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Saturday, January 17, 2009

One man's journey

Blogrolling is still down. They got hacked last year around October, and they've been rebuilding things from the ground up while keeping their service going. But they should be back up soon, and when they are, there are some serious additions I need to make to the blogroll.

One of them is Big Hollywood. Because this post alone justifies reading it daily.

I have since met real people who identify as Republicans and even Christians – the religion we are constantly warned (despite plenty of evidence to the contrary) is the worst, most dangerous in the world. I have been in the dreary Catholic church of my partner’s parents. And guess what. I’ve never felt more welcome, even as an openly gay man there with my partner. I have no interest in Catholicism or going to church. And I’m sure underneath, the church folk do not fully approve of how we live. Maybe some do. But newsflash: I don’t have to approve of how they live either. And none of us is killing the other. They are not the enemy.

I have over the past eight years also observed – and experienced the lash of –
an increasing unwillingness by otherwise decent, intelligent people to tolerate points of view that do not adhere to “politically correct” guidelines. In other words, the “talking stick” schtick no longer asks that you merely listen, it demands that you shut up. And you must conform. Just days after Sarah Palin’s powerhouse speech at the Republican National Convention – before Tina Fey had even unleashed her incredible spoof – I attended a business lunch where withering remarks about the newbie candidate went down around the table like well-lined-up dominoes. Palin was already being labeled a “self-parody”; it wasn’t Tina Fey’s fault. When it came my turn to pipe in, I decided to try chivalry, and simply said I liked the lady.

Silence. Whoops. Party over. Lesson learned: don’t defend the white trash.

Everyone in LA – or NY or SF - should try saying something un-PC in “polite” company. Just to experience the sting. Talk about change: in an instant, you begin to understand how single women in Salem must have felt. Suddenly, you feel naked, exposed, wishing you had Tourette syndrome instead of common sense. After a few such experiences - and they usually involve some degree of verbal abuse - you start thinking twice about speaking your mind. Funny, I thought that was what we were all supposed to be fighting for.

You have got to read the whole thing.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Guess the anti-semite!

Who said it: Bill Moyers or David Duke?

There is a constant stream of anti-antisemitism and hatred flowing from the Left. This is nothing surprising for anyone who's been watching the past few years. There's just one big difference between the two people - David Duke has been rejected by both the Right and Left.

Bill Moyers is only rejected by the Right. The Left embraced him whole-heartedly, as he represents their values. For that matter, they should have embraced David Duke as well, since he represents much of what the Left embodies. And they certainly have no problem with KKK members, as proven by Robert Byrd (D) of West Virginia.

Found at RNS.

Corrected thanks to Prayerborn in the comments. Hey, with the massive amount of anti-antisemitism coming from the Left, I get my anti-Semites mixed up every now and then.

Horry Clap!

Hope and Change? I hope I have some change left after this!

-$6 billion to weatherize "modest income homes."
-$6 billion to provide internet in "underserved" areas
-$6 billion for "higher education modernization."
-$20 billion in health information technology to "prevent medial mistakes."
-$20 billion to increase food stamp funding
-$87 billion to provide a "temporary" increase in Medicaid funding
-$300 million to provide rebates for people who purchase Energy Star products
-$600 million for the federal government to buy brand new energy efficient cars
-$400 million for state and local governments to buy brand new energy efficient cars
-$2.4 billion for carbon capture demonstration programs
-$350 million to research using energy efficient technology on military bases
-$300 million for grants and loans to state and local governments for projects that reduce diesel emissions, "benefiting public health and reducing global warming"
-$500 million for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects.
-$400 million to build major research facilities "that perform cutting edge science"
-$1.5 billion for expanding "good jobs in biomedical research"
-$400 million "to put more scientists to work doing climate change research"
-$600 million for satellite development and acquisitions, including climate sensors and climate modeling.
-$250 million "to address long-term economic distress in urban industrial cores and rural areas distributed based on need and ability to create jobs and attract private investment."
-$650 million to continue the coupon program to enable American households to convert from analog television transmission to digital transmission.
-$300 million for the National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries
-$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
-$400 million for "ready-to-go habitat restoration projects"
-$2 billion to provide child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low-income families while their parents go to work.
-$120 million to provide subsidized community service jobs to an additional 24,000 low-income older Americans
-$1.5 billion to help local communities build and rehabilitate low-income housing using green technologies.
-$500 million to rehabilitate and improve energy efficiency at some of the over 42,000 housing units maintained by Native American housing programs
-$10 million for "rural, high-need areas to undertake projects using sustainable and energy-efficient building and rehabilitation practices"


And that is just a taste.... God help this country. We are so fucked.

Holy moly

When someone is this ignorant, I don't know how they can be an expert on ANYTHING. The fact that this quote made it into print:

There are nearly 7,000 gun shops along the southern U.S. border, about three for every mile. They sell thousands of hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, AK-47s, and "cop killer" guns and bullets that cut through Kevlar body armor. The weapons quickly flow south, again with barely a nod from U.S. Border Patrol.
Wow. Just wow. Nowhere in America is it legal to buy or sell live hand grenades. Nowhere in America is it legal to buy or sell RPG's. AK-47's? Yes, semi-auto. Ooooo, the dreaded "cop-killer" guns! That would be....... what, exactly? A deer rifle?

What a load of crap. And yet this load of crap made it into FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE????

Holy crap.

Found at Say Uncle.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I concur

Regarding the plane that landed in the Hudson River this afternoon.

The Pilot of Flight 1549?

The one that just crashed landed into the Hudson?

I bow down to his greatness.

It's hard enough to land a plane when everything works. But to land a plane on an unstable medium when your engines have crapped out, and keep it in one piece? When both engines are disabled due to birds getting sucked in?

That's skill. That's one hell of a pilot. Those passengers are alive because he was able to keep that plane stable and going in the right direction.

Thank you, Mr Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger.

Dear Food Companies

When you put "100% pure horseradish!" on the front of a bottle in BIG FUCKING LETTERS, and my wife buys said supposed 100% pure horseradish, only to find out that you've added SOYBEAN OIL!

FUCKING!

SOYBEAN!

OIL!

IN THE FUCKING HORSERADISH!

It pisses me off. My wife is allergic to soy. We don't eat soy. I don't even like eating soy when my wife isn't around. As far as I'm concerned, all this fucking soy is part of the reason our kids are walking around pussified and going DEEDEEDEE! You know what soy has in it? ESTROGEN! Now maybe I'm off my rocker here, but force-feeding your boys a food that contains estrogen is NOT the way to raise them.

But try to find food without soy in it. Go ahead. Try it. Soy protein. Soy flour. Soybean oil SOY LECITHIN. Every fucking food out there has SOY LECITHIN in it. It's an emulsifier. It's in chocolate. It's in bread. It's in all kinds of shit. It's everywhere.

The last thing I wanted to see soybeans in was my horseradish.

Fucking make me puke.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Here they come

The gun banners, gun grabbers, etc etc etc.

Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 would amongst other things:

1. Require licensing for anybody that owns a gun.

2. Would require photographs and a thumbprint

3. Would require passage of a test that covers:

(A) the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(B) the safe handling of firearms;

(C) the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;

(D) the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms; and

(E) any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;

My response?

On point 1: Fuck you

On point 2: Fuck you

On point 3: Fuck you

A: Up a tree

B: With a chainsaw

C: Without lube, using a sandpaper condom

D: Using a live scorpion as a dildo

E: Into a vat of Hydrochloric acid.

Scratch a Democrat, find a dictator. The first act of dictators world wide remains to disarm their victims, so that their victims could not fight back. Fuck Congress. Fuck Blair Holt. And fuck any government agency that tries to enforce this.

MOLON LABE, you choad-sucking pieces of shit.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dangerous Victims

Kevin Baker has another fan, one who has linked to his Dangerous Victims essays. If you haven't read them yourself, perhaps now would be a good time to do so.

Essay One: It's most important that all potential victims be as dangerous as they can.

Essay Two: Violence and the Social Contract.

Essay Three: Governments, Criminals, and Dangerous Victims.

Read them? Back already? Right then, on to Kevin Baker's latest fan, Hecate. (Love the name!) In her post about why she linked to those three essays, she lays out a few plain truths that the anti-gun crowd would rather forget:

I recall a friend describing a brief time when he worked in a liquor store. It was the only one in the area that had never been robbed. The store owner had a policy that anyone working there had to have a gun and carry it openly.

One evening, a carful of young urban males drove past the store repeatedly. Then they stopped for a better look. What they saw was a store clerk wearing a Smith & Wesson .357 K-frame and looking them right in the eye.

They left and never came back.

What saved my friend, and his employer's profits, was that he was a dangerous victim, not a helpless one.

While that's a powerful statement, there's another truth that she writes just one paragraph above it:

The first essay applies most closely to the surface issue here. The way to keep convenience store clerks and customers safe is not to make them as helpless as possible. Robbers aren't afraid of the police. They almost never arrive in time to stop a crime in progress. Robbers aren't afraid of the courts. They have been through that system over and over, only to wind up back on the street to commit more crimes. The only thing robbers fear is somebody with the tools, skills, and will to stop them right now.
I recall reading someone, perhaps Francis Porretto, who described how the laws are a substitute for violence. We as a society follow the laws that are laid down because the alternative is violence. Let's take theft. Horse theft, in particular. You've all heard about how a horse thief ain't good fer nuthin' but hangin', right? Why do you think that was?

Because horses were required for life in many places in the West. Stealing a man's horse meant that you were stealing his way of making a living. And in the Old West, stealing a man's living meant quite literally that he might starve. Without a code of laws in place to punish those horse thieves, what recourse would a man have? If there was no way of repairing the damage that those thieves caused, then what could you do to stop the thieves before they started?

You killed them. Period. You wreaked great violence upon the criminals who would destroy you.

With a code of laws in place, you allowed justice under those laws to replace the violence that you once took into your own hands. When you agree to live under the law, you agree to let the law replace your own vengence. Instead of hanging a horse thief, you allowed the Sheriff or his deputy to arrest the horse thief and send him to jail.

So, got all this? I haven't mixed things up too badly have I? Still with me? Good

So what happens when the law, the law that we agree to live under, does NOT give us our reparation? If we agree that the law replaces our personal violence, but the law does not address the grievances we have against the criminals who have harmed us? And have no doubt, the law in this country has been getting weaker and weaker for decades. Hell, the whole reason the death penalty is still in existence is because life in prison doesn't really mean LIFE IN PRISON. It means maybe 25 years, then parole, and that's if you don't get out earlier for good behavior. Our grievances are NOT being addressed by the law. The criminals in many cities run rampant, knowing that even if they get caught they won't be punished for their crimes.

So the law which is supposed to punish the criminals is not doing what it's supposed to do. The alternative to violence isn't working. What's left? Well, it's the first solution that the law was supposed to supplant - violence.

I strongly urge my friends to be as violent as possible. Just remember the difference between violent and protective, versus violent and predatory. The former is commendable and should be encouraged. The latter will be hunted down and killed by the former.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Target Rich Environment

I'll second Vinnie's comment - I don't know how Zombie goes and photograph's these things and still remains sane. I'd be out there with a baseball bat in one hand, and a machete in the other. It would not end nicely.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Linky Love

I'm going to be busy for the next couple of days, but I'll try to at least toss up some links that I think are worthwhile.

Cold Fury is on a roll, with posts about pro-Hamas idiots in Great Britain, and the Leftists who support them.

QandO has a video that perfectly captures a Leftist in the middle of her own personal awakening. Unfortunately, I'm of the opinion that she'll roll over and go right back to sleep. Remember Leftists, don't let reality intrude into your perfect world!

You would think that if you're famous, and you're walking on the red carpet into some event, and there are cameras all around, you would stop yourself from getting caught peeping some boobage. Well, I would think about that. I guess he didn't.

Kevin Baker recommends Gran Torino.

I. Want. One. So. Damn. Bad........ I have been wanting one ever since I borrowed my brother-in-law's. Ah well. Maybe once the finances are stable I can see if the BinL will sell it to me.

Gotta go. More later.