Thursday, August 25, 2005 

Manscaping? You Must Be High

I might be willing to make an exception for this guy.

This is more of a cultural post. I just heard the expression "manscaping" for the first time. It refers to the rather sissified practice of shaving all or most of your body hair, occasionally leaving a patch or two to be shaped into some cutesy figure or shape, kind of like a dim-witted human topiary. While I hadn't heard the phrase I was aware of the trend and had seen men who obviously did it. I'm forced to admit that I stereotyped these folks because I just assumed they were homosexuals. But thanks to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (shudder, shudder)we now have this wonderful phrase.

This is one bandwagon I won't be jumping on. When I was a wee lad most of my peers were on constant lookout for their first body hair. It was a rather joyous day. The painfully slow process of waiting for the rest to come in was pure torture. Boys in the gymnasium showers who were on the wrong end of the bell curve were brutally teased at best and physically assaulted at worst.

I always wanted a hairy chest and it was one of the few physical attributes that I wanted that I actually got. So this trend toward the new male ideal being hairless like a little boy is baffling. I suspect that this trend will eventually die when women realize that the hairless chest is the latter day equivalent of the sensitive male that they always said they wanted but never dated for long. Remember metrosexuals? They were cool for about 12 minutes. The Nehru jacket lasted longer.

The moral of my story: Don't let the media and Hollywood define your reality. As a matter of fact, don't let anybody define your reality. This is a responsibility you can't escape.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 

Whither All the Muslim Babes?

The Taliban Beauty Treatment


(I wonder what she did. Bought the wrong floor wax maybe?)

I've been depressing myself by doing a little research again. I've recently read a couple of articles (which will have to remain uncredited due to my early onset Alzheimer's Disease) concerning the brutal and frequently short lives of women in the Islamic-dominated areas of the world. I've gotten to the point where I can barely make myself use the phrase "Muslim women" because the more I learn about Islam the more I come to realize that many of these poor girls are just along for the rather harrowing ride.

I suppose many or even most Western women will be offended by my positions on male-female relationships. I suppose in many ways I'm a bit of an anachronism. I remember a time when a man who struck a woman was considered to be the lowest of the low, a veritable scum of the universe. A female was someone to be protected and cared-for. My father once slapped me half-way across the living room for nothing more than shaking my fist at my mother. When I was a teenager my best friend's sister came home crying and told us that another boy we knew had tried to forcibly have his way with her. There was no discussion. The next day at school we cornered him and beat the holy hell out of him.

Compare that with the status these "warriors of god" bestow on their women, even their own flesh and blood. If one's sister is violated, instead of charging to her rescue as we did above, you kill her for "dishonoring you". You keep your daughters as prisoners in their own home, treating them like slaves, until such time as you opt to give them to another man who'll do the same or worse. Multicultural acceptance my ass.

So back to those articles I read. In the United States, and I suppose most other Western nations, females outnumber males in the population. They do so because from the moment of conception onward males have a higher mortality rate. This is true at each stage of life. Reasons range from more male fetuses being miscarried all the way to males making up something like 99% of all combat casualties. The result is a surplus of female by early childhood which grows larger with each additional year of age.

Strangely, in many Muslim countries those surplus women disappear entirely. If fact some of those countries have enormous female shortfalls in the population. I spent some time checking out the CIA World Factbook online and discovered that in some cases the discrepancy in the ratio is as high as 1.44:1 male to female. If ratios aren't your bag think of it this way. For every 100 women alive in those places there are 144 men. The mystery is where the hell did those other 44+ women go? I have some ideas and I don't like any of them.

Muslim apologists say that we just need to understand them better. I would tell them, "Beware of what you wish for. You just might get it."

Monday, August 22, 2005 

Blood For Oil: Our Blood

Like just about everybody I've been watching the price of oil creep higher and higher and again like everyone else, I hate it. It's a sad fact of life when it take $30 to fill up a Neon. Things could be worse I suppose. I hear sad tales of people paying $70 to $80 to fill up their Suburbans. However, there is a difference this time. Before I was upset about the effect on me; how much it cost me to fill up and how the fuel-shortage driven recession was killing my employment prospects.

Now, there is a greater concern. I still have those other concerns, but completely overshadowing them is my concern about where all of those extra dollars are going. I'm quite sure that a lot of money is landing in lot of pockets, which I have no problem with if that's what the market dictates. Unfortunately, I equally sure the lion's share is landing in the grubby paws of Middle Eastern potentates and eventually filtering its way down to the rank and file homicidal maniac. In effect, as I read in an article recently, we are paying them to kill us.

I think it's time that we make the sacrifices we need to make and fight the battles we need to fight. In 1973 and 1979 when we got kicked in the teeth with the oil shocks we could rationalize that nuclear power wasn't worth the risk, wind generation was just too tacky looking, and petroleum exploration and processing was too polluting, to say nothing of the risk that a capitalist might make a buck.

Being a good capitalist myself I know the Law of Supply and Demand: Get the most for the least. A sentiment I always try to live by. But during wartime we have to make allowances and no matter what the Left tells you we're at war. We were at war for years and didn't know it. (Well, I knew it and you most likely did too, but you know what I mean.) Right now, in this war we have a choice. We can phase out Middle Eastern oil if we have the will. We have to have the will, otherwise we might as well be trading weapons for oil.

For starters we absolutely have to start building nuclear power plants again. When the Left whines, and you know they will, ignore them or shout them down. No matter what they say I promise you that nuclear waste sealed and buried in Yucca Mountain is less dangerous to us than $100 billion in some Wahabbi psychopath's bank account. Using nuclear power to generate our electricity would free up petroleum for other uses. Beside, let's face it, the French generate 80% of their nation's electricity with nuclear power. Let me say that again. The French! Remember that the phrase "French technology" is considered an oxymoron and/or a really hysterical joke.

Generating electricity sucks up a lot of juice (pun intended), but the transportation sector still sucks up the most fuel. It might be time to park the SUV for a while. I'm forced to admit that I've never quite understood the SUV thing, which is really bad because they came along while I was still trying to figure out the city-dweller pickup thing. Regardless, we might have to put them on a temporary hiatus.

I find the up-and-coming hybrids to be very encouraging and I don't really understand why they're getting all the ridicule. If you don't like the Toyota Prius enough to get 60-70 mpg, Ford is coming out with a 30 mpg SUV. With any luck it might be possible to do some retrofitting on older vehicle.

I also think that we should buy our oil from other people even if Middle Eastern oil goes down in price. Buy it from the Brits or Canadians or whoever has it, even if it costs more. We'll be happier in the long run. Maybe we could convince our oil-rich common-sense poor neighbors to the south to be the good neighbors they always claim to be.

And for God's sake, let's drill in ANWR, and anywhere else we have oil, like off-shore all around the country. I don't know about environmentalists and liberal politicians, but I've been to Alaska and talked the locals. News flash for liberal politicians and environments: They hate your guts. Almost every Alaskan I talked to was upset about all the meddling. Why? Because they would rather have the jobs. Alaska is a huge and virtually empty state. The locals have a hard time with the idea that their natural beauty needs conserving because they have so much of it. I think we should require anti-drilling agitators to live in the place.

Friday, August 19, 2005 

Rock and Roll: Conservatism Set to Music

Back in 1975 you were lucky if you could get this album home before someone stole it.

I read this article in on the American Spectator site. In it the author discusses how, despite being middle-aged and conservative, he and his friends still enjoy rock music. The man opines that, besides the drug-addled rock intelligentsia, both the art form and the people that listen to it are basically conservative.

Of course this flies in the face of the "Drugs, Sex, and Rock & Roll" theory of life, but my experience is just the same. As my friends, family, and I have grown older many have moved on to other musical tastes, but many are still dedicated rockers. I've even described myself as a superannuated headbanger. I'm not the only one. You'll notice that almost all of the right-wing radio personalities use rock, sometimes quite hard rock, as their intro and bumper music, über-conservative Mike Savage most of all.

Rush Limbaugh has mentioned on his show that the Left has gotten so permissive that the only way their kids have left to rebel is to be conservative. To paraphrase: Conservatism is the new rebellion.

BTW, no matter what Sean Hannity said on his radio show, Stairway to Heaven is still awesome. Long live rock.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 

It's Just Business

US Army rocks.

I was listening in on a conversation with one of my brother Masons tonight. He's just recently gotten out of the Army and they were discussing the issue of what is really going on there versus what the MSM says is going on there. He agreed that it wasn't as bad as people say. He said an interesting thing about it. He admitted that they got shot at nearly every day, but that they were soldiers and that was just business. I thought that was an impressive attitude. He also told us that if he could he would go back in a heartbeat.

Some things I hadn't heard said before were said as well. He said that if an Iraqi woman got a chance to talk to you alone she would ask you to "get them the hell out of there'. Apparently, this included marriage. Muslim war brides? Never heard of such a thing. All in all, he believed that most Iraqis were glad that we were there. Too bad that isn't newsworthy, I'd really like to see it in the New York Times.


Cindy Sheehan

Griever-in-Chief Cindy Sheehan

I have desperately tried to stay neutral in this whole Cindy Sheehan "I demand to see the president--again!" story. Like a lot of people, I felt very uncomfortable criticizing a mother who had lost her son in combat. I think any good American feels on a visceral level that she probably has as much right as anyone to speak out on the topic, and then some. However, as time goes by her behavior erodes that good will.

It was touching to see her standing her vigil at Crawford. We saw what appeared to simply be a woman whose maternal instincts had been worn raw by her loss. As time has gone by, however, it becomes increasingly obvious that those basic human drives only inform a small part of her grief. Her grief of loss has become overshadowed by her grief over what her son died for. It's not just, "My God! My son has been killed." It more like, "Oh my God! My son joined the icky US military and got killed in combat called for by icky Republican president against a perfectly innocent blood-thirsty dictator to selfishly advance American interests in not being killed as we deserve by the morally superior barbarians of the Middle East just to get more oil to rape Mother Earth with because that's what we Americans, the most immoral nation in history, like to do." To summarize: Cindy Sheehan's grief is 1/3 emotional and 2/3 political.

Her demand to see the president, again, is irrational in the extreme. As we all know, she has seen him once already. A consideration 99% of the grieving mothers will never get. I'm pretty sure that she doesn't want to debate policy with him. I'm reasonably sure her plans include verbal abuse at best and a slap or spit into the face at worst. Worst of all, he would immediately owe all the other mothers equal time,especially the ones that don't hate his guts.

I took the time to crunch some numbers. I assumed 2,000 fatalities in the war so far. Allowed each mother 10 minutes with the president, which isn't much, and calculated the time required. It came up to just under 14 days, assuming he meets with mothers 24 hours a day. Obviously, the President of the United States can't take that much time out of his schedule to meet with grieving mothers, even if her wanted to, which I'm sure he does.


I Can't Believe This Man is Still Alive

Iyad Jamal Al-Din giving his fellow Muslims a brutal tongue-lashing.

I have to give credit where credit is due. Like a lot of people, I've been wondering where the non-crazy Muslims were and when they would speak up. Well, I finally got my answer when reading Jason's Liberty and Culture this morning.

Jason had a link to a video of an Iyad Jamal Al-Din, apparently an Iraqi politicians, whom Jason appropriately refers to as an Iraqi Zell Miller. Forgive my language but, as we used to say when I was in the Navy, this guy's got big brass balls. I don't know how this guy arrived at his convictions but he definitely deserves one of the rarely given Muslim Cluebat Exemption Cards.

The sight of the other people in the video trying not to have strokes alone is worth the viewing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 

The More You Know the More Nervous You Get

If you had to read the same book over and over again for the entire duration of your schooling, you would go nuts too.

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.--Robert A. Heinlein

Damn me and my curious nature! It's costing me a lot of peace of mind. Ever since 9-11 I've been very curious about the enemy. That drives me to research them. Everything I read makes me realize that we've had our heads buried in the sand for a long, long time.

A lot of what I've read is incomprehensible. I've read several quote from the Qur'an and, even in translation, they are pretty opaque. Looking for some help, I bought a book by Karen Armstrong title "A History of God" which I supposed would give me a good overview of the 3 "Abrahamic" religions. Unfortunately, I found her writing nearly as opaque as the other. When I discovered that she is a notorious Islamic apologist, I abandoned the book entirely.

Fortunately for me, Roberts Spencer of Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch fame has written a book of his own title "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)" Think of it as an "Idiot's Guide to Idiots" if you will. I'm only about halfway through it, but I'm learning a lot of things. One of which is that even though Spenser provides detailed explanations of his quotations from the Qur'an, I still have to take his word for it.

Spencer provides Islam's history and background, all the while explaining the context and the Muslim's interpretations of their sacred writings. He also provides interesting sidebars that provide enlightening excerpts both from inside and outside of Islam, as well as side-by-side comparisons of the words of Mohammed and Christ, and examples of "Books You're Not Supposed to Read", which he obviously wants to be on everyone's reading list.

I'm looking forward to finishing his book and I suggest that all of us who aren't Islamic Scholars get the book and give it a read and if you haven't done so already bookmark or blogroll Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch. Just don't do it before you go to bed.

Monday, August 15, 2005 

They Named a Submarine After This Guy?

After the budget cuts, base closings, and personnel discharges the Seawolf was less than impressive. (Shown actual size.)

Jimmy Carter came from out of no-where to be elected president in 1976. I'm still positive that the disastrous 4 years that followed were the result of a Watergate fueled anti-Nixon backlash that unfortunately washed over his fellow Republicans as well. Either that or it was all the coke spoons shoveling tons of snow up millions of nostrils that did it. Either way, we elected a numbnut.

In 1976 I was 16 years-old and a 110 pounds lighter than I am right now. I squeezed my slim young body into skin-tight bell-bottomed jeans, wore equally tight shirts, and my ever-present boots. My hair was long, frequently to my shoulders or longer, and I was fully equipped with 5 rings, multiple necklaces, and bracelets. My car was littered with 8-track tapes from bands like Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Nazareth, Rush (my favorite), Boston, Foreigner, and others. My primary objective in life--nay, my sacred calling--was to get laid. When I got called to jury duty the defense attorneys always wanted me on the jury.

I also was pro-military, pro-intelligence, and innately pro-American. I believed that America was a great country that had done far more good than bad in its history. I was a staunch capitalist and despised the welfare state. I saw for myself the effects of government regulations as the muscle cars I so longed for were legislated, taxed, and fuel-shortaged out of existence. I was also pro-law enforcement, which surprised a lot of people back then.

So, on that freezing November day in Marquette, Michigan, I watched the election returns with a sinking feeling as this guy that nobody had even heard of not so long ago became the president of my country. Our neighbor came by later and was in a jovial mood for the same reason that I was depressed. He asked, and I told him, why I was so gloomy. He told me that since we were Southern Baptists from down south he figured we'd be ecstatic. I turned to him and said the most prophetic thing I've ever uttered, "Mr. Carrier, I've been raised in the south by Southern Baptist Democrats and this country is in a lot of trouble." He cursed at me and left.

Now as the years have gone by I've mellowed in my attitude towards Southerners and Southern Baptists, re-embraced my roots if you will. However, my frustration with the Democratic Party and its minions has only increased. I have to walk a fine line because many of my relatives and friends haven't made the switch yet, and may not ever. Nevertheless, I feel fully justified in my position because my prophesy came true in spades.

The disaster I envisioned for the country back then would have been paradise compared to how things actually turned out. Yes, I know. Jimmy had a lot on his presidential plate. The country had a lot of problems when he took over and a lot of things happened afterwards. The point is still that Jimmy had a knack for either doing nothing or the wrong thing. He never failed to fail as the saying goes.

So Jimmy, the former Navy submariner and military neglecter-in-chief , gets a $3.5 billion Seawolf class submarine named after him. This is an even bigger honor than it sounds because you usually have to be dead to get a ship named after you. All this for a guy who let dozens of Americans languish as hostages in Iran for 444 days. Then, when the hostages were released on Reagan's inauguration day, his supporters tried to steal credit by saying that Reagan was stealing credit for the results of their 444 days of diplomacy and negotiate which just happened to bear fruit on that day. Puh-leeez! Does anyone else find it ironic that the most heavily armed submarine in history is named after the man who most likely wouldn't have had the guts to order it out of port?

There is speculation that as an additional honor to Jimmy the Seawolf submarines will be redesignated the Appeasement class.

The submarine itself is a marvel of American engineering and credit to those who built it. It's a pity that it's the last of its class, and the only one of this particular stretched version. I would much rather see my tax money spent for something like this than some idiotic pork barrel projects, or foreign aid for our enemies, or subsidized overproduction of some product, you get the picture.

I do, however, think that the honor is not deserved. It is a slap in the face of everyone who suffered from his principled ineptitude, from the Iranian-hostages to the ill-equipped military men who died in his belated ill-fated rescue attempt to all of us who had to wait in gas lines while listening to him tell us to "wear a sweater" on the radio.

After this disappointing prototype the former president was asked to leave the design team.

After he left office, Jimmy did the country the favor of fading into the woodwork for a while and spent his time building houses for poor people. We might have learned to forgive after a while, but unfortunately, as often happens, people who had forgotten his presidency, or never experienced it, started to resurrect him as a "statesmen". If you've listened to him you'll realize he's loonier than ever and when it comes to this country, he still never fails to fail.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 

Don't.You. Believe. It

A legend in his own mind.

I was checking out the American Patrol website and noticed a picture of the exalted governor of my home state, Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Bill cheerfully and endlessly reminds everyone that he is "America's only Hispanic governor". I know, I know. He has a most un-Hispanic name. I don't know the story behind that yet.

It turns out that there is a link to an interview on CNN, so I watch it. Seems Bill has suddenly found religion on the border security issue. He has declared a state of emergency on New Mexico's small share of the US-Mexican border. He is now concerned about illegal immigration, drug and human smuggling operations, and national security in general. Better late than never right? Don't you believe it.

I don't live in New Mexico anymore, but I still have plenty of friends and relatives there and I get the scoop on Bill. Like previous governors of that long-suffering state Bill is a bit of a spendthrift in the public sector and seems to consider the state treasury a personal asset.

When most people think of New Mexico, they think of northern New Mexico where Taos and Santa Fe are located. Despite New Mexico being my home state I never visited the North until I was in my mid-20s. Northern New Mexico is very, very liberal. I've heard Santa Fe referred to as the San Francisco of the Southwest. The south part of the state is actually quite conservative, and usually ignored by the state government, except at tax time, or when your posturing for a possible presidential bid.

Yes, that's right. For some insane reason Bill is on the short list as a Democratic candidate for president in 2008. I promise you that Bill's belated discovery of southern New Mexico and it's stretch of border is the beginning of his Hillary-esque reinvention of himself for the '08 election cycle. My suspicions about the man are confirmed by my yellow-dog Democrat step-father. He has stated that if Bill Richardson is nominated, he will vote for the Republican candidate, something he has never done before. I figure forewarned is forearmed as the saying goes. So I'll leave you with a quote from a bumper sticker I saw last month when I was visiting home: "Bill Richardson is a dipshit".


Lefties Can't Take Their Eyes Off Of Katherine Harris's Breasts

I suspect that many conservative men wish they could be reincarnated as Katherine Harris's horse.

So I'm skimming through Michelle Malkin's blog and I see a post about "Liberal Sexism". That sounds interesting I think, so I give it a read. Un-friggin'-believable. As Katherine Harris gears up for her campaign, the left is raising their voices as one to criticize what? Her appearance, and her behavior on the Hannity and Colmes show recently. Michelle lists several lefty bloggers who make pithy insightful comments--about her breasts.

Naturally, the poor woman's breasts are referred to as tits. A word I use myself occasionally, but mostly in the bedroom. Strangely, her man-hypnotizers are referred to as bouncing, dancing, heaving, fake, jiggletwins (I might use that one--in the bedroom), campaign platforms, and shaking. I took the trouble of checking out the video myself, twice in fact.

I must say, as a breast man I was very disappointed in the false build-up. First, Katherine's bosom was hidden behind the chyron 99% of the time. The remaining 1% they were never fully visible. The closest she ever came was when she leaned back a couple of times. Second, I never detected any significant motion at all. Trust me, my entire sensory system is hardwired and optimized for just such emergencies. Third, she's small. If your experience with the twin wonders of the universe is so tragic that Katherine Harris looks buxom to you, you have my undying pity. As you can see in the photo above, the lady does have a nice figure, but doesn't have sufficient assets on the ground to "heave".

I agree with Michelle Malkin, on this one. This is just one more example of how the Left will never let the 2000 election go. George Bush isn't the only president to ever have been elected by a fluke of the electoral college system. It is also very telling that "enlightened" left-leaning women are the most strident in their attacks, not on the issues, but on her appearance and behavior. You shouldn't need any more proof of their intellectual bankruptcy than that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 

Female Genital Mutilation #2

I wrote on Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), aka Female Circumcision some time back. I read in this article that the practice is being found to be common in Kurdistan. That would be the people generally considered to be the good Iraqis. If you've never heard of this rest assured it's a practice so barbaric that it boggles the mind. One might expect something like this to be done by some deranged pedophile killer. Unfortunately, the "surgeons" are just as likely to be relatives. How somebody can do this to their own child is beyond my comprehension. This is proof positive that some cultures are inferior to others.

To add insult to injury, very serious injury, the "procedure" is usually done under unsterile conditions with rather crude implements and the "patient" not anesthetized. So they can feel every little cut. I've read on at least one case where a broken bottle was used. The main reason this is done is to prevent the girl from experiencing sexual pleasure so she won't be a "harlot" when she grows up.

As you can see the practice is almost universal in some areas. This map shows Africa but the practice extends into the Middle East as well. Surprise, surprise.

Here is a typical set of surgical instruments. Here are some examples of FMG in action. Warning: Graphic gynecologist's eye view of the damage. It's pretty gruesome.


Overlooked Ways to Achieve Energy Independence

Senator Bozo on his way to vote against the energy bill.

I don't believe that all possible avenues towards energy independence have been explored. Toward that end is offer the following overlooked ways of saving and producing more oil.

  1. Use existing shale oil technology to extract oil from environmentalist's unwashed hair.
  2. If rationing becomes necessary again, assign ration priority numbers with lower numbers getting fuel first and higher numbers getting fuel last. Give all environmentals the highest number. You know, kind of like the draft number they wanted during Vietnam.
  3. If the fuel shortage becomes so severe people can no longer drive their SUVs to work, require liberals to give them a lift in their Priuses.
  4. Allow an oil company to build a refinery in your back yard, then move.
  5. Require all liberals to make a pilgrimage to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge--in January.
  6. Attach generators to all stationary bikes in gyms in San Francisco and Marin Counties. Turn all the TVs to Fox News Channel then "lose" the remotes.
  7. Chain Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to treadmills with generators attached. Then set TV cameras in front of them. If additional power is required add a third treadmill with John Edwards on it and park an ambulance in front of him.
  8. Challenge Democratic politicians to power their limousines the "Flintstone way".
  9. Get nuclear power plant construction moving again by telling liberal politicians it's "French electricity". Tell hold outs that the waste will be dumped in a Republican district.
  10. If rolling blackouts become necessary, start in Washington, DC, preferably in the summer.

Monday, August 08, 2005 

A Chick Flick So Slow Even Chicks Fall Asleep

Just got around to seeing "Mona Lisa Smile". As you likely know, this was a Julia Robert's vehicle of the type that either wins or buys Golden Globes. Early on we are treated to an intense closeup of Julia that made me realize something for the very first time. She's really not that attractive. Add that to her skinny, bony figure and her barren desert of a chest you have a woman that you would likely look straight through if you passed her at the mall. Good actress? Maybe. Sex symbol? Hell, no.

I knew it was a chick flick but I also knew it was supposed to be about a rebellious teacher. I enjoyed "Dead Poets Society" so I thought I would give it a whirl. Besides, being set in a women's college I figured the female to male ration would be close to the ideal ratio. Julia Robert's character was indeed rebellious. Tragically, she was rebellious by being on the ground floor of the brain dead orthodoxy at American universities today. For example she introduced her students to modern "art". You know, the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the hereditary rich and pseudo-intellectuals everywhere.

However, the biggest problem was the slow, slow pace. I have never seen a movie that moved more slowly. Compared to this movie "Dances with Wolves" was "Gone is 60 Seconds". Even my wife broke out her laptop and started playing a computer game while it was on.

To be fair, Julia's character did a good job of convincing the 1950's Wellesley girls to think for themselves and not limit their possibilities. It also foreshadowed one of the major problems of feminism in that Julia's character was baffled by one of her students declining an opportunity to go to Yale Law School, opting instead to marry and be a housewife and mother. The student did a good job of taking her teacher to the woodshed over not seeing her choice as valid.

The milieu was stereotypical 1950's repressive anal-retentiveness. I was stereotypical because I have no first hand knowledge of the decade having been born in 1960. I probably couldn't judge the era fairly. It was, however, a refreshing breath of fresh air to see women eagerly anticipating marriage and motherhood. I miss that.

Regardless of its good qualities, I would tell the lucky few who haven't seen this movie to put it off till later. Perhaps after a major stroke when the glacial pace would seem a little more bearable.

Friday, August 05, 2005 

Entertainment Industry Completely Out of Ideas--Begins Recycling Garbage

Another one bites the dust.

I confess. I'm a Mopar guy through and through. I have been since I was 8-years-old and my father brought home a fire-breathing 1968 Coronet. I was instantly converted. I also soon learned that my enthusiasm was not shared by the sissy-ass Mercedes-driving scum of Hollywood. I can always tell which car or cars are going to be destroyed in any show. If it's a Mopar, especially a low-production classic Mopar, it will soon die a horrible death.

Enter the Dukes of Hazzard. In 1979 the show premiered and for a while I actually liked it. Of course I was only 19 at the time. But week after week as I watched the frames buckle and axle's break on various General Lees, I began to realized the producers of the show had declared war on the '69 Dodge Charger, already hard enough to find.

As I grew older and matured I hated the show more and more. It seems like there were only two plot lines. That Hazzard County Orphanage needed more saving than Private Ryan. I also began to see that the actors in the weren't portraying Southerners, the were playing caricatures of Southerners. Although a Southwesterner myself, I have a number of friends from the South and they weren't anything like that.

I considered it to be a glorious day when the show was finally cancelled. My suffering was over. Now, some 20 years later, the minions of Hollywood, who seem oblivious to the fact that thousands of books have been written since then, have revived the show as a feature film. At least one of the actors has recommended that people not watch it because it doesn't live up to the series. That's sad commentary indeed. We definitely need some chlorine in the Hollywood gene pool, and some people willing to produce original entertainment. I would insist on redeeming qualities as well.

If you need me, I'll be watching Shields and Yarnell: The Motion Picture on my DVD.


Holly Hunter Is Expecting--and...?

Holly's twins might not turn out as planned.

It annoys me that with scads of real news being un-reported, if not downright suppressed, that the MSM can find the time and space to report on earth shattering events like Holly Hunter's pregnancy. They seem especially impressed that she may have conceived twins. One might suppose that's a feat that has never been achieved before. What a snore.

I'm interested, how about a show of cyber-hands if you don't care as much as I don't care? Maybe we could get some kind of ribbon to wear on our lapels. A nice shade of fuschia maybe.


Mr. Master Mason

Well, after several months of work, I've been raised a Master Mason. Something I've wanted to do for a long time. Now I can participate in all the activities. Only being able to attend lower level functions was something of a drag. I'll be joining the Scottish Rite soon and will start working on its 29 degrees.

In case you don't know, the Freemason's are the world's largest fraternity and have lodges all over the world. One of their mottos is "Making good men better." There is a large focus on building quality individuals but there are also public service functions as well. The Scottish Rite Hospital and the Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Children are two examples.

The Freemasons have been around for centuries and were frequently suppressed so they did develop a tendency to keep to themselves. A habit that has raised the suspicions of conspiracy theorists since God-knows-when. Actually, almost everything is a matter of public record and out in the open. Even the parts that are supposed to be kept private have been revealed by countless exposés.

I find them to be a great bunch of guys and tons of fun. If you're so inclined you might look into it. They don't recruit, you have to seek them out.


Politics of Personal Destruction

Ted Kennedy leads the Democratic rebuttal of the John Roberts nomination.

I've heard some conservative/Republican pundits bouncing around the phrase "Politics of Personal Destruction" or some derivitive thereof. I don't know who coined this phrase, but the first 10,000 times I heard it some Left leaning whiner was using it. So, I've come to associate it with the Left. Somehow hearing our side using it is just so wrong. Kind of like hearing Edwin Newman using ebonics.

In my humble opinion, in addition to being a favorite catchphrase of the opposition, the phrase is way overused, has been used in the opposite sense of its literal meaning, and has long since lost its flavor, becoming virtually meaningless. Much like Hillary's pro-military stance.

Some quick-witted silver-tongued strict-constructionist needs to come up with something a little fresher and livlier. I'm working on it myself, but there are limits even to my brilliance.


Evolution of Man

Sad, but true.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 

NYC Expands Search Policy

Fluffy was apprehended after ignoring police orders to stop and running through a subway security checkpoint

(8-3-05, Enlightenment Reactionary News Service)
New York City officials,responding to continuing criticism of their random search policy, reluctantly agreed to more rigorous searches. Effective immediately, security personnel will begin random searches of stray dogs and cats, as well as subway rats and the famous New York City cockroaches that eat subway rats.

To forestall any further criticism there are additional plans to search shadows, dolls, action figures, photographs, the guy urinating on the payphone, and the bag lady's hallucinations. Asked about the increased manpower required to enforce the new policy officials replied they planned to take advantage of volunteers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and similar organizations. Asked for comments, a city official who requested anonymity cited the volunteers sense of civic responsibility. "It was heartwarming," he said. "The just couldn't wait to get in those train cars." I can fix it. But keep checking, there is frequently stuff here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Barbarian

Conan, the Republican

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Barbarian

People frequently say to take all things in moderation. That's not quite true. I don't think axe-murdering or gang-raping are made any more acceptable by doing them in moderation. I think it might be better to say don't take good things to excess, but that has problems of its own. Telling your wife that you've been moderately faithful to her will like make you extremely celibate. Such are the perils of nuance.

The Pseudo-Intelligentsia of the Pseudo-Enlightenment of the last several decades have been telling us that there are no absolutes, that all morality (and history for that matter) are relative, and subsequently depend on their context. That is right and wrong are different things for different people. The absolutes that came crashing to the ground on 9-11-01 only made them more shrill in their moral equivalence. Sympathy for the Devil is the "civilized" mode of thinking.

The problem is, there have been all kinds of civilizations. From those that have gladiatorial games or run gulags to pacifist states that try to mind their own business. The American Republic has a distinctive culture, and it's a good one too, however much that statement might make the Left wail in protest.

Our nation won't be saved by nuance and half-measures. Certainly diplomacy should be given a chance, but not an endless series of chances such as we have seen in the past. That's why we, as a nation and as individuals, should get back in touch with our inner barbarians. Those simple folks that live inside of us all and believe in saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and cracking a few heads if simpletons get in the way. After all:

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.--Barry M. Goldwater


Ten Reasons Why Liberals Hate John Roberts' Family

The Pastel Avengers

Ten Reasons Why Liberals Hate John Roberts' Family

  1. The thought of pastels coming back into style is just too horrible to contemplate.
  2. The boys dances way too well for a white guy.
  3. Any evidence that Republican women have sex causes sleepless nights.
  4. Feminists annoyed because the kids represent two wasted opportunities for abortions.
  5. A 4 or 5 year-old girl still a virgin? In this day and age? Puh-leez!
  6. Environmentalists heartsick at the thought of all the seersuckers that died to make those suits.
  7. George Bush likes them.
  8. John believes the kids are his--and they are.
  9. Records show that Mrs. Roberts has never had a subscription to Ms. Magazine.
  10. His wife come perilously close to standing by her man.

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--Ann Coulter--

If you kill them, they’re martyrs. If you lock them up, they’re martyrs. So kill them.


The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.

--Ayn Rand--

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.

--Thomas Jefferson--

For everyone but America the free world is mostly a free ride.

--Mark Steyn--

The fact is that political stupidity is a special kind of stupidity, not well correlated with intelligence, or with other varieties of stupidity. At the higher levels of the intelligentsia, the correlation may actually be inverse: the more brilliant you are, the stupider your politics. Albert Einstein seems to have thought well of Stalin; Hitlerism got its start in the universities.

--John Derbyshire--

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.

--Robert A. Heinlein--

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile--hoping it will eat him last.

--Winston Churchill--

One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.

--Dennis Prager--

Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today's intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world. And if it doesn't fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.

--Thomas Sowell--

It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

--Calvin Coolidge--

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

--Samuel Adams--

The flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.

--Thomas Jefferson--

All government is an ugly necessity.

--G. K. Chesterton--

America learned the hard way: it's the world of September 10th that's really crazy.

--Mark Steyn

Public schools are forbidden from mentioning religion not because of the Constitution, but because public schools are the Left's madrassas.

--Ann Coulter--

We expect nothing from the MSM. It never disappoints us.

--Joe Guzzardi--

The world will not greet you with open arms, but with a clenched fist.

--Barry Goldwater--

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.

--Benjamin Rush--

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like a fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

--George Washington--

It should be the highest ambition of every bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

--George Washington--

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

--C. S. Lewis--

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggy" until you can find a rock.


"They must cast off the European skin, never to resume it. They must look forward to their posterity rather than backward to their ancestors."

--John Quincy Adams--

I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

-€”Benjamin Franklin--

There is nothing a nonconformist hates more than another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the existing standards of nonconformity.


Male White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (W.A.S.P.) oppression must end.


[I]n Her Majesty's northern Dominion the public health system is such an article of faith that no private hospitals are permitted: Canada’s private health care system is called 'America'.

--Mark Steyn--

When I sell out, this is where the blogads will go. Please remember, it's not for me. It's for the children.


Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt--

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.


Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.

-- G. K. Chesterton--

"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."

--Robert Frost--

A formula that makes religion and politics easy to understand: (Islam - Allah = Communism)


It seems amazing that no Continental politician is willing to get to grips with the real crisis facing Europe in the 21st century: the lack of Europeans.

--Mark Steyn--

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