Friday, August 31

Wacked out

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Federline's lawyer wants Britney Spears to pay some of her ex- husband's legal expenses in their divorce case, court documents show.

Attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said in an Aug. 26 declaration that Federline has "no net income" after various expenses, and that his spousal support of $20,000 a month ends in November. Spears, meanwhile, brings in an average monthly income of $737,868.
This ditzy, spoiled narcissist is pullin' in three quarters of a million dollars??? A MONTH????

Proof again that money and intelligence aren't necessarily related.

Tuesday, August 28

I've scratched the itch

I can't decide which view is better. This left or......this right.
Yeah, she's ours, and with the upcoming cool fall weather, the leaves changing color and the many seasonal celebrations in North Georgia, this is the way to join in the celebration.

Swaeet!

Monday, August 27

Nice, ain't it?

Yeah, I thought so too when I saw it in person. Sweet...

Thursday, August 23

Reason #336 I'm glad I'm a man

"Welcome to Christian Domestic Discipline, Loving Wife Spanking in a Christian Marriage" says the header, with a piece of charming poetry to give it some high-brow romanticism.

“Then I sought for other measures,
Used on her my last resources,
Cut a birch-whip in the forest.
And she spake in tones endearing;
Cut a juniper or willow,
And she called me ‘hero-darling’;
When the lash my wife I threatened,
Hung she on my neck with kisses.”
Give the wifey a few twats on the posterior and she'll fawn over me. I'm thinking I've been so sheltered all my life. Why didn't they teach me this in catechism?

Laws and other prevarications

I used to think trendy sort of things started on either the East or West coast.

A handful of cities and parishes across Louisiana have raised eyebrows by passing laws against wearing pants so saggy that they expose the wearer's underwear or worse.
The city of Alexandria is about to join them.
I guess Louisiana corruption seems to be spreading across the South...
Baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs would be illegal under a proposed amendment to Atlanta's indecency laws.
The amendment, sponsored by city councilman C.T. Martin, states that sagging pants are an "epidemic" that is becoming a "major concern" around the country.
"Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it's the in thing," Martin said Wednesday. "I don't want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future."
Public officials know there is opposition to illegals coming into the country so they just make more of them here. There are laws against "hate" speech, whatever the heck that is. Laws on what can't and can be done with a person's own property. Laws dealing with toilets, mattresses, telephones, cars and practically everything else a person uses daily. It's easy to see how anyone can be illegal.

I don't like 'em but I might just have to get some saggy pants just to tick 'em off.

Beating racist dragons with licorice whips

I'm wiping peppermint snot from my gumdrop nose after watching this video.

Wednesday, August 22

You play the game, we'll make the rules

Noel Hillis got a ticket from a red light camera in Garland, Texas, after he allegedly ran the light. Garland says he didn't run the light and that his truck had crossed the stop line when the light turns red. Well, it did pass the stop line as defined by state law. But Hillis found the city of Garland has its own stop line, an imaginary line "which is 10 feet further out (than) where it actually starts," according to Hillis,
Not only can they spend it however they want, it's just so much government fun to extort money from the unsuspecting to pay for it.

Real reality TV

The show, "Kid Nation," which is scheduled to premiere on CBS on Sept. 19, is a reality show whose premise is to take 40 children, ages 8 to 15, and place them in a "ghost town" in New Mexico to see if they can build a working society without the help of adults.

But after the production ended in mid-May, the parent of one child in the production complained to state officials that the children's treatment bordered on abuse. Four children received medical treatment for accidentally drinking bleach, one child was burned on her face with hot grease while cooking in an unsupervised kitchen, and most of the children were required to work 14 hours or longer per day. They received a payment of $5,000 for their participation.
What da heck is anybody complaining about? Yeah, AFTER the production was done the parent complains. The kids participated, they got paid, it's done. Are people so stupid to think that accidents like drinking bleach and being splattered with hot grease wouldn't happen while working 14 hour days on their own? What did anybody think was going to happen?

THAT'S THE POINT OF IT ALL! What would reality TV be without it?

Tuesday, August 21

Should I, or shouldn't I?

I'm thinkin' 'bout it.

The End of Ron Mexico

Will Vick ever play in the NFL again?

No. How could he?

Even if the gambling aspect of the dogfighting ring does not earn Vick a lifetime ban, there just don't seem to be any circumstances that could lead him back under center in the NFL.

He's simply not a good enough quarterback to merit the s---storm signing him would unleash. What owner would invite the public backlash to acquire a QB with a 75.7 career rating?

...in six seasons in the NFL, Michael Vick has thrown 71 touchdown passes and turned the ball over 79 times (52 picks, 27 lost fumbles).

Before all hell broke loose, there were a lot of NFL fans who thought the Falcons made a mistake in sending Matt Schaub to Houston. Vick was already a borderline starting NFL quarterback. Now he's radioactive.
I pity the guy. Really. He's had all the financial wealth and notoriety of being a professional football player, and flipped the bird at a city, spurning any goodwill he may have had left.

Despite that I find it interesting the federal government is the agency pursuing dog fighting charges. Shouldn't this be on a local level, if at all? We can wrestle with the moralities of dog fighting but I'm on the fence about the illegalities of it. I suppose there's the racketeering and/or gambling angle of it too, but then again isn't that as volitional as buying a lottery ticket? Everyone seems to point to the treatment of dogs that Vick was apparently involved in but no one seems to consider how this legal case is stacking up against him; how the feds pressured cohorts to cop a plea and back Vick into a corner.

I don't trust the government to do the right thing and it doesn't seem to me to be about justice. I pity anyone who finds themselves in the hands of our corrupt judicial system.

UPDATE:
Ron Menaker, Chairman of the Board of the American Kennel Club, says about Vick's plea deal:
"While we are pleased to hear that the Vick case is being settled through the criminal justice system, we remain concerned that the punishment will be inadequate considering the heinous nature of the crimes."
Does anyone beside me see some strange measure in punishments doled out by the courts? I mean, how does Vick, who apparently won't see a trial, expect to get a year to year and a half in jail while this woman....
Mary Winkler is a free woman—free of her abusive marriage and free of jail. After 67 days in a mental-health facility in Tennessee, Winkler was released earlier this week and has returned to her hometown of McMinnville. But is she free of the posttraumatic stress disorder and depression that her legal team said drove her to gun down her preacher-husband, Matthew, last year? After a jury found Winkler guilty of voluntary manslaughter, she was given a three-year sentence, later reduced to 210 days, but she also got credit for the five months she spent in jail awaiting trial—which left only about 60 days, which a judge ruled she could serve in the mental-health facility.
Women can kill babies in the womb and murder husbands but they'll face the feds if they mistreat their dogs is the message I guess.

Monday, August 20

Yearning for communion

"Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with [earthly] ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis
I like how Lewis states it. In the Christianity of First World countries, God worship is displaced by ephemeral happiness. We are too satisfied enjoying creature comforts to yearn for something as incomprehensibly joyful as eternal life.

We enjoy TVs, DVDs, CDs and a host of other alphabet soup pleasures of life, and we're too satisfied with the crumbs from the table to have a faith relationship with the God of joy. Maybe that's what Jesus was thinking when He challenged a woman in saying, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." - Matthew 15:26-28

Saturday, August 18

Women thick as thieves

"Believing as I do that church and state should remain separate, I also believe that when one enters the voting booth, church and state become one for the voter. The voter must vote her conscience. He or she must vote for the party and candidate who best reflect all that the voter deeply believes. Conscience requires the Christian to vote as a Christian. Commitment to Christ is by its very nature absolute.

My commitment and my vote, therefore, must reflect my deepest Christian convictions; and for me these convictions are based on the teachings of Christ in the Four Gospels.

I am keenly aware as a Christian and as an American that the Gospels are subject to a great variety of interpretation. I am keenly aware that Christians disagree violently on what the Gospels say.

I am also keenly aware that we have only two parties in this country. Only two. This point can not be emphasized enough. We do not have a slate of parties, including one which is purely Christian. We have two parties, and our system has worked with two parties for generations. This is what we have.

I feel strongly that one should vote for one of these two parties in an election. I suspect that not voting is in fact a vote. I suspect that voting for a third party, when such parties develop, is in effect voting for one of the major parties whether one wants to believe this or not.

To summarize, I believe in voting, I believe in voting for one of the two major parties, and I believe my vote must reflect my Christian beliefs.

Bearing all this in mind, I want to say quietly that as of this date, I am a Democrat, and that I support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States." - Anne Rice
She encourages e-mails, so do so but kindly, at anneobrienrice@mac.com.

She's wrong, of course, on several points. First, on that familiar refrain of church and state separation which stands in ironic contrast to her statement that Christians should vote as Christians. She's suggesting that Christianity be allowed to the polls but not allowed on the floor of congress, which I find amusing. Let us have no Christian laws, only Christian votes.

Secondly, the Gospels are not the subject of a variety of interpretations to the Christian. There is only one interpretation for anyone claiming to be a Christian, one Christ, one Salvation, one crucifixion and one resurrection. The Kingdom of God suffers violence, alright, the violence of those who want in to it.

Thirdly, there aren't two political parties in the country. What she refers to are two factions of one party. There are other political organizations with their respective candidates. And it's foolish to say that not voting is a vote. How is it that non-votes count as votes? If that is the case then why bother spending gas money to drive to the polls and spend time waiting in line to cast a ballot? If there are 40,000 registered voters, and between two candidates, 29,999 vote for one and 10,000 vote for another and I happen to be the 40,000th person registered to vote but don't then how many total votes are counted? You guessed right if you said 39,999. Move to the front of the political class. It's also foolish to make a claim that voting for a third party candidate is voting for one or the other major party candidate for the same reasoning as mentioned. A vote is a vote and not voting isn't.

Then she reveals her spiritual ignorance and stupidity in all of this as she asserts that her support of Hillary Clinton for president is based upon her Christian beliefs. Only a woman with some badly mixed up, New Age Christianity could come to this conclusion. But the point is, no matter how confused they may be, they consider themselves Christians, which I suggest means that women, of all sorts of backgrounds as representative of Ms. Rice, will stick together for Hillary. It isn't such a big leap for some CINO woman (Christian In Name Only) to vote for Hillary. It will appear as if she's drawing the Christian conservative female vote, when in fact they're neither Christian nor conservative.

I think women will still stick up for their gender, even though they don't have the same pack mentality that men do. They'll vote for Hillary in droves out of a desire to "have a woman do it" because it can't be any worse than men have made it. Let's just wait and see how bad it can get.

Bring on winter

Thursday, August 16

Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes

Just after midnight on May 13, 2004, a small team of FBI agents crept into the legendary Del Rio Cockfighting Pit in Cocke County.

The illegal gambling arena was closed, and agents were able to copy a computer hard drive before slipping away. They didn’t notify the property’s then-owner, Michael Maynard of Hot Springs, N.C., of the search for another three months.

Acting under the authority of the Patriot Act, the agents had obtained a search warrant that allowed them to clandestinely enter the property, search for evidence and not tell anyone about it until the government or a judge was ready to let the owners know they’d been there.

Originally touted as a tool in the struggle against terrorism, the Patriot Act now was being used in the hills of East Tennessee as part of a shadowy war that had been going on for decades, a struggle that pitted the federal government against a homespun Appalachian culture that had churned out generation after generation of proud outlaws.
Those chicken terror camps in East Tennessee have been a concern. It's comforting to know we have the Patriot Act to expose the plans of those chicken terrorists before they do something terrifying...like holding Chik-fil-a employees hostages.

Wednesday, August 15

Names: everyone has one

AMSTERDAM - A Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has proposed people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding, stoking an already heated debate on religious tolerance in a country with one million Muslims.

Bishop Tiny Muskens, from the southern diocese of Breda, told Dutch television on Monday that God did not mind what he was named and that in Indonesia, where Muskens spent eight years, priests used the word "Allah" while celebrating Mass.

"Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? ... What does God care what we call him? It is our problem."
Actually, it's the bishop's problem, not mine. And with a name like Tiny Muskens I'd say he's got a big one. What's the chances of Catholic cardinals electing Pope Tiny?

Besides, what should I care if the bish' is called, Zy Goat, Pin Head, Butt Face or Jack Ass? He won't mind.

She has it to lose

Rove repeated his prediction that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will be her party’s presidential nominee. “She’s strong and she’s got the establishment of the Democratic Party, and she benefits from having relatively weak or inexperienced opponents,” he said.

He declined to say whether Republicans would be better off running against her or her chief rival for the nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). “It will be her, in all likelihood,” he said.
There are more than a few pundits who think so as well. What I find curious is that there's no criticism about a woman becoming a viable presidential nominee, let alone the possibility of her becoming president. Has anybody bothered to check the Constitution to see if it's allowable? Geraldine Ferraro made waves when she became a vice-presidential candidate 23 years ago, but now it seems popular opinion has been changed, watered down, beaten into submission. The religion of feminism has evangelized those disenchanted with the status quo. This, I believe, is one reason why she stands an excellent chance of becoming president, no matter how the Constitution reads.

Vox Day has been predicting this for a year now and I've found his reasoning good. Karl Rove and others are of the same opinion, and so, regretfully, have I. Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, et. al. can't beat Hillary. Only Ron Paul could rally conservatives, libertarians and constitutionalists to the polls to give her a good run, but with her campaign money, political backing and savvy she is formidable.

So we slip down the slope, with Republicans and Democrats, each in their turn, incrementally bringing us there. As much as I'd like to see Ron Paul win the Republican nomination, the proverbial snowball has a better chance. We're getting what we deserve.

Monday, August 13

The side where the sun don't shine.

Artists, sculptors and photographers knew Abraham Lincoln's face had a good side. Now it's confirmed by science.

Laser scans of two life masks, made from plaster casts of Lincoln's face, reveal the 16th president's unusual degree of facial asymmetry, according to a new study.

The left side of Lincoln's face was much smaller than the right, an aberration called cranial facial microsomia. The defect joins a long list of ailments—including smallpox, heart illness and depression—that modern doctors have diagnosed in Lincoln.
Don't forget megalomania.

I grew up admiring the man, until I came to know the truth about this tyrant. He'll get no further honors from me.

Friday, August 10

One reason I prefer Blogger...

...is that all the characters I've encountered on Livejournal are irrational nitwits. Case in point:

"It doesn't matter what the evidence is, evolutionary biologists are happy to change their story to suit." - An Idiot

Just...just let that sink in for a second, Protketeers.

This guy complains that scientists change their "story" according to what the facts are.

He thinks this is a BAD thing. That clinging to a disproven hypothesis is some kind of virtue.

Kinda says it all, really, doesn't it?

Far as I can see, he means exactly what I thought he meant - The Theory of Evolution changes with time and evidence, and is therefore fraudulent. Dumb with a capital everything.

You're right, that's ridiculous. The Theory of Evolution is always true, whether there is evidence or not.
Now, Vox Day doesn't need someone like me to defend his position, he can do that far better than I. What I find interesting is the phenomenon on Livejournal of people typing before they think. I pity the Livejournal poster, spewing paralytic witticisms, going to college in their egotistic view that getting an education makes them above the masses, as they open their mouths and unveil their stupidity before dozens in the classroom.

A theory, let alone the Theory of Evolution, is always true, even if there is no evidence? A theory is defined as, "a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural". A theory explains a phenomenon based upon the evidence available. If there is no evidence, it's no more than a guess, simple as that.

I once had "post and reply" dialogs with someone on Livejournal whom I had previously met in person. She seemed amiable and intelligent enough until her Livejournal postings removed any trace of that facade. But then that's one thing that's good about Livejournal. You don't have to waste time getting to know people face to face, just ask them if they have a Livejournal.

Going down to the river to pray

Four of the New Orleans area's 11 major bridges have structural condition ratings lower than the Minnesota bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River last week, according to a review of the most recent Louisiana inspection reports.

The U.S. 11 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, the Interstate 310 Mississippi River bridge at Luling and both of the Interstate 10 twin spans over Lake Pontchartrain were rated either "serious" or "critical," although the twin spans appear to be a special case, having been reconstructed since crumbling in Hurricane Katrina and inspected on a daily basis.
The I-10 twin spans were built in sections, with at least two dozen being replaced since Katrina. The storm literally blew them into the the lake like Lego blocks. I read another report recently of lake fishermen finding several points along that bridge being supported by hydraulic jacks.

Another local bridge which strikes fear in the hearts of many a New Orleanian anyway is the dreaded Huey P. Long connecting the East and West banks of New Orleans suburbs. Given the many bridges that New Orleans has and the suggestion of the Minnesota tragedy and you have a recipe for bringing a city to its knees and back to prayer. Perhaps the answer isn't another 9/11. Maybe it's just following New Orleans example and building more bridges.

Wrong war, wrong enemy

ONE MONTH from The Anniversary, I'm thinking another 9/11 would help America.

What kind of a sick bastard would write such a thing?

A bastard so sick of how splintered we are politically - thanks mainly to our ineptitude in Iraq - that we have forgotten who the enemy is.

It is not Bush and it is not Hillary and it is not Daily Kos or Bill O'Reilly or Giuliani or Barack. It is global terrorists who use Islam to justify their hideous sins, including blowing up women and children.
The enemy isn't global terrorists. We point to their "hideous sins", disregarding the grotesque transgressions of our own doing. The terrorists are a convenient tool for the real enemy we have allowed into our midst. A wall on our Southron border is laughable to the many paths of access we've given him.

Punishment, by any stretch, is becoming to those who rebel against truth. To learn from history is to avoid repeating the same "hideous sins" which led other societies and civilizations into self destruction. Apart from the question of whether another 9/11 would help America is the question of whether it could happen again. At this point in America's history, the answer tilts profoundly.

Wednesday, August 8

Unfeminist and proud of it

You Are 35% Feminist

No one would consider you a feminist. You believe women should hold on to traditional gender roles. Well, that's not the world we're living in anymore. Time to wake up to the 21st century!
Yeah, I woke up to the 21st century, and went right back to sleep. Found I was in a nightmare. I'm ready to go back to the 19th century myself, bring some automatic weapons with me and fight the Great War of Southron Independence, where men were men and women were women.

Try it yourself.

HT: Vox Day

Friday, August 3

Movie Review: Bourne Ultimatum

Aren't they a nice couple? This date scene on a ferry to Morocco typifies why the flick is the manly man's guide to keepin' the girl. Protect her when she's in danger, but be aloof in her company. Terrific dialog in this scene, by the way. (HINT: I don't remember any.)

"Shaky Cam" is irritating in these Bourne films. The thought of subjecting myself to another in these series of subliminal program films was probably the biggest misgiving I had about going to see it. Although, as soon the film Bourne itself out I became engrossed. From the outset the action is fast while character development lags, but that's what this series is, a perfect man-flick. Worth seeing in the theater, as the action scenes make for great big screen confusion. An ideal movie for the ADD crowd.

Cursing: Low - a few GD's, some damns and hells, but other than that generally pleasing to the ear.

Vulgarity/Sexuality: Medium - primarily because of the bloodletting. The Captain's reaction upon leaving the theater? "Wow, I wanna kill somebody." SUGGESTION: Marine Corps recruiters, set up counters in theater lobbies. But amazingly enough, no sex, just some flashback lip smacking with the now deeply departed Marie.

Action: High - Actually, higher than high. Try exorbitant. Through two thirds of the film there's barely time for the characters to get a meal, which leaves me to think Bourne is more Borg than human. Actually the picture above on the boat is one of the more pastoral scenes in a film with people getting knocked off and cars, trucks and other sorts of perambulation being disabled in a plethora of ways. As I said, a perfect man-flick.

Overall Rating: In a 5 Shangy World, five being something on the order of LOTR or GAG....4 Shangys

Going from the sublime to the ridiculous would be after this to see "Becoming Jane", with the wide eyed Anne Hathaway playing the romantic Jane Austen. What we need is Mr. Darcy shooting up some of those idiot relatives of his with his duck hunting gun as he guards the veritable Lizzy in her travels to London. A bullet in the head of that Lady Catherine de Bourg slumped in her barouche'; that would make it a manly man flick.

Wednesday, August 1

Typical doctor

A brain-damaged man who could communicate only with slight eye or thumb movements for six years can speak again, after stimulating electrodes were placed in his brain, researchers report.

The 38-year-old also regained the ability to chew and swallow, which allows him to be spoon-fed, rather than relying on nourishment through a tube in his belly.

Dr. James Bernat, a professor of neurology at Darmouth Medical School who didn't participate in the new work, called the Nature report exciting and important. Further study is needed to shed light on how many patients would respond and how to identify the minimally conscious patients with the best chance of being helped, he said.

He noted that a similar treatment did not help Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman in a vegetative state whose care triggered national controversy before her death in 2005. That's the typical outcome for electrical brain stimulation in vegetative states, he said.
And the medical giants of the time were practicing bloodletting only a 150 years ago. Shows how smart they are. Terri Schindler was a victim of the current culture of death. This Bernat guy, who notably didn't participate in this work, brings up Terri attempting to quell any lingering moral qualms in the washed minds of the masses.

Yeah, doctors are always right. Take the bluepill.

Like a libertarian

The more I look at libertarianism, the more I like it. Especially with the sort of libertarian thought coming from Vox Day. As dealing with the question of what would be proper punishment for women who have abortions, his suggestion is an ideal one, even though, as he says, this isn't an ideal world...

An ideal judicial punishment for a woman who has an abortion is to jail her until she hits menopause. That kills two birds with one stone, creating a significant disincentive for killing unborn children as well as helping Natural Selection breed the maternal baby-killers out of existence.
I am vehemently against abortion, and the more I see the lack of moral authority in government, the less I'm given to allow capital punishment, even though I could understand the apparent dissonant arguments against the former and for the latter.

At this point in the timeline of abortion history, it makes more sense to go after those who ply their trade and profit from it than those who make the choice to have one. If the cash flow dries up, the real problem of abortion becomes more apparent. It's a toss-up whether the doctor's or patient's conscience is seared more. Greed drives one, but if women can think or feel nothing of having their child killed, can any force of law or punishment constrain them to behave otherwise decently?

Gay bars in Iran

A Denham Springs man showed up at his uncle's funeral only to be kicked out by the pastor of the church. The reason? The man was wearing a dress. The pastor says he did the right thing. The transvestite insists he's heartbroken.

Dermaine Johnson says he feels more like a woman than a man, and has for a while. He is attracted to men, and on most any day, he looks more like a woman. Johnson says, "This is who I am. I can't change that, that's me. Take me or leave me."

Dermaine put on a black dress and headed to his uncle's funeral earlier this month, only to be told he would have to leave. He says, "There wasn't no doubt they were judging me." Dermaine says both the pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Denham Springs, and the pastor's wife, kicked him out of the church. He says, "He's like, 'Cause of the way you dress.' I was like, 'Hmmm, the way I'm dressed.'"
He gave them the choice, "Take him or leave him". So they told him to leave. And he's heartbroken? I'm from Louisiana and shedding alligator tears.

But you know there'll be that segment of people who'll read this and point out how intolerant and exclusive the church is. They'll point their collective wagging fingers at Christianity and blame it for all the bigoted problems in the world. So let them have their gay-transvestite-lesbian-necrophilic parties in some Buddhist temple somewhere. I'd buy a ticket to see that. I wonder if this guy would think the Muslims would treat him better? It'd be about like having a gay bar in Iran.

I would have handled the situation differently had I been there. I'd have told the guy to repent...and THEN kicked his arse out of the church myself.