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Warning:  Today’s post may be offensive or disturbing to some viewers.  Please exercise discretion.

A family friend sent me an e:mail today.  And ensured that for the next six hours I would be legally blind.

WHEN I ASKED MYSELF WHO MIGHT NEED AN ANGEL TODAY, I THOUGHT OF YOU!!!

They didn’t want her, so they sent her to me..I don’t want her so, I’m sending her to You!

The rules are simple: You can send her ANYWHERE but you can’t send her BACK !!!!

I am now blind

Click on it to enlarge the image. If you dare.

So I wrote back.  I said “YOU OLD BASTARD.  I am now legally blind.  That is horrific.  I must think of who I can send this to.”

But then an idea came… I should post it.

This would scare away entire families and groups of people on Halloween.

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I was looking for some music on Amazon today.  I ran across some interesting choice pieces of music.

V is for Vagina Puscifer

Doctoring the Tardis – The Time Lords (to be fair, this didn’t sound half bad)

or…

Sex-O Olympic-OThe Revolting Cocks (funny to name a band after an ugly rooster, eh?)  This band seems to have songs of interest like HookerBot3000, Lewd Ferrigno, and Wizard of SexTown

Okayyyyy…

So after a bit more searching, ran across Carnival of Lost Souls by Nox Arcana – now, it is Goth-ish, and it is kind of creepy, but it’d make a hell of a Halloween music track to wig out the little kids with. Their album Necronomicon isn’t so bad either.  Very “niche” music, IMHO.  Has songs named “Cthulhu”, “Dagon”, “Yog-Sothoth”, “Nyarlathotep”, “The Great Old Ones”, etc.  How could you go wrong?

In case you wonder – I’m still having good days and bad days with my neck.  Still have pain but I’m weaning my body off of the pills because I’m so damned tired of being fuzzy.  I’ll find some other way to deal with the pain.  It is at least improved enough that I can cope with what is there unless I do something stupid.

Checking out some bands I used to listen to and probably will never find the cd’s for… King’s X (Out of the Silent Planet), Dali’s Car (The Waking Hour), Bauhaus, etc.

I’ll just sit and enjoy my Massive Attack100th Window until something more inspirational comes along.

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Why are we honoring a communist state well-known for it’s human rights violations and it’s tendency to associate with anyone we don’t get along with as a matter of general principle?  The AFP article (hosted by Google) certainly goes out of it’s way to make it sound like nothing special while at the same time noting that it is a special occasion.

I bet you that Google will flash a banner for the event despite the fact that they are pretty spotty on commemorating patriotic things like Memorial Day.  Apologists like to say that Google in the US only recognizes “festive” occasions, but this sounds hollow:

However this policy doesn’t seem to apply to Google’s international sites, which seem to have more freedom to do these special logos. For example, Google in Australia (Google.com.au) did a commemorative logo for ANZAC Day.  – Rich B. on answers.yahoo.com

You can also see a nice poignant comment on Google’s banner policies here and here.

Oh, on to the commie-worship segment:

NEW YORK — New York’s iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of communist China.

The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the colors of the People’s Republic until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.

The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark “Old Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day.

Just last week the tower turned bright red.

However, that was not to mark some other communist achievement, but the 70th anniversary of the film “The Wizard of Oz” in which Dorothy wears ruby slippers rather than the silver of the original L. Frank Baum novel.

This is naturally a pretty special occasion if you haven’t ever had pride in your country or totally think that Capitalism is bad.  Look for full support from Michelle Obama and Michael Moore.

We may get cheap things from China and we may be on speaking terms but don’t for a second make the mistake of thinking that China is our friend.

Yes, I know that the Emp. St. Bldg. is a private building and yes it is America, where you can express your views.  But years ago people would not have embraced this activity because they hadn’t yet lost all sense of history and perspective.

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Et tu, poo-chute?

Note:  I consider this particular tid-bit to be Steamboat McGoo bait.  I will be timing how long it takes to get a nibble, starting right… NOW… 3:04.30 pm.

Now we’ll be reduced to cavity searches to get on airplanes.  How else can you defend against an ass that puts explosives up his ass?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/28/eveningnews/main5347847.shtml

Lots of jokes came at me from co-workers on this.   Some of their suggestions and some of mine…

Black Lab on Crank: Yeah, The Butcher of Lansing and I were discussing it earlier.  Gives new meaning to the phrase “rip him a new…”

Bone Dry: “Thank you sir, may I have another?”  Oh, wait….

LK: “I feel like my guts are about to explode.”

The Dude: It’s only a wafer thin mint….

Laconic Pup: “fire in the hole”?

LK: “You can BLOOOOOOW it out yer ass.”

ID10T Killer: Before it’s all said and done we’ll all have to be run through the X-Ray machine along with our luggage.

LK: They did that in Bruce Campbell’s movie Terminal Invasion.   If they could do it, we can do it.  They pass dogs through them all the time, right?

BLoC: Not so far-fetched; the scanners they’re making are getting better and better.

ID10T Killer: Something tells me you don’t want to pull this guys finger.

The Dude: And for those female terrorists……..

BLoC: The douchebomb?   Please don’t give them any ideas.

LK: Now with wings…

Bone-Dry: Instead of arriving 1 hour early you’ll have to arrive 4 hours early and drink a laxative….

BLoC: This’ll be another excuse not to let people use the bathroom in-flight.  Igniter in carry-on, battery in laptop, explosive charge in orifice.  Take to bathroom.  Some assembly required.

BLoC: Hey: health-care reform made cheap!  Staff the security checkpoints with medical staffers.  People get scanned high-tech-like.  “Hey, this one doesn’t have any bombs, but he’s got a brain tumor that doesn’t show up on his medical records.”  Send to doctor waiting on-site.

Go ahead, feel free to roll your own!

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The swine flu hysteria keeps rearing it’s ugly head.  Forced vaccinations in NY?

On the flip side of that equation is this fear of the vaccine, and people keep bringing up the 1970’s vaccinations for Swine Flu.  Untried! and Unsafe!, they shout.  “Guillain-Barré!” they say with quavering voices.

But it wasn’t necessarily the vaccine – the strong suspicion was that it was contamination, most likely bacterial, that led to the issues in the 1970’s Swine Flu episodes.  Guillain-Barré results when the body creates antibodies as part of the immune system’s normal response, except those antibodies target the body’s own nerves.  It can be caused by viral or bacterial infections but there are some cases where it has not been linked to any one thing.  1 to 2 cases per 100,000 people?  Those are pretty safe odds.

If you are going to get hysterical about Guillain-Barré, you darn well better make a yearly thing of it every time they start a new round of vaccines – at least do your best to consistently sound silly.

In 1976, 500 people came down with Guillain-Barré.  Do the math:  (100*500/40,000,000) = 0.00125% of those innoculated actually contracted Guillain-Barré.  Of those, there was a 5% mortality.

Normal flu shots… (100*1/100,000) = 0.00010%.   Normal Guillain-Barré mortality rate is 2-3%.

Crap, more people die of the flu outright every single year.

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I’d like to suggest that not only is he fired, but he be asked to pay back every cent, plus interest.

Workers’ Porn Surfing Rampant at Federal Agency

One senior executive at the National Science Foundation spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer, records show. The cost to taxpayers: up to $58,000

Got that?  Here’s the icing on the cake…

When finally caught, the NSF official retired. He even offered, among other explanations, a humanitarian defense, suggesting that he frequented the porn sites to provide a living to the poor overseas women.

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Huh.  I’ve enjoyed a few of this guy’s illustrations so far

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Pure Rubbish, I Tell You.

Update 2:

Mercury, here we come.

Mercury-MESSENGER-092709

Black Lab on Crank tells me that this is the REAL picture that They did not want you to see…

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Update:

OH MY GOODNESS… Looky here kids!  The VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY has reared it’s ugly poisonous head.  I have met the monster, and it is us.

Bill Clinton said a vast, right-wing conspiracy that once targeted him is now focusing on President Obama.

Bill Clinton was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether the conspiracy is still there. He replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.”

Clinton said that this time around, the focus is on Obama and “their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail.”

Oh, goodness, yes we want him to fail.  Yes, we most assuredly do.

For him to “win” means to throw out  many many of the things a number of us still cherish in this country.  Of course we want him to fail.

I wonder why the left can’t understand that.

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Look what we could get if we let the current socio-liberal machine keep it’s ponderous plans in gear.

Council hires hoodie spies to rummage through bins and see what is being thrown away

Concerned neighbours saw mysterious men emptying their bins into black sacks and loading them into an unmarked white van.

When homeowners questioned the official binmen an hour later they learned their council was conducting a survey of what was being thrown away.

What dystopian future is here already?

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Hey, how come Carter isn’t standing up and bashing Europe for being racist?

Berlusconi has told a rally in Milan that he was bringing greetings from the United States from “What’s his name? Some tanned guy. Ah,

Shortly after Obama’s election, Berlusconi raised eyebrows by saying the victor was “young, handsome and even has a good tan.”

This time, Berlusconi took a poke at the First Lady.

“You won’t believe it,” he said Sunday, “but two of them went to the beach because the wife is also tanned.”

Berlusconi is known for his gaffes.

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Don’t you think?

Thanks to Black Lab on Crank, an observant co-worker, you can now visit FedBizOpps and see where your money could be going.  Yes, you too can be paid by your government – in effect paying yourself – to grow marijuana for mass consumption.

As BLoC said:

See the questions and answers.  One guy asks if he can grow more than is required for the contract.  Another says he lives in the UP and knows of an area “that I feel would be the best for growing.”  Yeah, I’ll bet.  The spelling is hilarious, too: “Can I distribute to medical patience in Michigan and/or put up a distribution store.”  Yeah, knock yourself out.  Roadside stand?  Why not.  – Lemur King co-worker, BLoC

And we blame Afghani farmers for growing poppies?

Ok, sure so they aren’t looking for individuals to do this, rather big organizations.  They ought to be seeking out the right people in Humboldt Co. in California.  I hear California is looking for revenue streams.

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One more example of the arrogance that Obama brought into the administration.

Energy Secretary Chu had this to say:

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)   [More here…]

The WSJ did a disservice by posting an update from Chu’s public relations lackey, when they should let the man’s speech speak for itself.

Whatever people may say, most of the time what you say in an opinionated way IS how you feel and what you think.  Here is what they said:

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

I see very little leeway to go from one to the next.

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Profiling is just wrong.  Wrong, I tell you.

Active Terror Cell Planned NY Attack

Feds Unsure if Arrests have Foiled Terror Plot

I suspect the Swedes are behind it but it could be any one of those countries – the Scandanavians are just some of the most screwed up societally.

Case in point:  Lutefisk.

I mean, the prep reads like a demon’s checklist:

The first treatment is to soak the stockfish in cold water for five to six days (with the water changed daily). The saturated stockfish is then soaked in an unchanged solution of cold water and lye for an additional two days. The fish swells during this soaking and its protein content decreases by more than 50 percent, producing its famous jelly-like consistency. When this treatment is finished, the fish (saturated with lye) has a pH value of 11–12, and is therefore caustic. To make the fish edible, a final treatment of yet another four to six days of soaking in cold water (also changed daily) is needed. Eventually, the lutefisk is ready to be cooked.

Gulp.  The lutefisk song, verse #1 goes something like this:

O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, how fragrant your aroma,
O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, you put me in a coma.
You smell so strong, you look like glue,
You taste just like an overshoe,
But lutefisk, come Saturday,
I tink I eat you anyway

Hey, why am I talking about Lutefisk?

Oh yes, because not only is profiling wrong at it’s core, but it is just not effective.

NYC Terror

I attached this pic (Schneider, Denver Post/AP) to make a point…  profiling just doesn’t work.  I mean, how can we engage in profiling all those little old ladies, children, invalids, and Swedes when they just don’t net us terrorists like we’d hoped?  You would think they had used some kind of profile to catch this guy but you’d be wrong.  In between searching the Swedes and grannies, someone reported an overdue movie and because one thing led to another, they caught this guy jaywalking on their way to arrest the overdue movie guy.  He was a Dane.

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Heard on the radio that a bunch of Hollyw’d stars are getting together to raise awareness of Global Warming.

I suggest that those most concerned about it limit themselves to only hybrid-electric vehicles, hybrid-electric aircraft, no explosions or flames, and only work on-site.  They must show me that they are carbon-neutral before I care what they say.   I may not even then.

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I’m sitting there reading the headlines as I surfed and finding articles like “OBAMA OPEN TO NEWSPAPER BAILOUT BILL...” and “OBAMA PUSH FOR 'WORLD' REGULATIONS... ” and “ACORN CEO ‘Outraged’ by Behavior of Employees in Prostitute Tapes”.  Yeah yeah yeah… blah blah blah.

And then I run across this one:

Scientists make paralysed rats run again…

This is HORRIBLE! These poor little murines are paralyzed for Pete’s sake, and they are sitting there whipping them to make them run?

Seriously, this is way way cool.

Paralysed rats whose spinal cords had been severed from their brains were made to run again using a technique that scientists say can work for people, according to a study released Sunday.

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When are the libs going to learn that just throwing money around doesn’t fix a thing?

“It was probably, in the end, a complete waste of taxpayer money,’’ said John Wolkonowicz, a senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, Lexington forecasting firm. “The dealers, who were supposed to be the primary beneficiaries, many were forced into cash flow problems because the government didn’t pay them in a timely fashion.’’

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Naked 91 year old man… you do what you gotta do, I guess.  Whatever else you want to say about the unusual circumstances, holding an intruder at gunpoint while naked shows some balls.

Authorities say a 91-year-old man in South Florida jumped out out of bed naked and held an intruder breaking into his house at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

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You mean sun activity can be related to our weather and temperatures?  No.  Way.  Get out!

Really?

Perry said there is anecdotal evidence the Earth’s temperature may be slightly decreasing, but local weather patterns are much more affected by the jet stream than solar activity.

However, Perry said snow in Buenos Aires and southern Africa, the best ski season in Australia and a cooler Arctic region are some of the anecdotal evidence for a cooling period.

So, Perry said, sunspots may have a far greater impact on weather than previously thought.

Huh.  So sunspots could have a greater (far) effect on weather than previously thought. Not so fast… Global warming is still man-made even though the cooling was sun-caused.  Trust us, we know everything about the weather.

Feddema said the warming trend earlier in the century could be attributed to anything from solar activity to El Ninos. But since the mid 1980s he believes data doesn’t correlate well with solar activity, but does correlate well with rising CO2 levels.

Feddema believes we may hit global high temperatures in a few years with the underlying factor being rising CO2 levels, coupled with the solar cycle returning to a maximum and an El Nino.

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Oh yes, more of your freedom is going bye-bye… thanks Matt Drudge for posting this stuff.  Just more ways for the gov’t to control everything you see and do.  Soma, anyone?

FCC to Propose 'Net Neutrality'...

'Bold Move'...

New rules governing network management...

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I blogged it last night but I’m showing the Bugatti Veyron again because I can and I want to.  Clarkson, you are one lucky bastard to have driven this.

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What a thing of beauty.  A picture is probably as close as I’ll ever get to one.  (sigh)

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Not so well known by me, though probably countless others are/were aware – that while Wall Street is held to the Securities and Exchange Commission regulations and oversight designed to curb improper trading, others are not.

Guess who is not held to account for what is essentially insider trading?

Congress.

Yes, your elected officials can schmooze with lobbyists, talk behind closed doors, have private meetings with industry leaders – and then turn around and sell off their stock just before bad news goes public.

I wasn’t oblivious to the practice, I just thought that it was illegal and there was no one set up in a position to enforce laws on th e matter.

According to that source (above), insider trading is:

  • “Violation of a duty (as in the duty of fidelity of an officer to his corporation and its shareholders); or
  • Misappropriation of information that belongs to a third person (as in the information about what’s going to appear in a print journal that is ascertained [found out] because the ascertainor is an employee of that journal or of a printing company contracting with that journal).”

And you say “Uh, so what? Isn’t that obvious?”  Well, not so fast when it concerns your representative who is really out for himself with that information he gleans as he gets paid by you to do his job…

… applying those two tests to Congress reveals an important legal truth. According to my source: “Congressfolk fit in neither category. They owe no duty of fidelity to anyone (possibly excepting their constituents) and all the information they ascertain is ascertained in pursuit of their Congressional functions with no strings attached.

In other words, since people in Congress don’t have a duty to a corporation and they are getting their insider information in performing their jobs as Congress people, they can use that information without restriction.  – Peter Cohan

So while your portfolio tanked like mine, across congress the average returns were well above the average elsewhere.

Senators make significant abnormal returns, some place around 1 percent above the market, 12 percent a year.  – Alan Ziobrowski

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It’s absolutely incredible, but the Securities and Exchange Act does not apply to members of Congress, congressional staff or even lobbyists.  – Craig Holman

Why even bring it up, you might ask.  Because in spite of possible unintended consequences, I’d like to suggest this idea that came to me while great deep and profound brain things were going on inside my head:

Upon entry into congress and for a period of two years after leaving congress, all congressmen and congresswomen would surrender their stock portfolios to be administered in a double-blind fashion such that they can only direct their investments in a totally transparent third-party-scrutinized fashion.

Cashing out could only be done after a 2 week waiting period.

Fairly safe to say that Congress isn’t going to vote itself off the money island.

There’s lots of sources of information out there, but do watch out for OpenSecrets.org, which according to the IRS was a funding source for The New Democrat Network.

Here’s a good source:  Stephen Bainbridge – Insider Trading by Congressmen

On his blog he also brought up two very interesting ideas – Is Obamacare a Done Deal? and Regulating Away Financial Crises. A third entry concerns risk-taking in business – Regulating Banker Pay.  Mainly, that the Fed is interesting in curbing risk-taking behavior in the business sector, which will put the brakes on the flow of money.

(My opinion) What the people who favor more regulation fail to recognize is that a lot of practices have evolved the way they did in order to maximize two things – attractiveness to investors and increased returns.  Stifle investment practices and you’ll negatively impact the economy.

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Giant wooden dinosaur skeletons – cool.

Making a pinhole camera out of an Altoids can – even cooler.  Of course a used condom packet could be made into a pinhole camera with enough black tape, but I like it.

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And now they’re transgendering a 9 year old.  That’s too young for the age of consent for a life-altering decision.  Sorry.

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