Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I'm Lost

Since I am completely without creativity today, I'll just post a sampling of some of the random news stories that can be found around the web. Stories like how Obama is a "clean black," according to democratic presidential hopeful Senator Biden. Or, I could show you all a funny picture that affirmed to my wife that I am not the only man with holes in his socks. Let's see, did I miss anything? Oh yeah, California - apparently lacking any good ideas and thus, lightbulbs - has decided to ban the conventional lightbulb. Now there's democracy in action. Take that Thomas Edison!

Maybe I'll have the energy to comment on world affairs in more detail tomorrow. Yeah, tomorrow.

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Line Must Be Drawn Here!

Spray painting the United States Capitol? This is intolerable. Anti-American (passing themselves off as anti-war) protesters spray-painted the U.S. Capitol building. If anything shows these people for who and what they are, then this is it. There is no question in my mind that these people hate America, hate its institutions (the Capitol building, for example) and hate anyone who disagrees with their obtuse world view.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

No Guys, You Can't Take Them for a Test Drive!

My wife and I went to the Washington Auto Show expecting to see lots of concept cars (future designs) and to pick up bags of free schwag. Instead, all I got was this lousy photo of a bimbo and the frustrated men lined up to stare at her... um... rack & pinion steering.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Excuse Me, Ben Stiller, You're Needed in Muslim Paradise...

Apparently one of the failed London bombers just couldn't leave this life without taking some of the essentials with him: a bottle of aftershave and a copy of Meet the Fockers on DVD. Forget for a moment the irony that Ben Stiller is Jewish. Do you laugh or cry at these kinds of revelations? I have to admit, I think it is pretty dang funny.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hey, They're Just Like Us!

This would be hysterical if I could get past the contempt I have for the manipulative, lying folks of Hollywood.

Self-righteous movie stars like George Clooney and Brad Pitt do what they can to save the planet - or at least act like they do - so that you and I can forgo necessary conveniences like flexible and affordable travel options. They show us pictures of themselves smiling smugly next to their Toyota Priuses so that we think, "Hey, if Julia Roberts can save the Earth, I can too!"

What you don't see are the 9000 mile private jet trips, the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of gallons of quickly-burned jet fuel to take people like Brad Pitt to exotic locales so that they can adopt a baby unconnected to our wasteful, pathetic genepool here in America.

Thanks TMZ for exposing this hypocrisy. Here are some samples:

Julia Roberts
On the ground: Roberts drives a Prius, which gets (at best) 60 miles to the gallon, shaving 30 miles off a normal car's mpg.

In the air: Chicago/LA, 1,749 miles in a private jet, the route she took with Rupert Everett while shooting "My Best Friend's Wedding."

Gas guzzled: 2,100 gallons of jet fuel.

Prius Penance: Julia would have to drive 30,000 miles, or roughly once around the earth and then some to even out her consumption in the air.

So Julia says: No word yet from Julia's rep.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hanging for Dummies, Courtesy of CNN

Did you know there is a right and wrong way to hang a man? Well, you probably do now thanks to this head-popping story. But a day too late for the people losing their heads in Iraq, CNN has posted "How Hanging is Supposed to Work" for their viewers. Apparently, the head isn't supposed to come off.

Here's the facts:

  • Hanging is the suspension of a person by a cord wrapped around the neck, causing death. Throughout history it has been used as a form of capital punishment in various forms. The method used in Iraq is modeled on the 19th-century method of execution used in Britain, which formed the Iraqi state after World War I.
  • Four types of drop have been used in hanging: the short drop, suspension, standard and long drop. In all but the last, subjects can remain conscious for minutes and eventually die of strangulation and/or loss of blood to the brain.
  • The 19th-century long drop through a trap door is intended to be more humane, generating enough force from the tightening of the rope and the twisting of the noose knot under the jaw to break the neck. A calculation is made based on the convict's weight, height and build of the drop needed to break the neck. The distance is typically 1.5-2.5 metres (5-9 feet).
  • When the neck breaks and severs the spine, the subject immediately loses consciousness. Brain death follows in minutes. But if the drop is too short, the subject can be strangled. If it is too long, the subject can be decapitated.

Katie Couric's Days Are Numbered

...and this blogger couldn't be happier! She's a horrible journalist, plain and simple. Her ratings show it, too. Here's the latest Couric ratings as reported by Drudge:

Look, CBS ain't doin' so hot. They lost respect with Dan Rather, and continue to lose it (or at least, fail to regain it) with Katie "I Gotta Go Potty" Couric. It's time to do a serious overhaul at Columbia Broadcasting System. My suggestion: Rip Torn. Why? Because of his bad-ss name, that's why.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Pelosi bin Laden

If these two can agree, it must be the the right thing to do! "Cut funding to US troops in Iraq!" The great powers have spoken! Oh, and they say Bush is an infidel, too.

A Relevant Quotation

This seems appropriate for our times.

There is a rank due the United States among the nations that will be totally lost by the reputation of weakness. If we would avoid insult we must be able to repel it, if we would secure the peace it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.

- George Washington

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lance Armstrong, Der Fuhrer

Holding impatience up to be some kind of gold standard that gets things done is a horrible and irresponsible precedent to set. It's is because of impatience that we have laws protecting against illegal medical experimentation. Impatience has led to unsafe drugs being rushed to the market and lives being risked out of the drive to get to the finish line first. Yes, people are dying from cancer. It's affected my family. It's affected everyone. But to set aside an essential societal attribute like patience is an open invitation for disaster, and will likely set cancer research further behind as a result.

Here is a short excerpt from his "speech," courtesy of CNN:

I'm not known for my patience. Patience is a polite quality and often appropriate, but it rarely gets things done. Impatience, however, is the hunger for results and intolerance for excuses and delays. Impatience got me over countless mountain passes, across the finish line in New York City and through four rounds of ruthless chemotherapy 10 years ago.

Yet this election season I patiently waited to hear a candidate for office explain to constituents what he or she planned to do about one of the leading threats to the health and well-being of all Americans -- cancer. My patience was greeted with silence.
Washington is not a bike race, Mr. Armstrong. Trust me, the last place you want extra impatience running rampant is here in the nation's capital.

Just Heard from Mark Steyn

We need more writers willing to speak like this.

The Phuture of Phones

It's apparent now that the release of the iPhone will radically change the way phones are designed from here on out. I was on Phonescoop today looking at the new Samsung and Motorola phones that were announced at CES, and while the new phones were pretty cool (the Motorola Z6 and V3xx in particular), they just don't hold a candle to the iPhone as far as aesthetic beauty is concerned.

This is a big capitulation for me. I have avoided the iPod because I can't stand iTunes and the general attitude surrounding their so-called superiority. But I have to give credit where its due, and the iPhone is a serious contender for my undying loyalty.

But its good looks aside, the iPhone is packed with awesome features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2 megapixel camera... I just wish it used Cingular's new, ultra high speed HSDPA network (it will run on the much slower GPRS/EDGE network instead). I can't believe that a phone coming out in June wouldn't have that standard...

All said and done, I might be turning in my Creative Zen and Samsung Sync for this new Apple beauty... only if Apple decides to give it HSDPA. Don't buy a phone for over $50 without it.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Nancy Pelosi: Hypocrite & Liar

My wife, who wants to be a stay-at-home mom and generally shares the same ideology as I do, sent me this article about Nancy Pelosi. She was impressed by Nancy, version 1.0 the "role model" while simultaneously being repelled by version 2.0 and her current politics. I was taken aback by the fact that my wife was so easily wooed by a biased, liberal media. The real Nancy Pelosi is a much different woman than the mainstream media has been making her out to be lately. Despite what she did in her "early years," Nancy Pelosi is now an enormous threat to the traditional family values she is currently capitalizing on to win support.

The email to my wife went something like this:

Yes, she may have been a great role model once... but we can’t forget that she now espouses ideals that encourage the breakup of the family. This is what is ticking me off about this whole thing. She is a die-hard liberal… an activist at heart. She is a San Francisco democrat (generally the most liberal of all) and for the past 20 years has been a champion of causes that would make traditional, conservative women throw-up. The press has been focusing on her past as a stay-at-home mom like it should be heralded as the greatest thing since plastic, while the same press continues to look down upon modern women who choose to stay-at-home. All the while, Pelosi supports gay marriage, the promotion of “independent women’s rights” – which is a euphemism for women who want to have kids without a father – and other agendas such as abortion (even late-term abortion) and the legalization of drugs.

She’s a hypocrite who uses traditional American values when it suits her, but who in reality loathes those values she currently claims to represent. Yeah, great woman.
But bless my poor wife for having to put up with my crap on a daily basis. If there's truly a role model in the world, then I nominate my wonderful wife who wants to pursue the ultimate role - raising a family at home! She is truly an amazing woman!

Thanks Democrats! You Just Made Politics Even More Corrupt!

Democrats have done a very bad thing. They, in their zeal to be the “protectors” of American politics, have completely eradicated a form of political expression and representation by adopting new rules that effectively kill the tools used by advocacy groups, associations and other lobbying entities. I’m not talking about the millions of dollars that were used by bad apples like Abramoff, but the simple, “get to know you” types of actions that are a mainstay of human interaction – informal lunches.

On the surface, we’ve been made to think that lobbying is a bad thing. Most Americans associate lobbyists with bribery, cheating and backroom deals. While the cases of people such as Abramoff and Murtha may have seemingly proven this perception, the reality is that most lobbyists are ordinary folks. We’re not trying to buy votes – we’re just trying to represent our members and clients – who are, after all, voters themselves.

I work at an association that represents nearly 30,000 people from across the county. Our members are primarily first responders, people who are generally considered heroes. I think someone would be hard pressed to call us a “special interest group” because that phrase usually has a negative connotation (thanks to the media), even though that’s exactly what we are. We represent the special interests of our members, because their interests are different – more specialized – than those of the general population.

Our association does not have a PAC (political action committee) that raises, and then donates, money to Congressional campaigns. As a result, we communicate with Congress the old fashioned way – by going to Capitol Hill and discussing our issues with Congressional staff in person, at lunch briefings, etc. We do not “buy votes” as some might say. We use our collective influence to let Members of Congress know that what they do might hamper (or help) the ability of our members to do their jobs.

Thanks to the characteristic misperception of problems by democrats, lobbyists (remember, suspend your negative association with that word) are now barred from communicating effectively on behalf of their members and constituencies. All of these knee-jerk “let’s reform government” talking points ends up being self-defeating in the end. The democratic Congress has now traded away the rights of their constituents to lobby by barring almost every form of normal human interaction between Members of Congress, their staff, and the general public.

While limiting things like lunches and trips may sound reasonable on the surface (because we are so accustomed now of thinking of our elected leaders as cheats), these types of moves don’t do anything but force corruption deeper underground. Limiting our ability to educate lawmakers by inviting them to lunch so that we can explain our positions without interruption will not stop corruption. It will kill the smaller voices who need to be heard, and increase the power of the elites who actually do have inside access to politicians.

Here’s the conspiratorial irony behind the new democratic rules. Those with the most power, money and influence will not be affected by this change. If anything, it will encourage more organizations to start playing the campaign contribution game, since that will become the only way for a group (or individual) to be heard. And now that the other perks are gone, Congress will eschew any further attempt to curb campaign abuse because that will be their only source of gaining influence and power. And campaign money is where the real corruption exists.

The democrats have created an environment where the problems of corruption will go deeper underground, and thus have a more insidious effect on politics. Power is addictive, and money is the fuel that drives the race to gain more power. Curbing lobbyist lunches will not fix this.

By paying lip service to the concerns of the left-wing and the media, the democrats have just created a more powerful class of elites. Those few who have so much money as to have direct access to whomever they please are now the only people who will have access. The rest of us can either start playing this dangerous game, or let the voices of those we represent fade into darkness. We can thank Ms. Pelosi and her party for this wonderful choice.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Calm Down Everyone, It's NOT Global Warming

Yes, I realize it's 60 degrees today and will be 70 this weekend. But that doesn't mean all of the predictions by liberal soothsayers and zealots will surely come to pass! It's a mild fluctuation, nothing more. Besides, remember how last year was the coldest winter on record? Probably not.

AP Reports:

"Meteorologists say the warm spell is due to a combination of factors: El Nino, a cyclical warming trend now under way in the Pacific Ocean, can lead to milder weather, particularly in the Northeast; and the jet stream, the high-altitude air current that works like a barricade to hold back warm Southern air, is running much farther north than usual over the East Coast.

The weather is prone to short-term fluctuations, and forecasters said the mild winter does not necessarily mean global warming is upon us. In fact, the Plains have been hit by back-to-back blizzards in the past two weeks."