ease their pain. Therefore, we cannot stand by and watch the oppression and tyranny that have hurt Iraq. I have resisted this tyranny for over thirty years and I've been a target of attempted assassinations. I have returned to my country to take part in its rebuilding. Therefore, we have assembled a party to run in the elections and called it "The Iraqi List". It will create a new tomorrow for a strong Iraq.
Announcer: Vote for the Iraqi party and for Dr. Iyad Alawi for a strong leadership and a secure homeland!

Clip #453: An Iraqi Election Commercial
Al-Arabiya (Dubai), 01/02/05
An old man rounding a corner into an alleyway looks up and sees young, masked militants facing him down. A couple joins the old man. Slowly, more and more people join the old man.
Voiceover: On January 30, we meet our destiny and our duty. We are not alone, and we are not afraid. Our strength is in our unity; together we will work and together prevail.
Those joining the man now outnumber the militants. He nods and they move forward. The militants run away.
Written on screen: Don't worry about Iraq. We are its people. We will allow no one to deprive us of our rights. For the building of Iraq: Peace, freedom and democracy. The heroes of Iraq.

Clip #301: An Iraqi Election Commercial
Al-Iraqiya TV (Iraq) - 10/21/2004 - 00:00:49
br> Your vote is the future in order to restore Iraq's health, I will participate in the elections. Because we have a duty to build Iraq, I will participate in the elections. In order to bring back Iraq's color, I will participate in the elections. This land must flourish. This is Iraq! Your vote is the future!

Clip #324: Iraqi Police Support Broadcast
Al-Arabiya TV (Dubai) - 11/3/2004 - 00:00:45
Following is an Iraqi Police-Supported Broadcast
Today there are more than 100,000 policemen and others employed by the Iraqi security forces. Next year they will double in number, and will be better trained and prepared to face Iraq's enemies and the forces of darkness and crime. We are concerned about Iraq. We are its people. With your support, Iraq will become stronger. The heroes of Iraq.

Clip #333: Broadcast in Support of Iraqi Unity
Abu Dhabi TV - 11/8/2004 - 00:00:49
Broadcast in support of Iraqi unity
"Iraq If we are divided, we will not rule. Iraq – one homeland, one future."


And all you brain dead leftist losers can writhe in your well deserved dishonor and obsolescence for trying to deny these people that which you so selfishly and boorishly indulge and abuse. Scum......

Friday, January 21, 2005

Donks Gave VIP Tickets to Protestors

Via Matt Margolis at Blogs For Bush:

The most effective -- and disruptive -- protest may have come from the anti-war group Code Pink, which obtained 16 tickets to the inauguration from their members of Congress. Eight female activists, including Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin of San Francisco, obtained seats in the VIP section.

They took their cue during Bush's speech -- when he spoke about the rights of people living under dictatorships to "free dissent" -- and unfurled banners reading "No War" and "Bush Mandate: Bring the Troops Home." Police confiscated the banners but did not remove the women.


Matt goes on to say that the tickets were given to them by congressional Donks from New York and California.

Later these protestors pulled out a second stash of signs that read:

"Womyn for the Taliban" and

"Uday Respects Right to Choose"

Leftists everybody!! Let's help them with their bags!

Who woulda thunk it?

I mean, liberals being hypocrites and all.

And in the intrest of accuracy, no the guy wasn't guarding the Fat Fuck From Flint when he got busted, but the very fact that Michael Moore employs bodyguards who use the very weapons that the Michigan Manatee would refuse his fellow citizens speaks volumes.

"Do as I say, not as I do". Hypocricy. Liberals are frigging RIPE with it.

Just keep this in mind, folks: Gun control isn't so much about the GUNS as it is about the CONTROL. If they take away your guns, then you're easier to control. The Left leans further and further towards totalitarianism every damn day, and many of them are pissed that they can't put ordinary people like you and I under their thumb. They'll do anything they can to control you.

Guns are our last line of defense.

Inauguration Antics

AK has a nice roundup, if I haven't managed to piss you off already. The whole RNS crew has been on a roll lately, so check them out if you don't already do so.

RCOB

RED CURTAIN OF BLOOD.

And I've saved the picture, just so I can post it if Yahoo wants to pull that photo down. Go take a look. GO! LOOK!

Those slimy little shit sucking, gutless, worthless, whiney, spoiled, idiotic, retarded, moronic, cowardly little fucksticks take great pleasure assaulting a man who had sworn to protect them with his life if need be. I'm sure that every person in that picture claims that they believe in free speech. However, only ONE person in that picture has the courage to put actions behind his words, and that would be the one person in uniform.

The rest of those mindless goons are nothing but communist brownshirts in the making.

Thank god I wasn't there. I would have ended up in jail, and many of those little communist fucks would have ended up in the hospital. Wouldn't THAT be great for my military career? Does anyone really wonder why I left that fucking shithole? Can anyone really question why I got the hell out of that festering cesspool? Seattle needs to be bulldozed flat and then have the ground salted so that none of these little communist fucksticks can survive.

Fuck 'em all. People like that aren't worth defending.

RCOB Overload

As if my blood pressure wasn't high enough after finding that photo of the Army SFC today, I hop over to Kim du Toit's blog, hoping to find a little blood and guts blogging to clear my head and instead find this.

What really irritated me was a scene I witnessed in the Lincoln’s wardroom a few days ago. I went in for breakfast as I usually do, expecting to see the usual crowd of ship’s company officers in khakis and air wing aviators in flight suits, drinking coffee and exchanging rumors about when our ongoing humanitarian mission in Sumatra is going to end.

What I saw instead was a mob of civilians sitting around like they owned the place. They wore various colored vests with logos on the back including Save The Children, World Health Organization and the dreaded baby blue vest of the United Nations. Mixed in with this crowd were a bunch of reporters, cameramen and Indonesian military officers in uniform. They all carried cameras, sunglasses and fanny packs like tourists on their way to Disneyland.

My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight.

As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we would have more water to send ashore and save lives. That plus the fact that he had no business being there in the first place.

My attitude towards these unwanted no-loads grew steadily worse that day as I learned more from one of our junior officers who was assigned to escort a group of them. It turns out that they had come to Indonesia to “assess the damage” from the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Well, they could have turned on any TV in the world and seen that the damage was total devastation. When they got to Sumatra with no plan, no logistics support and no five-star hotels to stay in, they threw themselves on the mercy of the U.S. Navy, which, unfortunately, took them in. I guess our senior brass was hoping for some good PR since this was about the time that the U.N. was calling the United States “stingy” with our relief donations.

As a result of having to host these people, our severely over-tasked SH-60 Seahawk helos, which were carrying tons of food and water every day to the most inaccessible places in and around Banda Aceh, are now used in great part to ferry these “relief workers” from place to place every day and bring them back to their guest bedrooms on the Lincoln at night. Despite their avowed dedication to helping the victims, these relief workers will not spend the night in-country, and have made us their guardians by default.

When our wardroom treasurer approached the leader of the relief group and asked him who was paying the mess bill for all the meals they ate, the fellow replied, “We aren’t paying, you can try to bill the U.N. if you want to.”

In addition to the relief workers, we routinely get tasked with hauling around reporters and various low-level “VIPs,” which further wastes valuable helo lift that could be used to carry supplies. We had to dedicate two helos and a C-2 cargo plane for America-hater Dan Rather and his entourage of door holders and briefcase carriers from CBS News. Another camera crew was from MTV. I doubt if we’ll get any good PR from them, since the cable channel is banned in Muslim countries. We also had to dedicate a helo and crew to fly around the vice mayor of Phoenix, Ariz., one day. Everyone wants in on the action.

As for the Indonesian officers, while their job is apparently to encourage our leaving as soon as possible, all they seem to do in the meantime is smoke cigarettes. They want our money and our help but they don’t want their population to see that Americans are doing far more for them in two weeks than their own government has ever done or will ever do for them.

To add a kick in the face to the USA and the Lincoln, the Indonesian government announced it would not allow us to use their airspace for routine training and flight proficiency operations while we are saving the lives of their people, some of whom are wearing Osama bin Ladin T-shirts as they grab at our food and water. The ship has to steam out into international waters to launch and recover jets, which makes our helos have to fly longer distances and burn more fuel.


That's right folks, the USS Abraham Lincoln is hosting the worst sort of money grubbing, parasitic, America hating opportunists that you can think of, and in addition to adding absolutely NOTHING to the mission, they are detracting from our ability to help the people who need it most! How many of these transi fucks have we been ferrying around instead of food and water? How many of these unelected beurocrats have we had to deal with instead of the people who need help? The "International Aid" people don't want to help anyone but themselves, and do it on America's dime!

You can add to the above this tale of UN asshattery, as recounted by Diplomad that was sent to be by a wonderful reader. (D.L., you know who you are)

"As we come up on two weeks since the disaster struck, the U.N. is still not to be seen where it counts -- except when holding well-staged press events...

"Ah, yes, but the luxury hotels are full of U.N. assessment teams and visiting big shots from New York, Geneva, and Vienna. The city sees a steady procession of U.N. Mercedes sedans and top-of-the-line SUV's -- a fully decked out Toyota Land Cruiser is the U.N. vehicle of choice; it doesn't seem that concerns about 'global warming' and preserving your tax dollars run too deep among the U.N.ocrats...


You know what all these UN idiots are good for on a US Navy ship? Ballast. The people flying those helicopters should go up to about 2000 feet and then toss any person not there on USA orders right out the side. They think they are the end all be all of humanity? Fuck 'em. See how well they can fly. Or let me go over there and just shoot them so that our boys and girls can get back to doing what needs to be done.

Mark my words, the only countries that are worth anything have sent money, supplies, and manpower to Southeast Asia. The countries who aren't worth two squirts of piss sent the UN. And as far as I'm concerned, the UN needs to be dismantled, destroyed, blown up, annihilated, killed, removed from existance. The UN is THE biggest impediment to peace and prosperity in the modern world. Every day, every report, simply brings us more evidence to that fact.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

On the other hand

Look at this post and tell me if you see anything wrong.

Nope, didn't think so. Anyone have a problem with just imploding the Capitol Building, with all the congresscritters inside, and starting over?

Oh, OK, Larry Craig can live. But that's the only concession I'm making.

Another item checked off, and the fuss about SUV's.

Took a PT test for the Army today and passed it. That was the last hurdle towards getting my AGR packet in, so I feel pretty damn good right now. I was worried about the run, since I'm still fighting this damn cold, but I managed to eke it out. Increased my push-ups and sit-ups from the last drill as well. All in all, not a bad day.

Now then.... Check this out. Lee at South Carolina Confidential wrote a post about SUVs. Rob Smith at Gut Rumbles read the post and responded, albeit in his rather brusque fashion. Now, I like both guys, and I can see both points of view, but I think they both missed the main reason of why so many SUVs are on the road.

First of all, let's look at Lee's take on it, shall we? Just to give you a brief snippet, he objects not to many of the vehicles themselves, but the people driving them.

I don't know how many times I have been behind one of these monsters, watched them slow down to a crawl and climb gingerly over a speed bump. Oopsie...daisey. Good freaking GOD. Yet these same folks will zoom down a snow-covered road like they are trying to qualify at Taledaga. They got four wheel drive and, by god, now's the time to flaunt it.
I am the proud owner of a Jeep CJ5. I like four-wheel drive vehicles.
What I don't like is status-seeking poseurs.


Now, as the proud rider of a motorcycle, I can say that I have experienced more ass-hatted idiots, morons, incompetent fuckwads, dipshits, worthless goat-fucking retards, and all around gawd-awful drivers in SUV's than in anything else. Even the penis-compensating BMW drivers don't match up with the idiots behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive Battlestar Galactica. These people are brain dead and not afraid to show it while they're driving. The only person who ever made me flip up my visor and scream "YOU NEED TO BE PUT UP AGAINST A WALL AND SHOT, YOU NON-DRIVING FUCK!" was driving a big white Ford Excursion, with which they forced me out of my lane and into oncoming traffic to avoid being run over. So when Lee goes off on Status-seeking poseurs, I feel his pain. For all the eco-freaks and liberals running around Seattle, I have never seen more SUV's, massive trucks, and tanks with wheels in my life. I guess they need a lot of room to put their "No War For Oil" signs in when they're done protesting. They buy the biggest damn truck they can and then go from home to work, from work to home, wash it twice in either direction, and then drive like their heads were cut off and shoved up their ass before they started the engine.

However, Rob (and his merry band of commenters) also have a point that these people have a right to buy these vehicles. This is America, dammit, and if I want to buy the biggest damn tank on wheels possible I have the freedom to do so. I think Rob missed the real point, which was that the PEOPLE driving these vehicles, not the vehicles themselves, are what set Lee off.

But would anyone like to take a guess at why there are so many damn SUVs on the road in the first place? Anyone? Anyone? Put your hand down Drum, you already know everything.

In 1975, the government put into place these little things called CAFE standards. Corporate Average Fuel Economy. In short, the government told car manufacturers that they could only sell cars and light trucks that get a certain number of miles per gallon. These standards effect cars and light trucks.

The problem with CAFE standards is that there is only so much you get out of an engine that's sipping gas. In order to reduce emissions and make cars more fuel efficient, car makers had to make the cars lighter. When's the last time you saw a standard car with metal bumpers? My dad's old truck had them. My mom's old vehicle had them. But try and find metal bumpers these days? Ain't gonna happen. It's all plastic 5MPH bumpers.

In addition to all of this, car makers had to make their engines and transmissions more complex. Where my dad and I could literally sit in the engine compartment of his old truck and work on anything we saw, newer cars are a mess of wires, vacuum hoses, computerized components, and more technical gadgetry than Issac Azimov could ever dream about.

That stuff costs money, folks. From the design on down, you need more moolah.

That means unless you want to drive a powered roller skate with a plastic shell, you're going to paying out huge amounts of cash just to get a full-sized sedan. Notice that most car makers are out of the full-sized market, or at least far far below where they were a decade ago.

Now, imagine that you're Mr. Joe Snuffy, an average American who needs a new vehicle. You've got Mrs. Snuffy to think about, plus the little Snuffys and maybe a dog or two. You go to a car lot to see what you can find. All you know is that you need cargo space and safety.

Well, you can buy a full-sized sedan for about $25,000, or for a few grand more, you can get the biggest damn behemoth you've ever seen. It seats eight comfortably, has a fold-out charcoal grill and smoker in the back, hauls two tons and has four wheel drive.

Just what in the hell is Mr. Snuffy going to do? Drive home a sedan that MIGHT fit his entire family, or for about the same price drive home an SUV that'll fit his family, his neighbor's family, and tow a boat for them all to go to the lake with?

It's all a matter of government interference and economics, folks. Due to government meddling, most car makers won't build full sized sedans, which used to be the family car of choice. Too expensive. Too much hassle, and to top it off when the final price is calculated it's almost the same as an SUV. It's either minivans or SUV's sitting on a car lot, because America has spoken, and what we said was "I don't want to pay that much for a car, but I will pay that same amount for an SUV."

Granted, if people would learn how to drive that would be nice, but putting them in a small car won't make them better drivers. It might, however, get them to kill themselves off before they get an SUV, so that might be a better choice. However, don't blame people for buying SUV's, blame the government for taking choice away from the consumer. You can still blame them for being zombified fucknozzles behind the wheel.

By the way, I drive a light truck and my wife drives a 1986 Chevy Blazer. The early SUV. It was rather nice in Seattle, since the brain-dead fuckwads might try to injure her but they were never able to do so.

Oh, and Rob? Lighten up, bro. Lee's on our side.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Lileks

Having lived on the East Coast, I can see why some people love it. And I understand why I didn’t, in the end. At some point in your life you may think I'd prefer a little less public urination, if I might. The fact that some prefer the Big City strikes me as utterly unremarkable, and I’d bet that most people in Red states don’t think much about why Blue staters like to live in concentrated urban centers. Why? Because they don’t care. They know that the big cities have advantages the rural areas lack, but they’re not that important to them, and they don’t worry about what they’re missing. If they do, then they move.


Ah yes, the happy memory of walking to the market in downtown Seattle and having to skirt the piles of feces that the drunk and drugged out bums left anywhere they could. Gee, who wouldn't miss that?

Maybe what often bothers the Blue staters isn't the ire of the Maroonies; in the end, it's the relative indifference. We think of you, all right - just not as much as you think about yourselves. And probably more than you think about us. Take care; love, Red.


Yeah, there's a reason this man gets paid to write.

Linky Love!

John Cross is pissed. Can't say I blame him. If that fat parasite came to my state to blather away, I'd be pretty damn pissed as well.

Kim du Toit voices his opinion about the "new" government nutrition standards. Here's my two cents:

The government, being about as competent as a skanked out hooker on qualudes, should shut the hell up and get the hell out of our lives. When it comes to what a person should eat, the last group of mental fuck-ups I want giving me advice is the government. Does anyone remember the hullaballo about eggs? "Eggs are good! Low in fat! Eat more eggs!" A few years later, "EEEEEEEK! CHOLESTORAL! EGGS ARE BAD! DON'T EAT EGGS!" A few years after that, "Oh, GOOD cholestoral. Who woulda thunk it? Eat some eggs". And meanwhile, those of us who don't give one flying fuck about what the government says we should eat were eating eggs all along and doing fine.

I can't recall any organization being so wrong so often on the subject of nutrition than the US Government. Take all their standards and advice and toss it in the trash. Or burn it. Whatever works for you.

And as for this "Center for Science for the Public Intrest", they can go fuck themselves with a running chainsaw. The one page I saw looks like their just another government money sucking group of fuckoffs that can't find real jobs. Either that, or they're the ultimate in nanny-state worshiping Leftists, in which case they should just be shot on sight.

John Fonda Kerry's blathering about the economy is proven to be utter bullshit once again. Gee, what a surprise.

Francis Poretto remarks on the exchange between Barbara Boxer and Condi Rice. See, this is the perfect example of how I couldn't work in the government for very long. If I was verbally attacked by this worthless parasite, I'm sure I would try to say just what Mr. Poretto does, but what would come out of my mouth would sound more like "Shut the fuck up, you communist bitch. If you and your Democrat pals hadn't been so busy sucking dictator dick every chance you got, you might have actually HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY THAT THERE WAS NO EMMINANT THREAT!"

I wouldn't last too long.

Oh, and Mr. Poretto also opines on what could laughingly be called "modern art". Again, here's my two cents:

Once poetry and art became political, it was in effect ruined. Art should have no political boundries, because one of the things that makes art great is it's ability to reach beyond political borders. The Sistine Chapel is beautiful, no matter what your politics are. But most art today? Take a guess what side of the political spectrum it's on?

Here's a hint - try to find out how many conservatives are on the National Endowment for the Arts payroll. Not damn many. (And if the NEA died tomorrow, I'd celebrate.)

Maybe I'll find some more for ya later.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Job Search Completed

Let's see here.... Move to Idaho - Check. Get a job - Check. Have wild monkey sex with my wife.....

Crap. She's still in Seattle. OK, so that will have to wait until the 29th of this month, but two out of three ain't bad.

It's only a restaurant job, but it'll pay the bills and it won't kill me to walk away from it if I get picked up by the AGR.

By the way, did Kevin the Troll (not Kevin Baker, the wildly famous anti-GFW) ever come back to try and figure out what AGR was? Just curious. My own twisted sense of humor wanted to have a little fun making him dance.

Anywho, I'm once again gainfully employed. I start Wednesday afternoon. All in all, not bad. I got a job quicker when I moved to Seattle, but that was also the only job I've ever been laid off from. Fun place to work, but upper management couldn't find their own asses with a map and a set of guide dogs. Over half of my department was laid off, and we were a small department all in all. The bigger departments took huge cuts. Kinda sad to see that place now. So much promise, right down the shitter.

Anyways, it's late and I have to take the dogs out for their last romp. See you all later.

Good-bye to bad science

I've harped on the worthlessness of ballistic fingerprints before, but Kevin Baker absolutely nails the coffinlid shut on it.

With pictures.

Bookmark that page, folks. It's quite possibly the most definitive rebuttle of the ballistic fingerprinting argument that I've seen. Print it out and deliver it to all your gun-grabbing friends.

Found via Kim du Toit, of course.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Firefox

I downloaded Mozilla's Firefox web browswer about two weeks ago, and gave it a test run on my old laptop here. I wanted to see what it was like before I decided to keep it or dump it.

Microsoft Explorer can lick my nuts. I'm keeping Firefox.

Check it out yourself. Hey, it's free.