Logic, reason and deep psychological problems displayed for your amusement

Friday, December 24, 2004

The Return of Ribbon Candy

Are my friends suddenly REALLY old or is ribbon candy making some odd, retro revival? I got the stuff from 4 different people, none of whom know one another, age range 20 to 48ish...

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Christmas with the Cheneys

Dick Cheney Claus

Merry Christmas to all from Vetterworld and the Cheney Family
(From the Scared Santa Gallery, h/t Bill at INDC Journal)

Friday, December 17, 2004

The New Regressives

From The American Thinker, a brilliant piece that ever-so-nicely sums up the current faux-"Progressive" Democrats:

Progressives are still stuck, conceptually and politically, in the era of railways, steel, sewing machines and coal tar-based chemicals as high technology. The era when labor unions were the defenders of oppressed workers pressed against the margin of starvation. Their current day protectionist policies, as well as their adherence to unions which have become bastions of restriction on free exchange, reveal this nostalgic set of priorities quite clearly.

Economic progress is the last thing in which political progressives are interested. They fight a rearguard action to preserve from progress the entrenched interests which donate money to them, and which depend on government favor to guarantee their security in an uncertain world. Progressives cloak their economic policies in the garb of compassion, an effort to ameliorate the pain that comes with change. They don’t dare advocate the logical end point of their economic inclinations, because “socialism” has even a worse odor than liberalism.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Just a Thought

Remember those elections we had awhile back? All I can say is THANK GOD.
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There's allllll sort of madness afoot at Vetterworld HQ...New job starting soon, housemate Jason Mitchell's return from 5 months in Mexico, new computer en route, etc. Please excuse the light blogging until things settle down a bit...Go read Jeff or Sondra or something good in the meantime.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Too Late

Well, here I am, late to the party once anew. See, I was gonna start a whole new blog called:
But Rusty beat me to it. And then Jeff Atrocity beat him to a pulp...GOD, I can't wait 'til I get me a new computer and some fancy DSL so I can be aheada the curve fer once...

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Chiat Plays With Himself

Jonathan Chait has an editorial in the L.A.Times today, "Why Academia Shuns Republicans." To wit:

A few weeks ago, a pair of studies found that Democrats vastly outnumbered Republicans among professors at leading universities. Conservatives gleefully seized upon this to once again flagellate academia for its liberal bias.
Am I the only person who fails to understand why conservatives see this finding as vindication? After all, these studies show that some of the best-educated, most-informed people in the country overwhelmingly reject the GOP. Why is this seen as an indictment of academia, rather than as an indictment of the Republican Party?

Right off the top of my head, Johnny, might it be that Republicans feel vindicated by the substantiation of our belief that academe is a festering cauldron of leftthink militantism, and that while we are busy winning elections, schools at all levels are failing miserably? And that it just might be all the demagoguery being taught that is leading to these failures? Just a thought.
It will be worth keeping an eye on Patterico and/or Oh, That Liberal Media for a more thoughtful and thorough fisking of this garbage, but sometimes I just get soooo annoyed...
H/T emailer Geoff Fox

Repub Sex Symbol

Via InDC comes this tidbit:

What a drive. Over the river and through the swamps. But so worth the time, because the Beatles are playing. Or is it the Stones? Or Outcast? Or Maroon 5?
Actually, it’s Cheney’s band. Here in Louisiana, that’s newly-elected Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal, newly-elected Republican Sen. David Vitter, wanna-be Republican congressman Dr. Charles Boustany, and Vice President Dick Cheney, the man.
It’s hard to explain the phenomenon, but I’m a little horrified to tell you that in his way Cheney is well, a rock star. Yes. He has that quality.(...)
(...) Cheney has sex appeal with women. Men stare at him in envy and awe. And not just women you’d expect, like your mom or grandma. Cheney connects with babes. And makes them blush and flush and cry with joy or something. Oh blechhhh! And yet, it’s true. I drove, I arrived, I saw with my own eyes.

Friday, December 10, 2004

LiveStrong and Die


Hospitals Cover Up LiveStrong Bracelets
TAMPA, Fla. - A hospital chain is taping over patients' LiveStrong wristbands because they are yellow — the same color as the "do not resuscitate" bands it puts on patients who do not want to be saved if their heart stops.
No mix-ups have been reported, but BayCare Health Systems officials do not want to take any chances.
(...)"It could be confusing, particularly in the situation of a code or a cardiac arrest where people have to think very quickly," said Lisa Johnson, vice president of patient services at Morton Plant Mease Health Care, which is part of the chain. "We wouldn't want to mistake a Lance Armstrong bracelet and not resuscitate someone we're supposed to."

My Brush With Insta-Greatness

So because I am a dork and a loser, here I was wasting my Friday night farting around online and I decided to check my name on the Yahoo Search engine, when lo & behold, I had an Instapundit mention way back in 2002! How funny that just today I was whining to Jeff Atrocity about my vain attempts at blog whoring the great one...

April 23, 2002

BRILL'S CONTENT from beyond the grave. Well, sort of. Reader Eric Vetter writes:

With some embarrassment I admit that I was a subscriber to Brill's Content [back before I figured out that the Blogs did what he pretended to do...] Anyway, I got a copy of Mother Jones today stating that "The balance of your Brill's Content subscription has been transferred to Mother Jones Magazine." Need I say more?
That's quite odd.
posted at 11:24 PM by Glenn Reynolds

Ah the irony of it all...

Cat Blogging

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Paging Andrew Sullivan

Oh praise be!
Canada to allow gays to 'marry'
Canada's highest court gave its blessing to homosexual "marriage" yesterday, but protected religious organizations from being forced to sanction same-sex unions.
The long-awaited decision permits the ruling Liberal Party to proceed with legislation to legalize the unions, making Canada the third nation to recognize homosexual unions, after with the Netherlands and Belgium.

Yet another reason for many people I do not like to go infest Canada!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

The New Racists, Same as the Old Racists

Ann Coulter is callin' 'em like she sees 'em:

Still furious about the election, liberals are lashing out at blacks. First it was Condoleezza Rice. But calling a Ph.D. who advised a sitting president during war "Aunt Jemima" apparently hasn't satiated the Democrats' rage. Even the racist cartoons didn't help.
So this week, they've turned with a vengeance to Clarence Thomas. Only the Democrats would try to distract from their racist attacks on one black Republican by leveling racist attacks against a different black Republican. If Democrats don't nip this in the bud, soon former Klanner and Democratic Sen. Bob Byrd will be their spokesman.

None of this comes as a surprise to anyone with common sense, or anyone not blinded by ideology. After all, the Democrats are the party of Robert "Sheets" Byrd, J William Fullbright, Hugo Black, Ernest Hollings, Al Sharpton and a host of other blatant, out-right race haters. It'll be funny watching the lefties try to turn Ann's observations into evidence of her racism...

Poor Sad Tired Over-Worked Frogs

Looks like the frogs may have to actually work, which is sure to inhibit a lot of the amplexus they so love:
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Thursday announced a major relaxation of the controversial 35-hour working week, the key socialist reform that has come under attack for helping create the country's stubbornly high unemployment.
At a televised news conference in Paris, Raffarin unveiled a government action plan dubbed "Contract France 2005", whose main provision is to make it easier for staff and companies to get round the last left-wing administration's compulsory cut in working hours.
Introduced in 1998 by then prime minister Lionel Jospin, the law is blamed by the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) of President Jacques Chirac for forcing up the cost of labour, while many French workers are frustrated by their inability to earn more by working longer hours.
Under Raffarin's proposals, which he said will be put into law early next year, the number of overtime hours employees can work per year will be increased from 180 to 220. In addition businesses will be able to strike separate deals with the workforce for even more overtime.
Employees will also be encouraged to "sell back" the compensatory days off that they earn if they work more than 35 hours a week. Known as RTT days, these will be more easily convertible for cash payments or improved pension rights.
Chirac has indicated that he is reluctant to repeal completely the 35-hour law, which he has said is now an "acquis" or an acquired right, but Raffarin's initiative appeared aimed at voiding the regulation of as much substance as possible.
"It will be a new situation for working times in our country," Raffarin said at the press conference.

And by HA HA HA I Mean Oh, How Unfortunate

Received Thursday, 9 December 2004 15:48:00 GMT
A new round of cost-cutting at British-based global news agency Reuters will see about 100 editorial posts "affected", Reuters' global managing editor said on Thursday.
Some of these people would be moved to other jobs within the agency, but some jobs would be lost, David Schlesinger told AFP.
"The note that we put out today told staff that we anticipate now, with the budget completion, that about 100 more positions within editorial would be affected," he said.
"A hundred posts will be affected, but the total global editorial workforce, the actual number, will end up very much the same by the end of 2005. That may mean that they will move to other assignments. It may mean that they will eventually leave the company."

What a sad, sad day for all the people of all the lands...Tragically it is only 100 editorial posts and not 100% of the editorial/reporter staff being infected or affected or effected or whatever.

Skeletal Cartoons

Michael Paulus is a very talented-- albeit very strange-- fellow who draws amazing animations of the skeletons of cartoon characters. Why? Sayeth M Paulus:
Animation was the format of choice for children's television in the 1960s, a decade in which children's programming became almost entirely animated. Growing up in that period, I tended to take for granted the distortions and strange bodies of these entities.

I decided to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass.


Bad Music

I've been to my share of rotten rock shows, but this seems a bit extreme:
Guitarist Among Five Killed in Ohio Shooting
Gunman Shot and Killed by Police Officer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 9) - A gunman charged onstage at a packed nightclub and opened fire on the band and crowd, killing top heavy metal guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three other people before a police officer shot him to death, authorities and witnesses said.
Police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio identified three of the victims of Wednesday's shooting as Abbott, who played for the band Damageplan, and two other men, Nathan Bray and Erin Halk.
She identified the gunman as Nathan Gale, 25, of the Marysville area northwest of Columbus. She said there was no information on a motive or if he had any connection to the band.

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was the Pantera lead guitar prior to their split.

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