Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Why does Al Gore's Nashville Mansion Use More Than 20 Times As Much Electricity As The National Average?

a) Entire east wing is walk-in fridge for snacks

b) Tipper says there's no point listening to Cannibal Corpse if you don't TURN THAT $#!+ UP, YO!!!

c) Bush stole all the off-switches

d) Needs to run the AC non-stop to keep his daughters from burning the place down with their hotness

e) He's building a Death Star

Cast your vote here.

When you're done, check out who has a home that is surprisingly "green" - in fact, so environmentally friendly that he could (and should) call out ManBearPig on his hypocrisy.

It's funny to see who actually walks it without talking it; not that the Treason Media would actually report these really inconvenient truths.

Wednesday Morning Coffee

LOVE ISN'T A BATTLEFIELD (2142): Meh. I'm having the foggy, apathetic morning today. Despite getting a ton of work done yesterday, last night I landed on a lame BF2142 server on a team that couldn't just lose, but got PWNED every time! They couldn't have gotten laid at a nymphomaniacs convention, if that was the measure of quality. Boo.

PARDONS FOR SALE COMING BACK TO BITE HILLARY? Last week's fragging by David Geffen against the Clintons revived one of the things that Clinton critics have pointed to while the liberal apologists keep screaming "BLOW JOB!!!" to deflect from the treasons of the Clinton Regime: The wholesale sale of pardons in that criminal regime's last days.

Geffen was upset that Clinton wouldn't pardon the FBI agent killer Leonard Peltier while selling pardons to Marc Rich, but as the Boston Globe writes, Hillary!'s brother has been ordered to return money he scammed for pardons.

Now, in the wake of the launch of her presidential campaign, the pardon controversy has reemerged in an obscure court case in which Senator Clinton's brother Tony is battling an order to repay more than $100,000 he received from a couple pardoned by President Clinton.

Tony Rodham, who acknowledged approaching the president about a pardon for the couple, is the second of Hillary Clinton's brothers to receive money from people who were eventually pardoned by President Clinton. Hugh Rodham received $400,000 from two people, one of whom was pardoned and one whose sentence was commuted.

But while Hillary Clinton immediately expressed chagrin over the news in 2001 that Hugh received the money -- and asked him to return it -- she said Tony was "not paid," according to a congressional report. The Clinton campaign yesterday declined to comment on the case involving Tony Rodham.
How many more family members of HRC were in the family business of grift and corruption? Note how the Globe writer reflexively couches the story in the language of "Those poor, noble, glorious Clintons are being set upon by Evil Haters because they're so magnificent!" Sorry, they're crooks and liars. Quit covering up, Treason Media - this is why you're influence is declining along with your bottom lines.

LEGIT GRIEVANCES OR WHINING CRYBABY? YOU MAKE THE CALL! Here are the plaintive bleatings of a Gamestop employee. For every point he has that I'm sympathetic towards, there's another that makes me want to say:


CHICKENGREENS! That's the label Tigerhawk has bestowed upon phony hypocrites like Al Gore who preaches sacrifice for the proletariat while farting thru silk in his 20,000 sq. ft. mansion that consumes as much energy in a MONTH that a normal John Q. uses in a YEAR. (There's an interesting link at that page that I'm going to expound upon in a separate post. Stay tuned.)

I don't care for the term because it lends credibility to the specious "chickenhawk" slur hurled at people who believe in fighting Islamofascism over there instead of filing charges against the pieces of the suicide bombers here.

Devo Fans, I've Got A Question

I know there are some knowledgable music fans reading here, so I'm throwing this bleg out to you, cuz Google isn't helping.

I was listening to "Devo Greatest Hits" last night and the song "Gates of Steel" came on. I recognized it at first, but then realized I didn't know where I knew it from. It's on "New Traditionalists", but I don't have that (or any other Devo) album and I don't recall ever listening to the whole album anywhere before. (i.e. With a friend back in the Eighties.)

Has this song ever been in a movie soundtrack or been covered or am I just having the same deja vu that I had when I first heard Souixie and the Banshees' "Kiss Them For Me"? I thought it was another song during the intro, but I can't recall what it was because the KTFM melody has supplanted whatever it was in my memory.

If you've got an answer, post it in the comments or e-mail it to the link in my profile. The correct answer will be updated here. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Real Reason Forrest Whitaker Won The Oscar!

Hillary!'s Convenient Lie

Rich Lowery has noticed something revealing about the dust-up over David Geffen calling Bill and Hillary! Clinton big-time liars: How Hillary! used a "convenient lie" in turning the heat back on Obama. From the middle of the piece:

Distasteful though it might be, Democrats would be well-advised to revisit Bill Clinton’s personal scandals from the 1990s, not for what they say about Bill (we already know all that), but for what they say about the political character of Hillary. She was present at the creation of the Clinton “ultimate fighting” style of politics. As George Stephanopoulos recounts in his memoir, when he and James Carville discussed creating a central clearinghouse for attacks during the 1992 campaign, Hillary quickly grasped the idea: “‘What you’re describing is a war room,’ she said, giving us both a name and an attitude.”

During Clinton’s campaign and presidency, the war room got its truest test in beating back allegations of Bill Clinton’s infidelities. The strategy was to deny no matter what, and if the allegations had merit, persuade the woman involved to lie about them or, if she didn’t comply, destroy her. Hillary the feminist pioneer was an adamant supporter of and participant in this approach.

This has always been the corruption at the core of the Clinton team — Bill’s heedlessness and the need to cover it up. It created a political ethic that has a rottenness at its heart, and Hillary has deeply partaken of it. She tacitly acknowledges as much.
Hillary! is the worst of the worst sort of weak woman, yet gets praised as some sort of Susan B. Anthony when she's a second-rate Lady Macbeth. She's gotten nothing on her own and has carefully massaged Bubba's indiscretions to her advantage - i.e., Bill screws up; Hill! gets more power - but these sorts of games would be useless on the world stage.

If she was truly so gullible as to be the only person in the world who believed that her tomcat husband wasn't having sexual relations with that beret-wearing lard-ass, then how can she be trusted to negotiate a nuclear disarmament treaty?

Conversely, if she was lying - and she was and you know it - about the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" - then that means she let the business of government get sidetracked for months, wasting millions of dollars and leaving the White House with a scuzzy residue for years, all in order to leverage her martyrdom into political power; first as a Senator and then as the Sun Queen, er, President. Well, then she's all the more evil for her willingness to destroy anything that gets in her way.

Are We Not Men? We Are Emo!

You know it's time for a trend to die when the local news stations are reporting about it and getting most of the facts wrong!

Priceless quote: "You get more points if you cry a lot."

Monday, February 26, 2007

Monday Morning Coffee

Egads! Two days of Morning Coffee in a row?!?

* The King of the World vs. The King of Kings...Who Ya Got!!! James Cameron - who I thought was finally making fictional films - claims to have located the tomb of Jesus Christ and his son, which, if true, would tear the foundations out from under Christianity. This isn't Al Capone's vault, JC - hey, look whose initials are ironic! - if you're wrong, you'll be buried.

* Oscar Reax: Tom Shales said:

Virtually everything about the Oscarcast, except for a few mercifully brief features, was entirely, punishingly too long. The award for Best Foreign Language Film was preceded by a montage of famous foreign movies going back to "La Strada," presumably for people who had no idea what a foreign film is.
The usually retarded Nikki Finke said:
Well, I say enough is enough. Who isn't sick of getting stuck sitting through an ass-killing show that runs on and on beyond reason with no entertainment within it to speak of? As a comedian friend told me: "If this goes on any longer, they're going to be reporting next weekend's Friday night box office, the obituary package is going to be out of date, and the ballots will be going out for next years' awards." Frustration echoed by this emailer: "If they show another montage, I think it should be of people killing themselves while watching the Oscars."

Erroll Morris' interviews of the nominees kicked off the show. And it laid a huge egg. The package was way too "inside the Industry". The TV viewing audience had no idea who most of these people were on screen. And the opening wasn't even original: I'm told Morris did the same thing for the Oscar telecast a few years ago. What was this: The Sequel? Thus began what is supposed to be an international broadcast reaching out to 1 billion peopole, and instead comes off like Hollywood's really boring home movie.
In retrospect, there was little memorable or exciting about the show. Now, I'm sure some would've appreciated it if every speech contained some gratuitous shot at Dubya and the non-war, but instead we had canned speeches and dullness except for Jennifer Hudson who didn't have anything written down and actually seemed overwhelmed.

* Reporters Ask The Stupidest Questions: While watching what little of the backstage interviews that E! aired, I saw Hudson asked these stupid questions: "How does it feel to be only the third African-American actress other than Whoopi Goldberg and Hattie McDaniel?" and (paraphrasing) "REAL actors spend years perfecting their craft and you win an Oscar on your first film. Don't you feel like a fraud?"

The first question ignores Halle Berry's win - unless they were just talking Supporting Actress winners - but reveals the race grievance obsession of the media. Are they going to ask the 10th and 20th black Oscar winners this same dumb question or will we finally get to the point where it's not a novelty for the elites to patronize minorities about? Liberals just love to pat minorities on the head and tell them that they'd be nowhere without them.

The second question is garbage as well. Sure, there may be some beginner's luck, but so what? There have been other first-time charmers, but did they have to endure these idiotic queries?

Screw the handicapped! We're keeping it real!!! It used to be that the surest way to win an Oscar was to play a handicapped person or have an accent, but in the past few years, we've had a rash of acting awards going to performances that portrayed very familiar, real-life people. Off the top of my head, we've had Queen Elizabeth II, Idi Amin, Truman Capote, June Carter Cash, Ray Charles, Aileen Wornous and one other that's slipping my mind win and had Chris Gardener nominated. While these performances may've rose above mere imitation, that's part of what they've won for; the ability to convince us we're seeing the real deals.

I feel sorry for actors who create compelling characters from whole cloth, with nothing but a script to guide them, who may be passed over for one of these real-life role-players. Reese Witherspoon has done very good work, but there is no way in hell her JCC was better than Claire Danes in "Shopgirl" or Felicity Huffman in "Transamerica". If she had any shame, she should've turned down the trophy. She'll be good again in future roles, so it's not as if this was her only chance.

Single-Issue Dogma Voters = Losers: Listening to Bill Bennett on the drive in, I was depressed to hear the myopic views of the callers with regard to various candidates and people they'd wish would run. I'll say more on this on a dedicated post, but the people slagging Romney for being a Mormon or having been equivocal about abortion in the past are dopes. The first point is straight-up religious bigotry, but the second shows how purity tests are lame. Romney has moved to the right and they're bashing him for not always being with them. Ironically, some of these same folks are big on Guiliani, who is as liberal, if not more, than most Dems, but because they feel (note that I didn't say think) he'll be strong on the war, they'll toss their concerns overboard. Realpolitik = realstoopid.

The 2007 Academy Awards Recap

What follows are the collected comments about the Oscars I live-blogged on a forum that I won’t mention because it’s already overrun by civilians, much to the displeasure of the insiders there. Enjoy!

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Flipping back and forth between E!'s insipid Seacrest guano and Baba Wawa's dull chat does little to hype me up for this evening. Between not giving a rat's ass about most of the nominees - "Little Miss Sunshine" is a contender? I rest my case. - the fact that so many of the awards are foregone conclusions (e.g. 3 of 4 acting awards) and the possibility that this will devolve into an ugly political rally that will make Tim Robbins' and Susan Sarandon's outbursts look polite in comparison really makes the prospects for entertainment bleak.

Fashion Police: Pre-Show Edition:

* Jennifer Hudson's dress is ruined with that Queen of Planet Quatloo top.

* Jodie Foster looks good as does Cate Blanchett and Jessica Biel.

* Anne Hathaway's Valentino gown doesn't show off her awesome rack, so it sucks. Emily Blunt's blue is a nice break from the usual bland whites and neutrals.

* Naomi Watts looks like hell in an awful yellow. Nicole Kidman's red would be OK of she'd remembered to take the box off the gift box.

* The top half of Penelope Cruz's dress is fine, but the bottom half looks like shredded Muppet fur.

* Two words for Abigail Breslin's outfit: Bee Girl. I know she's a kid, but why does she have to dress lame?

* Cameron Diaz looks awful. Anyone wondering why Justin Timbaland is fast and furiously banging Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel only needs to look at this mess.

* Kate Winslett - nice dress, iffy color, WTF is up with her crows feet?!? She's 31-years-old? Hi-def is a killer.

* Cute opener with the nominees. Eddie Murphy just staring was rich. Like Eastwood's modesty. Having the nominees stand up was a nice touch, too.

* What is with Ellen's suit? That's what happens when you don't reserve your tux early.

* Decent monologue, but when the gospel choir came out, it makes those warnings that this looks to be the longest Oscars ever look depressingly optimistic.

* Hudson's deflector shield detached. Good.

* Opening with Art Direction is blah. No one cares about this and the tech Oscars up front.

* Maggie Gyllenhaal sure dropped the baby weight, but her dress needed a 2nd strap.

* WTF were the shadow people and the announcers backstage about? Jeez, this is gonna suck.

* The musical number was excellent, but it's far too early in the evening. They should've stuck it in the middle after the audience is snoozing from the sound editing award.

* Another win for Pan's Labyrinth. This should help with the box office take.

* Breslin and Smith's bit was cute without rotting the teeth. Good ad lib from Jaden.

* I hear that they aren't doing the music under the speeches like they did last year.

* I dunno about this front-loading the show with the awards no one cares about.

* Where the f*ck is Jack's hair? I didn't realize at first that the fat blad guy they kept showing was him.

* The thing with the "sound FX choir" was half-cool and half-stupid-as-hell.

* Why didn't they read off the other winner's name for sound editing?

* Four generations of sound mixers in that family? What happens when some kid decides that he wasn't to be a cameraman?

* Rachel Weitz looks nice, but the necklace is too large.

* They should really have longer clips for the acting awards.

* Whoa! Alan Arkin wins over Eddie for the first upset of the night. Spike Lee is already calling Revs. Al and Jesse to organize protest marches. Does this mean that "Little Miss Ain't All That" is going to win Best Pic? Gawd...

* Ellen slips Marty the script to "GoodMamas" right before telling us we'll be getting more interpretive shadow puppets.

* Yawn...a boring song by Randy Newman for the boring "Cars" followed by a second-string tune by Melissa Ethridge with enviromental lies flashed on the screen. You may be able to reduce your carbon emissions to zero, but the odds of reducing the level of Hollywood bullsh*t is nil.

* Jeez, could the "Al and Leo Show" be lamer? Bring back the Andy Gibb Memorial Shadow Dancers! I thought Leo was going to offer to blow him right there.

* The ironic thing is that Leo actually lives the green lifestyle that ManBearPig wants us all to live, but doesn't bother actually living himself. While Leo drives a hybrid car and flies commercial, Veep ManBearPig flies a private jet, collects zinc mining royalties, refuses to put his house on more expensive green power and is a general hypocrite. But, who is really surprised?

* Only thing lamer than lame political grandstanding? Lame recycled jokes. Get it? Feh.

* "Happy Feet" beats "Cars". I panned "Cars" in a review and the reader reaction was something akin to a lynch mob's in violent rhetoric. Well, pfffftttt to you haters!!!

* I like the way they presented the Screenplay clips.

* Idiots!!! The announcer bimbo said that "Infernal Affairs" was a Japanese film instead of the proper Hong Kong. Hey, all those slant-eyed yellow devils look the same to Hollywood, right?

* Where is "Pan's Labyrinth" on the horse race board that the guy from RevCo was holding? More Hollywood racism?

* I love this AmEx ad with Wes Anderson. "Can I get a .357 with a bayonette?"

* I like that they have the costumes live on stage. A few good production decisions happening this year.

* Why is the costume lady scared on the occasion of her third win?

* Captain Xenu comes out to give the Jean Herscholt Award to his fellow Viacom sackee, Sherry Lansing.

* Hermione says, "Note to self - don't get botox so close to the awards show...she can't close her mouth." Speeches like these make humanitarism sound boring.

* Loved Eastwood busting Ellen's chops over the gifts and screenplay. Having Spielberg taking a snapshot: Bonus!! Much better suit, too.

* Wow. I see that Gwyneth is enjoying the benefits of food and being cured of tuberculosis.

* Gee, another Oscar for "Pan's Labyrinth". Too bad it's not up in the Best Picture category and not in the Foreign ghetto. If only it had an Old Hollywood actor directing it instead of some Mexican dude. Self-congratulations about diversity only go so far when the voting results in the same old same old.

* Finally, ILM doesn't get screwed out of an Oscar. First win in 13 years, is it? Disgusting.

* Upset #2! "The Lives of Others" beats "Pan's Labyrinth" for Foreign Language. Wild. Wonder what happened there?

* OK, the "Snakes on a Muthaf*ckin' Plane" shadow puppets was badass.

* It is totally acceptable for men to hate Clooney for being so damned good looking, right?

* And with the Oscar, Jennifer Hudson completes her "F*CK YOU, SIMON!!!" tour. Of course, this means that Taylor Hicks will never be nominated for anything.

* At least the Documentary Short category hasn't been raped over into a fiction-fest like the big doc category. Hollywood may like having the outlet for their hypocritical politics, but don't pervert the form, mmmmkay?

* Seinfeld killed. "Five depressing movies." Ain't that the truth. No room for "Wordplay" - we gotta bash Bush, religion and spread terror about ManBearPig. Yeesh.

* Nice to see that the rules about who gets to go up onstage can get tossed if the *message* is important enough. People who spent their whole careers actually doing something get 45 seconds before being bum-rushed offstage, but there's time for ManBearPig hysteria. Too bad the science doesn't match up to the fear-mongering and political blather. The fact we're freezing to death and didn't have any hurricanes last year is lost on the pamper poodles of Hollyweird. Time for everyone to take their private jets to Aspen to plan how to fight ManBearPig!!!

* I see that the Academy has thrown a bone to those obsolete hacks the Bergmans to create a song for the Morricone tribute that reminds why stuff like "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp" wins over their crap these days.

* I was wondering if they'd have some translation for Morricone's speech.

* Boo!!!! They edited the suicidal robot ad!!!

* To repeat the best comment ever posted here on an Oscar thread (about "Lost in Translation"): "That crashing you're hearing is the sound of 20,000 laptops being thrown across Los Angeles living rooms." That a tired hack piece like "Little Miss Sunshine" wins shows how far we've fallen from the days when Paddy Chayefsky used to rule with REAL writing. Pathetic.

* Cute J.C. Penny's ad.

* J.Ho's dress sucks and makes her look fat.

* Why did the "Dreamgirls" medley make me suddenly crave chocolate milk?

* They've been subtly clever in the presenter/category matchups, like having Travolta and Latifah

* All the "Dreamgirls" songs cancelled each other out allowing "Love Theme For ManBearPig" to win. Listening to these idiots babbling on about how environmental hysteria isn't a partisan thing is both disingenuous and patronizing; it's totally partisan because only partisans and easily frightened morons are sweating about global warming. I'm hoping the ice will melt before the morning commute, but I'm not blaming ManBearPig because I know that the thing called WINTER is the cause of ice.

* Why do Will Smith's ears look particularly large tonight?

* Those two sentences from "Network" are better than anything from "Little Miss Hype Thing".

* Looking good for "The Departed" as Thelma Schoonmaker picks up for Editing. (Why aren't there more female editors?) Though I won't rule out Marty getting his pity f*ck Oscar - you know that's what it'll be - could that yellow VW bus movie get a split. I hope not.

* Jodie Foster looks great with her dress and earrings matching her eyes.

* Altman wins the People Who Died montage clapoff.

* Is Philip Seymour Butts playing Nick Nolte in something? It's the effing Oscars, clean up and take a shower!!!

* WTF is Meryl Streep wearing? Isn't that the idol that made Greg Brady wipe out?

* Mirren's speech thanking the real Queen was classy.

* Reese looks good without that baby weight. (i.e. Ryan) Too bad she won for what wasn't the best performance of last year.

* That Forrest Whittiker's vanquished foes gave him a standing O was classy.

* Having Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola present pretty much guaranteed that Marty was gonna win. How embarrassing would it have been if he hadn't won?

* Of the two nominated Best Pic flicks that I saw, "The Departed" was the better one, but it just doesn't feel like a timeless film we'll cherish decades from now like we still enjoy Scorsese's other works.

* Well, the show wraps in 3 hours, 45 minutes, by no means the longest show ever.

* Ellen was OK, but no Steve Martin. Overall grade: B.

* Overall, it was an OK show. A few surprises, but most of it was preordained and blah. No one will remember who won next week, much less next year.

* Now that Marty has his Oscar, who will be the the person inserted into the sentence, "How is it that [some 'undeserving' schlub] has an Oscar, but [new Marty] still hasn't won?"

* While I wanted to see it before, I'm more interested in seeing "Pan's Labyrinth" now. Maybe I'll get out to the movies sometime.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Linus versus GNOME...Who Ya Got!!!!

No, this isn't about Charlie Brown's blanket-toting friend and that roaming fellow who pitches for Travelocity. It's Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and he has some big problems with the GNOME interface for Linux.

I'm not going to even try to explain to non-wirehead readers WTF this is all about and, frankly, I don't even get half of what this is about. But since a spazzy nerd fight has its charms for some, I'm posting it here for those weirdos to enjoy. You're welcome.

Friday Morning Coffee

Try not to die of shock that I'm actually doing one of these.* As you can see on my Del.icio.us list, I've been bookmarking more than I've been commenting on for a variety of reasons, mostly time-related. (i.e. I'm spending it doing other things.) Let's see what's going on.

YOU ARE WERFWESS AWEC BAWWIN - Alec Baldwin is a talented bloke and damn funny on "SNL" and "30 Rock", but like most celebs, his politics are that special blend of ignorant and offensive that makes you wonder just what they're doing in their trailers between shots. In a recent HuffPo rant, he pinches off this stellar observation:

All around us are signs of global climate change. And this administration's response is to send in more troops. If you don't think there is a link between the weather and Iraq, you are wrong.
Ho-kay. Whew. (h/t: Newsbusters)

• IF THE TREASON MEDIA IS LYING, IT MUST BE A DAY THAT ENDS IN "DAY" - The AP lies in their reporting? Duh. As Instapundit notes:
BLAME AMERICA FIRST: Check out this bogus Associated Press story. Key bit:

The United States is no longer bound by Kyoto, which the Bush administration rejected after taking office in 2001.

Er, no. The truth is as close as this entry from the not especially Bush-friendly Wikipedia:

On July 25, 1997, before the Kyoto Protocol was finalized (although it had been fully negotiated, and a penultimate draft was finished), the U.S. Senate unanimously passed by a 95–0 vote the Byrd-Hagel Resolution (S. Res. 98),[40] which stated the sense of the Senate was that the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol that did not include binding targets and timetables for developing as well as industrialized nations or "would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States". On November 12, 1998, Vice President Al Gore symbolically signed the protocol. Both Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman indicated that the protocol would not be acted upon in the Senate until there was participation by the developing nations.[41] The Clinton Administration never submitted the protocol to the Senate for ratification.

Hmm. No Bush Administration rejection there. There is this bit, later on:

The current President, George W. Bush, has indicated that he does not intend to submit the treaty for ratification, not because he does not support the Kyoto principles, but because of the exemption granted to China (the world's second largest emitter of carbon dioxide[42]). . . . Despite its refusal to submit the protocol to Congress for ratification, the Bush Administration has taken some actions towards mitigation of climate change.

Read the whole thing, and note: The United States was never bound by Kyoto, and it was not "rejected" by the Bush Administration. Once again, a webpage by unpaid amateurs is more accurate and nuanced than an effort by the Associated Press. Anyone can make a mistake, but the AP's seem to lean heavily in an anti-Bush direction.
Again. Duh.

• LONDON DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH TUBBY HOOKERS? - Monica Lewinsky is looking for work there.

THE DEMS = LUCY WITH A FOOTBALL: The total BS way the Dems are jacking with national security in order to trip up Dubya is succinctly captured by Newsbusters reader blackrain4xmas' post:
Democrats DEMANDED that the President put more troops in, so he did, and before the order was even issued....they opposed putting troops in.

The Democrat's strategy for Iraq is to lose, blame the President, then if that finger-pointing campaign works and they get the WH in 08...they'll wage war on Iraq and blame the WH some more OR appease everyone in the region and blame Bush.

Beyond blaming Bush for anything and everything...they have no plan
Whether it's the seditious traitor John Murtha's plan to slowly bleed the troops or Harry Reid's scheme to revoke the President's war making authority - a blatantly unconstitutional move that reveals the totalitarian fascism in their hearts - whenever you hear these liars bleating "We support the troops", demand that they explain why VICTORY isn't an option for them and why they're aiming for nothing but defeat and the wasting of 3100+ soldiers' lives just because they're babies who can't stand not having the White House in their portfolio.

• JIM JONES WOULD'VE BEEN JEALOUS of Steve Jobs and the Lvl. 60 Reality Distortion Field spell that he casts to make people slobber uncontrollably over whatever spiffy, but overpriced, gadget he's introducing. The latest thing is the iPhone - trademark suit from Cisco pending - a very snazzy looking PDA/phone/iPod/camera mashup that is twice as expensive as its worth, is locked to a lame cellular service (Cingular), and will fund Al Queda. (OK, that's not true.) Apple cultists are a pitiful - almost on par with...

• DOG LOVERS: THE WORLD'S STUPIDEST PEOPLE - At one forum I haunt, one of the most rabidly insane BDS-deranged moonbats around - an asstackler whose first response to 9/11 was to say that this was America's punishment for the "coup d’├ętat" that brought Dubya to the White House - hypocritically spewed his bile behind a cloak of anonymity while routinely outing and threatening the livelihoods and careers of others who he deemed unworthy of privacy. While he now is owning his identity and must take great pride in his virulent anti-Americanism, for years he kept his true ID secret until the day he posted a picture of his dog. Big deal, except that the object URL tracked back to the newspaper he wrote for and within two minutes the identity of this miserable jerk was known. I never revealed it to anyone because I wasn't about to sink to his level of barbarity, but it was instructive that for years he kept himself hidden, only to blow it over his dumb dog.

The reason I mention this is because Bill Bennett and Laura Ingraham have both gotten puppies recently and have been wasting valuable show time yammering about their stupid dogs. Western civilization is at the precipice of a fall into darkness and calamity and these idiots just can't stop talking about their effing dogs, LIKE WE GIVE A RAT'S ASS!!! When Ingraham's old dog ran off, she ditched work for two days and had the PENTAGON assisting in finding the mutt. Now she has this top dog trainer personally advising her about her puppy. Yeesh. I don't like Rush's yapping about golf and the rich folks he hangs with; Hannity sucks with his country music fetish; buy dog lovers really bite my bone. Grrrrr. I'm a cat person.

• REQUIEM FOR ZIMA - My cat Zima passed away a month ago 2-1/2 months ago at age 12. Part of the series of cats my girlfriend named after beverages, he was better known as "Gay Dog" and "Zimu" among others. The Gay Dog thing was because he kept sexually assaulting my shins while I was trying to sleep and he typically cuddled up with the male cats in the house.

He had been losing weight but was otherwise fine until the day before Thanksgiving when he stopped eating and started acting weird. The vet said it looked to be cancer and gave him maybe a month to live, but it looked like he was going to die that Saturday. It was a very sad time at the house and on Monday night, I very reluctantly agreed that they should put him to sleep the next day. However, they didn't because he seemed a bit better and after a week, he was even eating a little. We didn't think a miracle was occurring - we just figured he'd hang on a bit. I wasn't around the last week, but I hear he was in very poor shape and it was a blessing that St. Francis rolled by to claim his spirit. He's in the backyard near where we BBQ, so we'll be seeing his sleeping kitty statue marker a lot. The saddest part is that Topi (short for Fruitopia; aka Tiny Feet, Emo Kitty), who used to sleep with him all the time (she's a girl) now has no one to hang with, even in a house with 8 other cats. She looks sad and lonely and has taken to cuddling with us. Very needy. Very emo.

Here's some typical action poses of Z (the B&W one) and Topi:





THE FRIDAY FIVER: Shaboing!!!

1. What do you try to stay away from?

Crazy, violent liberals and jihadists. (There is a slight difference between them. The liberals are drunk.)

2. Are you clumsy or graceful?

Clumsily graceful.

3. What is it too late for?

For love. (If Def Leppard is to be believed.)

4. What/who was your first love?

I guess Mom. Wouldn't that be just about anyone's answer?

5. Friday fill in: I believe that ____ will _____ .

Liberals; get us all killed with their delusional views.

DIRK'S DISH DU JOUR: I only saw the 2nd season of the now-cancelled "The O.C." and that was only because I had to watch it for work. Rachel Bilson here was one of the girls on the show - she's the one who wasn't Mischa Barton - and while she was adequate, she never really rose to "To Do List" level, but I've had a wallpaper of her at home for the past couple of weeks and she looks OK there and here, so she gets to be a DDDJ Girl. I'm sure she's thrilled.



We win the War Against Islamofascism or no more Little Miss Vixen for you!


* I started this post for Friday, Jan. 19, but as usual, it never got posted. As my contribution toward recycling, I'm posting this now. It's still current, so nyeah.

The Violence of a Peacenik Lefty

I've said it before, here it is again: There are few people more violent and consumed by rage than liberals. You hear them braying about how nasty conservatives are, but that's just their psychotic projections talking. (Yeah, I'm talking about you, Garofalo.)

Whether it was Al Franken attacking and bodyslamming someone who dared heckle a Democrat in 2004 - though he supports outbursts against Dubya; free speech is only for them, you know - or this unhinged college student who went from spewing his rage on the Internet to going to a Republican college student's home to physically assault him for differing from his fascist views, we can see why they find common cause with the bombers and throat-cutters of the Islamofascist jihad.

Zeroes!

A cute spoof of "Heroes".



(Come on - I can't go off on a rant about everything all the time. Just watch it.)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

X-Cats: Evolution!

At first blush, the fact that this cat...



...has 26 toes sounds like further proof that global warming, Dubya, the Iraq war and the popularity of "American Idol" is ruining the world and mutating our furry friends, but according to the article:

Extra has seven toes on each front paw and six toes on each back paw - instead of the normal five on each.

"Her mum Star is a normal cat but her grandmother had six toes on each paw as well and so does her brother. But we've never even heard of a kitten with seven toes on each front paw," says Kaelene.

"Extra's a good climber and runs really fast.

"We won't have to worry about her too much because she will sure be able to look after herself."

Staff at Glendowie Veterinary Clinic in Auckland say Extra's trait is relatively common and an inherited genetic condition called polydactyly.

It usually produces six toes, so Extra is that little bit special.
We're talking only six extra toes, so it's not as if we're in three-eyed fish territory. More ominous is this part:
"I have seen some cases, but not too many, with 26 toes. How fast and well will that cat climb?"

Some cat owners say the innermost extra toes on the front paws are often opposable and some use them with quite startling proficiency to manipulate small objects with almost human dexterity.

Others joke that because of that condition their animals are more intelligent, while others feel their pets represent the next stage in feline evolution - the ability to open cartons and cans unaided.
I've always known that the cats are planning on the anihilation of the human race - could they be behind the Islamofascist jihad? - so is Extra the prototype for some race of supercat stormtroopers?

Jesse Jackson Demands Reality Stop Interfering With His Racket!

Variety reports that anti-Semitic race hustler Jesse Jackson is whining that minorities aren't being given enough work and respect mere days before black actors - Forest Whitaker, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson - are favored to win three of the four acting Oscars this year.

As someone old enough to remember when white artists were still shown on MTV, I found this stat to be hilarious in its sense of grievance and entitlement:

Casting of minority actors remains a problem. Jackson noted, pointing to a UCLA study by Russell Robinson, released in December and showing that found 69 percent of Hollywood roles were reserved for white actors.
Considering that according to Census data whites make up 74.7% of the population and blacks only 12.1%, shouldn't some white supremicist like the Dems favorite Klansman, Sen. Robert Byrd, be holding demanding that fewer minorities be employed? Since liberals are all about quotas and numerical targets, it's only fair that some people of color take it in the neck so that Hollywood looks like America.

Right?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Battlefield 2142 Patch 1.20 Released

Get the full version here or the incremental version (if you tried the 1.19b beta one) here. The README is here.


Figures. I had two instances of CTD when placing the SL beacon last night and now they've got it fixed. The 2nd time was the pisser: Full squad, two others on VOIP, working together and playing well. The beacon got toasted in an orbital strike and when I tossed the beacon again, BAM!!!! Crash!!!!! DAMMIT!!!!

By the time I got restarted and back to the server and squad, someone else was SL and the first thing he says is, "I put the beacon in the water...because it's cool. It must be a glitch." Frigging idiot!!!

The 50 Greatest Female Characters in Video Game History

TwitchGuru.com has collected a list of video game heroines and takes a shot at casting live-action versions of the games.

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider Series

Is there any doubt that Lara Croft is the perennial video game heroine? Croft is a female Indiana Jones with Daisy Duke shorts, a tight tank top shirt and two pistols instead of a ragged hat and bullwhip. The buxom adventurer has become a cultural icon, appearing in more than 10 games, two feature films and several comic books and original novels.

Pros: Completely eye-popping and disproportionate features, a zest for adventure and great aim with the firearms.

Cons: She has some Daddy issues and has become increasingly violent as the Tomb Raider series has progressed.

Is Played By: Angelina Jolie, the absolute perfect choice.
Video games are always characterized as being patriarchal and overwhelmingly man-oriented, but the fact they could pull 50 women and leave plenty out shows that the girls are alright.

It's Boys Against Girls With The Religion of Peace!

According to fascist-liberal dogma, the most repressive religion in the world is Catholicism because it doesn't ordain women priests. Never mind all the other Christian churches that have female clergy, the atheist Left seeks to destroy the Catholic Church because it's the biggest symbol of God on the planet and since they can't kill God, they'll settle for His followers' Church.

So, what to make of these stories about the Muslim man in Britain who killed his wife and four daughters for being too modern...

After an arranged marriage, [his wife] developed a career as a community leader in Accrington while he, handicapped by a lack of English, took on a series of low-paid jobs.

After Mrs Riaz's father died she "suddenly felt less beholden to Mohammed", a friend said. "She started to develop her own circle of friends and allowed the girls to express themselves in a more western way."

She began to work with women who felt suppressed by Asian culture and many saw her as a role model for young Asian women.
...and the Pakistani provincial government minister killed on Tuesday because a Muslim man believed women should not be in politics?
The gunman, Mohammad Sarwar, was overpowered by the minister’s driver and arrested by police. A stone mason in his mid 40s, he is not thought to belong to any radical group but is known for his fanaticism. He was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.

Mr Sarwar appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned. “I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,” he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,” he said.

“He is basically a fanatic,” Raja Basharat, the Punjab Law Minister, said. “He is against the involvement of women in politics and government affairs.” A police statement added: “He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That’s why he committed this action.”

“He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress. She was also campaigning for emancipation of women,” said Nazir Ahmad, a local officer. (emphasis added)
Toss in Amnesty International's report on "honor killings" of women in Pakistan and the blather we're deluged with about Islam being a benign religion of peace that is only being recently provoked to violence by the War in Iraq at the behest of America's Zionist puppet masters collapses as the bunkum it is.

Islam is incompatible with modernity. As long as it kept to itself, we didn't realize the depths of its oppression and barbarity, but now that it's seeking to spread its darkness across the globe, enslaving previously free people, reducing women to chattel and slaughtering homosexuals, it's depressing to see that the self-loathing Left offers all sorts of excuses for these excesses as if their wishful thinking will spare them the sword or a subservient life paying the jizya as a dhimmi.

Christians are constantly being punished for the actions of a few - as in "countable on one hand" - nutcases who go loony and shoot abortionists; not to mention that whole Crusades thing and the Inquisition that must be atoned for in perpetuity. But as Islam actively racks up a dreadful death toll, the Left falls silent. Is it fear of getting their throats cut or just an "enemy of my enemy (i.e. Christians) is my friend" pragmatism? Why does the latter seem more logical?

The Most Annoying Things About Windows Vista

Waaaaaaaay back in 1998, while still a neophyte computer user, I eagerly bought the Windows 98 upgrade on the day it was released because my computer had been cursed with the craptastic version of Windows 95 that didn't have the FAT32 file system and thus lost a ton of space to overhead.

The snazzy new Windows Vista came out three weeks ago and I couldn't be less enthused if it came with a taxpayer-funded Democratic Party mouse pad. There are too many issues with drivers for nVidia cards and the total kneecapping of accelerated audio and EAX by Vista's rewritten audio subsystem which brings stability at the cost of backwards-compatibility.

Now, PC World has a list of things that pet their peeve about Micro$oft's new bug house. I've got an extra copy of WinXP Pro on hand and until there are so many DirectX 10 games that I can't avoid moving on up, I'm going to hold off until the view on Vista clears up some.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Happy Paczki Day!

While many people may think of today as Mardi Gras - aka "Fat Tuesday", the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent - here in tha D it's "Paczki Day". What is a paczki?

A paczki (pronounced “Poonch-key”) is a Polish donut. It uses a richer batter than traditional donuts. These donuts are traditionally filled with raspberry or prune filling although a huge variety of other fillings are now available. Hamtramck, a small Polish city within Detroit, is where the authentic Polish bakeries are located and thousands of metro Detroiters travel to Hamtramck every year on Fat Tuesday to indulge. In Detroit, Fat Tuesday is so named for the oil and shortening found in paczkis that Christian Poles so often give up for Lent.

Paczki Day is a Polish Holiday and was essentially unknown to the greater Detroit area until the 80’s when the media first started covering this day and, more aptly, the yummy Polish treats. Now it seems like everyone is Polish on Paczki Day! It’s become a Detroit tradition, regardless of ethnic origin.
I've already had one, seen others leftover in the kitchen area here at work, and have a bunch of custard paczkis waiting at home. Ooof.

If updates here suddenly stop, it'll probably be due to a coronary induced by these lard bombs. Yummy!

Dirk's Dish Du Jour: Ellen DeGeneres?!?

I first saw Ellen when she used to be on a mediocre sitcom called "Open House" back in 1989. According to the IMDB, that was her first acting gig and I thought she was kinda cute. Flash forward some years and she has her own sitcom and then the whole "Yep, I'm gay." thing happens and I have to cross her off the list. Drat. (Ironically, she banged Larry Sanders on Gary Shandling's show which threw people for a meta loop at the same time.)

While the bogus "Queen of Nice", Rosie O'Donnell, has revealed herself to be a bitter angry troll beast, Ellen has settled in nicely to a successful chat show and a series of funny American Express commercials and will be hosting the Oscars this weekend. She's always gone with a more masculine form of attire - all the better to score the hot babes like Portia de Rossi - so it was a bit of a surprise to see her on the cover of W this week.



(Calm down, you liberal knee-jerkers. It has nothing to do with Dubya.)

Whoa! What's up with the cleavage, E?!? Haven't seen that sort of action since her love scene with Sharon Stone in "If These Wall Could Talk 2". Inside, the pics are less provacative, but still neat to see her all glammed up for a change. (And looking good at age 49. I didn't know she was that old.)



What the unhinged, rage-fueled morons like Rosie O'Dumbass fail to see is that if the War Against Islamofascism is lost, then women and gays will be the greatest victims of the plunge into darkness that will follow. That goes for the nice, cute lesbians as well as the angry, psycho hose-beasts like Rosie. Her hatred of Dubya and desire to see the war lost will mean enslavement for women and death to lesbians. Liberals just don't get it.

While Ellen isn't the traditional cheesecake type I usually use to illustrate why we must fight Islamofascism and prevail, she's still a symbol of what will be lost if the Defeatocrats have their way. I can always ignore Rosie's noise hole, but I like Ellen and the world wouldn't be as fun without her and her gentle humor.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Forget Al Queda!!! We Gotta Stop Those Video Games!!!

Not content to let fascist Democratic nannies like Hillary! Clinton and Joe Lieberman hog all the game-banning fun, Stupid Party Presidential Not-A-Chancer Sen. Sam Brownback is bringing back a game ratings bill with the laughable title of "The Truth in Video Game Rating Act" because...

"Video game reviewers should be required to review the entire content of a game to ensure the accuracy of the rating. The current video game ratings system is not as accurate as it could be because reviewers do not see the full content of games and do not even play the games they rate. Game reviewers must have access to the entire game for their ratings to accurately reflect a game’s content."

The bill also would require the Government Accountability Office to evaluate whether or not the ESRB is effective, and if there should be a seperate rating system not controlled by the video game industry.
With some games having at least 50-100 hours of gameplay, to require a delay of at least a couple of weeks to allow for complete playthroughs would be damaging.

I've written elsewhere that developers like Rockstar only brought the heat down on themselves by leaving crap like Hot Coffee on their game discs, but that doesn't excuse the double-standards and government intrusion that Brownback, Clinton and Joementum are proposing for video games that they wouldn't dream of inflicting upon the movie and music industries.

Of course, watch for commentators to blame this on "conservative politicians" now that Brownnose, er, back, has thrown in with the nanny fascists.

Why Cats Want To Annihilate The Human Race

I've never bought into the bullsh*t excuse that American Imperialism is the reason for the Islamofascists' jihad against Western civilization and modernity, but in the case of these cats, I'm totally understanding why they hate us.







BTW, the instructions on the page for washing a cat are a joke. If you actually try to do this, your family will find your body looking as if you'd been pushed thru a wood chipper. Kitties will only put up with so much of our BS before striking back with furious vengence.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tag! I'm It!

One of the new features of the new Blogger setup is that posts can be tagged with categories. This will allow readers to find related posts under those categories. These are a work-in-progress, but mostly they should be self-explanatory; if you can't figure out what "babes" or "games" posts, then you may be better entertained by Daily Kos.

However, one category that may be opaque is "stuff and nonsense". I've said all along that most blogs are the intersection between narcissism and voyeurism and unlike most blogs, I've never been too big on the "personal sharing" thing. If you want to read about personal relationship drivel, there are at least 40 million people on MySpace pouring out intimate details about their lives that will more than fill your train wreck needs. (e.g. I know more about my drummer's step-daughter's life than I really should.)

Occasionally, though, I will have something of an occasionally me-oriented nature to post that falls into the more traditional "bloggy stuff" - what I almost called this tag - category and that's where "stuff and nonsense" comes in. Before I started this blog, I used to gather little news items to send to my girlfriend, Hermione, and the subject line would be "Stuff & Nonsense", so it makes sense that all the miscellaneous debris get filed under that title.

Jeez, this was a pointless post. How bloggy. (See how it got tagged.)

F%@# Comcast In Their Stupid Ears!!!

I've been getting fed up with my Comcast service for about six months beginning when they unceremoniously jacked up my rate $15 after discovering AFTER 7-1/2 YEARS that I didn't have their crappy cable television service. When I called about the rate hike, the nasty CSR didn't have anything useful to offer and even lied about DSL service being high-speed.

Two weeks ago, I started experiencing sporadic outages and after a few days of this junk, I called support and they said no one would be available for a WEEK. WTF?!? While I waited, I had two evenings of planned participation in the closed BF2142 Northern Strike beta trashed because of outages and lag. By the time they fixed things a week later, the beta was closed. Thanks for nothing, losers.

At least it was fixed, right? Wrong! Last Friday, I was looking forward to taking advantage of a special weekend where all the unlocks in BF2142 would be available and you already know what happened. Comcast says that they'll have someone out on Monday and I'll likely be getting a new modem. Gee, thanks. All I've done is lose three nights of gameplay and those are hard enough to come by.

UPDATE: The tech just called from home and said that things look right spiffy to him. After quietly yelling that it was always fine when it wasn't failing, he said that Comcrap is upgrading the lines from analog to digital and that outages are frequent and that he's been doing nothing but trouble calls (and not installs) for the past few weeks. Well, boo-hoo for you, Dude.

The Red Ring of Death Claims Another Victim

If you've been diligently following my Xbox Gamertag at right - which would indicate you desperately need to get some hobbies - you may've noticed that my Achievement points haven't been increasing despite getting several new games last week. Well, that's because my stupid Xbox 360, which is less than a year old, started freezing and then flashing the deadly three red LEDs which indicate console death. Drat.

It's on its way to Texas for repair/replacement - praise Allah that M$ extended the warranty period to one year - but what's baffling is that if you average my play time it works out to perhaps a couple hours per week. I have a buddy at work who has pounded his launch 360 mercilessly 6-8 hours per day and it is still going strong. Go figure. Hopefully they'll send back one with the new quieter DVD drives.

Macrovision's Reply Translated Into English

A couple of weeks ago, Apple cult leader Steve Jobs issued an open letter to the music Industry saying that digital rights management should go away; an ironic posture for someone who's used DRM (FairPlay) to lock iPod owners into using his iToonz Muzac Store and vice versa.

Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso dished up a crack-induced reply to Jobs' letter and Daring Fireball has a translation:

We have been involved with and have supported both prevention technologies and DRM that are on literally billions of copies of music, movies, games, software and other content forms, as well as hundreds of millions of devices across the world.

Remember those squiggly lines when you tried copying a commercial VHS tape? You can thank us for that.

DRM increases not decreases consumer value

Up is down. Black is white.

Sounds about right.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Oops! - Weirdest Accidents

For a lazy Sunday, check out these crazy accident photos, like:





Some of these situations really make you wonder "How the heck did that happen?!?"

Friday, February 16, 2007

Friday Fiver

Yeesh! I haven't done these in soooooooooooooooo long. I was going to try and do a catchup post of the past few months worth, but I just don't have the time and even I wouldn't want to read 10-20 of these in a row and I find myself downright fascinating! :-\

1. What's the longest time you've spent standing?

I dunno. 8-10 hours? Who keeps track of this stuff?

2. How many people on LJ (or your blog) know your real name?

I have no idea.

3. What makes you afraid?

That people don't realize how dangerous the world is because the Treason Media tells them it's all Dubya's fault and they're stupid enough to believe them. A suicide bomber kills 100 in Iraq - it's Dubya's fault. Iran is sending IEDs and sniper rifles to Iraq to kill our soldiers (and provide CNN propaganda footage) and it's Dubya's fault!

4. What's the worst physical injury you've had?

I had a paper cut that hurt pretty badly. Seriously, a fractured knuckle.

5. What line won't you cross?"

I'll tell you after I've passed it.

My Big Fat BF2142 Stats Graphic

While I have a portion of a Battlefield 2142 sig image over to the right (where else?), it doesn't show the depth of stats as this big honkin' thing does:

BF2142

BF2142 vets may notice the Northern Strike badges at the bottom and wonder how I got those when the booster pack hasn't been released yet. I was in the closed beta test group and scored those during the limited time I got to play, no thanks to chronic Comcast modem outages and the absence of the beta keymaster the first night I tried to get going.

I'm not at liberty to discuss the pack at the moment (under NDA), but suffice to say that if you enjoy BF2142, you'll want to pick this one and at only $10, it's a decent deal. (No, EA isn't paying me to say nice things about the game. In fact, the cheap farging bastages may wipe the unlocks I picked up in the test.) Check out the official propaganda site here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Ever-'Present' Obama

I was looking at a friend's MySpace page last night and noticed that she had sworn her allegiance to hype magnet Barack Obama in a blog post:

I almost peed my pants when I heard Barak Obama is running for President! If I had any money I'd donate to his campaign. He thinks, speaks and acts intelligently. I've got more respect for him than anyone else running for the office. His voting against the war back in '02 only helps. I'm going to work for his campaign, too, and anything else I can do.

Barak Obama for President 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I posted a comment:
And when you're toiling at his campaign HQ, you'll probably learn how to spell his name properly, too!
She's a bright woman, but as is typical of many artistic types, she's drinking solely from the Kool-Aid jug of empty-headed liberalism. I was at dinner with her one night when she launched off on a familiar riff about the evils of Dubya, Republicans, corporations, etc. (she knows my political bent) and when I replied with a handful of questions to see if she actually had some knowledge or was merely parroting the shibboleths of "progressive thinking" (an oxymoron if there ever was one), she got huffy and shut up. As I suspected, she hadn't really investigated what's happening in the world, she had merely taken the easy way and blamed everything on the bogeyman du jour for the Left.

Since you can't use any complementary adjectives to describe Obama out of fear of being labeled a racist - as Plagarizing Joe Biden found out the hard way after calling him "articulate" - I'm not going to say anything about him other than he's a slick piece of work who popped up on my radar at the 2004 DNC and who manages to be an empty vessel into which people can pour their wishes and project their desires upon.

While it's been assumed that Hillary! will destroy him like all her foes, there are some chinks in his glossy patina already developing. Maureen Dowd made a comment in a column about his barndoor ears which led to his being caught on tape, whining like a little girl about how he was teased as a child for what Will Smith has somehow managed to cope with and that he was sensitive to comments about them.

Uh, is it me, or does the idea of a Commander-in-Chief who will break into gales of weepy emo tears after a comment about his ears by Kim Jong Il, as a prelude to nuking Seoul and Japan, a little worrisome? Even a San Franciso Chronicle columnist is wondering "Is the Honeymoon for Obama Already Ending?"
The-Barack-is-testy stories are starting to dribble in. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, who can be a bit of a kingmaker, was not wowed apparently. After Obama declared his candidacy on a sub-freezing day in the Land of Lincoln, Dowd asked him if he had a heater in the podium to keep down the chill.

Perfectly reasonable question from our standpoint in the media -- offbeat, but something people would probably be interested in knowing. Dowd says Obama "shot a look that said, "Are you from People Magazine?''' but then conceded that, yes, he'd had a heater.

First, let's congratulate Dowd on her mind-reading. Not only did she extrapolate what Obama was thinking, she knew which magazine he was thinking it about.

But here's the sad reality. Expect more of that, Barack. You want audacity? We haven't even begun to give you audacity.

"You've been reporting on how I look in a swimsuit,'' Obama complained this week.

While it'd be amusing enough to mock Barack for his sensitive hide, the real reason why he's unfit for office at this time (if ever) has nothing to do with the shallow coverage he's received in these serious times populated by unserious people. No, the real issues about Obama's sneaky tabula rasa act can be gleaned by the OpinionJournal piece, "The Ever-'Present' Obama - Barack has a long track record of not taking a stand."
"What's stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics--the ease with which we're distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions," Obama said in his announcement speech. But a closer look at the presidential candidate's record in the Illinois Legislature reveals something seemingly contradictory: a number of occasions when Obama avoided making hard choices.

While some conservatives and Republicans surely will harp on what they call his "liberal record," highlighting applicable votes to support their case, it's Obama's history of voting "present" in Springfield--even on some of the most controversial and politically explosive issues of the day--that raises questions that he will need to answer. Voting "present" is one of three options in the Illinois Legislature (along with "yes" and "no"), but it's almost never an option for the occupant of the Oval Office.

We aren't talking about a "present" vote on whether to name a state office building after a deceased state official, but rather about votes that reflect an officeholder's core values.

[snipped the laundry list - go read it at the link]

Obama's "present" record could hurt him in two very different ways in his bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination and, ultimately, the White House. On one hand, those votes could anger some Democrats, even liberals, because he did not take a strong enough stand on their issues. On the other hand, his votes could simply be portrayed by adversaries as a failure of leadership for not being willing to make a tough decision and stick by it.

Obama is one of the most dynamic and captivating figures in American politics at this time, and he has put together an excellent campaign team. He clearly is a factor in the race for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

But as Democrats--and Americans--are searching for their next leader, the Illinois senator's record, and not just his rhetoric, will be examined under a microscope. As president, Obama will be faced with countless difficult decisions on numerous gray issues, and voting "present" will not be an option. He will need to explain those "present" votes as a member of the Illinois Legislature if he hopes to become America's commander-in-chief.
Perhaps he was just emulating Bill Clinton's "triangulation" maneuvers (which is not code for having a three-way), he could slide on his non-record by spinning it however he wants to and if that fails, playing the race card if convenient via a pliant, in-the-tank media.

My Box In A Box

While it started with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's funny "Dick In A Box" music video (semi-NSFW, it's uncensored) on "SNL", the truly egalitarian nature of the Internet (and cheap music and video tech) is on display with this nearly instant response song and video, "My Box In A Box":

Boy, she's a cutey, isn't she? (I'll be in my bunk....)

OK, I'm back. While not as much an obsession as the identity of YouTube phenom LonelyGirl15, curiousity about this comely lass existed and I tripped over a clip explaining who she was and who the real voice behind the song is.

Apparently, unhinged moonbat Keith Olberman was able to take a few moments' break from his screeching tirades against "Mr. Bush" - hey, Sporto, that's "PRESIDENT Mr. Bush" to you - to handle something more attuned to his abilities.

You heard right: Melissa has a boyfriend. Drat.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Too Many Calendars!!!

I waited until they were clearing the desk calendars out for a buck at Border's and stocked up. Now I'm looking at my desk and realizing I've only got room for 5 of the 7 I've got. Whoops. I've got:

* Dilbert
* Get Fuzzy
* Non Sequitur
* The Far Side
* Fox Trot
* George Carlin
* Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Babes

Last year I had Dilbert, Get Fuzzy, SI Swimbos, and a Star Trek desk jobber and that was manageable because I only needed to read two of them, but now I'm looking at six to read every day (not to mention the six weeks I've got to plow through) and that's a bit much. I stopped buying The Onion calendar because they printed stories over several days which defeats the purpose of a laugh-a-day calendar.

And tying into the previous post, here's a shot of Josie Maran from a SI shoot:



Why we fight, indeed!

Dirk's Dish Du Jour: Josie Maran

While the Dixie Chicks racked up five Grammys last night for their unhinged hatred of Dubya - what, you thought it was for their MUSIC? Puh-leeze! - all I could wonder was how they were going to like living wearing a tent under Sharia law, stripped of all their rights (to speech, abortion, etc.) and their career. Of coruse, idiots like them don't see beyond their immediate infantile wants.

Anyhoo, here's Josie Maran, a MAW (Model/Actress/Whatever) who stars in the racing game "Need For Speed: Most Wanted", which I got the other day. There are these goofy cutscenes which advance the games plot and she's a hottie who helps you out. After one scene, my girlfriend said, "Wow. That's some good line reading there."



Sometimes, you're not looking for a decent conversation, ya know?

Maybe the Dixie Chicks wouldn't mind Josie here being covered in a Muslim tent out of some catty girl hate thing, but for the rest of us who enjoy the occasional half-naked infidel whore picture, the road of blind hate that the Dixie Chicks follow will make the world a much less pleasant place to live, due to the loss of things we enjoy.

And that includes the Dixie Chicks music. Their spite will destroy them as well as us all.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Who Says That Osama and Saddam Were In Cahoots?

One of the biggest of the Big Lies fostered by the Treason Media is the meme that Team Dubya has made up the connections between bin Laden and Hussein in order to "mislead us into war". Whenever another terrorist is killed or captured, the Left dismisses it with a haughty, "There weren't any terrorists until we invaded. We made it into a terror haven when it was as peaceful as a sleeping kitten before Bushitler screwed up the world."

I posted a link to a shorter version of this video a couple years ago, but I think that link went dead. Thanks to Power Line, though, this fascinating clip was rescued from the Treason Media's Memory Hole. I'm trying to get the air date and context that it was culled from, but it ran in 2000. Got that? The year 2000! Who was President then? What major event blamed on Osama bin Laden hadn't occured yet? It appears that this report ran after the USS Cole bombing Oct. 12, 2000, so it's likely that Al Gore was still trying to sue his way into power when this ran, thus meaning the Big Lie campaign against Team Dubya hadn't begun in earnest.



While the Treason Media's pretending that this doesn't exist isn't a surprise, I'm more curious as to why Team Dubya hasn't trotted this out for every press briefing they've conducted since the war began. Whenever David Gregory pops off with one of his specious questions, Tony Snow should say, "Have you seen this clip from your colleagues at ABC News?", and run it to shame the jackal into silence. (As if he had any shame.)


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UPDATE:
I forgot to post the link to the Power Line story and they had an update answering the questions I had.

The original ABC News report you linked to was from January 1999, I believe, and not 2000. The report was similar to numerous accounts in the worldwide press following Operation Desert Fox. That Clinton-ordered air campaign lasted from December 16 to December 19, 1998. Its purpose was to degrade Saddam's WMD and intelligence capabilities. Reports from more recent years indicate that the campaign nearly plunged Saddam's regime into chaos.

In any event, Saddam's response was telling. Just two days after Operation Desert Fox ended he dispatched one of his top intelligence operatives, Faruq Hijazi, to Afghanistan to meet with bin Laden. As I and others have written, Hijazi was no low-level flunky. He was one of Saddam's most trusted goons and was responsible for overseeing a good deal of the regime's terrorist and other covert activities. It was this meeting that led to widespread reporting on the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. I collected a bunch of these reports, including the ABC News report, in "The Four-Day War." Another, earlier piece also discusses Saddam's conspicuous response to Operation Desert Fox.

The consensus in the media then was that there was a relationship between the two and that Saddam's regime was very willing to work with al Qaeda against their common foe: America. And vice versa. Indeed, the reporting indicated that they had been working together even long before Operation Desert Fox.

The reports from late 1998 and early 1999 are tough for naysayers to explain away for a variety of reasons, but that hasn't stopped them from trying.
Go read the rest of it to see what else the Treason Media has flip-flopped on reporting to us because they've decided that the enemy that needs defeating the most at this moment is Team Dubya.

If it wasn't for the Blogosphere watching the so-called watchdogs, who knows what other lies would be promulgated instead of the Truth. Remember when a WWII exhibit at the Smithsonian tried to paint the Japanese sneak attack as an effort to protect their way of life from American imperialism? The outcry from the public rapidly brought this naked revisionist move to a halt, but I wondered at the time how long after the last veterans from the Greatest Generation passed on would it take for the jackals to return and rewrite the history books to portray WWII as the time when Evil America struck out against a peaceful world.

Forget waiting 60 years to burn the Truth - the Treason Media is tossing eight-year-old history down the Memory Hole and then acting as if anyone who remembers what happened differently is a liar or puppet of neocon fascism. Uh-huh. That's why Reuters says that Dubya pulled us out of the Kyoto scam that we were never in. The Truth is out of style and the Treason Media's war on America via the proxy of Dubya continues unabated.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Thing The Pro-Life Side Never Addresses

While driving in this morning, I was listening to Laura Ingraham taking Rudy Giuliani to task for his mealy-mouthed "I'm against abortion, however, I support a woman's right to choose" comments on "Hannity & Colmes" the other night. Her beef was that if a fetus is life, then shouldn't it be protected?

What the pro-life conveniently forgets to mention in a bit of intellectual dishonest worthy of liberals is how exactly is that life protected without infringing upon the rights of the mother if she doesn't wish to carry it to term? In order to protect the baby, the woman will have to be conscripted into "incubator service" for nine months and how is that fair?

Yes, it's a terrible bind: Who controls who? Does the woman get to kill off an unwanted life? Does the baby get to enslave the vessel which it is contained within?

To the death-worshipping Left, it's a no-brainer: Kill the "unviable tissue mass"! Convenience uber alles!!! Swimsuit season's coming up and we don't want to be shopping at Costco, do we? Besides, every live birth is a symbol of the repression of women by a patriarchal society and thus must be prevented.

But the Right does itself no credit by ignoring the flipside of this situation: To save the baby requires the forced service of a woman's body against her will. It's no different than conscripting people into the military - we cannot lay claim to others' lives to do our bidding.

If we could have some sort of sci-fi method of removing unwanted fetuses from unwilling mothers and bringing them to term in some sort of Easy-Baby Oven device, then the issue would be moot. But until the 24th Century brings this along, we'll have to try and square these conflicting interests under the circumstances we have now.

I just wish the militantly pro-life side - rigid people like talk show host Mike Gallagher - would address this issue instead of issuing blanket fatwas demanding the baby take all precedence as if it existed in a vacuum.

Nanny Government To The Rescue!

Children. Stupid children who need to have every aspect of our lives dictated to us. That's how government sees us, especially the fascist liberals. The latest example of their dictatorial impulses is the Ban Proposed On Cell Phones, iPods In Crosswalk" in the wake of a couple of pedestrian deaths in New York of folks listening to their iPods in traffic.

A state senator from Brooklyn said on Tuesday he plans to introduce legislation that would ban people from using an MP3 player, cell phone, Blackberry or any other electronic device while crossing the street in either New York City or Buffalo.

NewsChannel 4 reported that Sen. Carl Kruger is proposing the ban in response to two recent pedestrian deaths in his district, including a 23-year-old man who was struck and killed last month while listening to his iPod on Avenue T and East 71st Street In Bergen Beach.

"While people are tuning into their iPods and cell phones, they're tuning out the world around them," Kruger said. The proposed law would make talking on cell phones while crossing the street a comparable offense to jaywalking.
In place of common sense - didn't our parents tell us not to listen to our Walkman while riding our bikes in the street? - the government is overreacting in typical fashion to a insignificant problem by proscribing behavior for all of us.

As if we're children and they're our nannies.

The infantilization of America contines full speed...

Charlize Theron: Beautiful, Talented, Dumb As A Sock

...well, the rising tide of Hollywierd insipidness and insularity has claimed another name off my Dump/To Do Lists as Charlize Theron succumbs to Rosie O'Donnell's Disease and answers comments about a genuinely tyrannical regime - in this case, Castro's Cuba - with a brain fart coupled with a verbal turd loaf saying that America is just as evil.


"I would argue that there is a lack of freedom in America."
Hoo boy. This coming from a women who's dated Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind douche bag) and Stuart Townsend (the man who would've been Tolkien's returning king until Peter Jackson sobered up and hired Viggo).

Say hi to Scarlett and Janeanne in the Phantom Zone, babe.

UPDATE: Apparently one freedom Charlize isn't lacking is the freedom to breach her contract with a ritzy watch maker.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Baby, It's Cold Outside!!!

As the deep freeze grips Dirkworld - currently 4F - and hundreds of school districts announce that they'll be closed again tomorrow, I have a couple of thoughts:

1. All that Global Warning bullsh*t we keep hearing about? BULLSH*T!!!! I'll be posting about the total lie that is this latest Apocalyptic fantasy from the same morons that brought us the Silent Spring, the Population Bomb, the New Ice Age, Nuclear Winter and the unfunny years of "Friends", when I get a chance.

B. WTF is up with the pussified kids these days?!?!? Yeah, the temps are between 5-10F and we've got a wind chill, but we've had almost zero snowfall. When I was a kid, they didn't even contemplate closing schools unless there was at least 8 inches of fresh white on the ground AND that was usually decided the morning of classes. Now, if the weather forecast even threatens a half-inch of snow or cold, it's THE WHITE APOCALYPSE!!!! OMFG!!!! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeesh. No wonder we've got no stomach for a fight these days. We've got no stomach for anything much. Pitiful.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Intellectual Superiority of the Pro-"Choice" Left On Display

AICN has a review for the abortion documentary "Lake of Fire" which is three hours long and, according to the reviewer, even-handed, though he also praises noted self-hating fascist Noam Chomsky for being the most eloquent about BOTH sides of the issue. Sorry, but a raving loon like Chomsky is incapable of being able to express the pro-life side on any issue while maintaining his pro-Culture of Death credentials. If I were to start trying to mimic the rhetoric of the anti-American fascist Left, it wouldn't fool anyone, so if Quint was fooled, that means he was buying what was being sold.

Anyhoo, in the Talkback area - which is a den of idiotic commentary that Kevin Smith righteously beat down in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" - was this comment which provides a nice window into the black soullessness of the elitist snob Lefty:

I am solidly pro-abortion... beyond pro-choice, I'm anti-breeding. I had a vasectomy in my twenties, so my money's where my mouth is. THE ONLY TWO REASONS FOR HAVING A BABY: IGNORANCE OR VANITY. Usually a combination of the two.

The world is full of needy kids. You want to raise one, adopt one. But nooooo, gotta make a special little pants-shitting mini-you, 'cause the world needs more of you and your special qualities so badly. Fucking pathetic, makes me ill. People who have no excuse not to know better and yet are slaves to their instincts, no better than farmyard animals.
Too bad his parents didn't understand in what low esteem he holds them, eh? Other replies encouraged him to remove himself from the planet - to put his money where his mouth is, so to speak - but we all know that the Left is all about doing as they say, not as they do.

The Left preaches panic about overpopulation and then has a large family, like Sting does; or preaches about "two Americas" before building a TWENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT MANSION (28,000 sq ft) worth millions like the Breck Girl, er, John Edwards is doing.

But it's not hypocrisy if a liberal does it, is it?