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December 29, 2007

Backward Song

This guy really did a great job with this song. Halfway through he plays the video backwards so you can hear what song he sang. See if you can figure it out.

December 26, 2007

Tis the Season

Well, the glitter of commercialism has all but left us this year, and as I stand around looking at the recycle bin overflowing with cardboard and paper, I am glad that I won't have to hear non-stop Christmas songs anymore where I work. I could put up with it a little better I suppose if they didn't start playing the day after Thanksgiving. I work 2 retail jobs (at the moment) so I get it all day everyday.

But at least I was home for the holidays instead of punching holes in the ocean or standing topside on a submarine freezing my ass off. No amount of holiday commercialism or family drama can ever compare to the last 20 years of missing the special events in family life.

I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year and to thank all of you for dropping by all these years. I am sorry I don't have the time to visit all of your sites anymore to post but I do occasionally drop by for a read.

And for the love of God, I am so happy I don't have to read "Mele Kalikimaka" anymore!

I do want to share something that I found in my mailbox today from an anonymous poster spamming an Islam vs. Christianity website. Here is the post:
Jesus? - Did He Really Die on the Cross? (Evidence says, NO!.)
Bible - Is It the Word of God? (Experts say, NO!.)
Trinity- Did Jesus or anyone teach this? (Bible says, NO!.)
"Only Begotten Son of God"? Was this Jesus? (Bible, says - NO!).
Are children born in original sin? (Bible says, "Yes!" - but Jesus says, "NO!")

All this & more - internets site to compare Ä°slam & Christianity:
http://bibleislam.com


Well, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to toss my beliefs because some "experts" have disproved the entire Old and New Testaments!

/wrists

Like all chickenshit Muslims who suicide bomb to get their point across, this poster couldn't even use a login to post. That doesn't lend much credibility to your cause if you are too embarrassed to give a real name or at least a bogus email address to post on. I was always interested in listening to people bash my religion because I fall back on faith to ease the uncertainty of a lot of events that took place in the Bible. These people bash me because they think faith is a scape goat yet they can't really give definite proof to the contrary and place the burden of proof on me, and other Christians, that what the Bible says is true. Funny, why do I have to defend my faith to someone who is attacking me on my beliefs and use science or definite or varying degrees of "proof"?

That's why they call it a "belief" system. If these people are too uncomfortable in their ambiguity of religion then that isn't my fault. It is not my responsibility to engage my belief system in a series of tests based on man's limited perception of divine power. I think these people just want someone to find out the answers for them and to ease the unknown. Or, they are just a bunch of assholes who don't like religion, or MY religion for one reason or another.

Peace.

December 3, 2007

Another one bites the dust

You know the old saying, "So many assholes, so little time"? If you just wait long enough they eventually get theirs. It took a while but Saddam finally got what he deserved. Rosie was snuffed out. The list is long but distinguished and my fingers would get numb listing all the assholes who get the message from the people on the streets that they are fed up.

Hugo Chavez lost the votes needed to (basically) change the Venezuelan constitution, and because of some much needed political reform, will not be able to run in 2012. He tried to play it off, like most losers do (despite the rioting and horn honking in the streets) , and I'm surprised he didn't pull a Kerry and drag out the recount process. It was a slim victory - 51 to 49%. But still, a victory is a victory and the people of Venezuela deserve better than an OPEC shyster trying to gain unlimited power. The Venezuelans dodged a bullet today, a bullet that needs to go north a bit to Cuba.

The only thing left for Chavez to do now is run to Sheehan for his comfort blowjob.

Yep, this guy is a real upstanding guy- just look at all his useful idiots.







December 1, 2007

Merry Christmas

I thought this was cleverly written and in my laziness decided to post it instead of something original. Who has time to think anymore???


Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police
had taken away,
The reason for Christmas -
no one could say.

The children were told
by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men
and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings,
the teachers would say
December 25th
is just a ' Holiday '.

Yet the shoppers were ready
with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down
to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna,
an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing,
something quite odd!

Retailers promoted
Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by
Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging
their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas -
was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples
and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas;
it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive,
Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used
to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden,
Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather,
on Kerry, on Clinton !

At the top of the Senate,
there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus,
in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word,
as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak
of salvation and grace.

The true Gift of Christmas
was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season,
stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break'
under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks,
listen to me.

Choose your words carefully,
choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,
not Happy Holiday!

November 8, 2007

Kramer, Imus, Gibson, and now Dog

I have blogged about Duane "Dog" Chapman for some time now. Dog works and lives in Hawaii, when he is not running down to Mexico to round up drug dealing rapists, but it seems the island paradise can't quell an occasional eruption of stupidity.

Dog has apologized for using the "N" word in a private conversation with his jackass son, Tucker Chapman (who you never see on his show), who was also taping the conversation with his father. I think Tucker was in jail or out on parole? A real upstanding kid.

So after getting busted using the word nigger, Dog did what any prominent movie/television star does- found either Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton and began kissing his ass. But I guess it worked because now Dog has become mega-superhero culturally sensitive now and just really didn't know "what that word meant to black people". Huh? Well, I'm glad Brother Sharpton was able to set Dog straight on the use of the word nigger, especially since Sharpton has a long history with the word, his cultural history notwithstanding. Here is nice little rap Sharpton performed with his running mate Barak Obama. There are a few key words in the rap (honkey, nigger) that not one person made a stink about and called for Sharpton to kiss, let's say, David Duke's ass. Oh yeah, for some reason it is ok for African Americans to use the word nigger because somehow it isn't culturally offensive to them or perpetuate racism or stereotypes. My bad.

So, pucker up Dog, and join the ranks of those who were caught in the act of being stupid.

I have had a few comments on earlier posts about Dog that basically say, "He is a racist. How can you support that man?". Okay, he slipped and used the "N" word- does that mean we need to open the cell doors of all the drug dealers, pimps, murderers, rapists, and bail jumping thugs Dog has ever caught?

"But he uses the 'N' word and then on his show professes to be all about Jesus"

Yeah, there does seem to be a conflict of interest there, doesn't it? Kind of like "Stripping for Jesus!" But I'm not here to question Dog's faith; humans make mistakes from time to time and it is damn hard to talk the talk then walk the walk 365/24/7. His moral code may be out of alignment in a few areas but I still like what he does for a living. I hope A&E brings his show back.

Once again, the South Park do it right and show a clip of Stan's father "apologizing" to Jesse Jackson after he said the word "niggers" on the Wheel of Fortune. The puzzle was labeled, People who annoy you, and it looked like this next to Vanna:

N _ G G E R S

Of course the word was NAGGERS. Metaphorically speaking, this clip is exactly what I picture Richards, Imus, and now Dog doing. This clip has been modified to show Don Imus' head, but you'll get the picture. I couldn't find a decent clip showing the Wheel of Fortune part. Freakin hilarious.

October 31, 2007

Iran is reeeally starting to piss me off

I have taken a serious hiatus from the political blogging, mainly because I have been extremely busy with the new move, new job, etc., but also because it is a pain in the ass to follow and comment on. My previous job allowed me the opportunity to research and write consistently because I was very a short timer and nobody expected me to participate in the Navy's daily bullshit.

But I did visit some of my daily reads and find that there is still a lot of tension in Iran, Iraq, Afghani--- well, pretty much everywhere over there. And jack shit is being done about it. Still.

Bush insists that a nuclear-armed Iran will lead to three-peat World War and, as much as he has bumbled things up through his last 2 terms, I am inclined to agree with my former boss on this issue. I wholeheartedly believe that Iran would (will?) use their nukes on Israel. Why wouldn't they? Ahmadinejad has made threats to do so in the past. He is not joking around when he tells the U.S. that he will retailiate if attacked. He wants the old school of Islam to ring true throughout the world and would probably ignite a WWIII to fulfill prophecy. But as pissed off as I get with that guy there is something about him, a sort of Anti-Christ attribute in that when I look at him I think, "Dammit, that's a good looking dude. Too bad he is fucked in the head". I am in no way challenging my sexuality but this guy has a look that people would respond to and follow whatever he said, and not just the fanatical assholes in Iran, but normal people. Kind of like Bill Clinton's look in a way. Clinton came on the scene and ran against Bob Dole. If I hadn't known how crooked Clinton was (is) back then I would have voted for him just on his looks and smooth talk. Anyway, sorry for tangent.

Some U.S. officials say that Iran's nuke program is still a few years away and that the immediate threat is
that in addition to much-publicized explosively formed projectiles -- roadside bombs that can penetrate armored vehicles -- Iran is supplying rocket-propelled grenades, shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles and large rocket launchers [to Iraq]
So, while the "Slick Willy" of Iran maintains a position as a 'hands-off' kind of guy in the Middle East, his fingerprints are all over the receipts of those weapons.

And we are thinking about bombing their nucular(sic) facilities? Are you fucking kidding me? If we were to do that I think that Iran would definitely invade somewhere along the 900-mile Iran/Iraq border and more Americans would die. If we weren't already stretched so thin over there I would be all for it. Bomb that asshole and let's take care of some business. I'm tired of paying more than $3 for a gallon gas. But, and this is a big fat Oprah "but", I think we need to sanction the shit out of them. And I mean really sanction them- not a half assed North-Korea-Kim-Jong-Il-is-throwing-another-shitfit sanction. Iran, much like Hawaii, only has one marketable resource. Hawaii has tourism as its lifeblood cash crop and Iran has its oil. Cut the lifeblood off and the area will dry up like Paris Hilton's crotch on a night vision gangbang video. Of course it will take a few years for Iran to use up its cash reserves from the previous decades' worth of oil sales, but nothing is easy and we are in this for the long run! Castles took months of sieging before they fell and Iran is no different. Maybe a tough sanction would at least keep guns from crossing Iran's border.

But who knows. It is a Mexican standoff of epic proportion and all I can do anymore is wait for Google to update its news feeds.

October 19, 2007

Luck favores the prepared... sometimes it favors the unprepared

A few months ago I posted a short blurb about my brother-in-law Michael who was in a serious car accident. To divulge the whole story is too emotional, especially since I have family that read my blog, but a condensed version must be told so that you can truly appreciate the gravity of the photos below.

The short story is that Michael, his best friend and roommate, and their girlfriends were coming back home after a concert they attended. It was late (or early depending on how you look at it) and Michael was feeling tired so he asked his room mate to drive. Only 2 exits from home, the room mate fell asleep and the car veered off the road and slammed into a tree at about 70 mph. No drugs. No booze. He just fell asleep.

The driver and Michael's girlfriend escaped with only minor injuries, Michael suffered a myriad of broken bones and serious head trauma, the other passenger died from her injuries that night. All in all, a pretty shitty night.

Michael is recovering but the process is slow. He has had almost a dozen surgeries and it is painfully apparent that the head trauma has taken its toll on Michael. He needs constant care which his parents tried valiantly to provide at their home, but the extent of Michael's care was just too much of a demand. He is extremely lucky to be alive, especially since he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. His family is behind him 100% and each day is a testament that prayer works.

As with every family crisis there is a certain amount of drama but nothing which will be repeated here. Instead, here are the pictures of Michael's car. Keep in mind that he was in the front passenger seat.



October 18, 2007

URGENT MASSAGE FROM MR GEORGE KOUMA

Apparently, I have an massage 'massage' from a guy named George. Not one to be rude, and a big fan of the massage, I opened his email only to find out that he wants to give me 40% of $19.3M
How are you today? Hope all is well,I know that this letter may come to you as a surprise, but you need not to worry as i use this way to contact you it is due to is only means i can reach you confidentially as a foreign to seek for for your assistance in this matter.
Sounds like a nice guy to me. He went on to inform me that the people who the money belonged to died in a horrible plane accident. George has their unclaimed money in his bank and just needs someone to transfer it to in the United States. For my trouble I get to keep 40%. I don't know about you, but I was chomping at the bit to get started!
For the success of this transaction, i will like you to apply to bank and act as the only existing NEXT-OF-KIN to the deceased which our bank will replace the deceased account information through proper documentation in position of your own account.This transaction is risk-free,it will never harm your good reputation in your society because no one can trace the account, and on the instant of the transfer of the fund into your account, the chapter of this transaction will be closed entirely.

Note that in a business of this nature, the bank don't want to know your difference between the deceased country, religion or believe because our bank inheritance law is against that. So, it is a preference for us achieve this success without any problem.
So all I have to do is pose as the next-of-kin of these two people and BAM!, I get their money? How great is that?!! I guess banking laws overseas are a little different than in the United States. I think that falls under the guise of fraud- but who am I to question George? He looks like he has his shit together, right?
If you are interested in this transaction ,you are to go ahead and reply this mail immediately with the following information so that I will let you know the next step to follow immediately in order to finalize this transaction in a period of time.

Your full name, address, phone and fax numbers, occupation, Your nationality and your photograph for more details and how to transfer the fund into you bank account.

I am expecting your reply soonext so that we can procceed
Wow, that's all he needs to get started? I couldn't hit the reply button fast enough. I will go ahead and share this information with both of my loyal readers:
-------------------------------------

Mr. George,

Here is the information you requested:

Buster Hymen
2756 Sunrise Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

916-361-3888

Occupation: Cock model

Nationality: Mongoloid

I want to get started right away! I am tired of selling parts of my body to make ends meet. I sure could use 40% of that money.

Aloha,

Buster
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Now, just in case, for some cosmically remote chance that this is a fraud, I sent him an address to a Home Depot in Rancho Cordova, CA. The phone number is to a Vietnamese restaurant in Sacramento. In no time at all, Mr George sent a reply:
I received your mail and thanks so much for receiving your information and i am still waiting for your picture in your next mail for me to know whom i am dealing with very well anyway from your mail and your explanations proof that you are trust wordy to do this transaction with and that is what gives me more courage to give you the information to apply to bank immediately for the claim of the fund.
Despite the grossly disengaging run-on sentence, I feel like George and I have connected- he called me "friend"! So all I have to do now is send the claim letter he sent me to the bank.
Send it to the bank with this bank Email address:afdbf@staff-afdb.org and forward copy you send to the bank to me immediately you have done that so that I can keep record of that is going on at the same time and I will also like you to give me a call on +22676068005 so that we will discuss further.
I feel really good about this because George makes this final statement in his email:
Note what ever massage you receive from the bank just forward it to me first before you reply so that i will give you directives for us not to make mistake of any kind please.
Hear that? No mistakes! This guy is thorough.

He asked me again for my picture so I found a decent one to send. It is a very muscular gay man whom I have never met but downloaded his picture from freegaypics.com. I'm sure the gentleman won't mind if I send it to George. After all, if I can pretend to be the relative of a dead person to get part of their money, then why can't I pretend to be a huge gay man holding my penis in my hand as if I were masturbating??

Well, guess I better get cracking on that claim letter! I can't wait for that money and my massage!

October 12, 2007

First CA DMV experience

Today was quite a day as I had my first encounter with the CA DMV. As a matter of policy, all newly registered out of state vehicles must have an inspection to verify the VIN. So, in the 50 degree rainy weather, I drove my bike (spoiled by Hawaii weather) about 20 miles to the local DMV. I have to say that despite the rain, this was the most comfortable ride I have had in a long time. I didn't get cutoff once- something that would infuriate me on Hawaii roads.

I was surprised at the efficiency of this DMV, perhaps a fluke of nature, but my time was extended becasue the first inspector (key word, 'first') neglected to write down my engine number even though I pointed it out to her. In her defense, we were chit chatting a bit about the meaning of the word dork and how she thought it to mean the penis of a whale. SHe apologized for the comment after she said it but I told her I was an ex-submariner and that her comment was hardly worth apologize for.

However she did jack up my inspection so I had to wait for another guy to do it. I had to move my bike twice because of the rain and I was getting annoyed at the fact that I had to bring my title so that the State of CA can issue me a new title with their state info on it. WTF.

A few people asked me for my smog check but I informed them that motorcycles are exempt. I was starting to get worried but after about 2 hours (and that was WITH an appointment) I walked out with my new tags and license plate. Not too bad I suppose- a hell of a lot better than an initial registration at HI DMV.

One interesting comment the first woman made after inspecting my bike took me by surprise. I made the comment about having the bike inspected before I came out here so that it would still be legal but then she informed me that after 20 days all vehicles must be tagged regardless of the out of state tag. This is in direct conflict with what my wife told me and after I told the inspector I might finally have a one-up on my wife, she told me to forget trying to slam my wife, just tell her she has to swallow tonight.

A little unprofessional perhaps, but I assume she just felt comfortable around this old sailor and let it slip. I think I might still take her advice...

September 28, 2007

I'm thinking Arbys...

I just now ate, in its entirety, an Arbys Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich. I emptied a packet of BBQ sauce and a packet of Horsey sauce onto the gooey cheese inside.

I am having second thoughts about declining the take-home angioplasty kit as I am now phlegmy and coughing like the Playboy editors after reading the "I'm ready to show my tits for money now that my career is washed up. Have you seen Dana Plato around?" letter from Britney Spears.

I expect a massive coronary within the hour. But damn, that thing was good.






You're just one step away, Britney....

September 21, 2007

Something you won't hear on MSM, Daily Show, etc.

I get a lot of emails from my grandfather that deal with forwarded stories, most are the "Soup for the Soul" stuff and things I have to reply back to him that didn't really happen or that is an urban legend etc.

But today I got something from him that was really cool, and unfortunately, you will never see on television. I thought it was an urban legend but it checked out- it is the sentencing of the shoe bomber- remember that asshat? He made a bomb in his show and was going to blow up an airplane in December of 2001. He got donkey punched by some passengers as he tried to light it.

U.S. District Court Judge William Young did make the following statement during the sentencing of convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid in Boston on January 30, 2003.The judge's remarks followed a belligerent and unapologetic statement by Reid accusing the United States of sponsoring the torture of Muslims in Arab countries, "I'm an enemy of your country," he told the court.

I challenge you to find any mention of it on MSM TV.
January 30, 2003 United States vs. Reid. Judge Young: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General.

On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other. That's 80 years.

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.

The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.

The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statues. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.

We are not afraid of any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.

Here in this court , where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice, you are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow. But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense Trooper Santigo had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and he said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.

What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing. And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.

It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their, their representation of you before other judges. We are about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden, pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.

The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag stands for freedom. You know it always will.

Custody Mr. Officer. Stand him down.

September 17, 2007

The Great Job Hunt continues...

As elusive as a competent employee at Pearl Harbor Personnel Detachment, finding a job proves to be just as difficult in this new place I've settled down in as a newly retired Sailor. In short, the Sacramento area sucks yak balls. Well, at least for finding a job as a Training Specialist.

I've resorted to pulling out the electronics resumes, although I swore I would never pursue it since I didn't particularly enjoy it while I was in the Navy. But, when you are squeezing the toothpaste tube with vice grips, digging for loose change for gas money, and shopping at the 99 cent store out of necessity then you gotta do what you gotta do.

I don't know how you damn civilians do it.

It is amazing how much I relied and took for granted my military paycheck, no matter how meager it was at times, to arrive on the 1st and 15th of every month. Ahh, the good old days! I can honestly say that I have never prayed harder and longer in my life and to give credit where it's due- things have been tight but everyone is eating and everyone is healthy.

So enough about my drama. I have to share this email I received in my job hunt account. I have become very wary of scams and this one just cracked me up. It has been nice to get the sporadic comments from my readers and I really appreciate the encouragement. Hopefully I can get back to my somewhat regular routine of posting, but I doubt I will ever have the slack schedule I enjoyed while on my twilight tour as an instructor.

Cheers.

The broken English in this scam email was a great sidetrack to a shitty day.
-------------------------------------------------

Hope you have a good day. You disturbed by the company " E-exchange
Finland "
We are looking for the work US resident and living in the USA.
We can give you earnings from 2k $ in a month and more, the part-time
work.
If you have interest in our offer, contact us by e-mail:
Tehaika@exchange-finland.com

Our agent reply to you in short time and will give you all details
concern our offer.

With the best regards " E-exchange Finland ".

August 5, 2007

Checking in

It has been a while since my last post and so much has happened; I just wanted to provide a quick update to both my readers to assure them I am still alive.

I retired from the Navy on July 20 (pictures coming soon), headed out to California to live and am waiting on both job interviews and for confirmation from my future landlord that I am not a psychopathic wierdo who will destroy her house during my rental.

I must say that the one thing that has made me happy in the last few weeks of being in CA is the driving. First, I am able to actually drive for an hour and make some good time. Hawaii has the slowest, most inattentive drivers I have ever seen (cleverly disguised as Aloha Spirit) and it is such a thrill to drive with people who know how to merge into highway traffic, understand how to let people in, use thier blinkers to change lanes or turn, and use the lanes properly for the speed they are driving. Some things in paradise just aren't the worth the hassle.

I am digging this retirement thing...

July 11, 2007

The pure evil that is Al-Qaeda; Media turns its head

This piece was lifted from Mike Lief's blog who brought attention to an article by Victor Davis Hanson. Nary will you ever hear about this on any main stream media outlet. I am so speechless and distraught that I cannot even comment on the substance of the article right now.

For all of the delusional people who think we can sit down and negotiate with these Islamic extremists, please punch yourself in the face.

Greek mythology often encapsulated an entire culture's worst fears and depravities-and over centuries of story-telling became ever more complex and layered and bizarre.

But what is strange about reading Michael Yon's graphic descriptions from Iraq is that al Qaeda (or its kindred) seems almost in a single generation to be outdoing a millennium of savagery present in Greek history and myth. You have to go to Thucydides's Mycalessus to find a parallel of wiping out even the animals of a small village.

On Friday, Yon reported that al Qaeda served up a son for dinner to his own family— a barbarism reminiscent of Atreus (hence the "curse" on the House of Atreus) cooking (sans feet and hands) and then serving his twin brother's sons to their unsuspecting father Thyestes. So Yon reports a revolting modern-day Thysestean feast:

The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11-years-old.

As LT David Wallach interpreted the man's words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment.

I asked Wallach, "What did he say?" Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.


What is striking about all this savagery—whether with the filmed beheadings of Westerners in Iraq to the recent flaming Johnny Storm human torch at Glasgow, screaming epithets as he sought to engulf bystanders and ignite his canisters — is the absolute silence of the West, either distracted by Paris and i-Phones or suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome and obsessed with Guantanamo.

It is hard to recall an enemy so savage and yet one so largely ignored by rich affluent and distracted elites as the radical jihadists, as we have to evoke everything from mythology to comic books to find analogies to their extra-human viciousness.

For a self-congratulatory culture issuing moral lectures on everything from global warming to the dangers of smoking, the silence of the West toward the primordial horror from Gaza to Anbar is, well, horrific in its own way as well...

July 7, 2007

Starbucks Wisdom #267*

Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, top speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.

- Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain




**Dedicated to my brother-in-law, Michael, who has been in the hospital for a month after a serious car accident, and who only recently opened his eyes for the first time. Maybe we should pipe in some 50 cent... if that isn't enough motivation to get out of that hospital then nothing is.

July 6, 2007

Why Presidents Lie

I read this piece in The Atlantic and have wanted to blog it for a few weeks. It is entitled Untruth and Consequences by Carl M. Cannon. The first line is an eye grabber: "From Washington to FDR to Nixon, presidents have always lied. Here’s what makes George Bush different." With all the rhetoric about WMD’s, quagmires, 9/11 conspiracies, Guantanamo, etc. floating around, this article was just begging to be read.

The article starts out with lies told by FDR’s aids about his health. He was in poor shape but with Allies getting ready to kick some ass in Europe and the Navy bouncing around in the Pacific it seemed prudent to lie to America about how many hours the President actually worked- at most 4 hours and day, sometimes as little as 1. Roosevelt’s cardiologist described FDR’s condition as "god-awful"- hypertension, hypertensive heart disease, cardiac failure, and acute bronchitis all on the chart. But it would have been disastrous for the war effort to reveal the serious condition of the President.

Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton, had this to say about why presidents lie.
Presidents lie for all kinds of reasons. Richard Nixon lied because he was trying to save is presidency, which was imperiled by his misdeeds. [FDR] misled the country over things like Lend-Lease in order to advance a policy he thought would save the world, but which he knew would be difficult to sell politically. Honesty doesn’t necessarily make for an effective presidency… what the public has to judge is whether [presidents] are lying for the good of the country- or for their own good.

"Bush lies!" has been a mantric phrase for so long that I no longer pay it much attention. But it seems that the phrase isn’t without merit and in keeping with the article’s premise it only seems fit to dive into why Bush’s second term has really taken a credibility nose dive. Although Bush’s predecessor repeatedly lied about his personal affairs (no pun intended), Bush has been accused of prevaricating for a much more serious reason, quite possibly the most serious thing a President can do in his term, the decision to take a nation to war.

Several Gallup polls over the years have focused on the Iraq war and have shown the waning support for Bush’s terse decision. By April 2005, the majority of Americans believed Bush about WMD’s (67%) but today 51% think that Bush deliberately lied about the WMDs.
Bush’s place in history will depend not on whether he lied to the American people- every president, arguably has, has succumbed to that temptation- but how he lied, what consequences his lying unleashed, and how he ultimately responded to them. Put bluntly, posterity will judge the current president not so much by whether he told the truth but by whether he recognized what the truth really was.

Catch phrases have emerged to describe the lies for presidential terms- plausible deniability, credibility gap, "What did the President know and when did he know it?"- as each President tried to attest to his own future truthfulness as he berated the current president for his lies. Ford quipped truth is "the glue that holds government together", Carter promised, "I will never tell a lie."

Campaign exaggerations abound with tales of truthfulness and promises of keeping American informed, even if it is bad news. But truth be told, we elect these clowns because they lie. Western Illinois University professor George Hopkins adds, "So the problem is not with them, it is with us. We should look in the mirror."

An anecdote in Cannon’s article tells of a story Reagan used to tell to validate his truthfulness, but the football story was an outright lie. He lied to show how honest he was?

So Bush has many books, blogs, and movies about how he has become the "prevaricator in chief" and his half truths are splattered all over the MSM. Are lies of omission worse than lies of commission? Cannon notes a few in particular to push the point:

- Bush accurately asserted the U.S. economy had gained 4.6 million jobs in the previous 2 ½ years but failed to mention it had lost 2.6 million in his first 2 ½ years. I have to give a shoulder shrug to this claim. It is all about marketing to me for these types of statements. Would he have been more accurate to say, "Since I have been president, the economy has gained 2 million jobs."?

- In March 2003 Bush stated, as a matter of fact, that he had assemble more countries together in the coalition against Iraq than his father did in 1991. In Fiasco, Ricks deconstructs this statement by pointing out that most of the countries that helped us were there but reluctant. The Navy has a term for this- compliance does not mean agreement. Ricks gives examples of the loosely knit coalition forces: Poles fought but resented being there, Italians wouldn’t get out of their vehicles, and the Japanese wouldn’t patrol at all. The Dutch had to guard the Japanese perimeters for them. But does this make Bush a liar?

- In June 2004, when asked about Ahmad Chalabi, Bush acted like he didn’t really know the guy, even though Chalabi, an Iraqi exile, had been a driving force for our decision to invade Iraq. "I haven’t had any extensive conversations with him." Talk about the big blow off. It is akin to Roosevelt’s speech writer, Sam Rosenman, telling the president to "Deny you were ever in Pittsburgh" if the campaign promises ever came up that FDR made to a crowd in Steel City in 1932.

Presidents rarely tell the truth during wartime and it seems the public can grant them those lies without fault (Vietnam seemed to be the tipping point though). A few days after Pearl Harbor, FDR told America we were in it up to our assholes and that he would keep everyone informed "every step of the way". But he couldn’t find it in his heart to tell Americans just how heavy our losses were in Pearl. Nowadays, the media is starting to question every little thing our president does that isn’t in his public Outlook folder. Remember the hissy fit the MSM had when Bush secretly flew to Iraq for a Thanksgiving Day morale boost for the troops? Not even Bush Senior knew about that trip.

But some Presidents do look back on their wartime decisions and think aloud in hindsight. Ike made public denials about Gary Powers’ failed U-2 spy plane run over Russian airspace in 1960, but after his term he admitted it was one of his biggest mistakes. "If I had to do it all over again, we would have kept our mouths shut" Interestingly, political journalist Eric Alterman theorizes that is was these lies that helped set in motion the Cold War and it was this loss of American credibility that helped the Cuban Missile Crisis gain momentum during JFK’s term. Our uncompromising stance during that era probably sparked Vietnam. But no matter how hard our stance appeared, JFK had missiles in Turkey just in case Khrushchev had any ideas of following through with putting missiles in Cuba.

Presidents have an awful time "resisting the short term gain a lie can afford them" and believe what they say even if what they are saying isn’t true. This is otherwise known as "exculpation", a good example being Bob Kerry’s concealed adoration of Bill Clinton being 'an unusually good liar'. Mike Deaver, in his book My 30 years with Ronal Reagan, writes, "Throughout the entire Iran-Contra affair, Reagan believed what he did was right and that he was telling the truth to the American people."

Which brings us to Bush. Does he believe what he is saying is true, even if it might not be? Stephen Colbert coined the term ‘truthiness’ and Cannon seeks to find out if even Bush’s toughest critics can concede on a few postulates:
a) That Bush considers himself a truth teller.
b) That although statements made by Bush as president have proven to be untrue, Bush generally believed they were true at the time.
c) That even when Bush’s words have been at odds with the facts, you could hook him up to a polygraph machine; he’d still tell you he was telling the truth- and he’d pass.

Cannon asks of his long time acquaintance and author of The Lies of George W. Bush, David Corn, what he thinks about a, b, and c. Corn didn’t really ‘quarrel’ with Cannon’s postulates, and even though Corn’s book read like an "anti-Bush polemic", he still had a valid remark concerning the President’s veracity:
He doesn’t do any due diligence with the facts. Even if you believed something was true [at] the time you said it, it becomes a lie when you don’t act on new information- or correct yourself when you’ve been proven wrong.


Cannon offers 3 reasons about Bush’s behavior:
he is intellectually incurious or doesn’t care enough to get all the facts before making a decision; that his late-life embrace of religion has given him inner peace, but also a near-absolute level of certitude; and that his demand for total loyalty discourage the give-and-take a leader needs, because aids who proffer advice or information that doesn’t jibe with this administrations policy are not viewed as team players.


Cannon refutes the last claim with evidence of Ari Fleisher bitch slapping the President when Bush made the rash statement of "Bring it on!", and that it probably wouldn’t sit well with mothers who had sons in Iraq. But Cannon observes that Bush is consistently surprised by things that happen during the war that he has made and furthermore warns that there is a thin line between optimism and delusion.

From Bush;'s statements involving our missile defense system at the Beoing plant in 2004, to the assertion about his death row executions in Texas while running in 2000, to the prisoners at Gitmo, Bush seems to be surrounded by a thick layer of blasé optimism and downright denial. But what really gets under the skin of most people is not that Bush lied, but that he refuses to acknowledge or admit that he has lied, that this administration doesn’t have a plan B, or that hindsight and optimism are not strategies.

Cannon closes with a fact tempered in historical context- "posterity rewards success". Would FDR been hailed as a heroic war time president had D-Day failed or as someone whose deteriorating health deluded him with a successful campaign that would be fought on two fronts? Had Japan solidified a resolve based on their sense of honor and not surrendered, would Truman have been recounted in the history books as a butcher? If the huge stockpiles of WMD’s, whose sheer size would have to be immense to appease the naysayers, were found within 2 weeks of crossing into Iraq would Bush’s integrity be in question? "Consequences matter more than truths" and presidents will always hold to that because they do not want to be remembered throughout history as "The President who should’ve…"
While Kennedy may have lied to the public about why the Russians removed their missiles from Cuba, he knew the truth of the situation well enough to negotiate the compromise that led to their removal. Bush, on the other hand, seems unwilling to recognize that the reality of the situation in Iraq does not conform to his vision of it.

That is a little harsh, even for Cannon, to suggest that Bush sees Iraq through rose colored glasses. Even at the time of print, things were getting better in Iraq- the Red Zones were becoming smaller and that Bush’s vision of Iraq was actually starting to gel. The truth is obscured in Connor’s piece as Iraq is made out to be one big mistake that Bush will look back on with regret and that the history books will rewrite themselves no matter what happens in the Middle East.

Time will either be kind to Bush or it will be his greatest enemy.

July 5, 2007

Office email

Email is the lifeblood of my organization and contributes to both its success and its detriment. The basic command of the Engish language is something I take for granted especially after having this blog for so long and really having to pay attention to how I write. Posting on other blogs is also a challenge because I don't want to come off as an illiterate ass.

Here is a recent email from someone at my command. She is civilian, local, and, unfortunately, contributes to the negative stereotype that locals are stupid.

Hello all,

I have officially move office. I now in room 109 Supply Office. I can be reach at xxx-xxxx temporarily until my number is move. Thanks.

Vr,
I.
(name and number changed to protect the innocent)

July 3, 2007

Hey pot, you're black!

From Times Online:
President Bush today fuelled anger over his decision to spare Lewis “Scooter” Libby from jail by hinting that he could yet issue a full pardon for the ex-White House aide.
Who's angry? Mostly the Democrats. Because it is Bush.

How many people has Bush pardoned during his presidency as compared to his predecessor? He set a50-year record low
for pardons in Texas, granting only 19, including six convicts who proved their innocence.

As president, he's granted just 113 in just over six years — the stingiest record among the 11 presidents since the end of World War II.
If you will recall, Clinton pardoned 117 people on his LAST day as President. Here is the list of all 400 people who Clinton pardoned, under far more nefarious circumstances than Libby might get, just to put things in perspective. I wonder if we can look forward to more of these schenanigans if Hillary survives the polls.

July 2, 2007

This is al-Qaeda

Michael Yon is a 41 year old ex Green Beret who travels with the troops in Iraq. His stories lend incredible insight into the war on terror and the enemies true face- the face that you will not see on main stream media outlets or hear about from terrorist apologists. I have bookmarked Yon's site and read it everyday.

The following piece is his latest dispatch as he rode with the 5th division to an abandoned Iraqi village. It is very disturbing and Yon's narrative will put a knot in your stomach. He tells of a village that was brutalized by al-Qaeda. This is the true face of our enemy- the enemy of freedom, the enemy of life.

Bless the Beasts and the Children

June 25, 2007

A good week for Justice

Retarded Judge, Roy pearson, loses $54M dry cleaning lawsuit. At the very least, this jackass should be disbarred- a good horseshipping couldn't hurt either. I sent a letter to the D.A. of D.C. explaining this very position. Perhaps they will see things my way.

Also, a dumbass in Alaska, Joe Frederick, thought it would be cute to display a 'Bong Hits for Jesus' sign. He claims he wasn't promoting drugs and that he was just exercising his right of free speech and to get some attention as the Winter Olympic torch passed by his school. (This happened in January of 2002) School officials suspended the asshat but only after the court ruling barely passed by a 5-4 margin. I wonder how much flack he would have gotten had it been a 'Bong Hits for Muhammed' sign. Of course the ACLU jumped on Frederick's plight because after all, they don't hate religion- only Christianity. More distressing is that the issue revolved around promoting pot and little to do with using an image and disparaging slogan containing Jesus. The courts aren't that stupid.

June 19, 2007

Jimmy Carter: The best friend a terrorist could have

Carter blasts US policy on Palestinians

Can't this guy just die? Why is it that every loser and 'has been' with a initiative towards mediocrity sign up with the lowest common denominators of the human race? The sad part is that Carter has followers and they love his alignment with the terrorists and his attacks on the big bad U.S. of A.

June 17, 2007

Good day to be a Dad

Unlike my last post on the subject, this post is not depressing. I have been blessed with an awesome father and an equally awesome step-father whom I have never referred to by any other name that 'Dad'. Hell, even my father-in-law is cool. They have always been there with sage advice, a helping hand, and the occasional bill slipped into my hand on the down low.

I had a great day today. Being the father of 4 is a sobering experience when the phone calls and cards start rolling in. I get pampered with all my favorite foods and a day out is always on the agenda.

I had about 3 hours of WoW time with my boys then it was off to the beach. Bellows is always a great place to go- the sand is great, a good breeze is always blowing the salty air and pine scents around, and the waves are just high enough for the little ones to enjoy.

Enchiladas for dinner; my wife for desert (hopefully). It just doesn't get any better than this.

June 15, 2007

Just in time for Father's Day


Tyrone Vesperas, a Big Island resident, won't have much of a Father's Day this year. He will be spending it jail after killing his 14 year old son and his unborn child when he repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife in the abdomen. The teenager stepped in to save his mother and received a stab wound to his jugular. But he didn't die right away- this brave kid was able to call 911 and basically tell on his father. The police arrived at the house at 11 a.m., after the father hung up on the 911 operator, but the boy was already dead. Interestingly, he wasn't pronounced dead until after 5 p.m. Was the cornoner on a lunch break? Ironically, the family lived on Paradise Drive.

The stabbing happened last month and charges were finally filed against this human detritus yesterday. The punishment he deserves is far more severe than what the liberal judges in this panty-waste state will order. Since Hawaii law doesn't consider an unborn child a person there will probably only be one death tried in his case. Judging by this douchebag's mug shot, he looks as about remorsefull as the Unabomber. He served 12 months in Iraq in the National Guard and I suspect that this will come up in his defense- Bush derangment syndr-- err, post traumatic stress disorder.

The boys name is Tyran Vesperas and his teacher had this to say about him:
He just excelled in everything he did," said Elaine Christian, in a phone interview from Hilo, "minded his own business, never got into trouble. He was what we called our bigger kids. He was our gentle giant


You can rest in peace, Tyran, knowing that your father will probably get shanked while in prison (before a brutal ass raping) and then receive a daily ass reaming with a pineapple while he burns in Hell.

June 11, 2007

Hilton an embarassment for all women


Yes, cry for me. Your tears taste so sweet- especially after this magnificent pledge made on television the night before you were hauled off to jail for the first time.
"I did have a choice to go to a pay jail. But I declined because I feel like the media portrays me in a way that I'm not and that's why I wanted to go to county, to show that I can do it and I'm going to be treated like everyone else. I'm going to do the time, I'm going to do it the right way."

What's with all the tears? What happened to the 'strong independent whore' image we have have been force fed by every social news outlet that has nothing better to report on than Hilton's pathetic life?

Like most charlaton's, when the shit hits the fan, her true colors came out (from behind what little clothing she does wear to show off her underdeveloped body) and Hilton cried out for her mommy when the sheriff came to bring her back to jail.
It's not right!
Isn't it, though, princess? I hope all the young girls who look up to you (for some unkown reason) and the stupid-spoiled-whores in training will see precisely what happens when the money and the fame can longer shelter someone from the law. Hell, how about kharma?

Paris Hilton has dotted the eye of the feminist movement and the struggle to get men to think that women are good drivers, that women are intelligent, and that women can do something else except hang an 'Open For Business' sign over their crotch. She needs to take a cue from Anna Nichole Smith and put us out of our misery.

** UPDATE
It seems that after 3 days in jail Hilton has found religion, admits to Barbara Walters in a phone interview on Sunday of "act[ing] dumb", and vows "Now, I would like to make a difference. ... God has given me this new chance." Excuse me while I guffaw and not take any of this seriously. A 3-day stint in the slammer is not enough to convince me her life of Schadenfreude is going to be a thing of the past. I forsee he back to her old antics and swinging from dicks like Tarzan within a month of her release.

Dennis Miller on Harry Reid

Future definitions of the internet gaming subculture word 'PWNED' will no doubt reference this verbal bitch slap.

Watch it here at Hot Air.

June 8, 2007

Oldest Black Hole found

Astronomers at Mauna Kea's observatory found a black hole that is estimated to be 13 billion light-years away. That is an extremely incomprehesible distance to me, being the time it would take light, which travels at 186,000 miles per second, to travel from that black hole to our planet. 13 billion years- no warp drives there.

The significance of that time frame is that it is the estimated age of our universe is 13.7 billion years (not bad, nailing it down to 700 million years difference) and
"What we are seeing is very close to the beginning of the universe," said Christian Veillet, CFHT executive director. "We're seeing the universe when it was young."
This confuses me because a black hole is rightly named because no light can escape it gravitational pull.

For those of you not hip to the astronomy lingo, a black hole is the remains of star whose mass was so significant that the star collapsed in on itself. It collapsed to a point of singularity and the gravitational pull is so strong that it even warps space. Science fiction takes over at this point and allows all who can survive the spaghettification effect from entering the event horizon of the black hole (an effect where were you to unfortunate enough to fall into a black hole feet first, the gravitational pull at your feet would be 1 million times greater than at your head) would then be sent to another galaxy/parallel universe/Amber Arbucci's bedroom.

Of course not all stars have a violent metamorphosis. Most are content with living out the last few million years of their existence as a dwarf star or neutron star- a star significantly smaller than when it started but much more dense because it has collapsed. Some stars go out shooting like in an old Western. These stars supernova and explode like the Death Star after a torpedo makes its way into a small thermal exhause port no more than 2 meters wide.

Anything within striking distance of these supernova or black holes doesn't stand much of a change of survival. They either get sucked into oblivion or have thier surface temperatures raised by a few million degrees.

I won't even begin to explain the warping of space caused by a black hole because I need to read and reread Sagan to keep a firm grasp on the subject. Just watch the Disney movie The Black Hole.

13 billion years is a pretty good buffer from this cosmic nuisance although the nearest black hole is only 200 milion light years away. It has been widely regarded as loose fact that all galaxies have a massive black hole at their center. Considering we are on the fringe of our spiral galaxy we probably don't have much to worry about.

June 7, 2007

Addicting java

No, not another ode Starubucks, but rather a link to a site with a very addicting puzzle. The Navy email network is vast and carries terabytes of information (most of which is not even related to the Navy at all) to all DoD personnel. To escape from boredom or to take a "smoke break" things like this are passed around like Paris Hilton in a frat house.

The write up that came with this sounded like an urban legend- USAF pilots are required to do this hand-eye coordination puzzle for at least 2 minutes. Or what? They can't go to Iraq and bomb some backwards, 7th century mindset Muslim in Iraq?

Enjoy

June 6, 2007

Idiot Compassion = Bleeding Heart Lilberals

I really liked the message of this article and have posted it in its entirety- a bit of laziness on my part, but I think you will also appreciate the message.

Idiot Compassion
Ralph Alter
American Thinker

The term "bleeding-heart liberal" has been bandied about for years, in an effort to illustrate the faux or at least hyperbolic sense of compassion attributed to those on the left. The lefties in America and Europe would like to be known as those who care, unless you happen to be a Bible-following Christian, a conservative or a fetus.

The information age has facilitated the dissemination of all things cultural, spiritual and intellectual. One of the most important developments in the West has been the study and practice of Eastern religions and "ways." Zen Buddhism, for instance, is thought of by those who practice it, as a way rather than a religion. These religions and ways, particularly Buddhism, are thought of as the fonts of compassion. Buddhists are thought to be unwilling to harm even a mosquito. Hence the occasional story about a temple over-run with rats or monkeys because the attendant monks are unwilling to harm these creatures. They believe that the rodents or simians have as much right to their sacred spaces as any other being.

The most intriguing and brilliant analyst of the world history of spiritual practice and the melding of East and West today is undoubtedly Ken Wilber. Wilber`s insight into Buddhism in general and compassion in particular is unmatched in the West. ( Read A Brief History of Everything, for instance.) In One Taste, Wilber responds to a student's question about compassion with an illuminating view:

"[Most] confusion... in spiritual circles ....comes from confusing compassion with idiot compassion."

This term was first used by Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan Rinpoche who helped bring Buddhism to the West in the 70`s. Wilber continues:
"Idiot compassion" thinks it is being kind, but it's really being cruel. If you have an alcoholic friend and you know that one more drink might kill him, and yet he begs you for a drink, does real compassion say that you should give it to him? After all, to be kind you should give him what he wants, right? Giving him the drink would therefore show compassion, yes? No. Absolutely not.

"Real compassion includes wisdom and so it makes judgments of care and concern; it says some things are good, and some things are bad, and I will choose to act only on those things that are informed by wisdom and care."
Of course, here Wilber illuminates the missing ingredient in liberal "compassion." The world, viewed through the liberal's gray colored, politically-correct glasses, makes no discerning judgments, or at least incorrect ones. Hence, we get addle-brained protesters picketing to save the lives of serial killers on death row or human shields willing to give up their lives to protect suicide bomber cults and Islamic terrorists. Since all killing is bad, it must be bad to kill Islamic terrorists or convicted murderers. This idiot view, foregoes the greater good and lapses into solipsism.

The biographies of the Buddha reveal that in one of his early incarnations, he met a murderer of 1000's of men. Acting correctly and with compassion for all sentient beings, the Buddha's incarnation killed the murderer to prevent additional suffering. That is true compassion!

- The "compassionate" left would rather have us believe that the detainees at Guantanamo, the murderers and rapists in our prisons, the violent Palestinians and other Islamo-fascists are the rightful and primary objects of our care and concern.

- Idiot compassion invents Miranda rights to protect criminals from prosecution rather than allowing police powers to protect innocent citizens.

- Idiot compassion is so concerned with the rights of terrorists that it sabotages legitimate Patriot Act procedures designed to protect Americans from murderous organizations.

- Idiot compassion is so fearful that one innocent man might be imprisoned that it helps enact laws that insure freedom to thousands of certainly guilty ones, by disallowing evidence obtained against them.

- Idiot compassion is so deeply concerned with the feelings and freedom of young women, that it goes to great lengths to insure that these young women are allowed to destroy their unborn children, rather than endure the hardship of responsibility for their sexual conduct.

It's time we revealed this sham pretension of compassion for what it is: a reckless disregard for reason and judgment, disguised in the touchy-feely cover of political correctness. When you spot liberals pretending compassion under the guise of idiot compassion, out them!

True compassion offers help even for the idiots!


Ralph Alter is a real estate broker and student of Buddhism from Carmel, Indiana.

June 2, 2007

Study says soda causes premature aging.

But that isn't enough to scare me from opening another Mountain Dew, or as some refer to the Dew as 'Nectar of the gods'.

A study in the U.K. linked the DNA destroyer to good old sodium benzoate, found in such things as Dr. Pepper, Coke, and pickles. Basically, it robs the DNA of essential oxygen needed to effectively splice and reattach vital coding in the helix.

U.K. Professor Peter Piper of Sheffield University has this to say. Yeah I know, he does have a funny name.

"These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether," Piper said. "The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it — as happens in a number of diseased states — then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA—Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of aging."


I wonder if Jack Daniels has any anti-aging effects when mixed with Coke?

But Mother Nature does have a sense of humor. A Chilean black widow spider has been found to have a natural contraceptive- spermicide! The 7 year old study was based on some farmers who had super human boners after having been bitten by the spiders. Eat your heart out Spiderman- climb on walls or have the virility of an 18 year old. Tough call.

June 1, 2007

Suffer the little children

This is a graduation video, of sorts, of Palestinian children ready to give their lives for allah. What a shame that the highest aspirations Palestinian parents have for their children is to have their bodies blown apart. What a travesty that no children rights groups have stepped in. Passing out condoms in American schools has a higher priority I suppose.
There will be no peace until they love their children more than they hate us. - Golda Meir


May 31, 2007

Vader Sessions

Torn by good and evil and an incestuous love affair, a lonely and depraved Darth Vader has a nervous breakdown.

(Complete with James Earl Jones voiceovers)

Vader Sessions

May 30, 2007

Finally, Sheehan shuts the hell up

It has been almost 2 years since the second most popular Sheehan was shoved into our faces by every media network that could stand to make a buck off the anti-war tide. But it seems this tide, for Sheehan, is in ebb and she has decided to step down as the token loudmouth. Sheehan announced,
"I'm going home for awhile to try and be normal.
Good idea- 2 years of being abnormal tends to take its toll.



She has aged quite a bit in the last 2 years, divorced her husband of almost 30 years, has been arrested more times than a rapper, gussied up next to anti-American asshat Hugo Chavez (and other pitiful media whores), and parroted the anti-war rhetoric to the letter. The only thing she didn't do was burn the Flag. But why burn it when you can wipe your ass with it?

In a speech that she actually said her son's name enough to be noticeable, she said,
I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called `Face' of the American anti-war movement... I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of 'right or left', but 'right and wrong.
How sad that she still believes her son died in vain. How sad that a mother's love for her son turned into a psychosis, that taking on the Islamic threat is just as empty an endeavour as the void that is her soul.

She has put Camp Casey for sale. I imagine it will turn into a liberal monument after it has been bought by a group of hippies.
Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can't make you be that country unless you want it. It's up to you now.
Good riddance. I can only hope that waiting it out will make more anti-war protesters realize they just can't hang in the long run against people who love this country and want to see us secure some sort of a win in the Middle East. But her last statement is an eye-opener and very subtle- "I can't make you..."

No. No, you can't "make" us do anything that is against our better judgement or moral code.

Sheehan when aware of cameras:









Sheehan when not aware of cameras:

Cracking me up

The Onion

Iran, U.S. Hold Bilateral Talks

The United States and Iran held their first formal talks in 27 years in order to discuss the security of Iraq. What do you think?



Meg Stainer,
Road Construction Worker
"Sky-high gas prices, meeting with Iran, Jimmy Carter in the news, it feels great to be 9 years old again."



Nate Williams,
Shoe Cobbler
"If we can neutralize the Iranian influence in the region, our only obstacle to peace will be 99 other influences. Progress!"



Patton Konopka,
Systems Analyst
"Hopefully this will result in some sort of pan-continental mega-theocracy where the religious zealotry of our respective leaders can dictate every aspect of our lives."

May 29, 2007

Starbucks: We kiss you first

I must say that I feel better about paying $4.25 for a cinnamon dulce de leche latte than I do when I pay $3.20 for a gallon of gas. I don't know why because per ounce I am getting screwed over big time by Starbucks. I think it is because Starbucks does a really good job of packaging both inside the store and with their products.

The inside of the store makes you feel very comfortable and important as soon as you walk in. The strong aroma of beans, the higlighted coffees from around the world, and the people sitting with their laptops clicking away all lend to an atmosphere of exclusivity- yes, you are good enough to frequent our establishment.

If i do not have the time to stop by the Starbucks enroute to work then I will settle for the onbase coffee house Seattle's Best. If that is true then Seattle is in big trouble. Everything that Starbucks is, SB is not. To be fair, I have never been to an off base SB but the two that are onbase have consistently made my vanilla latte taste like it was poured down the crack of a hog's ass.

I like the efficiency of Starbucks also. I went in this weekend to get morning coffee for my wife and I and as I walked up to the door I arrived at almost the same time as a woman who looked to be in a hurry. I felt gallant, something I usually don't feel until after 8:00 am with a few belts of coffee in me, and I opened the door for her.

As she got up to the register to order, out came a yellow piece of paper with at least 7 lines of writing which turned out to be 7 different orders of coffee. I wanted to first punch myself in the face for once again getting screwed over for being nice, then punch her in the face for making a coffee run and holding me up.

One of the baristas sensed a disturbance in the force and immediately came over and opened up another register and began taking orders. Very impressive.

There is another significant difference in customer service that I have noticed when I have to hit the SB. When my coffee if handed to me, there are no safety features attached to the cup, i.e. recycled sleeve and/or lid. SB actually expects me to carry my coffee, with whipped cream piled high, over to the condoment station and get my own lid and sleeve. I say, "F" that. It takes 2 seconds to put those important safety features on my cup- so do it. It is just a small act of customer service that says, "Hey, I don't want you to burn yourself on this incredibly hot, but tasty, coffee."

Starbucks even serves food, good food actually, but you will pay for it dearly. My son likes their apple juice that comes in a roundish, apple-shapped container. I bought those for my office snack fund and paid about 40 cents each. I cringe everytime my son points at them with an accompanying, "Pweeeeeeeeeeeze" because I know I am really getting ripped off when I pay $1.50 for it. I admit that the cheescakes, breakfast sandwhiches, and fresh salads are tempting, but they will have to spruce that place up a lot more before I pay $5 for them.

May 20, 2007

In your own backyard

Time for a pop quiz! No, I’m not going to have you try and guess the combined tonnage of Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore, but it is something that will tax your brain just the same. What are the 7 Wonders of North America? And if you say, “The combined tonnage of Rosie and Moore”- you fail. How many of them have you visited?

This idea came to me as I read the back of the Tasteeos cereal box, a blatant knock off of another popular but tasteless cereal. While it was refreshing to read something other than desperate attempts to get children to keep pestering their parents for the sweet and expensive cereal, I was reminded of a story I read about the Islamofacists and their jihad to control the world with their 7th century lifestyle.

The article, in its entirety is an excellent recount of both Western and Eastern art, music, and architecture and how Muslims reject these influences. The article, found in The Brussels Journal, entitled Why Western Art is Unique, and Why Muslim Immigration Threatens It gives an excellent summation in this paragraph:

As a European, I fear for the future of the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. There is every reason to believe that they will end up the same way as the Bamiyan Buddhas. Although it may not happen today, tomorrow or even the day after tomorrow, sooner or later, pious Muslims will burn these works of art, and doubtlessly consider it their sacred duty. Muslim immigration now threatens many of the masterworks of the Western tradition of art, the most inventive and groundbreaking mankind has ever seen, with annihilation. History will never forgive us for our cowardice and stupidity if we allow these treasures to be destroyed just because we think history is boring or don't want to say anything unfashionable about other cultures.


Without further doddling…


Sequoia National Park – Home to 35 groves of Sequoia trees, this California park also houses granite mountains and deep canyons. But the biggest attraction is the General Sherman Tree. It is a sequoia, standing 272 feet high and measuring 37 feet in diamter. It is the largest and one of the oldest living things in the world… estimated to be over 3500 years old.



Garden of the Gods- Located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Garden of the Gods is a breathtaking collection of unusually shaped, multicolored sandstone formations. These formations have unique names such as Kissing Camels and Balanced Rock. The area of the garden known as Grey Rock serves as a naturally made amphitheater.



Natural Bridge National Monument- Two winding streams in Utah carved three natural bridges from the sandstone that once stood there. The three bridges are called Sipapu (220 feet high), Kachina (210 feet high), and Owachomo (106 feet high) and have spans ranging from 180-268 feet long.



Old Faithful- The most famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is named Old Faithful because it spouts quite regularly, about every 33 to 120 minutes. When that occurs, roughly 10,000 gallons of water from the geyser shoot up an average of 150 feet high.



Niagara Falls- The falls are on the Niagara River, on the border of Ontario, Canada and New York State. The Canadian side of the falls, called Horseshoe Falls, rises up 167 feet from the river, and the American Falls, on the US side, read a height of 176 feet. The water from both falls flows into Lake Ontario.



Yosemite Valley- The valley is within Yosemite National Park in California. The valley contains sheer rock walls, cut from glaciers, Yosemite Falls- the highest in North America with a drop of 2,425 feet- and huge domes and peaks. The greatest of these is El Capitan, a granite buttress that rises 3,604 feet from the valley floor.



Mammoth Cave- Mammoth Cave Park is made up of 52,830 acres of land in south central Kentucky. Mammoth Cave is the longest recorded cave system in the world, with over 354 miles of known, mapped passages.

May 18, 2007

Email spanking

I enjoy a good verbal joust, especially when it is with someone who clearly cannot articulate themselves in a intelligible manor. Here is a short discourse with a young man who sent me an email to my work address who thought I was someone else with the same name. The progression of replies speak for themselves, but I will leave you with the challenge of finding the errors of both judgment and grammar in this young man's replies. There have been at least 5 more replies from him, each more desperate and lame than the previous.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mariano Lorde [mailto:god.of.warr@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 12:45
To: TK
Subject: Mariano a.k.a Alesha's X

Not sure if this is the right address man but if it is and ya know me holla back man. Big L is in da buildin! Got into Oahu last night sometime. I'll be workin outya MDSU-1 as a 2C Diver. Not sure if you're still out here but my cell number is 1-850-305-9075. ANd don't trip about it being long distance man just call a brotha back already. I got your number off of NKO so if this isn't Greg SMith, husband of Kira Smith, brother of deranged sister Alesha Smith, Exiled son of SWCC .. lemme know so you don't get any more mail.

L8r!

Lorde!

-----Original Message-----
From: TK
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 8:07
To: 'Mariano Lorde'
Subject: RE: Mariano a.k.a Alesha's X

This is not the person you are thinking of. You might want to rethink sending an illiterate, poorly written email to someone if you are not sure of their identity- especially your cell number and family members.

Thank you for new material for my next blog entry.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mariano Lorde [mailto:god.of.warr@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 17:46
To: TK
Subject: Thanks.

I appreciate you writing back to inform me of the incorrect address. It is one less individual off of a fairly short list. What were the odds of someone being of the correct rate, stationed in the correct place, and having the correct name?? At any rate, point well taken.

In the future, you should consider the type of reply you deliver back. A short concise "You have the wrong person" would be equally as affective. I do realize that you young, haze grey, "bigger navy" fleet types tend to retain certain parts of the male sexual anatomy within parts of your bodies otherwise used for defacation or communication and consumption, however, try to lighten up and realize that not all letters written MUST be of your obviously white bread suburb vernacular. You will find that there are many people every bit as capable as you are, of articulating with one another at the same caliber and standard at which you "obviously" always hold yourself to. It should be stated though, that some of these individuals do contain the ability "pop their collar" and speak freely as they see fit, actually, providing them with far more versatility than you are capable of. It also enable them to reach a much more diverse and far reaching spectrum of races and cultures.

Now with that B.S over with ... Fucks your prob homes?!

There is no need for further correspondance. You will find it better that this very unnecessary, minor blue on blue altercation end right now, and in this manor.

-----Original Message-----
From: TK
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:18
To: 'god.of.warr@hotmail.com'
Subject: More correspondence...

There are so many errors in judgment in your last email that it is hard to find a starting point.

"Navy" should be capitalized. It's "effective", "defecation", "bred" (not "bread"), "correspondence", and "manner". Oh, and it's "one MORE individual off of a fairly short list". I had my 4-year old pick up the grammatical errors.

Now, to deconstruct the rest of the email.

First paragraph:
"A short concise "You have the wrong person" would be equally as affective"

That was the very first line of my email.

Second paragraph:
"young, haze grey, "bigger navy" fleet types"

I appreciate the compliment, however I am retiring in 2 months.
The submarine force is not considered 'bigger Navy', comprising less than 1/4 of the fleet. There was no way for you to know that from my email address so I can't ding you on it too hard. Just another poor assumption on your part.

"...tend to retain certain parts of the male sexual anatomy within parts of your bodies otherwise used for defacation or communication and consumption, however, try to lighten up and realize that not all letters written MUST be of your obviously white bread suburb vernacular."

This is just a garrulous, run-on sentence that no doubt gave the real author a heavy workout with a thesaurus. However, this pales in comparison to the racist comment that you so indiscriminately throw out at the end of the sentence. I know you felt backed into a corner after my first email and you felt that you had no alternative than to lash out with this comment, much like Michael Richards did in the comedy club last month. But I have never seen such a cosmic display of ignorance from fellow service member. You sent an unprofessional email and I slammed you on it. Your retort will be the foundation of a life's lesson you will not soon forget.

"Popping the collar" is the mantra of NSTCP, however, it is still wise to use caution when addressing an unknown email recipient. NKO has a great training module on how to construct professional, concise emails. I'm sure you will be adding it to your transcript very soon.

I enjoy a good verbal joust but why must you make race the first and only issue? I can appreciate your last comment, "There is no need for further correspondance.", because I would not want to continue in a battle of wit if I was so unfairly outmatched. I am still puzzled why you think this is a "minor blue on blue altercation", of which I am certain you are familiar with. Good effort with your responses; tragic that the content echoes something I would expect to read on Al Sharpton's website.

Welcome to the Command, though. You are making quite an impression in the short time you have been here. Again, you have given me a wealth of social commentary for my next blog entry.