I noticed that the MSM is making a fuss out of something stupid and simplistic that Sarah Palin said:
"America. Do you love your freedom?!"
Good grief, why do people think that Palin isn't an imbecile? Her comment is so stupid that I can't resist sharing her followup.
I would always cringe when I'd see a clip of Sarah Palin shouting "America. Do you love your freedom?!" at a Tea Party event. I don't think it is fair to assume that the other side doesn't love their freedom, and it's just an awkward, clunky line.
Well, I attended the Searchlight event on Saturday. She began with that line, and I was in mid eye-roll as she continued; she asked if there were any veterans in the crowd, and as they raised their hands, she said, "Well, if you love your freedom, thank a Vet" to enormous applause.
See?! Not only is she stupid, she thinks we should actually thank our resident baby killers! SHE'S THE ANTICHRIST!!!
I'll be honest: as a student of both physics and engineering, I was more or less insulated from the type of bullshit that Jeff Goldstein discusses here. Professor Kiteley should be stripped of tenure and forced into a job better suited to his temperament. I hear that the guy who cleans the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with his tongue is about to retire, so, you know, win.
Seriously though, the answer to bad speech is ALWAYS more speech, not censorship. If you think otherwise, you are to be pitied.
It's Charlie the Unicorn!
I've been a long time reader over at Dean's World/ Dean Esmay. A long time commenter as well, although not too much the last couple of years; Dean didn't post anywhere near as much because of personal issues. Now he's back posting frequently-and that's a good thing IMO. However, I cannot for the life of my understand his point of view here.
I read through all of the comments and all of Dean's replies and I simply do not see any connection to reality in his comments. Why do I say such a thing? Because I can read and have waded through much of the current abominable HCR bill, which doesn't reform health care at all. Instead, it does screwed up things with insurance costs.
Increasing the demand to an almost infinite level of a product which has a limited demand leads to one of two things (or both): rationing or increased costs. And since the federal government can simply undercut ALL private insurance companies, the federal government will eventually be the final arbiter of everything related to my medical care.
Let me extend a little cold-heartedness to people: I don't get the pre-existing conditions part of the law. It makes no freaking sense at all. Are their companies that abuse the former system by claiming that pretty much every thing wrong with you is a pre-existing condition? Of course. Those companies deserve a kick in the teeth, and since the medical and insurance industries are heavily regulated, it should be easy to fix. But preventing insurance companies from declining everyone with pre-existing conditions is (a) stupid and (b) a recipe for fiscal disaster. I work with some young guys who don't pay for health insurance. They're pretty healthy and figure they'll just play the health lottery in return for a lot more take home pay. So now they'll just pay the fine for not buying health insurance until they're really hurt or sick, at which point they'll sign up for health care because they can no longer be denied.
Maybe I should wait until my house burns down and then take out homeowner's insurance. The burned out shell is a pre-existing condition, but hey, they can't turn me down, right? There's no fiscal difference between that and forcing insurance companies to accept everyone. You can try to make it a moral difference, but I fail to see how you forcing me to pay for your coverage is moral. At all.
People who believe the claptrap about how great this bill is are deluded. It's like the people who thought that Obama a moderate-to-conservative candidate back in 2008. They projected their hopes and dreams onto an empty vessel. Essentially, they all mimicked Obama and voted "present". Now the same people want us to believe how great the House/Senate bill is.
I'll give you Dean's words from one of his comments to the post linked above:
In this particular case, I fully expect to be looking back in 10 years and sort of regretting not being able to say I voted for Obama...
I opine that Dean will be in a very small minority who will hold that particular view ten years hence.
Related update: Hey Democrats! Want to see what you've done? This:
If Obamacare passes, I think I’m going to make it official. I’m not sure. It’s a huge step. I have never registered with a political party before.
But I think, if Obamacare passes, I am going to register as a Republican.
That’s how far away the Democrats have pushed me.
And remember, I voted for Carter, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, and Gore before voting for Bush and McCain.
I used to vote, as they said in New Jersey, “Line A all the way.” I voted the straight Republican ticket in November.
The Democrats have become the party of the statists. Worse still, the nanny-statists. I’m afraid we are about to become, more than ever, the United Socialist States of America.
That isn’t the America I want for future generations. I will likely never vote for a Democrat again. They’ve turned too far to the left.
“Research published in Personal Relationships found that when a father spent a lot of solo time with his child and the mom perceived him to be a competent caregiver, the woman had a lower self-competence rating.”
Translation: If you're a good father to your children and like to spend time with your kids, and the mother notices both of those things, the mother then feels worse about herself.
Seriously? This is research? This sounds like something that person suffering from a psychotic break would write. If mothers actually have their self worth reduced because the fathers of their children happen to be good parents, then there is a sickness in society in general and women in particular that nothing short of a world-killing asteroid can fix.
Personally, I don't believe it. It defies all logic, common sense and empirical evidence. Instead, I believe that the "researchers" worked backwards from a conclusion that they desired, one which doesn't look on fathers as anything more than sources of money for the mothers and children.
I give you this from Protein Wisdom:
I really can’t tell you much about where I am exactly, because I was pretty fucked up when I got here, and I kinda kept passing out during orientation. If I had to guess, though, I’d say I’m in Heaven. Because already I was able to score several ounces of crystalized Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and I didn’t even have to blow Carrot Top under the table at Nate ‘n Al’s to do it.
I think I’m going to like Heaven.
Oh wait a minute. What I really meant to link to was this. Excerpt:
And if it passes — and then somehow withstands the legal challenges — it’s game over for this American experiment.
And that’s not hyperbole. What we’ve been witnessing is a kind of ideological coup — decades in the making — that will culminate in a takeover of a vast portion of the US economy. This takeover will lead to a proliferation of government unionized labor, which in turn will lead to a perpetual progressive majority wherein Democrats will be able to redistribute wealth in exchange for votes, essentially trading money for power in the form of legalized theft and bribery.
That’s why a short-term defeat in mid-term elections doesn’t much bother the leftwing ideologues driving this “reform” debacle (to the point where we are all of us now daily counting votes for what we all know to be a cowardly and unconstitutional procedural gambit); because in the long term, the left has set itself up for a checkmate: as the economy moves more and more toward government-run jobs, competition will die out, and the left will have a stranglehold on the means of production. They will control you — in exchange for the promises of cradle-to-grave “protections.”
Go for the dick and fart jokes and stay for the thoughtful analysis.
Oh, who am I kidding? I'm ALWAYS into fart and dick jokes.
So Mr. and Mrs. IMAO are expecting. Totally awesome. Nuke the Moon: the Next Generation.
Update: I should have guessed that the dad-to-be would have stolen my Star Trek joke already.
Okay, this is a repost from years ago in response to a link at Michele's old site, but I was curious as to how people would respond today.
"Chick flicks" movies that I, a guy, love:
Children of a Lesser God(shut up)
When Harry Met Sally
Sleepless In Seattle
An Officer and A Gentleman
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Princess Bride(I'm not convinced that this is actually a chick flick since I've read the book, but stay with me here)
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
"Guy" movies that I, a guy, do not like:
Movies that I, as a hardened, cynical, unfeeling, soulless person tend to break down in tears while watching:
The Green Mile
Dead Poets Society
Terms of Endearment
Brian's Song(original version, not the abortive remake)
It's a Wonderful Life
One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest
Anyone else willing to share their lists?
And it's from Iowahawk, of course:
"If we Democrats have any hopes to survive past November, I say we ditch this brain-damaged bitch and replace her with someone who isn't radioactive political poison outside the Castro district -- say, for example, highly respected House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer," said a Capitol Hill legislative insider from Maryland.
"The Speaker may not realize it, but some of us actually have to campaign for re-election," said the source. "Unlike Nancy, we didn't win the jackpot and get a safe district full of 1960s acid casualties, gay Marxist academics, government union goons, and guilt-ridden software billionaires."
He needs to be syndicated. Last week.
And Lindsay Graham and John McCain are still self-aggrandizing idiots. Everyone knew-everyone- that the only reason that the Democrats agreed to this was because they were in the minority at the time, and that there was no possible way that they'd agree to it when they became the majority party again. Everyone, that is, except for McCain and Graham.
Honestly guys, you were dupes, fools, rubes. They rode you hard and put you away wet. You didn't get $20 on the nightstand even. In other words, you fucked up: you trusted them. Why, I don't know. Oh wait a minute, I do: you're stupid. And despite the pain that your idiocy has cost this country, I can still take some small solace at the look of dawning realization on your faces as you -finally- realize that you've been had.
Anyone that knows me personally can attest to the fact that I hate chain emails. My family and friends know better than to send such drivel. Should I actually receive any such garbage, I do the following: if the email is funny, interesting, or just plain twisted, I gladly forward it to people(blind copied, of course), removing all of the "please forward to 10 people so that blah blah blah". Most times I just delete it. However, I finally received one that's worthy of publishing. It's rude, crude and socially unacceptable, just like me. If you're easily offended, skip the rest of this post and go over to a kinder, gentler site like the Emperor's.
Please read this before you delete this... if you're tired of internet chain letters, you'll get a kick out of this!
FINALLY A CHAIN LETTER THAT I LIKE! :)
Hello, my name is Basmati Kasaar. I am suffering from rare and deadly diseases, poor scores on final exams, extreme virginity, fear of being kidnapped and executed by anal electrocution, and guilt for not Forwarding out 50 billion fucking chain letters sent to me by people who actually believe that if you send them on, then that poor 6 year old girl in Arkansas with a breast on her forehead will be able to raise enough money to have it removed before her redneck parents sell her off to the traveling freak show. Do you honestly believe that Bill Gates is going to give you and everyone you send "his" email to $1000? How stupid are you? Ooooh, looky here! If I scroll down this page and make a wish, I'll get laid by every Playboy model in the magazine! What a bunch of bullshit. So basically, this message is a big FUCK YOU to all the people out there who have nothing better to do than to send me stupid chain mail forwards. Maybe the evil chain letter leprechauns will come into my apartment and sodomize me in my sleep for not continuing the chain which was started by Jesus in 5 A.D. and was brought to this country by midget pilgrims on the Mayflower and if it makes it to the year 2010, it'll be in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest continuous streak of blatant stupidity.
If you're going to forward something, at least send me something mildly amusing. I've seen all the "send this to 50 of your closest friends, and this poor, wretched excuse for a human being will somehow receive a Nickel from some omniscient being" forwards about 90 times. I don't fucking care.
Show a little intelligence and think about what you're actually contributing to by sending out forwards. Chances are it's your own unpopularity.
THE FOUR BASIC TYPES OF CHAIN LETTERS:
Chain Letter Type 1:
Make a wish!!!
No, really, go on and make one!!!
Oh please, they'll never go out with you!!!
Wish something else!!!
Not that, you pervert!!
Is your finger getting tired yet?
Wasn't that fun? :)
Hope you made a great wish :)
Now, to make you feel guilty, here's what I'll do. First of all, if you don't send this to 5096 people in the next 5 seconds, you will be raped by a mad goat and thrown off a high building into a pile of manure. It's true! Because, THIS letter isn't like those fake ones, THIS one is TRUE!!
Really!!! Here's how it goes:
*Send this to 1 person: One person will be pissed off at you for sending them a stupid chain letter.
*Send this to 2-5 people: 2-5 people will be pissed off at you for sending them a stupid chain letter.
*Send this to 5-10 people: 5-10 people will be pissed off at you for sending them a stupid chain letter, and may form a plot on your life.
*Send this to 10-20 people: 10-20 people will be pissed off at you for sending them a stupid chain letter and will napalm your house.
Thanks!!!! Good Luck!!!
Chain Letter Type 2
Hello, and thank you for reading this letter. You see, there is a starving little boy in Baklaliviatatlaglooshen who has no arms, no legs, no parents, and no goats. This little boy's life could be saved, because for every time you pass this on, a dollar will be donated to the Little Starving Legless Armless Goatless Boy from Baklaliviatatlaglooshen Fund.
Oh, and remember, we have absolutely no way of counting the emails sent and
this is all a complete load of bullshit. So go on, reach out. Send this to 5 people in the next 47 seconds. Oh, and a reminder - if you accidentally send this to 4 or 6 people, you will die instantly.
Chain Letter Type 3
Hi there!! This chain letter has been in existence since 1897. This is absolutely incredible because there was no email then and probably not as many sad pricks with nothing better to do.
So this is how it works:
Pass this on to 15,067 people in the next 7 minutes or something horrible will happen to you like:
*Bizarre Horror Story #1
Miranda Pinsley was walking home from school on Saturday. She had recently
received this letter and ignored it. She then tripped in a crack in the sidewalk, fell into the sewer, was gushed down a drainpipe in a flood of poopie, and went flying out over a waterfall. Not only did she smell nasty, she died. This Could Happen To You!!!
*Bizarre Horror Story #2
Dexter Bip, a 13 year old boy, got a chain letter in his mail and ignored it. Later that day, he was hit by a car and so was his boyfriend (hey, some people swing that way). They both died and went to hell and were cursed to eat adorable kittens every day for eternity. This Could Happen To You Too!!! Remember, you could end up just like Pinsley and Bip. Just send this letter to all of your loser friends, and everything will be okay.
Chain Letter Type 4
As if you care, here is a poem that I wrote. Send it to every one of your friends.
A friend is someone who is always at your side, A friend is someone who likes you even though you stink of shit, and your breath smells like you've been eating catfood, A friend is someone who likes you even though you're as ugly as a hat full of assholes, A friend is someone who cleans up for you after you've soiled yourself, A friend is someone who stays with you all night while you cry about your sad, sad life, A friend is someone who pretends they like you when they really think you should be raped by mad goats, then thrown to vicious dogs, A friend is someone who scrubs your toilet, vacuums and then gets the check and leaves and doesn't speak much English...
* no, sorry that's the cleaning lady,
A friend is not someone who sends you chain letters because he wants his wish of being rich to come true.
Now pass this on! If you don't, you'll never have sex ever again.
The point being?
If you get some chain letter that's threatening to leave you shagless or luckless for the rest of your life, delete it. If it's funny, send it on. Don't piss people off by making them feel guilty about a leper in Botswana with no teeth, who's been tied to a dead elephant for 27 years, whose only savior is the 5 cents per letter he'll receive if you forward this mail, otherwise you'll end up like Miranda.
Now forward this to everyone that you know otherwise you'll find all your knickers missing tomorrow morning.
I saw Steve Forbes speak at the Richmond Forum this past weekend. Excellent stuff, unless you're a socialist money grabber. Anyway, his article here hits on many of the same points that his speech did, probably because he's been hammering those points for a long time. Sadly, not enough people in government bother to listen.
From the resurrected Goldberg File:
Or take John Edwards. I've written some very harsh things about John Edwards over the years because I, like countless other conservatives, could tell that he is what social scientists call "full of sh*t" and an awful person. I once wrote something to the effect of: "No serious person I know thinks Edward would have ever gotten into politics if he'd been burnt by acid as a teenager." I remember some idjit left-wing blogs went beserk about what an idiot I was. Not only did they not get the joke, they insisted that John Edwards is the most sincere, caring, decent, honest, wonderful, shiny-happy-neato-peachy-keen, pretty person this side of a Teen Beat centerfold (I'm quoting from memory). Now, it's clear that John Edwards is to decent politics what crack whores are to nunnery.
You want The New Goldberg File? Go sign up, as it's email only distribution now.
Update: From a later Goldberg File comes this gem: implantable permanent bras. Really.
Reading stories like this reminds me of that scene in Finding Nemo where the pelican is flapping around in the dentist's office and he exclaims, "The world's gone MAD!"
Just to clarify:
1) Offered drug
2) Declined and handed pill back
3) Suspended because hand touched the pill and therefore constitutes possession
I feel like possessing some officious little asshat's testicles in a pair of vice grips. And if this was MY kid, I'd be cranking those grips hard.
From the fertile mind and keyboard of Jerry Pournelle:
There are people in this world who want to control others. They tend to become public employees.
I don't really have anything to add to that statement.
Dan Riehl is trying to make a point but I'll be darned if I can tell what it is. Excerpt:
This neophyte, this joke we have in the White House has absolutely no idea of the force and the rage he is about to unleash on him and his entire political party. If there are not enough responsible adults left within his party to rein in this accidental, affirmative action jerk, this self-styled, extremely flawed little man, then his party is worthless to America. It deserves to be marginalized electorally and, ultimately, utterly destroyed, before being relegated to the dung heap of history with the rest of the marxist, socialist clowns Americans have dispatched before.
Sigh. I wish he'd stop beating around the bush and get to point, which is by the way, what?
Because guns are just so icky. Anyway, check out this post over at Big Government and keep the following picture in mind:
I enjoyed the Olympic closing ceremonies right up until Canada decided to inflict Neil Young on the world. Again. Anyway, he wasn't too bad this time due to my muting the TV while Neil was "singing". I did manage to find a copy of the song that he meant to sing on Sunday. He must have used his second choice instead. In any event, here are the lyrics to Northern Man:
Northern man better wear your tuke Celine Dion makes us want to puke Northern games had to end at last Now our pucks were sliding fast Northern man
I saw curling
and I saw ice
was kind of nice.
worth the price?
I saw skiin'
and pucks asliding'
Third place? Third place?
better wear your tuke
makes us want to puke
had to end at last
Now our pucks
were sliding fast
your hair is golden brown
I've seen your wrist shot
You won the game
and didn't let us down!
I saw skiin'
and pucks asliding'
Third place? Third place?
You know what a bug is? When your PC screen changes colors, or a program hangs/crashes. You what a security hole in MS Windows is? Predictable.
Quick takeaway: if a website asks you to press the F1 key, DON'T.
Oh, and Microsoft? Can your next bug be that the wallpaper shows pictures of porn on the desktop? Because these "might allow someone to hijack your PC via IE" bugs are starting to piss me off. Kthnxbai.