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Honoring the Fallen.

I’d like to think my hero, Richard Feynman, would have found this funny.

XKCD Rules.

Today needs more humor.

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The Station Fire in LA claimed two firefighters.  It was a vehicle accident.  There’s no good way to die but I think most would agree that this way beats being burned.

Condolences to their families and fellow firefighters.

Image: KTLA

Image: KTLA - found it here.

Sadly, these two will not get anywhere near the respect and recognition of a senator.

“It’s burning everywhere,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Dianne Cahir said. “When it gets into canyons that haven’t burned in numerous years, it takes off. If you have any insight into the good Lord upstairs, put in a request.”

The fire had burned 134 square miles of brush and trees by early Monday and was just 5 percent contained.

Communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson were threatened by fire.

The dead firefighters were Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 35, of Palmdale. Hall was a 26-year veteran, and Quinones had been a county firefighter for eight years.

“Our hearts are heavy as we are tragically reminded of the sacrifices our firefighters and their families make daily to keep us safe,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

When I was a firefighter, my boss told me about two of his crew years ago and how they died.  They were bringing a thousand-gallon tanker to a spot that needed it and were going too fast to avoid a bridge abutment.  Four tons of water is hard to move around and is hard to slow down. If you stop too suddenly it also will keep moving.

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Obama is more effective at taking out terrorists than Bush is!  Why?  Because he said so.  By what metric?  You know, metrics are really beside the point.  We need to focus on his success.  Because the numbers are going up.

The former Marine General didn’t provide any specific numbers to back up his claim, but he said “there is an increasing trend and I think we seen that in different parts of the world over the last few months for sure.” He added that he was not “making a tally sheet saying we are killing more people, capturing more people than they did — that is not the issue.”

But the numbers are going up, he said.  “The numbers of high value targets that we are successfully reaching out to or identifying through good intelligence” from both the CIA and intelligence agencies from US allies has made the difference, he said. “We have better human intelligence; we know where the terrorists are moving. Because of the dialogue and the tone of the dialogue between us and our friends and allies…the trend line against terrorism is positive, and that’s what we want. If we have a positive trend line we have a safer country.”

We’re reaching out to high value targets.  Nice.  I’m sure more of the Libya/Lockerbie type approach is called for.  It’s what any good liberal/socialist country would do.

I’m sorry, but I must call bullsh*t on this one.

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Schools banning touching to prevent swine flu infections.

Chest bumps. High fives. Hugs and handshakes. Glen Cove Middle School students Ali Slaughter and Hannah Seltzer say that’s what friends do on the first day of school. But when students in the Nassau community return to school next week, the superintendent will be urging abstinence. Everyone from the tiniest tots to the biggest high school football players will be asked to limit skin-on-skin contact in an attempt to prevent the spread of swine flu when it re-emerges this fall.

You try to play football w/o touching.  They’ll be putting body-sized condoms on the players.

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Every now and then a poll catches my eye.  I usually hate them.

Rasmussen says 57% would vote entire congress out.

Vote against the incumbent this next cycle.  Get them out of here.   Even if 50% of the wankers were voted out it would strike fear into the hearts of these arrogant politicians.  Just think about the sickening rate at which they are spending your money – and even worse is health-care.

Sent by a friend, apparently made or posted by "BigFurHat"

Sent by a friend, apparently made or posted by "BigFurHat" (click on it for the larger version)

You really believe they work for you?  Well, they don’t, so vote them out.

They have allowed this mess to exist.  Our country should not be in business to take from some people and give to others.  It just doesn’t work.  And it is pathetic as well.

Most folks say “We hate congress” but in the same breath utter some mindless sentence:  “But our rep/senate congress-critter is satisfactory.”   But they aren’t!  If you are a congress-critter and you truly believe that things need to change you’d be shouting it to the rooftops.

Update:

They also do many things that would get your or I fired.

Kennedy and Obama – made for each other.

Rangel is as brazen as they come.

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Cruel Wife claims I made a bad joke.

Franken-boy came to me with an “L” made out of a flexible plastic sheet.

I folded the long leg over and twisted it to form a “D”.  I asked him what it was and he said “A D!!!”

I said “Yep, we have just performed a text-change operation.”

Well I thought it was funny.

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The media is certainly tone-deaf when it comes to the catholic church or it’s beliefs.

Kennedy, a champion to the abortion-loving crowd, just can’t be seen by the church as a poster-child worthy of words of admiration.  Sorry, it does not work that way.

Silence of the Pope.

If I were to get a DUII/DWI/DUI four times and kill and injure poor bystanders while doing so, do you honestly think MADD is going to honor my memory after I am gone?

I want to throw in a link here to the PDF version of yesterday’s Patriot Post.  The Patriot Post gives Teddy Kennedy the memorial he deserves.

Anyway, how many elected officials are remarked on by the pope after they die?  Why should anyone expect to be remarked upon.  That’s pride.  Gluttony for adoration/attention.  Murder of children.

Nice.

Inscrutable Half-Breed, being an observant co-worker type chap, passed on this image and said:

I did notice that the dog is kind of blue. Make of that what you will. Personally, I think Teddy’s reaching for a gun in this picture.

bluedog

Update:

Thanks to The Dude, you now have a barf alert, and it is color-coded red, the highest barf alert possible. Worth it?

Here’s some Drama-Dramamine™ to help take that nasty barfy edge off.

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I could go on and on about the hypocrisy, hubris, opportunism, and general nasty behavior – but I don’t need to… The Vultures have Landed.

(Or alternately titled “The Day Decorum Died”)

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If you’ve read much here, you’ll know that I have an extremely strong dislike (that is as nicely as I can put that) for predators, molesters, child abusers, domestic violence perps, etc.

Here’s one guy… when I hear “heart warming story” come out of his mouth, I am moved to passing a steadily increasing current (thus it is a warming-the-heart thing) through his heart.

The man who allegedly abducted American schoolgirl Jaycee Lee Dugard almost two decades ago has admitted that he did a “disgusting thing” but went on to defend himself, saying the public would be surprised by the “heart-warming story”.

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Neck update:

This update has nothing to do with the title of the post.  Today, another nerve is definitely dying.  Rotten little bastard.  How can a spot feel numb yet hurt like hell to touch?  You got me.  But it does.  It’s that “I just ripped off a hangnail and two square inches of skin around my fingernail came up with it” feeling.

This is just a part of a good process.  In a few days, only Cthulhu will be left (yes, I give names to these nerves that cause my sanity to unhinge)

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Gee, do you think?

Democrats accused of using Kennedy’s death to advance reforms.

Just wait for a blustery denial of how they would never sully the great man’s memory or name.  NEVER.  Ever.

Harrumph.

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On NPR I heard a rosy glowing outlook for the economy.

I see two things wrong with this assessment.

1) Americans lost their shorts in both their stock investments and their home values.  Their spending behavior will not go back to previous levels (levels which were unsustainable and hedonistic).

2) From Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s blog:

The Baltic Dry Index measuring freight rates for bulk goods and commodities has been falling almost continuously for eleven weeks, dropping from 4,290 to 2,778 on Thursday.

This index is the bellweather for production indicators.  This is as regular as tides, as gravity, as death, and as taxes.  If that index goes up it’s a measure of how good everything is going.   He goes on to say:

There is something wrong with the entire recovery tale, which ignores the fact that excess plant is still at the highest level since the Great Depression (capacity use is 70pc in Europe, 68pc in the US, 65pc in Japan, and as low as 50pc in some countries, according to the World Bank’s Justin Lin). Companies will have to cut jobs and investment.

Soaring “confidence” indicators have decoupled from reality. The world economy is still prostrate. GDP has shrunk 4pc, 6pc, 8pc, even 12pc or more in a large group of countries. There it more or less sits, like a deflated soufflé.

3)  Nothing has really changed that warrants a sudden reversal of reality in the space of 1-2 months.

So that was three things.  Sue me.

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I *loathe* cheaters.  If you want out that bad, get a divorce and then have at.  But this guy… he’s the first where I say “Geez, you actually seem to care and have remorse.”

I could be wrong.  He may be doing it because he doesn’t want a costly divorce.  But, give him the benefit of a doubt, and if he doesn’t do it again, “Ok, good on you, dude”.

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The Dude passed on a link where John Stossel wrote a good piece pointing out how racial issues are brought up both for real reasons and then they are used as a shield from legitimate criticism.

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No, I can’t point to a concrete reason why this is a bad idea.  But I can point to the Law of Unintended Consequences.  This law is very powerful and nowhere is it as prominent as when it comes to the fore in the human body.

Three parents to create an offspring.

They make it sound good.  They have good intentions. You can make the same claims with the use of Thalidomide.

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Just another day.

We will be subjected to two weeks of disingenuous fawning over a guy who you ultimately had to say was of questionable loyalties.  Himself, mostly.

You hear it said that you shouldn’t speak ill of the dead.  I see it as all the more reason to live your life so no one has to.  If you’re a creep, it should be recognized as such.  Of course, use some compassion for his family and friends, but don’t sugar coat the truth.

And here it comes, on Drudge we hear that new life will be breathed into the democrat’s cause – that of financially crushing social obligations – because we must honor the fallen :


Oh but it gets worse…

HEALTH BILL FROM THE GRAVE: DEMS RALLY AROUND OBAMAKENNEDYCARE

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Saw the physician’s assistant today.  She knows more than a lot of doctors, frankly.

She said “How is it going?”  I told her I was of two minds… one was to kiss her feet for the escape from the headache, and secondly that what they told me before/after the procedure was “it’s a lot like a bad sunburn”.  I told her this was utter horsecrap – more like peeling a hangnail until it reaches your wrist.  She said every single person is different.  I related the five days including and leading up to Sunday – Pain City.  She said that is how they go.

Yes, nerves die in a blaze of glory – they grow shriller and louder by turns, eventually shattering the glass in the cathedral of the soul with reverberations from the abyss – the howls and growls of long-forgotten distant beings that reach out and hunger for your very substance.  Then they die.

Which is what happened Sunday night.

Which I might add, has yet to happen in two spots on my neck.  Nyarlathotep down, Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu to go.

Next Thursday I do the other side.  Kill ’em all – three of them, anyway – and let the bod sort them out.

The PA has noted by my much scaled-back painkiller use in the last few days and “gets it” that I’m not looking for drugs and decided that they would try to do better by me this next procedure and up the dose so I’m not suffering.

In fact, I’m truly enjoying clarity of mind but my body is saying it wants more – gotta love physical dependence.  (sigh) This too shall pass.  Clarity of mind – when was the last time you heard me try a Lovecraft riff?

I’m told that this will come  back – that they just don’t know how long.  In the meantime, there is a chance I might be back on my bicycle this fall even if for a short duration.

I can live with that.

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Eighteen different kinds of wrong.

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At the National Review Online, Victor Davis Hanson has a great op-ed on what has gone wrong with Obama’s presidency.  The shorter list is what has gone right.

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A gentleman named “Bennett” left me a nice comment:

Hi Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality.
I am from Niger and learning to speak English, give true I wrote the following sentence: “Enriched with vitamin a, c, and e, dr.”

Waiting for a reply :-) , Bennett.

Culturally speaking  this is a gold-mine of information.  Who knew that Niger-folk used “Cheese” as a personal pronoun in a salutation?  I usually just say “Dude”.  And that he’d share with me, a total stranger, his progress on both the english language and the food pyramid.

Since the world is so full of nice people I think I’ll support Obama more, and his health care, and let people standing on the corners begging for money just borrow my credit card, because the world is such a kind place and I can help make it kinder – he’s sure to bring it back the next day.

So… so what if the deficit will be 9 trillion dollars over ten years?  Obama knows what he’s saying when he says that that is just proof that we need to pass health care reform.

You should join me in listening to those who know more than us.

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Update:

Oh yes… how am I?  Well the last five days were hell.  Then yesterday after multiple v’s and muscle relaxers I stumbled off to bed at 3pm and got up at 8:30pm.  Felt like the dog’s dinner and like I’d been run over, but one of the nerves has finally up and died.  Only one painkiller today which has me so happy I could dance a jig.  So sick of pills and pain.  I’m not pain-free but I have coping skills to deal with this level of discomfort.  I truly am in a good mood today, even for a cranky person.

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Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister expressed unhappiness  about the fanfare-filled welcome-home bash for Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi on his return to Libya.  He was assured that it would be low-key, he said of the Libyan authorities.  Then said MacAskill:

Instead the Libyans provided Megrahi with a welcome that “showed no compassion or sensitivity to the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing.”

Well, you should feel in good company, Mr. MacAskill, because you yourself showed none to the families of the victims of Megrahi and Libya.  In fact, you did worse.  You took the scant consolation that was the barest minimum required for justice, and you turned it to bitter ashes and made those families eat it.

You are now a member of the club made popular by Lenin  – the Club of Useful Idiots.

You are part of an less and less rare breed as time goes by – a breed made of of some of the most lily-livered, reality-denying, unicorn chasing, candy-assed, milquetoast wankers known to humanity – those who believe that if you just act nice enough the bad people will come over and give a great big wet kiss and group hug.

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I long for the day when the US can be a satellite member of the European Union.  That they care enough to police speech is heartwarming.

I had to laugh… WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS THAT ARE TABOO:  “whiter than white”,“gentleman’s agreement”, “black mark”, “right-hand man”.  Not a one of these ever held a second, more sinister racially-charged or sexually demeaning definition for me, ever… until now.  Thanks for that, bedwetters.

[The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission] points out that certain words carry with them a “hierarchical valuation of skin colour”. The commission even urges employees to be mindful of the term “ethnic minority” because it can imply “something smaller and less important”.

The National Gallery in London believes that the phrase “gentleman’s agreement” is potentially offensive to women and suggests that staff should replace it with “unwritten agreement” or “an agreement based on trust” instead. The term “right-hand man” is also considered taboo by the gallery, with “second in command” being deemed more suitable.

I mean, some of this doesn’t even make sense.

The Learning and Skills Council wants staff to “perfect” their brief rather than “master” it.

Advice issued by the South West Regional Development Agency states: “Terms such as ‘black sheep of the family’, ‘black looks’ and ‘black mark’ have no direct link to skin colour but potentially serve to reinforce a negative view of all things black.

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