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This is an update to todays “Of Groundhogs and Sexual Identity Confusion” post (below this one).

As usual, a cleric from the religion of peace decreed that not only was killing completely justified he urged more.

Why?

Was it family killers?  (oops, no, look all through the middle east on that one)

Child molesters?  (oops, no, see article below)

Indiscriminate bombings?  (oops, no, see Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.. and Yemen, and Saudi Arabia…)

No, it was for speaking out.

A powerful hard-line Iranian cleric on Friday called for the execution of more opposition activists to silence anti-government protests, praising the hanging a day earlier of two men caught up in the leadership’s postelection crackdown.

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“Whatever we suffered was because of our weakness. How many did the judiciary execute on July 9?” [Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati] said, referring to one of the particularly large protest days.

“We showed weakness, so then we had Ashoura,” he said, referring to a major protest on Dec. 27. “If you show weakness now, the future will be worse … There is no room for Islamic mercy.”

What has the Iranian establishment suffered, exactly?  Just the results of being a corrupt bunch of vermin.  Not too bad, all things considered.

Iran and so many cockroach tinpot dictator countries (lets lump China in there)  just can’t seem to understand that if you want to be taken seriously and with respect as an equal, you gotta stop stomping on people for speaking their minds.

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Subtitled:  Bareback Afghans Gone Wild #37

Groundhogs and identity confusion.  No, the two aren’t related.  Oh I’m sure there’s some confused groundhogs out there, but not like these fellas.  Seems that there’s some Afghani men who think physical relationships with other men are good and women are stinky yucky – shunning them socially and sexually.

Remember what I’ve said in the past about how some cultures are wired to fail?  I could care less if a bunch of guys want to be gay and deny it.  But when you treat women like second or third class citizens and start involving kids… I have some serious issues with their ideas.

The report also detailed a disturbing practice in which older “men of status” keep young boys on hand for sexual relationships. One of the country’s favorite sayings, the report said, is “women are for children, boys are for pleasure.”

Borrowed from Amusing Bunni.

I mean, what the HELL is WRONG with you people???  I mean, this is the “next best thing” to NAMBLA.  Now there’s a group of fellas deserving of Hell.

Seriously, this is screwed up…

The U.S. army medic also told members of the research unit that she and her colleagues had to explain to a local man how to get his wife pregnant.

The report said: “When it was explained to him what was necessary, he reacted with disgust and asked, ‘How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean, when one could be with a man, who is clean? Surely this must be wrong.'”

Do ya THINK???

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Here’s a re-posting of a funny ad that had me laughing about as hard as I did for the “Polar Bears Falling Out of the Sky” commercial.  Laughed so hard I shot kittens out my nose.

Nope.  I’m definitely not linking “gay” to “sheep-diddling”.  I do put child molesters in the same grouping but still below those who engage in carnal acts with sheep.  If ever there was a no-doubt argument/need for a .45ACP solution to vermin, child predators are it.

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Groundhogs… now yes they do have some issues.   But PETA would have you believe that the little bugger Punxsutawny Phil has more issues than the rest of us, namely that he is captive and essentially tortured for ten minutes out of one day of 365 days in a year.  Probably he’s beaten hourly the other 364 days of the year, burned with cigarettes, and deprived of love and attention.

This is shocking stuff, I know… witness Enas Yorl’s response to the article… you can see that he very nearly dropped his knitting.

(Amusing Bunni - if you're around, this is for you as well as Enas)

PETA’s solution is a robot groundhog.

Riiiiight.

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Which brings us… uh… where does it bring us?  Hell if I can remember.  I got up, took a break to go read with Cruel Wife before she went to sleep (she turns in before I do) and I plain fell asleep, clothes and all,  leaving this post unfinished.  Oopsie.

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A “You Lie” Moment…

Read the article and see if you don’t agree with me when I say “Spoken like a true arrogant asshole.”

Hopkins just comes across as a self-fart-sniffer so enamored of his own ideas that he’s willing to trash other people’s accomplishments to build himself up.  Damn I hate egotistical scientists.

“There has been nothing significant since Apollo” – Dr. John Hopkins

Remember, I’m a firm believer in earned arrogance… arrogance is ok – you just need to earn it is all.  Oh, and crapping on others to get ahead… I frown upon that.  Mightily.

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It’s a damned echo chamber – chamber – chamber – chamber…

In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), issued in 2007 by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists wrote that 40 percent of the Amazon rainforest in South America was endangered by global warming.

But that assertion was discredited this week when it emerged that the findings were based on numbers from a study by the World Wildlife Federation that had nothing to do with the issue of global warming — and that was written by a freelance journalist and green activist.

The IPCC report states that “up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation” — highlighting the threat climate change poses to the Earth. The report goes on to say that “it is more probable that forests will be replaced by ecosystems … such as tropical savannas.”

This is what happens when you let religious zealotry take over, and you leaven it with arrogance.

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Luckily Alito and other justices don’t report to this clown or to congress.

President Obama took the extraordinary step in Wednesday’s State of the Union address of slamming the Supreme Court for last week’s decision striking down limits on corporate spending on political advertisements, ruling that the Court had “opened the floodgates” to special interests and foreign corporations in elections.

And it appears that one of the Justices in the audience didn’t agree.

As Obama spoke, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head and appears to mouth the words, “not true.”

Pretty amazing–both for Obama and for Alito.

Obama is the last guy to be harping about special interests with cronyism of his own, czar-studded vision, and backroom dealings.

Yeah, I know I said I wasn’t gonna blog but I could not let this pass.

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Isn’t Matthews the high-n-mighty ass who went off about racism?

Only thieves accuse everyone else of being one.

Matthews, who appeared on the cable network shortly after the speech, said of the president:

“I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And uh, it’s interesting. He is post-racial, by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour….

“I was watching, I said, ‘wait a minute!’ He’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people and there he is president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it!”

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A Break from the Usual Fare

Update:  Had a very very bad episode with the neck issue last night.  Hit a 9 on the pain scale and stayed there for eight hours or so.  THAT is what narcotics are meant for, and sadly I couldn’t take any w/o messing with a newer lesser painkiller (non-narc) that did absolutely nothing – zip, zero, and zilch.  Now down to a bearable 4-5 with excursions into 6 territory.  No blogging tonight, I’m sure.  Too wiped out.

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I was shocked.  SHOCKED at the price of oxtails.  It’s a frickin’ TAIL for gosh sakes.  But I still want to make this:

Herbed Oxtail Terrine Recipe

It’s basically meat-flavored jello.

I’ll post a beef stew recipe I whipped up a few weekends ago.  Really really good and uses not one single herb.

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Injurious Duty

update: this guy has balls like a tiger. I don’t normally say that about stunts.

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I got a call today while at work.

Minding my own business working on a particularly hairy design revision – which, coincidentally, looks an awful lot like sitting there stupidly and almost-drooling – and I hear the sound of a flushing toilet.

As it turns out the flushing toilet sound is the ringtone on my cellphone that tells me that Cruel Wife is trying to get ahold of me.  I think she knows, but I’m not sure, and I’ve never wanted to ask lest we arrive at her knowing by the self-tipping of my own hand.

Anyway, the phone rang flushed and I madly scrambled for it.  I flipped it open and said nonchalantly “Hello…?”  I like to answer my phone in unique ways and sometimes “Hello” is refreshing.  Last week I answered it “Heidi’s House of Pain.  Heidi speaking.”   The week before that was “Joe’s Bar and Grille – Bar speaking.”  Our conversation went like this:

Cruel Wife: I screwed up.

Lemur King: Okayyyy…

[screeching tires and sound of racing engine, muttered swearing]

Cruel Wife: I forgot to call in for Jury Duty last night and I didn’t show up this morning.  Sh*t… sh*t… sh*t… sh*t.

[Sound of hyperventilating and nauseous gulping on other end]

LK: Good one!  Where’s Frankenboy?

CW: In the car with me.  [screeching of tires, sound of tortured metal]   I’ll call you when I know more.

LK: K!  Have fun!

Turns out Cruel Wife dodged a metaphorical/figurative bullet.  She showed at the courthouse a full hour and a half late to find that she was juror #150-something and they only called up to #140-something.

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I don’t believe it… I actually agree with Hillary Clinton on something.

Clinton did not single out critics [of the US aid to Haiti] but said that “some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued” the US decision to send troops along with civilians to Haiti.

It hasn’t been the international press.  It’s been leaders and top people of countries (FRANCE, ITALY) that are supposedly our friends.

This isn’t misunderstanding or misconstrued.  This is one of two things – they aren’t intelligent enough to be allowed to remain in control of anything, including the office supplies cabinet – or – they are more interested in taking shots at the US than rolling up their sleeves and doing more.

Those that bitch have no idea what it takes to take care of half a million people plus several hundred dead bodies at the drop of a hat.  I defy anyone to do better, and if they think they can they should step up and take the lead at the next disaster.

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For the record… don’t bury me until you know I’m brain dead.  M’kay?

Man discovered alive in his coffin.

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Alien life could already be among us, Scientist says.

Just now figured that out?  Hell, we’ve had women among us for millenia and he just now figures it out.   What a maroon.  He should write for New Scientist.

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Been looking at art, fonts, ideas, concepts… found a sort of retro look website.  Love the lead-in page… Rejected robot.

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Update: Scientists don’t fudge data.  Climates fudge data.

Remember what I said about a climate-bedwetter echo chamber?  Many thanks to Peter Foster for saying out loud a lot of people were thinking:

… the lead author of the relevant IPCC chapter, Murari Lal, rejected the notion that the IPCC had screwed up. “The IPCC authors did exactly what was expected from them,” he said.

Never were truer words spoken. The IPCC’s task has always been not objectively to examine science but to make the case for man-made climate change by any means available.

You KNOW things are bad when THIS happens:

Even New Scientist, which printed the story on which this inverse pyramid of alarm was built, and which has traditionally been in the True Believing mainstream media camp, is demanding answers on how pure speculation could become an IPCC “finding,” which was then so vigorously defended by Dr. Pachauri.

New Scientist has been whoring for the AGW cause on a pro bono basis purely because it felt so good, never mind the inconvenient lies.

Update2: Chemical Ali executed.  About damn time.

Update3:  The CRU e:mails are in a nice searchable form here:  http://www.eastangliaemails.com/

Update4:  I’d think that the poor fish WANTS to be extinct.

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Look at the picture.  Grok what you see.  Feel the sadness, the lameness, the ineptitude.  I don’t even need to comment further than to say that he’s speaking to a 6th grade class.

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First ugly render!  I’m having to relearn Blender all over again.  Taking time just to do bevels and tapers, but I’m not displeased.  The handle and body will actually prove to be very difficult because of the lamb’s tongue type fluting I want to put on it.

(sigh) Might take some time.

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Study THIS, Pal.

What the HELL is it with Democrats?  Suddenly nothing they do can be transparent.  Biggest bunch of secretive bastards we’ve seen in years.

Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the Senate legislation.

Der Spiegel had the funniest thing I’ve read in… oh.. I don’t know… perhaps HOURS.

US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.

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Now, its new occupant is a man who not only opposes the health care bill, but also favors waterboarding as a method of interrogation for terrorism suspects and rejects carbon cap-and-trade as a means of limiting carbon emissions.

YAY!

That article quotes several other newspapers, but this one gave me the most hope.

“For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. Obama will be staying home after all.”

Oh boo-hoo.  The rest of the world has made it quite clear that they despise the US, seeing us as only bad/evil bullies even while holding their greedy hands out.  They can keep their love-of-Obama-charisma and stay the hell away from me.

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New study…

Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new survey found.

We are a predominantly Judeo-Christian nation,  Jews are our allies, Buddhists have never committed acts of terror against us, and there’s a huge percentage of the Muslim world that wouldn’t shed a copious amount of tears if the US just disappeared.

Why does this study claim to shed new light in any way?

More than twices as likely.  As much as that, huh?  How likely are we to express prejudice against Christians, Jews, or Buddhists in the first place?  Help me get my bearings here on real quantities…

So I read up a bit on the group that did the study –  the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

The Poll of the Muslim World is part of Gallup’s larger World Poll, a self-funded effort aimed at consistently measuring the well-being of 6 billion world citizens (a sample representing 95% of the Earth’s population) on a wide range of topics for the next 100 years.

Hmmm.  So who is the other unrepresented 5%?  Circus freaks?

Anyway, here’s a huge wad of BS as I see it:

A recent in-depth Gallup survey in 10 predominantly Muslim countries,
representing more than 80% of the global Muslim population, shows that when
asked what they admire most about the West, Muslims frequently mention political freedom, liberty, fair judicial systems, and freedom of speech. When asked to critique their own societies, extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings were their top grievances.
However, while Muslims say they admire freedom and an open political system, Gallup surveys suggest that they do not believe they must choose between Islam and democracy, but rather, that the two can co-exist inside one functional government.

And we’ve seen that idea work so very well so far, haven’t we?

Anyone seeing the glaring discrepancy here?  Critiques are extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings combined with the notion that Islam and Democracy (freedom) can co-exist.

It all boils down to:  We want the freedom to choose the rigid societal structure that we’ll impose on everyone else in accordance to a religion that permits cruel treatment if we so decree.

So why should Westerners have a problem with that?

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