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...
Logic, reason and deep psychological problems displayed for your amusement
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...
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.
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...
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
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.
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."
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...
This here is what all this "catblogging" inevitably leads to...
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!
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...
Looks like the frogs may have to actually work, which is sure to inhibit a lot of the amplexus they so love:
FRANCE ANNOUNCES MAJOR RELAXATION OF SOCIALISTS' 35-HOUR WEEK
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.
100 EDITORIAL JOBS 'AFFECTED' BY REUTERS CUTBACKS
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.
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.
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
By JAY COHEN, AP
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.
Showing the tact, grace and spirit of bipartisan cooperation that makes them my second favorite major American political party, DNC Chair Terry McAwful used the anniversary of Pearl Harbor to show some love:
"While we as a nation are united in this fight, there are clearly deep divisions within the Republican Party, divisions that are impeding our fight against terrorism," he said.
"Moving forward, it is my sincere hope that the Republicans running Washington will stop playing their political games and start fighting for the American people, just as our honored veterans did 63 years ago."
What a classy guy, what a classy party!
Key Issues has the low down on gettin' down with this unique equation:
This is a secret communication formula.
Once learned, you may communicate with your friends by simply using a number.
"Hey, Larry, how are you doing today?"
"Ah Joe, not so good. I'd say an 84 easy."
"That sucks Lar. After last night, I'm sittin pretty on an eighteen."
"Good for you Joe! Now, get the fuck outta here. Jerk."
Here's the formula: ((1 + A + B)/(1 + C)) X 5
A = # of times this week you've had sex with someone even though you really weren't into it.
B = # of times you would have had sex this week had the right person been ready, willing, able, and in your bed. (Although this is the fantasy variable, try to keep it real. This isn't how often you think about it; this is how many times you would have been both willing and able within a seven day period.)
C = # of times this week you've actually had mindnumbing sex with the person of your dreams.
Now, do the math.
For those of you who are rusty, allow me to assist you. Add A + B + 1, then divide that sum by the sum of 1 + C. Then multiply by 5.
Your product is a percentage reflecting your level of sexual frustration. Under 10%, either you're living a fairy tale or you have no libido. 10-30%, oversexed. 30-60%, average. 60-100%, sucks to be you.
(Exceeding 100% is possible under extreme circumstances, although more likely such a phenomenon results from lying embellishing on part B.)
No, you may not know my number, but it's right...
The United States will sooner or later rejoin the Kyoto Protocol, even though the Bush administration still shuns the United Nations' global warming pact, French Ecology Minister Serge Lepeltier said Tuesday. "I am convinced that we are going to bring the United States into Kyoto, even if it doesn't want to," he said.
Lepeltier suggested the US federal government would be caught in a "vice".
Lest we forget, China, India and 120 other "developing" nations, all gross polluters, are exempt. And speaking of China, this is an interesting development:
China's rapid economic growth is producing a surge in emissions of greenhouse gases that threatens international efforts to curb global warming, as Chinese power plants burn ever more coal while car sales soar.
(...)(N)ew figures from Chinese government agencies confirm what energy industry executives had suspected: that coal use has actually been climbing faster in China than practically anywhere else in the world. To the extent that global warming is caused by humanity, as many scientists believe, this is a serious problem because burning coal at a power plant releases more greenhouse gases than using oil or natural gas to generate the same amount of electricity.
So let's see...even if you believe the junk science of global warming you have to be okay with one of the largest coal consumers on the globe being exempt from emission restrictions because...Why, again?
Continuing in their long tradition of destroying, disenfranchising or eliminating anyone who cannot toe the party
lie line, Democratic Party arm the NAACP has kicked Kweisi Mfume out for having the audacity to reach across the aisle to the Republicans, and Condolezza Rice in particular.
Don’t believe the well scripted press conference where former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kweisi Mfume, announced his resignation. Mfume did not resign from the nation’s oldest and most prestigious civil rights organization. He was kicked out, following a long simmering feud with NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.
The two began feuding after Mfume nominated National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice for his 2003 NAACP Image Award (...)
The rift grew as Mfume continued to reach out to the Republican Party. Mfume realized that by reflexively voting Democrat in every election, the black voting populace has given away most of their political bartering power.
Ahhh, the party of tolerance...
Count Every Vote
Thanks to members of Daily Kos publishing automated voting code we've had to enforce strict IP checking for the polls. I had hoped that people would be able to conduct themselves in a civilized manner, but apparently that was too much to ask. Once the code got into circulation many of the sites nominated for Best Overall Blog got "help" by automated bots designed to continuously vote.
Those sites have been blocked permanently from accessing this site, but there's no way to stop future attacks short of limiting each IP address to one vote every 24 hours. Unfortunately this will affect AOL users and those behind corporate firewalls. The denizens of Daily Kos have left me no alternative.
Seriously, I would pull Kos and every other lib blog outta the running right now...Can't these motherfuckers ever NOT cheat?
I really hate John McCain...He's on Fox News Sunday right now and just launched on our committing "torture" at Abu Ghraib, but utterly sidesteps the Kofi Annan question. He's nothing but a pathetic political hack, so it is little wonder to me that he is picked as the only acceptable "Republican" by my Libo/Demo pals. Straight talk express? Please, what an asshole. Yuck. And when Nancy Pelosi comes up next and sings McCain's praises for "leadership," really, what more do you need to know? (It's this kind of insightful political insight that keeps ya'll comin' back, I know...)
A perfect gift for the hirsute among us, the EZ-Plucker. Right off the top of my head I think this would be perfect for the culture-Llamas (all over), Jeff (back), Wonkette (Ick...guess) or Patterico (monobrow). I love the Season of Giving!!
And knowing that they will soon be "clean teens," go vote for them in Culture (the Llamas), Humor (Beautiful Atrocities), LesbianGayBiTransient (Wonkette) and "Top" 100-250 (Patterico).
Here at Vetterworld we are used to abusive, annoying and occasionally X-rated mail, so this gentle note from our close personal friend Suha came as a poignant reminder of the shared and delicate human experience that is life:
This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been
following current events in the international media with
reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular.
I am Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the
Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris. Since his
death and even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown
into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation,
frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of
the Palestinian Liberation Organization and
the new Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to
physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so
traumatized, I have lost confidence with everybody in the
country at the moment.
You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet
on the discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank
account and companies and the allegations of some huge sums
of money deposited by my husband in my name of which I have
refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt Palestine
Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by
the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion
Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make
me poor for life. As you know, the Moslem community has no
regards for woman, hence my desire for a foreign assistance.
I have deposited the sum of 21 million dollars with a
financial firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until
we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could receive
this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any
Investment opportunity. This arrangement will be known to
you and I alone and all our correspondence should be
strictly on email alone because our government has tapped
all my lines.
In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our
mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your
Percentage share of the $21,000,000 that will be kept in
your position for a while and invested in your name for my
trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and
take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.
Please note that this is a golden opportunity that comes
once in life time and more so, if you are hornet, I am going
to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the
legacy we keep for our children.
In case you don't accept please do not let me out to the
security and international media as I am giving you this
information in total trust and confidence I will greatly
appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith. Please
Daily*cough* asshole *cough*Kos is #1 Best Overall? Keith *cough* jackass *cough* Obermann's Bloggermann is #2 Best Media/Journalist? And over MARK STEYN no less? Get the hell over there and fix this!
I'm fixated by year end "Best of" lists, and the list of lists at Fimoculous is fuckin' amazing. (It's where I found the NYT book list noted below.) Words, games, DVDs, movies, books, photography, music, art...a zillion different lists. Prepare to spend some time checkin it out.
The L & T Mister Kerry Spot is talking about the recent Peter Beinart column on the need for the de-MichaelMoorization of the Democratic Party. He's followed some reactions here and here. While that is all fine and good, and I would prefer a non-loony opposition party, Moore is just the, ahem, er, biggest nut speaking for the Demo interests. After Moore gets the theoretic boot from mainstream Demoland they will still be left with Krugman, Dowd, Teddy Kennedy, Algore, etc, etc. While we blogger types may be somewhat inured to fierce rhetoric, these people are NOT standard issue, status quo thinkers. They are all nuts. De-Mooreing is a grand start, but how far can they really go in the needed purge?
Swiss Farmer's Dying Wish: Save My Cows
BUCH, Switzerland (AP) - Shortly before his death last month, a Swiss farmer made an unusual last request - save his two cows from the slaughterhouse and put them in a retirement home.
The family of the now-deceased farmer even organized a church collection to save eight-year-old Maya and her four-month-old calf Toni, the organizers of the retirement scheme said Thursday.
"His son begged the priest to call for a collection so that the animals would not have to be slaughtered and our project could take over," said Reinhold Zepf, founder of the "Viva la Vacca" organization, adding that the family wished to remain anonymous.
We are losing the war in Iraq. There has been a steady increase in the assaults carried out by the insurgents against coalition forces. The attacks over the past year have risen from about twenty a day to approximately 120. We are an isolated and reviled nation. We are tyrants to others weaker than ourselves. We have lost sight of our democratic ideals. Thucydides wrote of Athens' expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others it finally imposed on itself. If we do not confront our hubris and the lies told to justify the killing and mask the destruction carried out in our name in Iraq, if we do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of empire and occupation, if we continue to allow force and violence to be our primary form of communication, we will not so much defeat dictators like Saddam Hussein as become them.
The opinion piece cited above is, in fact, from the NY Review of Books, as noted in this Belgravia Dispatch piece. As is the nature of the saturation of leftist bias in the MSM today, such tripe is just passed along as known fact, status quo reality.
Many of my lefty friends cannot even see the media bias we righties decry exactly because it is so blatant and omnipresent. To most on the left side any newscast that doesn't call Bush an idiot ot Iraq a quagmire is obvious bias...Hmmm. At what point is debating the undeniable just pointless?
I would eat at Cereality every day:
All-Cereal Restaurant Opens in Philly
Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe, which opened its first sit-down cafe Wednesday on the University of Pennsylvania campus, is a sugarcoated - and tongue-in-cheek - homage to what your mother always told you was the most important meal of the day. But she probably never dished out bowls of Froot Loops and Cap'n Crunch topped with Pop Rocks.
Behind glass-door kitchen-style cabinets at Cereality are 30 varieties of brand-name cold cereal. Customers order from "cereologists," whose most popular mix is two 8-ounce scoops with one of 36 toppings, plus regular, flavored or soy milk for $2.95. Also offered are cereal bars and made-to-order cereal smoothies and yogurt blends.
Taking a page from No Ma'am, the chaps over at American Women Suck have some problems with the ladies:
Top Ten Reasons American Women Suck
Post By VladTepes
1) Selfish - to the point where they don't know the difference between love of self and plain downright greed--and drilled into believing that whatever happens is the fault of whatever man is in their life because of the feminist crud drilled into them by the cadre of asexual closet cases called "therapists" who appear on "Ricki", "Oprah" or other such electronic drivel
2) Deluded - into thinking they "deserve" a rich, model-handsome husband who will "take them away from all of this"--whatever the "this" might be--and leading to resentment when they discover that the universe does NOT revolve around them
3) Angry - ALL the damn time about things which are so far out of their control as to be nonsensical--and constantly wanting to "discuss" this mind numbing drivel ad nauseam
4) Psychotic - multiple personalities in the same woman - as "Nomad" put it in the "Star Trek" episode: "Woman...a mass of inconsistencies...", and also when the feminist voices in their heads start with the regrets and victim acculturation
5) Worthless - anything that does not immediately resolve itself in her favor or to her benefit is meaningless to her, especially husband and family
6) Lazy - drilled into their head that they "deserve" a maid, nanny and personal slave to take care of every detail - and that their husband/boyfriend is REQUIRED to cater to their each and every mindless whim
7) Resentful - especially of other women who have things that they do not, in material, spiritual and esoteric senses
8) Greedy - to them, "housekeeping" means getting the house in the divorce (thanks to Zsa Zsa for that immortal line) and sucking the guy for every last cent, even if they had nothing to do with the building of the nest egg
9) Mindless - constant, irritating, idle prattle about topics they read about in some women's magazine and then become instant experts--particularly pop psychology and the latest crap they see on "Oprah" or "Ricki"
10) Vain - believing that they are irresistible to everything in pants and therefore are allowed to behave sluttish and without any honor
They helpfully subhead their site "Rebuke The Feminist Pig Bastards!" but also take the time to denote that this is a "forum for straight anti-feminists." Lucky Ladies!
Right Wing News has yet another hilarious Top 10 list, this time the "The 2nd Annual 10 Worst Quotes From The Democratic Underground For 2004." Sample:
5) LastChance2004: "Wait Until After Election 2004. If chimpy gets selected again, we're all in big trouble. The fascists you describe will start doing more than just voting, the "brownshirts" will be coming after people.
And the people like us will oppose them with whatever means necessary.
It'll then get ugly, real ugly."
Funny how so many Demo/Lib/Lefty jackwads talk all tough yet are ever the pussies. I emailed this asshole and agreed to his challenge, loser pays travel expenses for me to fly down and kick the shit out of him...er I mean, with the understanding that if he lost he would reimburse my travel expenses. Haven't heard back yet.