Tuesday, September 27, 2005 

Three Crosses


I'm pretty sure that I've mention at one point or another that my home state is New Mexico. I have lived there off and on for a good portion of my life. I spent about 5 years working on my Bachelor's degree at the main campus of New Mexico State University at Las Cruces. It's not a bad place.

So I'm watching the new yesterday and I get a "you've got to be kidding" moment. It seems that someone has decided to be offended by the three crosses on the city's logo. The report listed a long, long list of complaints, including the logo oppressing him and discriminating against him and other non-Christians. Give me break.

By the way, "Las Cruces" are the Spanish words for "The Crosses".

 

Unexceptional Americans

Unexceptional Americans strive to place the brass ring of mediocrity within reach of every of every fellow citizen.

I've been reading up some on the concept of American Exceptionality. It's probably easier to explain than define as shown by this quote from Wikipedia:
American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States and the American people hold a special place in the world, by offering opportunity and hope for humanity, derived from a unique balance of public and private interests governed by constitutional ideals that are focused on personal and economic freedom. Political science defines it as presence of unique traits in the United States, such as high levels of religiosity and the failure of socialist parties, that do not correlate with national characteristics in other industrialized and democratic countries.
Or, in a nutshell, we're a unique people doing things in our own unique way, and it works for us so well that we think that we should serve as a role model for the world. If you're a Leftist, this is a bad thing. Even if they aren't aware of it, I believe most Americans operate under some form of this philosophy. Unfortunately, few of them own networks or newspaper conglomerates--or have tenure for that matter.

As a nation, we're pretty much the closest thing the world has ever seen to a meritocracy, though we fall far too short far too often. If you're a Leftist, this is a bad thing. The idea that things should be distributed to people on the basis of merit boggles many a Liberal mind. Just like the concept of a person who works twice as much getting paid twice as much.

Why would the United States be unique among nations? Because it is the Enlightenment's only child. I found this best stated while reading some Objectivist material (Rand, Peikoff, and the like). It was said that the United States was "the last dying gasp of the Enlightenment". Soon after that the intelligentsia would be thumbing their collective noses at Enlightenment ideals and the world would be hearing about the proletariat, class struggles, bourgeoisie, noble savages, etc.
The problem is that the Left, for all their education and worldliness, never really picked up on the fact that the institutions of the United States, with the possible exception of religion, are the new kids on the block. Throughout history the Left, or their equivalents in other times, keep "repainting" and "renaming" the same old crap and then convincing themselves it's "new and improved". In the Leftist Nirvana, some people exist for the sake and convenience of other people and are coerced to due their duty in that regard, usually those cursed with intelligence and ability.

In our nation of course we have (at least partially) capitalism, property rights, universal suffrage, democratically elected representative republicanism, checks and balances, a civilian controlled military, limits on police power, and too much more to mention. These are the new ideas historically speaking. No matter how hard the Left tries to convinces us otherwise.

This is all a good thing. I like the idea of living in a country where I can make my own mistakes and make my own way and even start all over again if need be. I have never understood why most people want to blend into the herd, seem to crave the anonymity in fact. I don't know. Maybe being a Liberal in the United States is like being a Muslim in the 21st Century. It's hard to hang onto your most basic values and beliefs when everything around you proves that its a lie. What do you think?

Monday, September 26, 2005 

What The Folks Want

Back when I was in high school, I had a truly awesome teacher for both Government and Economics. In retrospect, I'm pretty sure that he was a card-carrying lefty but he still taught me a lot.

One of the most interesting things he ever taught us was his take on the various species of politician. One was the "opportunist", a politician who promised whatever was necessary to get elected, but never had any intention of doing anything other than pursuing his own agenda. The next guy was "conscientious". That is he votes according to what the people back home want, whether he has misgivings or not. Finally, there was the guy who was the mirror image of the conscientious fellow. This was the guy who votes and supports policies because he believes that they are what's best for his constituents, even if they hate said policies. Sort of a political "tough love" approach. Ah, it makes us feel like well cared for children doesn't it?

I don't know about you but I get a creepy surreal feeling when I look at the current political landscape. Republicans are turning into Democrats. Democrats are turning into Socialists. Socialists are turning into Communists. And Communists are turning into Cindy Sheehan's roommates. I've been a Republican since 1980, wooed and convinced by Ronald Reagan. Now I'm having to watch my party spending money like a bunch of drunken Democrats. My president admits that we have a national security crisis, does a good job of handling it militarily, but then leaves the "back door" open with the "porch light" on. The current leaders of the party of small government creates a new entitlement program that would have made LBJ blush. The list goes on.

It's undeniable at this point. Our current leadership is either type #1 or #3. They either have turned a deaf ear to our concerns, are totally oblivious, or think they have bigger fish to fry. I know we have a tendency to sometimes blow off the off-year election. I think we need to have as large a push for turnout for '06. The voting public needs to do a little spanking on the hired help before they get any more arrogant and start telling us, "this hurts us more than it does you".The "read more" thing is always there. Hopefully, someday I can fix it. But keep checking, there is frequently stuff here.

Thursday, September 22, 2005 

Devilish Ice Cream or Anal-Retentive Muslims?

I don't know if you've heard, but a few days ago the Burger King food chain pulled its ice cream dessert from its restaurants after Muslim complaints. What could it be? Hidden pork products in the vanilla? Nah. It's the packaging. Turns out there is a stylized logo of an ice cream swirl on the lid. Muslims in Britain claim that if you turn it sideways, and probably squint really hard, it looks just like Arabic script for the word "Allah". Naturally, the offended members of the Religion of Peace immediately threatened Jihad.

I suppose that makes some sense. I once killed a man for forgetting to put the maraschino cherry in my Cherry-Lime Sprite. Hey, come on! The guy was just asking for it.

Now, if that is where it stopped, this would still be the funniest yet saddest story of the week. But that's not all. BK immediately capitulated, withdrew the product from the market, and is redesigning the lid. All at their expense of course.

I must confess. I've never been to Britain and, as an American, I tend to think like an American. So, it seems to me a more appropriate response might have been to tell the whiners to "bugger off", followed by the proverbial "bitch slap". Sadly, the Brits lack the American's famous acumen in foreign relations. The Brits are arguably our best allies. So it worries me a little bit if they can't even stand up for their dessert (assuming the decision was made locally).

I saw an interesting illustration of this on TV a few days ago. My wife is a big fan of BBC America, an enthusiasm I don't particularly share. We were watching a program called "The Thin Blue Line", a police station sitcom with Rowan Atkinson. Atkinson's character and a number of his colleagues were discussing the general low quality of things and people in their environs when he made a truly sad comment. I don't recall the exact words, so I will paraphrase. Smiling, he said, "Not doing anything well, that's what we British do best."

Sometimes, I find it hard to believe these folks are descended from the same ancestors as me. I know as a matter of historical fact that these tiny islands once had a massive global empire that governed one quarter of the Earth. Looking at them now, I just can't see it. It really makes me sad. It is also a cautionary tale for us as a nation.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 

Book Review: #1 and 2


I finally realized today that I didn't follow up on my pre-emptive book reviews on the new Stephen R. Donaldson book "The Runes of the Earth", or Robert Spencer's "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades)". So I decided to kill two birds with one stone. That's the problem with enjoying a book enough to review it before you done with it.

Donaldson's new book, a fantasy if you didn't see the previous post, is well-written as always. The plot and characters are deep, intricate, and driven by complicated motivations. There is great depth to the story, if you're in the market for depth. As I warned last time, this is not summertime beach reading fluff, unless you're in the Mensa Society. Then there is the famous (infamous?) Donaldson vocabulary. You don't have to read too far into a Donaldson novel before you begin to suspect that the man memorized the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary early in life, and wants you to know it. Personally, I like that; when I tell a woman I really admire her percipience she usually doesn't know whether to thank me or slap me.

One difference between this novel and the 6 that preceded it: It's not as self-contained. Whereas the other novels could stand on their own right to a degree, this book is a total cliff-hanger. The event that you expect from the first page doesn't happen until the last sentence of the book, literally. Another caveat, the Covenant books are rather dark. If you're on the verge of putting a noose around your neck, you should probably hold off until the Effexor kicks in.

As far as Spencer's book is concerned, my final word is pretty much the same as the first. I found plenty of new material in the book to round out my knowledge of Islamo-fascism, the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the lap of liberals who can't stop denying its existence. Unfortunately for me, I had learned a lot of the information the hard way, scrounging it up in print articles and the Internet, so I didn't benefit as much as someone just starting out. But even so, it provides excellent review and analysis. In fact, not being a Qur'anic scholar, I wouldn't have been able to catch the twisting and turning in the book's passages.

The book provides an introduction to the faith and its practice, but most importantly it doesn't leave you hanging. Spencer provide plenty recommendations for additional information on the various topics. I just hope my neighbors across the street don't catch me reading them.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 

Left Completely Out Of News:Begins Reporting On Body Functions

You will find an extensive post of the Bush Bladder Capacity Crisis at Blatantly Sexist.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 

Public Education Must Die! #2

Stealth Quotas in the Dallas Independent School District

The multitudinous school systems of Texas have a well-deserved reputation for be conservative in their approach to education. This is especially true in rural areas. But even in this Red State environment urban school systems can dabble in K-12 madness with the best of them

Recently, various Hispanic higher-ups in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), where I once briefly worked, have been pushing for a change in policy that they just might get. They are trying to institute a policy in which principals in "majority Hispanic" school must speak Spanish. Presumably, monolingual English speaking principals would be transferred or might even lose their job. (The district as a whole is "minority" heavy.) Obviously, this is just a heavy-handed attempt to squeeze white, black, and other non-Hispanic ethnicities out of as many administrative jobs as possible. Best of all, for them that is, this would be just one more tool to be used in resisting assimilation.

But all is not butterflies and flowers in public education La-la Land. The problem with giving in to one group's demand to be "special" is that everybody wants to be "special". So, it came as no surprise to me this morning when I heard on my car radio that black higher-ups in the DISD want some special consideration too. Their proposal is that principals in "majority black" schools have specialized training or degrees in African-American Studies, or something similar. You don't have to be a genius to see where this trend is going.

I'm thinking maybe I should get on this bandwagon. Maybe we could require that principals at "white majority" schools be proficient in Standard American English. To make sure they were culturally up to snuff we could require that they have degrees in American History and be able to recite the complete works of John Locke from memory. Hey, I can dream can't I?

Monday, September 12, 2005 

The Media Isn't Following the Money

If it's all about the money, then the various media can't figure out what mere politicians figured out long ago.

Today I ran across a little snippet in Yahoo! News concerning the TV watching habits of various demographic groups. As you most likely know, the media and advertisers go after the 15-34 demographic like Pit Bulls after an innocent by-stander covered with bacon grease.

Other people have pointed out far more eloquently than I ever could that this is a little odd. Given that this demographic is also the one with the least money as a group. The normal tendency is for a person's wealth or net worth to increase as they get older. One would think that this group would be the coveted prize, but no.

But today I learn a little something else. According to research, the younger demographic watches an average of nine hours of TV a week while the elder demographic watches about 17, almost twice as much. So not only is there more money there is more opportunity. What gives?

I have my own theory. I don't think that money is the primary prize. Of course they get filthy rich in the process, at least in the past, but I'm pretty sure that something else is the object. I think the prize is what is between the ears of the 15-34 folks. Remember my Jesus Loves Me parody from way back when?
The Democrats love me
This I know,
For my TV tells me so.
Or, as Rush has so eloquently put it, young skulls full of mush.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 

Secure Borders: They're Not Just For Gringos Anymore



How interesting! I just read a report about a Field Poll taken in California and reported on by Reuters. Reuters definitely not being part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. It seems that in the poll some 81% of Californians reported that they are worried about illegal immigration (foreign invasion if you're honest). Of that percentage, 49% reported themselves as being extremely concerned about it.

How fascinating! Why, just a few years ago it was reported that the dreaded and evil Caucasian had dropped to less than 50% of the population of California. Now, assuming that the cracker demographic votes as a monolithic block against the invaders (whoops, hard-working undocumented workers who only want to do the work fat Americans are too lazy to do), that means that 32% of the population composed entirely of the increasingly inappropriately named minorities think the same way too.

But wait! There's more! The can't-dance demographic doesn't vote as a monolithic block (say it ain't so Pedro). Remember this is California. So, while in most other states you have to go to some sort of museum, or a Grateful Dead retrospective, to see an honest to God hippy, in California you can see them still romping in their natural habitat, a San Francisco free clinic, or genuflecting before the street signs at Haight and Ashbury, praying for the resurrection of Abbie Hoffman. The self-loathing pseudo-Caucasians of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and other refuges from sanity would never take that position.

I'm astounded! How could this be? I think this may harken back to some things I heard as a child from various teachers, but I never hear from anyone anymore: That being that once an immigrant makes it into the United States they want the doors closed behind them. Think about that for a while. Why would immigrants almost immediately become anti-immigrant, legal or otherwise? It seems to me that they might know a little better than most who or what is nipping at their heels. I think the reason one rarely ever hears about this phenomenon is that assimilation, while once considered essential, is now considered cultural suicide and treason to your [insert demographic group here].

So what does this all mean? It means that in a nation where having 55% of voters on your side constitutes massive support and the will of the people if you're some species of liberal, having a mere 81% of across the board support and opposing them is just proof that they have a lot more work to do before your mind is straightened out.

So, what's behind this mode of thinking? I can't speak for any immigrant, not being on myself, certainly not for all of them. The best I can offer up is something that was said to me by an acquaintance who had immigrated here from Germany and kept his naturalization papers in a frame and prominently displayed in his home. I asked him one time if there what things he missed about Germany. He told me, "If there was anything to miss about Germany, I would still live there."

Thursday, September 08, 2005 

Lord Foul's Bane

A book that truly impressed me

Something wonderful has happened. A book I've been waiting for 22 years has finally been published. The title is "The Runes of the Earth". I'm about a quarter of the way through it and it's as good as I had hoped.

I'm a big Science Fiction fan, always have been. In fact, there was a time when that's all that I read. I can say with no exaggeration that I have read hundreds of Science Fiction books. However, the day came when I reached my saturation point. One day during my 18th year of life, I finally realized that my last couple of dozen SF books had produced no pleasure, but only a sense of ennui.

So, I trekked down to the local mall and ambled into the B. Dalton Booksellers. Obviously this was back before I discovered Barnes & Noble. I had no idea what I was going to buy, I just knew that I needed to read something different. As luck would have it, the staff had just put up a huge display of books by a new author by the name of Stephen R. Donaldson. They guy had apparently recently published a trilogy of fantasy novels, called the "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever", that were doing quite well.

Now, even though I wanted to try something new, fantasy novels weren't on the table. There were certain things that I just wouldn't do back then, like cut my hair. However, I almost tripped over the display when I walked, forcing me to pay attention to it. The covers were pure eye candy. All three of them had covers done by the artist Darrell K. Sweet which were dazzling to me, kind of like shiny objects to my bipolar ex-girlfriend. So I picked one up, looked at the artwork on the front, then casually flipped it over to read the blurb on the back.

<--The Darrell K. Sweet cover

I had never read a fantasy novel before so I expected it to be a little odd and probably not my cup of tea. However, the premise was beyond weird, delightfully weird in fact. So, I bought the first book in the trilogy, "Lord Foul's Bane", and took it hope. I was pretty much unavailable for the next 2 or 3 days. I had accomplished my goal, in an unexpected place. It was totally unlike anything I had ever read before. I loved it. When I was finished I went back to the store and bought the other 2 books, "The Illearth War" and the "The Power That Preserves". I had polished them off within a week.

I was convinced. I began reading fantasy novels every chance I got. I still mostly read SF, but I threw in a fantasy just to keep things fresh. In the 1980s Donaldson produced another trilogy, "The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", consisting of the "The Wounded Land", "The One Tree", and "White Gold Wielder". These books were equally awesome and I was done with them when the last one was published in 1983. Now things took a bad turn.

There was supposed to be a third trilogy, but it never appeared. Days turned to months, months to year, and years to decades, but still no books. Donaldson wrote a couple of unrelated fantasies and a few collections of short stories. Then for some bizarre reason he chose to waste his talents on some mystery novels and a set of 5 SF novels collectively called, "The Gap Cycle", which were a SF retelling of Wagner's Ring Cycle. I read them and it was pure torture. I still am amazed that someone who could write such awesome fantasy could write such bad SF. They were putrid. After I finished the 5th book, I swore off of Donaldson.

So, it was a pleasant surprise when I saw a Donaldson book I didn't recognize at B and N. I picked it up, and lo and behold, it was the first volume of "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", the first of not 3, but 4 new novels. In a flying leap of faith I bought the book. It's just as fresh to me now as it was to that 8-track wielding hippy way back when.

So what's so great about the books? Well, for one thing Donaldson is an excellent writer. The "Land" that he describes is so vivid you would swear you've been there. It is rich with detail and character. The culture is well thought out and totally believable. So much so that Donaldson tends to write in great flights of flowery prose. In a nutshell, if you think that Edgar Rice Burroughs novels move to slowly, then these books aren't for you.

The main different, however, lies in the main character himself. Thomas Covenant is not your stereotypical epic fantasy hero. He falls more in the anti-hero class of protagonists. He is a deeply flawed man. A successful author and family man, Covenant has it all, but inexplicably comes down with a primary case of Hansen's Disease, leprosy. Fear and ignorance makes people shun him. He becomes an outcast and is eventually left by his wife who takes their child with her.

Covenant becomes bitter and cynical and keeps himself going by obsessing on maintaining the health he has left. His faith and trust in just about everything is shattered. I don't want to ruin anything for those that haven't discovered these books yet. So I'll just say that eventually he is transported to "The Land", a land of impossible beauty and health. Here, Covenant is hailed as the reincarnation of "Berek Halfhand" a legendary hero. Covenant still wears his white gold wedding band and that metal doesn't naturally exist in the Land and is filled with "wild magic". Covenant can do a lot for these people.

The problem is that he isn't buying it for a second. He firmly believes that he is either hallucinating or has finally lost his mind. He doesn't believe what he's seeing and lets the people of the Land know it, thus picking up his Unbeliever title.

Having read these novels before any other fantasy novel puts me in kind of an odd position because they have become the standard by which I judge all books in the genre. As a consequence, I didn't read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy until nearly 10 years later. For most people, LOTR is their introduction and their gold standard for the genre. When I finally got around to reading the trilogy, I was plagued by an insane and irrational feeling that they were too derivative of Donaldson.

I don't know what kind of person Donaldson is. I don't want to know. I'm pretty sure this is a case where Laura Ingraham's "Shut Up and Sing" policy applies. As I recall he went to Kent State University and graduated sometime around 1970, at which time he avoided Vietnam by doing work as a conscientious objector. He currently lives somewhere in northern New Mexico. Being a native New Mexican I can tell you that the northern part of that state is the equivalent of northern California, the land of flakes, fruits, and nuts.

So, if you enjoy good fantasy, or you're in the mood for something totally different, give these books a try.

 

How Dare You?


Brought to you by CAIR and the DNC

How dare you!!!? That's the phrase that I've been looking for. I've been looking for the words that describe the attitude that I see from the Left, Islamists, and anti-American low-lifes of every stripe. It came to me while I was reading Mustang's post entitled "Stifling Criticism". To most reasonable Americans it would seem axiomatic to respond to a criticism of some kind with an explanation of the virtues and merits of the thing in question, most likely by some appeal to logic or reason.

Unfortunately, the opposition not only doesn't do this, but sometimes actually seems offended that we might expect them to do so. Their preferred response is to attack your right to make the criticism in the first place, thus the "How Dare You?" in the title. Where this all comes from depends to the person being outraged. The lack of reasoned discourse in our era has resulted in legions of intellectually and rhetorically crippled people to whom it would never occur that their beliefs need defending. Thus we wind up with people who can blithely support the confiscation of the wealth of an entire demographic group, but fly into a purple-faced drooling rage when asked to justify it.

There's a reason why these lavender-lipped losers are so livid. They have absolutely no clue why they believe what they believe and were blissfully unaware of that until you, you reality-enslaved son-of-a-bitch, pointed it out. They desperately look back into the logic centers of their minds and find only dusty old signs that read, "This Space for Rent". This can be rather distressful for people who were raised from the point of missed-opportunity-for-an-abortion to believe that their whims are immutable laws of the universe. So out pops a "how dare you?" type of response. Kind of like when an art critic challenges some no-talent abstract/modern artist who retorts, not with a defense of his painting, but with "You hate art don't you?"

So what does this have to do with Mustang's post and CAIR and the rest? Plenty. For most of us tolerance is encoded directly on our national "DNA". So it took us a long time to wrap our heads around the idea of being suspicious of Islam and its intentions. I know from personal experience because I didn't wake up until 9-11-01. Since that time I've been like a lot of other people. I've been studying up on and learning about that religion and its adherents and, like a lot of other people, I don't like what I see. The time when anti-Western Jihadists could pursue their agenda with impunity in the United States, effectively cloaked by most American's unfortunate contempt for academic pursuits. In effect, the victims have woken up and are peering at the enemy through a magnifying glass. For the anti-American minions, stealth has been stolen from them and is no longer an option.

So, if you're some anti-American and/or anti-Western lunatic, and your adversary is looking you over intently and challenging you, and you're the water-boy on the playing field of ideas, what do you do? You express indignant and righteous outrage of course. How dare you! You by-pass logic and reason all together and challenge their right to speak, period.

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR Spokesthing

Fortunately for you the CAIR and the Quislings at the ACLU are there to make stripping the opposition of it's First Amendment right easy and carefree. They've even gone so far as to have a conference in Chicago where seminars on bringing lawsuits against critics are given. Critics are smeared as racists, bigots, religion zealots, slanderers, libelists, and worse, but rarely if ever answered. But strangely, despite such signs of "progress" like the recent issuance of a fatwa against terrorist, CAIR spokesthing Ibrahim Hooper, when given an opportunity to denounce Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad has been quoted as saying, "it's not our job to go around denouncing" and "we're not in the business of condemning" Makes me wonder if they read their own material.

I intend to continue to read, learn, study, and understand the mindset of these people. I encourage everybody to do the same. Demand that people be able to intelligently defend their positions of vital world topics. For those who won't, don't shy from calling them on it, preferably in the presence of those who can still be reached. Don't get sucked into arguing and name-calling. Remain cool and rational and most importantly be knowledgeable about your topic. I've come to believe that our society's injunction against discussing religion and politics, as reasonable as it once was, has come to do more harm than good in this perilous age.

I'm putting my money where my mouth is in this regard. Since 9-11 I've been intently studying my own religion, Christianity, and the religions of others. When time permits I study the various flavors of philosophy and history, psychology, economics, and so forth. My formal education has always been in the realm of science, but I've learned that the classical educators of old were right to include language and humanities in the Trivium and Quadrivium as well. I encourage everyone to do the same.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 

More About What Makes Me Tick


I forgot to mention the thing that I hate the most. If I had to choose I would rather be trapped on a desert island with Barney and the Teletubbies

Mustang left a comment for my "What Makes Me Tick" post suggesting that I was holding back on detail. His comments were as follows:
You didn't tell us how you feel about cross-dressing, NAMBLA, Save the Whales, or Clinton as a cigar aficionado. How do you feel about cats, Chinese food, and babies who puke on your rented tuxedo? Have you ever had carnal knowledge with a French person (being in the Navy and all), and can we believe your denials? Come on ER . . . there is much, much more to know. Spit it out, big guy.

Of course, you do realize that we have your dossier. We will know if you are lying.
Mustang | Homepage | 09.06.05 - 1:06 am | #
Cross-dressing: The underwires dig into my ribs too much and the lace is way too itchy.

NAMBLA: They told me I was too old to be a boy and that my lack of felony convictions didn't meet their standard for manhood. Narrow-minded bastards.

Save the Whales: I hate them. Ever since they came along I can't go to the beach without someone dumping buckets of water on me and trying to push me into the surf.

Clinton and Cigars: I say give the Devil his due. If you can convince an allegedly grown woman to become your "little humidor of love" that's just proof that your wife has given up tobacco.

Cats: Like them. I grew up with cats in the house from birth so they're almost like part of the decor. Besides, it was fun to watch them beat up our dogs.

Chinese Food: I used to love it, but the salt started getting to me as I got older. It makes me retain water like Lake Elizabeth Taylor. Besides, you just want to flirt with the waitress again an hour later.

Puking Babies: I like puking babies much more than rented tuxedoes. I think wearing rented tuxedoes would be an excellent punishment for shoplifting.

Carnal Knowledge of a French Woman: I was a Pacific Coast sailor so I didn't come across European woman very often. I've only met one French woman in my life and had I not been married carnal knowledge with her would have been my utmost priority. I'll invoke the Fifth Amendment concerning ladies of various Asian nations.

My Denials: Yes, you can almost always believe my denials. Telling lies makes me very uncomfortable so I usually reserve fibs for life-or-death type emergencies, like selling my old car.

My Dossier: Don't believe it. I whipped that thing up for a creative writing class. The only shred of truth in that whole thing is the part about me and the identical triplet nymphomaniacs.

Monday, September 05, 2005 

What Makes Me Tick

My business card

I've seen some other bloggers do "Stand up and meet me" types of posts. Since I'm drawing a blank on what to post about, this seemed like as good a time as any.

Personal:
  1. Happily married
  2. Ex-wives lurking in the background
  3. Two children by two previous marriages
  4. Son, age 26, 3 grandchildren
  5. Daughter, age 6
  6. Ex-Navy sonarman
  7. Used to work in a mine
  8. Degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology, which has proved useless
  9. Freemason
  10. Aspiring novelist
  11. Excessively fond of redheads
  12. Recovering public school teacher
  13. Currently retraining for a medical career
  14. Old musclecar enthusiast, particularly mopars
  15. Main hobby aquarium keeping
Things that I love:
  1. Redheads
  2. Brunettes
  3. Science Fiction
  4. Fantasy
  5. Stargate SG-1
  6. Studying classical civilization
  7. Enlightenment Era thinking
  8. My country
  9. Learning in general
  10. My posterity
  11. Annoying liberals
  12. Elections
  13. Goring sacred cows
  14. Being very un-PC
Things that I hate:
  1. People who refer to Rap as music.
  2. People who can't let the 1960s go.
  3. Mosquitoes, which are proof that God makes mistakes.
  4. Speedbumps and people who slow down for them.
  5. College professors who drift off topic and finish the class waxing poetic about the beauties of some failed socialist theory.
  6. The insane belief that illegal immigrants are good for the economy.
  7. The insane belief that prisons are for rehabilitating barely human predators.
  8. That well-behaved smart kids are the lowest priority of the public school system.
  9. People who've forgotten 9-11 already.
  10. People who think American culture is the lack of culture
  11. Eurotrash boot-licking pseudo-American scum.

That's a fair start I think.

Friday, September 02, 2005 

Katrina

The bitch herself.

I've always heard that New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen. The last few days have proved to me that it is so. We're all learning a lot of lessons I suppose. For instance I've learned that, no matter how much fun a city is, if it's located on the coast and almost completely below sea level, keep moving.

I've also learned that no matter what we've been led to believe our disaster preparedness leaves a great deal to be desired. In our post 9/11 world we've been given the impression that we're now prepared for new terrorists attacks, including with radiological devices or biologicals. But New Orleans is a relatively small city with some 500,000 people I've heard. We have many metropolitan areas with that population and larger. I'm fairly certain that a well-placed terrorist weapon could just as easily generate a half-million or more victims to be helped.

This should serve as a wake-up call to FEMA and all relief agencies everywhere. I can't believe that with as much warning as was given that we have such a huge human catastrophe on our hands. Obviously, more material needed to have been prepositioned and why the hell wasn't the Nation Guard called up pre-emptively?

I've been appalled to watch people in dire straights take time out of their busy struggle for survival to do a little looting. It's disgusting to watch people wading through sewage and chemical contaminated water with their recently looted stereo system or computer. What the hell every happened to shoot-to-kill orders during times like this. It's one thing to steal a soda and a can of sardines when your starving. Stealing big screen TVs while there are bodies floating in the streets just proves that you don't deserve to live.

I'm not oblivious to the acts of compassion and heroism coming out of New Orleans and the other affected communities. I'm just amazed at how many people are missing so many basic components of a human soul that they can go through what they've been through and lose everything and still see harming and exploiting their fellow victims as options. Bah!

About me

  • I'm dostrick
  • From Texas, United States
  • The All Seeing Eye. A symbol of the Enlightenment and I like to think one day it will be a symbol of me. *** Middle-aged juvenile delinquent. *** Meyers-Briggs INTP if you follow that. *** My primary interests are in history, philosophy, languages, and literature. All the things that guarantee you'll never get a well-paying job.
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You can't run as a phony patriot and then claim your victory is a mandate for surrender.

--Ann Coulter--


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

--Allahpundit--


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 American...to 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.

--Unknown--


"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.

--Unknown--


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

--ER--


[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.

--ER--


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.

--Unknown--


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)

--Unknown--


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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