Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Caption Contest

Okay, let me start this one off:

Starsky and Shithead

Legends of the Fail

Go to it.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Interesting Times

There's said to be an old Chinese curse that goes something like this:

"May You Live In Interesting Times."

Things sure have been interesting for the past few weeks and our interest has certainly been peaked again by the recent events near Baengnyeong Island, controlled by South Korea. Reports are that a North Korean naval vessel torpedoed or otherwise sank a South Korean naval vessel with significant loss of life.

SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - A South Korean naval ship sank near the disputed maritime border with North Korea, killing some of the more than 100 crew on board, but officials played down suggestions that it may have been attacked by the North.

A defence ministry official later said that the unidentified object the vessel had fired at on Friday night near the western sea border that divides the two Koreas may well have been a flock of birds.

Initial fears that North Korea might be to blame caused ripples on Wall Street, where share prices dipped partly on geopolitical concerns, and the South Korean won dropped against the dollar.

"It is premature to discuss the cause of this sinking," presidential Blue House spokeswoman Kim Eun-hye told Reuters early on Saturday.

"It is not clear whether North Korea was involved."

[...]The defence ministry said 58 of the 104 on board had been rescued and Yonhap quoted navy officials as saying several had died.

"An unidentified reason caused a hole in the ship, which led to its sinking. Currently 58 have been rescued out of the total 104 on board. Rescue efforts are under way," the ministry said.

[...]The ship sank near the disputed Yellow Sea border off the west coast of the peninsula which was the scene of two deadly naval fights between the rival Koreas in the past decade.

Due to some unidentified reason, the ship sprung a big ass hole and rapidly sank, killing nearly half its crew. Did someone leave the ship's zipper open? We'd like to know.
In more unsettling developments, an excursion of Israeli tanks into Gaza was sparked by violent attacks initiated by Palestinians.

Israeli tanks advanced into the Gaza Strip on Friday after the worst clash with Palestinian fighters in 14 months killed two on each side, and Palestinian sources reported fresh casualties in the fighting.

They said five Israeli tanks and two armoured bulldozers advanced, firing, towards the town of Khan Younis in the centre of the narrow coastal enclave.

The Gaza-base militant group Popular Resistance Committees said one of its fighters was critically wounded by tank shelling east of the town. Palestinian sources reported Israeli helicopters and unmanned military drones in the skies.

And why are things getting so interesting?

My two cents worth: The United States is not only perceived as weak and ineffective under Obama, it is also seen as evil. The scum of the earth see Obama as a friend, an enabler. He shares the same goals as they do and through his inaction, tacitly approves of their goals.

North Korea is on the ropes economically. The maniac in charge needs to divert attention away from his failures. Obama is certainly not going to stop him.

The sinking comes as the impoverished North has become increasingly frustrated by its wealthy neighbour, which has given the cold-shoulder to recent attempts to reopen a lucrative tourist business on the northern side of the Cold War's last frontier.

It also coincides with mounting pressure on Pyongyang to end a more than one-year boycott of international talks to end its efforts to build a nuclear arsenal.

There has been widespread speculation that North Korea's iron ruler, Kim Jong-il, was about to visit China, his only significant ally and on which he has depended almost entirely for economic aid after a new conservative government in Seoul effectively ended years of free-flowing assistance.

So Kim Jong-il plays the slap-tickle-shoot the pickle routine and waits for his sugar daddy to hand him the keys to the T-Bird for the weekend and some walking money.

Within the past week, Gaza trailer park trash witnessed the big dis handed to the Israeli leadership by Biden (locally) and Obama (in Washington). The world knows that though the IDF is one of the world's most efficient and effective fighting forces; the big stick they wield is the support of the USA. Without that, the nation of Israel is vulnerable.

By the actions of this administration, an "Open Jooooo Season" sign has been posted on Israel's borders, courtesy of the US.

There have been several acknowledged reigns of relative peace imposed by strong nations: a Pax Romana for two hundred years (1st and 2nd centuries AD), the relatively short-lived Pax Britannica after the defeat of Napoleon, and a Pax Americana after World War II.

GOD has used the power of the United States to keep a lid on the world's tyrants for sixty years. Under a weak President, the pot is starting to boil again and the lid just may come off.


Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Monday, March 22, 2010

It Ain't Over

The events of the past few weeks have driven so many of us to distraction. I certainly am one of them. There is a tremendous post at Left Coast Rebel that reveals how Americans responded to a hated piece of national legislation.

[...]The year is 1854 and the issue dividing America was slavery. The abolition movement in America had been percolating since the country’s founding and pro-slavery politics had just proclaimed themselves the victors of the slavery battle with their legislative victory in the 1854 Nebraska-Kansas Act. With a single stroke of the presidential pen, Franklin Pierce had in effect declared slavery the law of the land. The bill opened up all US territories to accept backdoor slavery; the bill was to permanently weave slavery into the fabric of the electorate, never to be overturned.

Starting to sound familar? "Never to be overturned" is an echo of arrogance down through the ages. We heard it again just yesterday. It is a self-deluding utterance by men and woman who cannot conceive the consequences of their actions.

The Nebraska-Kansas Act was passed by a narrow margin in the house; 113 to 100. However, the implications were clear and the country would never be the same again. It all started with a dramatic ousting of the day’s blue dog democrats, aka the northern democrats:

Stephen Douglas was the Chairman of the Territories Committee who introduced the Nebraska-Kansas Act. He was also the Democratic candidate in the Presidential election of 1860. Remember who won that election?

No congressional member had so badly miscalculated the consequences of his actions as had Douglas. He believed that, besides getting a transcontinental railroad terminating in Chicago, he had removed the slavery issue from national life. By putting discussion of slavery in the hands of settlers and taking it away from members of Congress, Douglas believed, as did many others, that the national agitation over slavery's expansion would cease. This prediction was proven miserably wrong.

The Nebraska-Kansas Act was supposed to settle once and for all the issue of slavery, making it legal throughout the Union, or so Mr. Douglas and his supporters thought.

How's that hopey-change thing working out for ya Stephen?

The Nebraska-Kansas Act brought about the birth of the Republican Party from the ashes of the Whigs. The first Republican elected to the Presidency was Abrahma Lincoln.

The elections for the House of Representatives in 1854, 1856, 1858 and 1860 saw dramatic changes in the number of Democrats in Congress.

This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Long Time Coming

The American socialist/progressive/communist movement has been around for about 100 years. We are watching the the House vote on one of it's biggest attempts to impose government control on a huge portion of our economy. If this fails, they will not stop. If they succeed, they will grab for more.

Socialism is fueled by a world view that is diametrically opposed to Christocentric concepts regarding the human condition. Christianity holds that man was created in a perfect condition, sinned/fell from grace and because of sin requires a Redeemer to satisfy the righteous judgement of a Holy God. The problems of the human condition will disappear once sin is finally dealt with.

Socialism is an expression of humanism; humanism is a system of belief wherein Man does not need to be redeemed, he needs to be ruled. Once a perfect government is formed, then all the problems of the human condition will disappear.

Humanism is acknowledged by its adherents as a religion whose precepts are as follows :

FIRST: Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.

This is the first element of the socialist/humanist agenda against Christianity. This is one of the reasons why the Book of Genesis has been the object of so many attacks , The Genesis account is an affront against humanism and must be discredited. As the scientific method was bastardized to support AGW, the same was done to discredit the Genesis account of creation. Carbon 14 dating that fell short of the millions and millions of years needed to legitimatize evolution were simply ignored as errors.

SECOND: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.

This second element is the continuous process of evolution, the replacement for Genesis; the Book of Origins. Under Humanism, everything comes from nothing; a singularity perhaps but that's not important. What's important is that there is no God, there cannot be a God; there must not be a God.

THIRD: Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected.

Not so obvious - this element rejects the concept that man has a soul and spirit. Therefore there is no afterlife. Therefore there is no Authority that controls events after death.

FOURTH: Humanism recognizes that man's religious culture and civilization, as clearly depicted by anthropology and history, are the product of a gradual development due to his interaction with his natural environment and with his social heritage. The individual born into a particular culture is largely molded by that culture.

Also not as obvious - Humanism rejects the notion that God has established standards of conduct. Our laws therefore are nothing but a "gradual development" of his social environment that have no basis in Divine Origin. Therefore these laws can gradually, or suddenly, change into .... whatever pleases Man. Rape isn't rape unless it's rape-rape. Murder is not murder if it is abortion.

FIFTH: Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values. Obviously humanism does not deny the possibility of realities as yet undiscovered, but it does insist that the way to determine the existence and value of any and all realities is by means of intelligent inquiry and by the assessment of their relations to human needs. Religion must formulate its hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method.

There is no longer intrinsic value to anything including human life. All value to all things is ascribed by its assessment in relation to human needs. If we don't need you, then you have no value. Good-bye Grandma.

The free and unfettered expression of our religious beliefs must also be subjected to scientific examination. Instead of the Book of Revelations, we will be handed the Book of Scientific Negotiations. Except of course for AGW; that is a scientific belief based completely on faith and the potential profits to be made in carbon trading - thus AGW is sacrosanct.
SIXTH: We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of "new thought".

The Humanists have no decreed that the time has passed for tolerance. Only those belief systems that comply with the tenets of Humanism will be allowed. Perhaps this will also be the end of elevator music.

SEVENTH: Religion consists of those actions, purposes, and experiences which are humanly significant. Nothing human is alien to the religious. It includes labor, art, science, philosophy, love, friendship, recreation--all that is in its degree expressive of intelligently satisfying human living. The distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be maintained.

Element number seven is simple. All aspects of human life are now subject to the dictates of government.
EIGHTH: Religious Humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the end of man's life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now. This is the explanation of the humanist's social passion.
Social Passion - the government will develop and fulfill you. After all, Comrade Obama knows best.
NINTH: In the place of the old attitudes involved in worship and prayer the humanist finds his religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being.
Hence the social gospel. There is no place for original sin, only the sin of non-cooperation with the effort to promote social well-being, whatever the hell that might be today.
TENTH: It follows that there will be no uniquely religious emotions and attitudes of the kind hitherto associated with belief in the supernatural.
From now on, the only tingle you will be allowed is the "Chris Matthews Inner Thigh Spasm."

ELEVENTH: Man will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of their naturalness and probability. Reasonable and manly attitudes will be fostered by education and supported by custom. We assume that humanism will take the path of social and mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking.

Say good bye to prayer. I don't think that you'll go to prison or be fined for praying. But you just might find yourself in a psycho ward where you will be "treated" for prayer because that's the mental hygiene way of doing things.

TWELFTH: Believing that religion must work increasingly for joy in living, religious humanists aim to foster the creative in man and to encourage achievements that add to the satisfactions of life.

Prepare yourselves for more crucifixes reposing in beakers of piss. Somehow, somewhere, some pervert is satisfied by this.

THIRTEENTH: Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.

Look to see government agencies examining church services in order to bring them into conformance with with human fulfillment. If having sex with other men or a three year old boy brings you fulfillment, then the altar needs to be replaced with a mattress. After all, psychologists have already started to discount the effects of adults having sex with children.

FOURTEENTH: The humanists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate and that a radical change in methods, controls, and motives must be instituted. A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established to the end that the equitable distribution of the means of life be possible. The goal of humanism is a free and universal society in which people voluntarily and intelligently cooperate for the common good. Humanists demand a shared life in a shared world.

What's mine is mine and what's yours is mine. This has already been tried and it has been a resounding failure in every instance. But won't stop the progressives. Obamacare is just the latest episode, but Bush 41's RINO's also had a hand in this with the Medicare prescription give away. It is just a little disingenuous for the Republicans to climb on the Outrage Bandwagon now when they helped move the whole socialization of medical care in this Country.

FIFTEENTH: We assert that humanism will: (a) affirm life rather than deny it; (b) seek to elicit the possibilities of life, not flee from them; and (c) endeavor to establish the conditions of a satisfactory life for all, not merely for the few. By this positive morale and intention humanism will be guided, and from this perspective and alignment the techniques and efforts of humanism will flow.

What humanism will accomplish is the destruction of America as we know it. And the only way for humanism to succeed is to insinuate itself into the very fabric of government.

So pray for America. We spit and sputter in fury on conservative websites, but the final disposition of these events have been, and always will be, in God's hands.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Box Seats!

I scored two tickets to a performance of the Syracuse Symphony tonight. One of my supervisors couldn't make it and gave me his box seats. Box seats! Sweet. Me and the Mrs. had a freebie night out.

The first two pieces were so-so: Rounds for Strings by David Diamond (tedius), Percussion Concerto by Jennifer Higdon (sounded like really noisy menstrual cramps) and after the intermission, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 (awesome!).

For a city the size of Syracuse it is unusual to have a symphony orchestra as good as the one we have. We are really blessed.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

R.I.P. Fess Parker

Actor Fess Parker is dead at the age of 85.
I loved this guy, all 6'6" of him, when I was a kid.

Don't tell me childhood heroes aren't important -
when I was six I thought Davy Crockett was still alive.
Some mean, older kid down the block told me Davy was coming to visit me.
I believed it ... and I still remember the disappointment 55 years later.

Davy Crockett is dead.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How To Fill Out Your Census Form


I have had it with these assholes.

Men Of Honor

Found this wonderful comparison at OpiniPundit -- it's so true...
The US Military is just about the only American institution that can be trusted anymore.

Al-BamaCare: From Rule Of Law To Imperial Fiat

Obama loves his czars. He loves them so much that he will soon emulate the czar's method of governance. The Czar's ruled by issuing orders called ukase.

From the Merriam-Webster on line dictionary:

Main Entry: ukase
Pronunciation: \yü-ˈkās, -ˈkāz, ˈyü-ˌ; ü-ˈkäz\
Function: noun
Etymology: French & Russian; French, from Russian ukaz, from ukazat' - to show, order; akin to Old Church Slavic u- away, Latin au-, Sanskrit ava- and to Old Church Slavic kazati - to show

Date: 1729
1 : a proclamation by a Russian emperor or government having the force
of law
2 : edict

This is what Pelosi, Reid, Barack Hussein Al-Bama and the entire traitorous pack of democrats have done to the legislative process. Detailed in Article I, the Framers of the Constitution told us how this process must be conducted.

By approving the Senate bill without actually voting on it, Constitutional safeguards put in place so long ago are willfully ignored.

Instead, Democrats will vote for a bill that states that the original Senate health care bill is “deemed passed.”

There is no actual vote on health care as stipulated in our Constitution.

Once this happens, we are no longer a Constitutional Republic.

Anything goes after this.

This is interesting.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Advances In Science - The Pelosi Particle

Heaviest Element Yet Known to Science Discovered

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has now identified with certainty the heaviest element known to science.

The new element, Pelosium (PL), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Pelosium is inert, and has no charge and no magnetism. Nevertheless, it can be detected because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.

A tiny amount of Pelosium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.

Pelosium has a normal half-life of 2 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a biennial reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

Pelosium mass will increase over time, since each reorganization will promote many morons to become isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Pelosium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.

This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Pelosium becomes Senatorium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Pelosium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

A big H/T to Charlie The ChiTown Cop.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Poor Man's Botox

NEWARK -- Six city women seeking backside enhancements have been hospitalized in the last two months after getting injected with mixtures of hardware-grade caulk, silicone and petroleum jelly, according to a report in the New York Post.

The New Jersey Department of Health reported the incidents, and hospital officials said the injections all happened in hotels around the Newark area, the paper reported. The women were all from the Dominican Republic. No one has been charged.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Health also reports that the six woman now have backsides that are completely waterproofed and weather sealed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere But You Can't Have A Drink

England's public health care at it's finest.
A man dies - DIES - from thirst.
Surrounded, surrounded mind you, by public service doctors and nurses.

A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital.

Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help.

They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control.

The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours.

She said nurses had failed to give him vital drugs which controlled fluid levels in his body. 'He was totally dependent on the nurses to help him and they totally betrayed him.'

He was denied critical care in a teaching hospital - of course they must be teaching public health care - AKA ObamaCare. Private health care is taught in other countries like the US. At least for a little while longer.

There is another description of the care this young man received:

"A person acts with criminal negligence with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense when he fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such result will occur or that such circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation."

Unfortunately for young Mr. Gorny, reasonable people were not involved with his care; incompetent, useless assholes were. Public health care at its finest.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command are investigating the death of Kane Gorny at St George's Hospital after this was referred to us by Westminster Coroner's Court.'

A spokesman for St George's Hospital said: 'We are extremely sorry about the death of Kane Gorny and understand the distress that this has caused to his family.

'A full investigation was carried out and new procedures introduced to ensure that
such a case cannot happen in future.

'We have written to the family to explain the actions that have been taken and to answer their concerns about Mr Gorny's care. The family has also been invited to meet with trust staff to discuss the case in detail.'

The tragedy emerged a week after a report into hundreds of deaths at Stafford Hospital revealed the appalling quality of care given by many of the nurses.

Why is gross incompetence called a tragedy? Call it what it is, unconscionable negligence.
New procedures? How about new indictments? What kind of hellish old procedures were in effect when this young man died? What a crock of shit!

And then the grieving family is treated to the usual remedy offered by a government who cares not a farthing about their citizens. Public service unions make it impossible to get rid of dead wood who in turn produce dead patients.

The same sense of entitlement that permeates the welfare system has penetrated the health care system. Nurses are more interested in their perks and petty grievances than in providing decent care. Staff are not paid for being competent, they are paid for showing up. And as the bodies are carted out of the wards, the only ones paying attention to the carnage are the relatives.

This week a task force called on nurses to sign a public pledge that they will treat everyone with compassion and dignity.

A task force. What a useless, typically liberal response to a criminal act. I'd prefer competence over compassion any day of the week. Public service doctors and nurses will stand around with fake pity and compassion in their eyes while you slowly die from neglect.
And keep this in mind, the UK's National Health Service is the largest employer in the UK. It is also one of the largest employers in the world. One out of every twenty-three people who work in the UK do so for the NHS.

A total of 1,282,900 people in England have jobs with the NHS: 2 per cent of the 30 million people of working age.

Only the Chinese Army and the Indian State Railways are believed to employ more people — with 2.3 million and 1.5 million staff respectively — but both workforces represent a far smaller proportion of the national populationsJustify Full.

All that incompetence stuffed in such an itty-bitty island.

John Reid, the Health Secretary, said he was delighted with the growth, but added that he was aware that more action was needed to tackle existing staff shortages.

And they're not done yet.