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April 13, 2004

Marines' Helping Hand

I'm stealing this link from Dean Esmay. But, just in case the five people who read this blog regularly haven't heard of it yet, make a point of visiting these people.

The Spirit of America non-profit group "enable[s] American military, Foreign Service and reconstruction personnel to submit requests for goods that will help local people. Typically, the requests are for items that established aid organizations and government bureaucracies are not designed to handle."

Whether you think BushLied(tm), or Dubya is the greatest thing to come out of Texas since Sam Houston, this is a worthy endeavor.

Surely we can all agree that the United States has a unique opportunity to make a difference in Iraq, and this group provides a way for all citizens to help.

If nothing else, it avoids bureaucratic SNAFU by listening to the "boots on the ground," and their ideas on how to contribute to people's lives.

Like the old songs say: "you can make a difference."

April 23, 2004

Stop me before I Cookie again!

First they came for the joooos. Then they came for the cookies...

Now, wait just a darn minute here!

Nope, boys and girls, you're eyes aren't decieving you. The Fatherland Front office of New Jersey (actually the local school board, but same thing these days) suspended a boy for threatening a teacher with a cookie.

Just how dumb are these people, anyway?

A reverent bow to the Emperor Darth Misha for this one.

April 30, 2004

Happledy Birfday!

Lisa of just a girl in the world has a birthday today. I am reliably informed that this is the tenth time she's turned 21...

Heh.

Drop on by and wish her happledy birfday.

May 31, 2004

Zero tolerance, or zero fortitude?

Misha was way too easy on these guys.

In Yet Another Perversion of Justice from our public school system, a Denver girl was threatened with a knife, had her hair set on fire, and she was the one sent home!

I feel so much safer now, don't you?

July 1, 2004

Lest we forget

America has recently rediscovered the "fun of frog-bashing" (AKA "dissing the French"). It's fun, it's easy, and even kids can play.

But let's not forget that Chiraq is not France. There's a fair number of French men and women who still love and respect America. I cite in evidence Anilore Banon, and Jean-Paul Delorme.

Ms. Banon is a sculptor who had decided to create a piece for the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings: "Their sacrifice and courage allowed us all to stand up. It was the force of their will that three generations later we still have with us."

She wasn't sure she would be able to get the funds to build her sculpture until Jean-Paul Delorme contacted her. Delorme had read about her problems in the International Herald Tribune, and volunteered to pay the bills.

What is truly amazing is that the factory building the monument went on strike (no, that's not the amazing part; this is France, after all {g}), but the 25 workers assigned to the project said "For the sculpture, we are not on strike."


Vive la France. Perhaps in the not too distant future, both sides will remember what Gen. "Black" Jack Pershing said, four score and seven years ago...

July 14, 2004

Geeks vs. Freaks

Dean Esmay recently came out of the closet over at Dean's World.

What? Oh, no, he's not gay; he's just a geek. You see, Dean used to play D&D, but he never mentioned that little detail to his wife. Heh.

After the rest of us chimed in (me, I was a Paladin!), the lovely Rosemary Esmay chimed in and wanted to know:

I was out partying in bars, getting tattooed and having fun.

What's wrong with you people?

Well, Rose, we were geeky, while you were freaky!

Glad to be of help, Your Majesty... :)

July 25, 2004

Tout pour America!

American Lance Armstrong has become the first cyclist in history to win the Tour de France six times. Only four others have won the competition five times during its 101-year history.

This is especially impressive considering that just eight years ago Armstrong was given a less than 50% chance to live after contracting testicular cancer that spread into his lungs and brain.

So my hat's off to Lance, and I would never even think of gloating about his dominance over the frogs the French.

Ok. Maybe a little bit. :)

July 26, 2004

Tour de France update

Yesterday I congratulated Lance Armstrong for winning his sixth Tour de France.

The froggies, alas, have been showing their true nature in reacting to Armstrong's triumph, including spitting at him and flipping him the bird.

And here I thought the surrender monkeys were the suave, sophisticated ones; silly me!

UPDATE: Apparently the rude spitting buggers in question were German, and not French. My apologies to the froggies. :)

August 5, 2004

Amazing Grace

Blackfive is now the proud daddy of a 7-pound, 13-ounce baby girl, Grace. Drop by over there and wish him well.

He really is a very lucky man...

August 6, 2004

The Malkin Test

Ok. After I read about the Michelle Malkin test at Dean's World, I had to take it myself.

1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life.
- I voted every election John Glenn (D) of Ohio.
2. I think my taxes are too high.
- Hell yes!!! (+5)
3. I supported Bill Clinton's impeachment.
- No. That is: yes he lied under oath, but no, I considered that to be entrapment. Starr had no business interrogating the President about that, considering he was tasked with investigating Whitewater.
4. I voted for President Bush in 2000.
- Damn skimpy. (+5)
5. I am a gun owner.
- No, but I would like to be. A classic M1911a for starters. :) And if you don't know what that is, do NOT ask me! Heh. (+5)
6. I support school voucher programs.
- Yes! (+5)
7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools.
- I don't have kids, so it's kinda tough. Right now I'll go with Dean and Rose: I object if they do so without the parent's consent. (+5)
8. I oppose bilingual education.
- In the sense of separate education for non-English speakers, yes. (+5)
9. I oppose gay marriage.
- I oppose the terrible judicial method used to achieve the end. I do not oppose the end, although I think a couple of critics have points worth considering.
10. I want Social Security privatized.
- We need to do something; I'm not doctrinaire on how to fix it.
11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense.
- Yep. Just as long as we don't concentrate soley on race/ethnicity. (+5)
12. I shop at Wal-Mart.
- Uh, no, but not for any ethical reason. I just think they're tacky. I go to Bigg's and Meijers instead. No clever remarks, please. :)
13. I enjoy talk radio.
- Ignore it competely. Totally off the grid.
14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase "undocumented person" for "illegal alien."
- Yes! (+5)
15. I do not believe the phrase "a chink in the armor" is offensive.
- No. I mean Yes. Are you kidding me!? (+5)
16. I eat meat.
- Yep. Bacon cheeseburgers; YUM! (+5)
17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty.
- Very much so. (+5)
18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein had been captured.
- No, but I tend to be rather analytical about announcements like that. Such captures are just a single step in a long, long journey.
19. I cry when I hear "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood.
- Lord, no! Embarassed, rather; I find the song to be overblown. I prefer Toby Keith's The Angry American, or (by preference) Alan Jackson's Where Were You? (When the World Stopped Turning), a gentle, compassionate work. If you want to know what gets tears in my eyes: Whitney Houston's Star Spangled Banner from Super Bowl XXV.
20. I don't believe the New York Times.
- That depends... :)

Final score: 55%. Sorry, Michelle... Do you still love me?

August 30, 2004

Love the flag...

I caught this post over at Baldilocks' place the other day, and followed her link to Cobb, who (apparently) first raised the topic. After that I noticed that my favorite "minimized dead-cell content" commentator had linked to S-Train as well on the same topic.

Apparently the "controversy" involves various reactions to this shot from the 2000 Olympics:

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Note that I haven't watched TV for years, so I miss out on stuff that more normal folks hear about. This is the first I've heard about this. Apparently various bodies objected to those young men celebrating their victory. It was, so to speak, "vulgar." At least if you are one of the prim and politically correct types. God forbid that patriotic Americans show love for their country. What's next? Devoting one's life, liberty, and sacred honor to the cause? What is this country coming to, dag-nabit!?

Warning: extended section includes politically incorrect and non-work-safe language...

Continue reading "Love the flag..." »

September 4, 2004

What is the American Dream?

The lovely and talented Ambra Nykol, recovering from a five-state whirlwind tour, is doing some R&R in Connecticut.

While recharging her reserves, Ambra asked several good questions. For one of them I can't resist an answer:
Someone please clarify this "American Dream" for me if you will. That's a phrase tossed around rather loosely these days.

It's very simple, my dear. I'll let Arnold give my answer:

To think that a once-scrawny boy from Austria could grow up to become governor of the state of California and then stand here...

... then stand here in Madison Square Garden and speak on behalf of the president of the United States -- that is an immigrant's dream.

It is the American dream.

...

We are still the lamp lighting the world, especially those who struggle. No matter in what labor camp they slave, no matter in what injustice they're trapped, they hear our call. They see our light. And they feel the pull of our freedom.

They come here, as I did, because they believe -- they believe in us. They come because their hearts say to them, as mine did, "If only I can get to America." You know, someone once wrote, "There are those who say that freedom is nothing but a dream." They are right. It's the American dream.

September 10, 2004

Man bites dog...

There's an old newspaper saying: "'Dog bites man' isn't news; 'Man bites dog;' that's news!"

But, what about 'Dog shoots man?"

Apparently Jerry Allen (AKA "Sick Bastich") of Pensacola, FL, had seven puppies for which he couldn't find homes. He did what any normal American would do: decided to shoot them.

But one puppy had other plans.... "Psycho" Allen had a puppy in each hand, both of whom squirmed, well, like puppies. One of the little bravehearts managed to get his paw on the trigger, and shot the worthless turd Allen through the wrist.

Too bad our little friend wasn't big enough to aim between the eyes...

Thanks to the creative and brilliant ronin, Frank J for the original link!

September 30, 2004

Time...

...marches on, for all of us. Sometimes I think, "Damn, it's been three days since you blogged, fool!" Heh.

Ok. Right now I have to say "Happy 23rd Birthday" to the absolutely stunning, and always stylish Ambra Nykol.

Being a true gentleman, I would never point out that she's nearly one-third through her expected life span already; the numbers are even more embarassing for yours truly. :)

But, really, y'all should drop on over there and tell her "Happy Birthday." While you're at it, enjoy her new look, since she's finally started using Real Blogging Softwaretm.

With young'ns like Ambra around, I'm perfectly confident that this country will be in good hands during my grey-haired years. Which, in my case, should be by the next week or two...

Tee hee.

Whoa, Nelly!

I've heard of the The Joy of Cooking, then later The Joy of Sex, but The Joy of Politics?

And what the heck is a Votergasm!?

You have to admire a site which encourages political activity via er, other activity, like Doing the Nasty on election night. Not to mention the disclaimers for the Votergasm pledge:

* Pledge-fulfilling sex must be consensual, legal, and generous. And safe. And hot.

* Acceptable sexual positions include, but are not limited to: missionary, doggy-style, cowgirl, reverse cowgirl, leapfrog, butterfly, humpback whale, cling wrap, squashing of the deck chair, accordion, reverse piggy-back, advanced ("twin") leapfrog. Male-male, female-female, group, and oral variations of these positions can also be used to satisfy the pledge.

* Taking the pledge indicates a good-faith effort to abide by its provisions. Pledge-takers who have violated withholding provisions become effective non-voters, and are barred from sex with fellow pledge-takers.

* Pledge-takers who fail to vote are forbidden from masturbating. (Exemption: pledge-takers who are not eligible to vote are encouraged to masturbate frequently.)

* "Cybersex" does not satisfy the pledge, dorkwad.

* Non-voters may render themselves eligible for sex with American Heroes by voting at least twice in local, primary, and/or 2006 congressional races. Those voting in only one such race qualify to perform, but not receive, oral sex on American Heroes.

* Achievement of a Votergasm during election-night sex is probable, but not guaranteed. Those encountering difficulty reaching Votergasm are encouraged to slow things down, talk about it, and reduce the pressure. Other techniques include the use of massage oils, toys, "dirty talk," "ballot stuffing," and "exit polls."

* Per the U.S. Constitution, children conceived on election night are eligible for gigantic interest-free loans from the U.S. government, and special t-shirts.

Thanks to The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid for the link.

October 1, 2004

The Truth...

A long time ago, a man once asked "What is truth?"

The answer was debated pretty vigorously the next two thousand years...

Most of the time, I prefer discussing facts, over "truth". Or the lack thereof.

In this case, The Truth About Iraq.

From Blackfive:

Steven [Moore] was in Bagdad for nine months, from July of last year through April of this year, doing about a dozen polls and seventy focus groups, and advising Ambassador Bremer on Iraqi public opinion.

Since returning from Iraq, Steven was disgusted with how the media was portraying events in Iraq and thoroughly nauseated by Michael Moore (who has never been to Iraq) and the lies that he is propagating. So, Steven started The Truth About Iraq.org where he uses some of the polling information from Iraq to debunk some of the myths that have been created by the media.

As the saying goes, read the rest.

What impresses me about Moore's work is that TruthAboutIraq.org actually backs up specific claims with specific fact. And links...

An excerpt from their homepage:

Welcome to The Truth About Iraq.org! The more than forty countries that comprise the Coalition Forces have done a great service to the Iraqi people, the American people and the world by deposing one of the most brutal and prolific killers in history.

Our goal is to help the American people better understand the situation in Iraq through sources other than the mainstream media - public opinion research, statistical analysis and personal accounts.


No snippy comments about moonbats; no "cut'n'run" sarcasm. Just a calm measured, and honest exploration of what's really going on over there.

This site should be in the toolbox of every blogger who supports the war.

October 5, 2004

To Every Thing

...there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

And in the heavens. Barely 24 hours ago, SpaceShip One made history as the worlds first civilian spacecraft.

Yesterday marks another milestone: pioneer Mercury autronaut "Gordo" Cooper died at home on Monday, October 4, in his Ventura, California home.

If you recall, in the movie The Right Stuff screenwriters Philip Kaufman and Tom Wolfe had Gordon Cooper characterize himself as "the best pilot in the world." You could probably say that of any of the Mercury Seven.

It's almost as if he had been waiting for the pilots at Scaled Composites to join the club, before he left it...

Rest In Peace, Gordo; and may you fly high forever.

You can find Gordon Cooper's bio here.

UPDATE: Dean Esmay pointed out that I mixed up the nicknames for "Gus" Grissom and "Gordo" Cooper; and is my face red right now. Fixed.

October 15, 2004

"Arf!" says Sandy

I have before quoted and linked to the lovely and talented Ambra Nykol.

There's a reason for that. I mean, she is lovely, and -well...- talented. At least, I wish I were that judicious, balanced, and well-spoken at that age. And I know she's still got me beat on style... ;)

But there's another reason: she's a political/fashion trend-setter.

I mean, who else in the blogosphere could wear a hot pink "Bush" t-shirt, and still look cool?

Yeppers, smart, sexy, sassy, and expressive: that's Ambra... Heh.

November 22, 2004

Who is the enemy in Colgne?

Dean has written short, strong article about the recent demonstration in Cologne.

Some observations:

Continue reading "Who is the enemy in Colgne?" »

December 2, 2004

He's back, he's bad!

Chris Muir, author of the excellent Day by Day cartoon strip, has returned from a personal leave of absence, wherein he attended to some serious family matters.

Welcome back, Chris.

And boy, does he put a big ol' Texas-style whompin' on "Dazzling" Dan Rather! Yee-haw!

January 19, 2005

It's a boy! (but you already knew that)

The Dynamic Duo, Rosemary and Dean are even now having their second baby.

Since they cheated, they already knew it's a boy, and they've named him Draco Malfoy Esmay.

Ok. Just joshing. His real name is Drake. ;)

Godspeed, you two, and let's send our prayers out for them.

January 20, 2005

Minor update

I forgot to mention a while back that the Smart Cleric -Paul Burgess- went and got hisself a blog of his ver' own!

Worse yet, I didn't update my link so that it pointed to said blog. That's fixed now.

So run on over and give Let the Finder Beware a try; maybe Paul's old Sci-Fi comic book is up your alley. Or perhaps discussions of philsophy a la Camus are your forte. Or maybe you just like hot chicks like Uma Thurmond and her huge hands...

Heh.

January 22, 2005

Hoo-rah!

It seems that John of Arrggg! has become a Mortal Human two days in a row.

I, for one, would like to welcome our new overlord and master...

Heh. Good on ya, John.

February 18, 2005

Time to snuggle in...

It seems that the littlest Esmay, Drake, has come down with a case of pneumonia. That's got be pretty tough when yer 5 weeks old.

So drop by Deans's World, and offer them your prayers and good hopes.

Take care, Y'all...

Ahhh, much better!

A (belated) welcome home to Greyhawk, and all of the servicemen and women recently returned.

And for those still there: Godspeed. We're praying for you.

March 5, 2005

Happy (punny) Birthday

Well, it's Andrew Cory's birthday as I write this, so drop on over to the thread at Dean's World and wish him happy birthday.

His preferred present would be y'all linking to his blog, Punning Pundit, so why not do that too?

So Happy Birthday, Andrew, and yer on the bloglist here, too, even if you are a squishy, "reality-based" lib'rul. :) Hope you like the wrapping paper I picked out.

March 11, 2005

New info about Gunners Palace

If you don't know what Gunners Palace is yet, drop on by Mudville and read this. After you're done, read a review by Andrew Watkins, a D.C. resident and "military guy."

Everyone, and I mean everyone should see this movie. As everyone has been saying: it's not pro-war, nor is it anti-war. It's about the young men in the 2-3 Field Artillery.

You can get more information about the movie, and even sign up for the movie's newsletter, at www.gunnerpalace.com.

It is, alas, not showing in Ohio yet, but here's the latest list of theaters:

Continue reading "New info about Gunners Palace" »

March 24, 2005

It's official...

Ok. I've had it. Literally.

I spent nearly a month (mid-Janurary thru mid-February) hacking my way through the last bout of flu, and I lost my voice for two weeks in the bargain.

Now I have it AGAIN, and I am not amused.

I can now officially announce that having the flu sucks.

Goodnight, and thanks for watching!

May 5, 2005

Taste in Music

Rosemary sucked me into this one:

Your Taste in Music:

Classic Rock: Highest Influence
Progressive Rock: Highest Influence
80's Rock: High Influence
Country: High Influence
Hair Bands: Medium Influence
90's Alternative: Low Influence

It's a pretty bad test, since it's weighted pretty heavily to post 1980 stuff, and even then the selections don't show an even ditribution. For example, there's only two country performers listed; forget how many people listen to country these days.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer aren't listed, even though Yes and Floyd are. Where's Deep Purple? Where's Kiss? Ok, they're old, but Aerosmith is in there, as well as Floyd and Yes, and Yes hasn't done diddly since the 70s.

What about the Allman Brothers? They just released a new album a few months back!

The artists the should have included:

Continue reading "Taste in Music" »

May 8, 2005

Words of Wisdom

Someone I've read occasionally, but never linked, recently posted 21 Pieces of Good Advice.

Go there. Read the list, and immerse yourself in the wisdom of Acidman...

No. Really. I'm serious.

Anyone who pisses off Oliver Willis has to be worth reading.

May 9, 2005

God is oppressing people again...

If you haven't heard yet, a watchdog group which monitors the separation of church and state is up in arms about the alleged dominance of evangelical Christians at the US Air Force Academy.

Dusty -resident of Castle Argghhh! and an Academy graduate- has some pungent comments on the "controversy."

Greyhawk posts a letter from Buzz Patterson, former Cadet Group Commander at the Academy, who finds the charges contemptible.

Finally, naval aviator CDR Salamandar weighs in here and here.

Look, I'm agnostic myself, and even I find this foolishness offensive! Worse yet, it's not even very persuasive foolishness. As has been pointed out elsewhere, there are 4,000 cadets at the Academy, and the watchdog group interviewed a whopping fifteen cadets and staff, all told.

This is just one more spatter in the mudslinging about "Jesusland." Feh.

July 15, 2005

Happy Birfday

Dean Esmay turns 39.

Next summer, his body falls apart.

Rosemary turns to Ara for comfort.

News at eleven...

Happy Birfday, Dean. Join the Olde Fartes confederation!

September 10, 2005

The aftermath, and the bodyguard of lies, and no one's to blame...

Mary Madigan -while writing at Dean's World- recently quoted a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll to the effect that " 38 percent said no one is to blame" for the Katrina disaster.

Not to break up the mutual-congratulation party, but FEMA has come in for a bit of legitimate criticsm, including Republican reps in Congress.

Apparently Mike Brown's performance has underwhelmed more than a few folks who can't be called Bush-haters. Some folks have pointed out his absolute lack of anything resembling experience for his appointed position, while others say that his role is primarily ceremonial.

Either way I see no problem with shit-canning him. Even if he didn't screw up, it would be a tremendous confidence-builder for the nation.

Continue reading "The aftermath, and the bodyguard of lies, and no one's to blame..." »

October 11, 2005

I'm too sexy for my shirt...

In an odd fit of insanity, I submitted a photo to the King of Cotillion competition.

For those of you who don't know, the Cotillion is a collection of sexy, sassy, classy blogger babes. No men allowed! (sorry guys, get your own clubhouse)

The winner gains the title "King of the Cotillon."

In any case, yours truly is in competition with some truly ferocious competition, including the infamous B.C., Imperial Torturer, Jay (Stop the ACLU), and (worst of all) Thunder6 (365 and a Wakeup)!

This could get ugly; wounded egos, tempers flying. And that's just us guys...

Nope. The ladies can't complain they lack choice, this time.

Drop on by, and vote.

November 12, 2005

Thoughts of a Veteran on Veteran's Day

I wasn't going to put up a Memorial Veteran's Day post this year, since I didn't feel I had anything special to say at the moment.

However: Arnold Harris -Veteran- did, over at Dean's World.

Please read (and salute) the thoughts of a Veteran:

Thanks. I love all of you too. (Even if I bark at some of you.)

You know, back in the early 1950s, when my particular time came, we really didn't think about gratitude or anything like that. To us it was just a simple case of duty as Americans. Uncle Sam said "I need you guys and I need you now, so get off your asses and show up for duty."

That's all it took. And that's all it was supposed to take. Those of us who served in the armed forces around the time of the Korean war had the up-close memories of the 14 or 15 million of our countrymen who had recently served in every corner of the globe during the most stupendous war in history. Nobody wanted to be among the persons who would betray the memories of what those people had done to free the world of the tyranny of the fascist dictators, when the time came to defend this country against the threats of their counterparts, the communist dictators.

Anyway, America and all it represents in the past, the present and the future, was worth the national service our generation carried out. You're damned right I would do it all over again.

The men and women serving America in Iraq, Afghanistan and, for that matter, all around the world, are having some rough bumps these days. But they'll pull through, and so will the USA. May this great commonwealth live on in liberty and strength.

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

UPDATE:

Jerry Pournelle reminds me of an old WWI poem:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Thank you, and God bless you, gentleman.

UPDATE: John of Argghhh!!! very kindly reminds me that today is Veteran's Day, not Memorial Day. As John put it, today honors those still living, while Memorial Day is when we salute those passed on.

December 5, 2005

Arrgghhh! got SMASHed

LT. SMASH is happy, and John of Arrgghhh! is glum.

In fact, I bet SMASH is wearing a smile just like Rummy's:
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Congratulations to the Navy team for breaking the tie!

December 14, 2005

Slam down, thank you, m'am!

I'm late to the bandwagon -although quick in the comments {g}- but I decided to link to Baldilocks' most precise and eloquent smackdown with a clue by four.

Please note that I do not use phrases such as "precise and eloquent" lightly, as I tend towards puristic language use.

In this case Juliette did a magnificent job of schooling a self-described "white [college] student," as if being a white college boy provides some sort of moral superiority.

Good riddance to Stanley Williams, although I hope (for his sake) that his own sense of redemption will stand up to the test before the Real Thingtm.

December 29, 2005

Le sang nouveau est arrive!

The VodkaPunditerri has yielded a fine new vintage!

And yes, I know I'm mixing my metaphors... {harumph}

A beautiful boy, from beautiful parents. Let's wish good fortune to Preston Davis, which shouldn't be too hard, considering his antecedents.

Good on ya, Stephen and Melissa.

February 10, 2006

Crew Quiz

It seems to have beome a habit of mine to riff off of the Vodkapundit lately. Well, he's a good read... :)

Anyway, he tipped me off to an interesting quiz. I was kinda bummed I didn't score higher for the Falcon, but at least I didn't get stuck in the "happy, happy; joy, joy" world of Star Trek! Heh.

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)

88%
SG-1 (Stargate)
75%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

69%
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

69%
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

56%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

56%
Moya (Farscape)

56%
Enterprise D (Star Trek)

50%
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

44%
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

44%
FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

25%
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

19%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com

April 22, 2006

Hoist the banner...

AFsis mentioned a fun little personality test: the Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test!

My result:

a Knight Captain
You scored 8 Honor, 7 Justice, 4 Adventure, and 4 Individuality!

Some knights follow the orders given them. Some know when to improvise.
The second sort are the ones that grow to power, to become leadeers and
Knight Captains. Your sense of duty, honor and justice speaks that your
name should be amongst their ranks.

Get your squire, your banner, your armor and your sword. You're gonna do just fine




My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 46% on Ninjinuity
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You scored higher than 81% on Knightlyness
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You scored higher than 12% on Cowboiosity
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You scored higher than 22% on Piratical Bent
Link: The Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test written by fluffy71 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

May 11, 2006

That's how we play the game...

Rusty at The Jawa Report has a hysterical clip up by Carlos Mencia.

Some of the (lefty) commenters found Mr. Mencia to be "offensive."

My reaction: Carlos Mencia was enunciating the Jacksonian Tradition in an especially pungent form...

PostScript: a Spew Warning is in effect for the duration of the above clip. You Have Been Warned.

Heh.

June 9, 2006

Witch calling the cauldron black

Scott Kirwin manages to generate some light and heat over Ann Coulter's latest faux pas, when she disrespected the so-called "Witches of East Brunswick."

First, let me address the bottom-feeders who think it's funny to disrespect Ms. Coulter for her appearance: you are vile, superficial slugs. Cracking on someone's appearance has nothing to do with their argument, and that's the way I've always fought my (rhetorical) battles. Except for Micheal Moore. So, I'm not perfect...

The people who talk about Ann's height, "skinny ass," or imply that she's "really a man" (or in drag) are just as crass, superficial, and cruel as the people who crack on Condi Rice's color, teeth, "big nose," or other features just because they don't like her politics.

Those creatures -whether left or right- who have nothing better to criticize are some of the worst kind of bottom-feeders around. Why? Because their very arguments demonstrate their complete intellectual and moral bankruptcy. If the best you can come up with is cracking on how someone looks, how they talk or who they fuck; you ain't got nothin' to say to me.

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July 26, 2006

Man of Honor

Was cruising through some Usenet groups a few minutes ago, when I found this:

Master Chief Brashear and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Legendary Navy diver Brashear dies

He made history as the first African American US Navy Master Diver.

Tuesday afternoon, 75-year-old Carl Brashear died at Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth,

His story was told in the 2000 film "Men of Honor," and he was portrayed by
actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Brashear joined the United States Navy in 1948 at the age of 17. He became
the only amputee deep-sea diver to reach the status of Master Diver and was
the only black man to ever become Master Diver of the United States Navy, a
position he held from 1975 to 1977, according to the Navy.

He retired as a Boatswains Mate Master Chief.

Naval hospital officials said Brashear died at 2:45 p.m. of respiratory and
heart failure.

His Marine Corps helicopter pilot son, Phillip, was home from Iraq on
emergency leave and was at his father's side.

"Carl Brashear was a man of integrity. He was well-loved and admired by the
hospital staff," said NMCP Commander Rear Adm. Thomas Cullison. "It was an
honor to provide the care for this American hero. Our thoughts and prayers
are with his family members."

One story about CW4 Brashear's experiences in Iraq may be found here.

UPDATE: Captain Ed includes his farewell, and some thoughts about Brashear's grit and determination.

August 15, 2006

He's back, he's bad

Stephen Green, the Vodkapundit, has been off the radar for a while now. Me, I think he's been hanging out with Jeff Goldstein's l'il armadillo amigo, down in Tiajuana.

But I was wrong; the V-man is back, and better than ever. Metaphorically, anyway.

So drop on by over there and buy the guy a ... healthy non-hunger-strike-threatening Jamba Juice, or something.

November 11, 2006

Jack Palance rides off...

Long-time Western actor Jack Palance died yesterday at the age of 87.

A long-time veteran, Palance was one of Hollywood's unsung, underpinning performers, including a classic role in Shane. Alas, the Academy neglected to recognize his work until he won Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers in 1991.

Rest in peace, Jack, and enjoy that long ride across the enternal prarie...

March 24, 2007

John Edwards: Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

(apologies for the Galaxy Quest quote, but it seemed appropriate.)

I've been following the debate over John Edward's decision to keep running, including over at Dean's World. Since that thread seems to reflect some of the "real world," I'll ground my comments from that thread.

First up we have Arnold Harris, who says

If Elizabeth Edwards were my wife, with terminal breast cancer, I would not leave her immediate presence -- except for the obvious and vital sanitary purposes -- for as long as she could live.

I sure as hell would put aside every other activity.

I feel sorry for the former senator, even though I would not want him for US president. I feel sorry for his family. I feel sorry for his beautiful and gracious wife.

Well, Arnold, you -in spite of you very kind words- aren't John Edwards, are you ? Nor am I you.

Which is my point, really. This truly is a personal decision, one which pretty much by definition will be different for each person, as they are different people.

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March 29, 2007

Fred Thompson Facts...

This should go along nicely with the last post about the Fred bumper sticker.

Frank Facts about Fred Thompson.

Some of my faves:
* Fred Thompson has on multiple occasions pronounced "nuclear" correctly.

* Fred Thompson has blasted more people in the face with a shotgun than even Dick Cheney.

* Every night before going to sleep, Osama bin Laden checks under his bed for Fred Thompson.

* Though Fred Thompson left the Senate in 2003, Harry Reid still hasn't stopped wetting his pants.

* Fred Thompson's gaze can kill small animals.

* Fred Thompson once ended a filibuster by ripping out a Senator's heart and showing it to him before he died.

* Fred Thompson's sense of strategy is so great that he can checkmate you using only a pawn and a knight.

* Fred Thompson can know both the exact position and momentum of a particle. Furthermore, he knows Schroedinger's cat is dead because he personally strangled it.

Godspeed, First Mate

"Captain" Ed Morissey's wife (the First Mate) will be getting a transplant Friday morning. Let's all remember her in our prayers tonight.

Godspeed, First Mate, and I pray for good winds on this voyage.

And, skip, tell the Admiral Emeritus happy birthday!

May 23, 2007

It's like some rite of spring...

Not only has Rachel Lucas returned to the fold, the ever lovely and talented Ambra Nykol has rebooted her own blog.

First up: Presidential Action Figures, and Celebrity Hubris. How can you stay away?

I just can't wait for when the latest fashion faux pas attracts her Simon-like crtical eye...

And Rachel is turning into a real cut-up! {rimshot}

Sometimes I kill myself...

December 25, 2007

A Charlie Brown Christmas, from Linus...

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
---

My best wishes and prayers to all, on this most wonderful of days.

Will Smith, credulous fool?

This mindless bit of dreck has caused a bit of a stir by claiming that Will Smith said "Hitler was a good person." What stands out to me is that anyone actually reading the article should immediately realize that there were no actual quotes to that effect.

Word to the wise folks: look for the quote marks. If you don't see them, then the reporter is making things up.

Eugene Volokh, Ilya Somin, and Dave Price all agree that Smith never said anything resembling the quote attributed to him.

Mr. Price seems to think that Smith displayed a certain degree of naivety for his general point of view, while the Volokh Conspiracy writers limited their skepticism to the idea that someone like Hitler could be "reprogrammed" or psychologically reshaped; a position with which I agree.

Smith's general point rang a bell with me, and it bothered me for a bit. For quite a while I've held to the belief that no one sees themselves as evil, but I couldn't recall the seed of that belief. Then it hit me: Heinlein, naturally!

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate--and quickly.
While the second part of that directive might prove problematical, I prefer Heinlein's formulation, especially his use of the word "villain" as opposed to "evil."

So maybe Will Smith isn't quite so naive after all.

December 26, 2007

The Great Sled-Safety Cover-up

Meryl Yourish thinks that safety helmets aren't enough for sledders. I agree.

Not only do we need mouth guards and eye protectors, we need to do something about those bloody unsafe metal runners! Yep, it's all fun and games until someone loses a finger...

My proposal is to replace metal runners with Nerf runners. This follows in the footsteps of other great ideas like Nerf footballs, Nerf frisbees, and Nerf dartguns. Mind you, the kids won't go very fast with Nerf runners on their sleds, but isn't that all to the good? God forbid someone might get hurt having fun.

April 17, 2008

Slapping Al Gore

Stephen Green is kvetching about the lovely Colorado spring weather, so I thought I would rub it in with a shot from today, here in southwest Ohio.

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It's a balmy 73.6 F (according to Weather Underground) as I type this, with a light haze overhead.

I'm having trouble dealing with the Global Warmening up here, but I think I can tough it out...

November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day, 2008

This is the day I thank veterans I've known, met, heard about, or read their work.

So thank you to Baldilocks, John Donovan, Blackfive, CDR Salamander, Neptunus Lex, Greyhawk, and the rest. This includes sidekicks like Uncle Jimbo, Deebo, and company at B5, Dusty'n'Bill over at Castle Argghhh!!, and Mrs. G. at Mudville.

To all of you, to the men and women who have served before, or are serving now; thank you, and God bless you.

You are the sheepdogs who keep the wolves from the door,

In salute give you 3 Doors Down, and their magnificent Citizen Soldier. How many rock bands can quote the Soldier's Creed?

February 9, 2010

John Murtha, RIP

John Murtha served his time in the Marines. When I read the report of his death, I checked his Wiki entry.

Murtha joined the Marines in 1952, and later became a Drill Instructor. He was later selected for OCS. Murtha was discharged in 1955, remaining in the Marine Reserves. He later volunteered for duty in Vietnam, "receiving the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry." (Wiki)

In other words: no matter what we think of his politics, he was no chickenhawk or Limousine Liberal. The man without a doubt got his hands dirty, and his blood spent.

That said, in this writer's opinion he sacrificed his moral authority when he slandered the Haditha Marines before the official inquiry was finished.

In short: while we should honor John Murtha's service, we should also recognize his abdication of loyalty. Hence we should accord former Congressman John Murtha the title of EX-Marine.

November 12, 2010

Tear that flag down, Mr. Principal!

Cody Alicea is a middle-school student in California who was recently told he wasn't allowed to bear the American flag on his bike. Apparently "some students had been complaining about the flag."

It turns out that there weren't just complaints, but some indications that certain other students would become violent; the school referred to possible "uprisings."

Let me make that clear: some middle school students threatened violence because a boy had an American flag on his bicycle. The multi-culti crowd inmates have taken over the asylum.

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