Friday, October 30, 2009

Bleacher Report on Brett Farve Hype and Suicides

It took me entirely too long to get this.

A Musing

In my heart and in my intellect, I know that a violent rebellion--however justified it may one day be--would be bad, very bad.

However, there are times when I close my eyes and think how great it would feel to stand up to the fascists and tear down the socialists.

I feel it now. It's a primal sensation: terrible and fearful but somehow wonderful all at once. It is the force of razings and poetry.

I must have drank too much coffee.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Two Mark Videos

In this first video--captured by cell phone, so I apologize for the resolution--you see Mark's big run in today's game.

The second video is less impressive, but more amusing. Mark wants to play ice hockey, so we have him in skating lessons. This past Thursday was a "Free Skate," so he and all of the students were able just to skate around. I was reading a Harry Turtledove novel, but I looked up at one point to see how Mark was doing. I thought that he was convulsing or something, but then I realized that he was dancing. To add to my horror, he was dancing to a High School Musical Song.

After the "Free Skate," I asked him why he was dancing. He said, "Duh, it's an awesome song!"

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Obama Blacklists FoxNews

Note to President Obama: When friendly--darn near worshipping--networks like CBS turn on you, then you know that you've crossed into dark, dark waters.

Still, the Obama administration's attempt to exclude FoxNews from interviews and such is not anywhere near the worst Presidential assault on the media.

In the late 1790s, Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Party drafted the Sedition Act, and John Adams signed it into law. The Sedition Act gave the executive powers to prosecute anyone who dared to "write, print, utter, or publish" criticisms of the President (Adams was a Federalist) or Congress (controlled by Federalists). The law allowed for punishments of fines up to $2000 and two years imprisonment.

The Federalists intended the Sedition Act to silence the growing opposition of Thomas Jefferson's opposition party. Instead, it made a lot of people take a long, hard look at the Federalists. Jefferson's party accused Federalists of being tyrannical and monarchical in disposition. The Sedition Act all but proved this.

During the Civil War, the Lincoln Administration had many critical newspapers shut down, presses destroyed, and and newspapermen imprisoned. Of course, that's nothing compared to what he did to those who would decline consent to his government.

No abuse of power that Obama has thus far committed is without precedent. It is kind of funny that while the administration has been ignoring the Constitution right and left, it's not until it crossed the freedom of the press that the big media outlets (excepting FoxNews, of course) cried foul.

Thank You. Thank You Very Much

I recently shaved my beard and mustache in order to accommodate my Halloween costume.

I have a white, flare-bottomed jumpsuit with a sequins eagle on the chest.

The back of my neck is shrouded by the jumpsuit's high collar and three red scarves.

My face is enveloped by two massive sideburns.

I am Elvis.

A photograph will be available as soon as my buddy, Scott, emails it to me.

Side note:
When I mentioned that I hated shaving the beard, a friend of mine who is into psychoanalysis said that beards symbolize insecurity, as if the bearded man is hiding from something.

I replied that psychoanalysis of a beard's symbolic value is mere deflection, as if the psychoanalyzer is deflecting from the fact that he is a douche bag.

Odd Netflix Recommendation Rationale

My Netflix account recently made the following recommendation.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Because you enjoyed:
The Twilight Zone: Vol. 16
• Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
• Mary Poppins

Dude, you like the Twilight Zone? Then you gotta see A Charlie Brown Christmas!

By the way, I just checked Amazon for a product description of The Twilight Zone Vol. 16:
Product Description
Episodes: "And When the Sky Was Opened" (Ep. 11, December 11, 1959) - Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) and two fellow astronauts have returned from their first space flight. They soon discover that no one remembers them--as if they never existed. "In His Image" (Ep. 103, January 3, 1963, 50 min.) - Alan Talbot doesn't understand why his hometown seems so unfamiliar; why is he driven to kill and what are those strange noises in his head? He's about to get some answers when he comes face to face with his double. "The Last Night of a Jockey" (Ep. 125, October 25, 1963) - Mickey Rooney is Grady, a former jockey, banned from horse racing and down on his luck. When he gets one wish, he grows to over eight-feet tall--which, he'll find out, can be too big.

Friday, October 23, 2009

American Czars

Why aren't more people bothered by the number of so-called "Czars" in the executive branch? There's a "Pay Czar," for God's sake.

"Czar" from the Russian "Tsar" from the Roman "Caesar." A word that is incompatible with constitutional government. It goes to show how worthless our Constitution has become--"An old bitch gone in the teeth." to borrow from Ezra Pound's imagery in "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly."

American Czars? Pay Czars? The federal government gets to decide how much people should be paid? Will this decision supposedly be based upon job performance? If so, then the salaries of most federal employees--including and especially congress and the president--should be slashed.

Still think that the "crazies" who stockpile weapons for the ultimate defense of their liberties are simply nutjobs? Maybe they have no chance against the might of the federal government, but that doesn't mean that they're wrong about the nature of this leviathan. Do you not see the terrible direction that these trends are taking us?

I know what needs to be done with all of the Caesar nonsense.

And you?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cheese Shop Sketch

Still in the midst of a terrible football season--we're 0-3. Trifles here and there will have to suffice for the time being.

Per the request of someone too lazy to go to Youtube and enter "Cheese Shop."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Google Chuck Norris

Funny little trick that you might know.

Go to Google.

Enter "Location of Chuck Norris"

Click on "I'm Feeling Lucky"

Then check out the funny Chuck Norris jokes at this site.

My favorite: Chuck Norris counted to infinity...twice.


The wife and I were just settled down to watch yesterday's episode of House, only to find that 3/4 of the episode was preempted by the damn baseball game. Since the DVR can't understand anything but time slots, we missed most of the episode.

First of all, we don't even live in NY or LA.

Second of all, it's baseball.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Onion--Obama to Enter Diplomatic Talks With Raging Wildfire

Obama To Enter Diplomatic Talks With Raging Wildfire

You Gotta Take It If You're Gonna Dish It

The Iranian government says that the United States and British governments share responsibility for a deadly terrorist attack on Iranian interests.

The United States and British governments deny the Iranian government's claim, and have linked the Iranian government to deadly terrorist attacks on United States and British interests.

I'll bet that both accusations are correct, for governments take to terror and destruction the way that one inappropriate thing takes to something very inappropriate in an inappropriate (and far less vague) comparison.

Seriously, Iran is pissed that the US might have helped its enemies?



Is this the same Iran who helps enemies of the US?

Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

Why yes, Mr. Pot, Mr. Kettle is black.

What's your point?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Murdock Posts Something Worthwhile (for once)

"Howling Mad" Murdock posts this video of a politician who sounds like he knows what he's talking about. I don't know much about Rep. Rogers, but I like what he says in the clip.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Last Week's SNL on Obama

I just watched last week's episode of SNL. The opening sketch was Obama defending against accusations that he's making the U.S. a country that more and more resembles Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia.

Obama--played by Fred Armisen--defends himself by arguing that he's done nothing of the sort because he's literally done nothing.

Less than one week after the writers of SNL observed and commented on Obama's lack of accomplishments, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

I have also done nothing of great importance. Where's my prize?

Friday, October 09, 2009

You Gotta Be Kidding Me

As he wages two wars, and prepares to send more soldiers overseas, Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I thought maybe that it was a story from The Onion. Of course, I thought the same thing when Al Gore won the same prize for promoting fear.

Nope. It's legit.

What's not legit anymore? The Nobel Peace Prize.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

My Excuse

You'll have to forgive the sparse posting of late and for the next few weeks. I coach football through the first part of November, and I'm usually pretty tired by the time I get home.

I know what you're wondering, so let me just up and say it.

No. We're not any good this season. We suck, to be perfectly honest.

Yesterday was our bye week.

We still lost.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Disaster Averted. Alas

Cities should seek to avoid empty spending, high traffic, and increased risk to public safety.

Not Chicago.

The Olympics would have meant all of the above to Chicago, but the Windy City laments that the economic misfortune that the Olympics would have been will instead be Rio's problem.

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