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I love Pulp Fiction.  Laconic pup sent me a link to youtube movie that is a compilation of all snippets where the world “****’ is used in the movie Pulp Fiction.  If you are at work or have little kids, only play this if you have headphones.

Who the hell posted this or sent it to me recently?  Who came up with it?   I can just see Hobbes saying:

I been saying that sh*t for years. And if you heard it, that meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherf*cker ‘fore I plunged a tooth in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice.

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My son, who is four – named Frankenboy because his run-in with a several hundreds-of-pounds fountain last year that tried to crush his skull left him with a hell of a scar – has made me proud.

It all started when I brought home two bags of Doritos Second-Degree Burn chips.  I like them a lot.  They are not the most flavorful of chips but they have some flavor and I like them.  They are also hot enough that Cruel Wife won’t eat them ( based on the folks I know, she’s probably somewhere in the top 5 percentile in heat-tolerance) and Zoe-pup now fears them after eating half a bag one night.  To give you an idea, they don’t sell them in the big bags – they only sell them in single-serving bags.

I was sitting there with my fresh-made reuben sandwich – loaded with kraut, swiss cheese, dripping with dressing, and piled high with meat – and munching on these chips.

My boy was sitting to my left and I heard his little voice say “I want some chips, please.”

I said “No, buddy, these are hot and you wouldn’t like them.”

Just then I felt a puff of air on my hand as he was blowing on the chip to cool it off.

“Bud, these are spicy hot – they aren’t hot-hot.  They would hurt your mouth.”

More puffs of air wafted over my hand and little bits of chili powder dusted my reuben.

I tried again, figuring repetition would enhance understanding.  “Bud, they aren’t hot but they are spicy hot and they would hurt your mouth…”

Sayeth the boy, “I want some chips” and he reached over to pinch the chip to see if it was truly hot to the touch.

I looked at Cruel Wife resignedly, “You know, he’s just not going to get it unless he experiences it.”   She wearily nodded in agreement. “Let him have one.”

He took the chip, crammed half of it in his mouth, took three munches… and immediately grabbed his juice and drained the container by three-quarters many times faster than I thought a fluid could actually flow.  His eyes were open a bit more and he was sucking air.

“See, pal?  They’re spicy hot.”

He nodded and took another bite.  Then he grabbed Cruel Wife’s ice-water and drained it of two inches worth of water with efficiency that would make Dracula moan with admiration.

He nodded, glassy-eyed, as if to some unspoken wisdom – and then asked for another chip.  Still shaking my head I complied with his request.

Chomp… nom nom nom… crunch crunch crunch…

SLUUUUURRRRRRRRRRP.   SLUUUUURRRRRP. <burp> <excuse me>

“Can I have another chip please?”

Chomp… nom nom nom… crunch crunch crunch…

SLUUUUURRRRRRRRRRP.   SLUUUUURRRRRP. <burp> <excuse me>

I made up my mind that I just could not make up my mind as to whether I should be proud or write him off as an idiot.  Being a chili-head, I eventually opted for pride.

He ate three chips.

Twenty minutes later I hear a scream from the other room, “I NEED THE BATHROOOOOM!”   Apparently all that liquid must go somewhere.

Lest you think that I bullshitteth thee, take a look.


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Well, well, well…

If you have followed recently, a terrific troll named tessa yakush, bless her black bleeding heart… she wished me a horrible death via deep-throat relations with a (running) chainsaw.  Why?  Because I mocked the idea of PETA getting uptight about seals in the World of Warcraft.  (Club a WoW Seal Senseless Today!)

c.monster or C.Monster or Mr. Monster or Mr. C… whatever – (h/t to the guy over at soylent green – warning it may or may not be safe for work on any given day) – had one of the very best finds of the year.  Bunk Strutts at Tacky Raccoons had THIS (see pic) and I can only bow in admiration.

Yes. That is what it looks like. A baby-seal pinata.

I can think of only one way to improve on a candy-filled baby-seal pinata

Fill it with meat.

LK:  Jerky!

Laconic Pup:  Sausages!

The Dude:  Slim Jims!

LK:  Damn, man.  Not Slim Jims.  They’re like gristle pumped full of fat and spices under pressure.

The Dude:  Yeah, and what’s wrong with that?

LK:   Eww.

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From The Dude:

An archeological team, digging in Washington DC, has uncovered 10,000 year old bones and fossil remains of what is believed to be the first Politician.

Nice catch, Dude!

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Somebody, and I don’t want to name names but it was Laconic Pup, thought the two titles were equivalent.

Here’s the original advert.

Here is the interpretation or rather, what the average soldier or engineer sees…

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But since when has anyone listened to the CBO?  I’ve posted it here in case the CBO’s site “goes down unexpectedly”.  Emphasis in bold and red is mine.

Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis

July 27, 2010

Economic and Budget Issue Brief

Summary

Over the past few years, U.S. government debt held by the public has grown rapidly—to the point that, compared with the total output of the economy, it is now higher than it has ever been except during the period around World War II. The recent increase in debt has been the result of three sets of factors: an imbalance between federal revenues and spending that predates the recession and the recent turmoil in financial markets, sharply lower revenues and elevated spending that derive directly from those economic conditions, and the costs of various federal policies implemented in response to the conditions.

Further increases in federal debt relative to the nation’s output (gross domestic product, or GDP) almost certainly lie ahead if current policies remain in place. The aging of the population and rising costs for health care will push federal spending, measured as a percentage of GDP, well above the levels experienced in recent decades. Unless policymakers restrain the growth of spending, increase revenues significantly as a share of GDP, or adopt some combination of those two approaches, growing budget deficits will cause debt to rise to unsupportable levels.

Although deficits during or shortly after a recession generally hasten economic recovery, persistent deficits and continually mounting debt would have several negative economic consequences for the United States. Some of those consequences would arise gradually: A growing portion of people’s savings would go to purchase government debt rather than toward investments in productive capital goods such as factories and computers; that “crowding out” of investment would lead to lower output and incomes than would otherwise occur. In addition, if the payment of interest on the extra debt was financed by imposing higher marginal tax rates, those rates would discourage work and saving and further reduce output. Rising interest costs might also force reductions in spending on important government programs. Moreover, rising debt would increasingly restrict the ability of policymakers to use fiscal policy to respond to unexpected challenges, such as economic downturns or international crises.

Beyond those gradual consequences, a growing level of federal debt would also increase the probability of a sudden fiscal crisis, during which investors would lose confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget, and the government would thereby lose its ability to borrow at affordable rates. It is possible that interest rates would rise gradually as investors’ confidence declined, giving legislators advance warning of the worsening situation and sufficient time to make policy choices that could avert a crisis. But as other countries’ experiences show, it is also possible that investors would lose confidence abruptly and interest rates on government debt would rise sharply. The exact point at which such a crisis might occur for the United States is unknown, in part because the ratio of federal debt to GDP is climbing into unfamiliar territory and in part because the risk of a crisis is influenced by a number of other factors, including the government’s long-term budget outlook, its near-term borrowing needs, and the health of the economy. When fiscal crises do occur, they often happen during an economic downturn, which amplifies the difficulties of adjusting fiscal policy in response.

If the United States encountered a fiscal crisis, the abrupt rise in interest rates would reflect investors’ fears that the government would renege on the terms of its existing debt or that it would increase the supply of money to finance its activities or pay creditors and thereby boost inflation. To restore investors’ confidence, policymakers would probably need to enact spending cuts or tax increases more drastic and painful than those that would have been necessary had the adjustments come sooner.

Entire document here (link).

07-27_Debt_FiscalCrisis_Brief (download it from this blog).

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Poison!

Gosh, life sure is a scary place, isn’t it?  BPA is the new pants-wetting monster-under-the-bed.   Actually not new at all.

Cash-register receipts from many fast-food outlets, groceries, pharmacies, big-box stores and U.S. post offices contain high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A.

A study released late today by the Environmental Working Group reported that a laboratory analysis it commissioned found the plastic component BPA on 40 percent of receipts from McDonald’s, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Safeway and other businesses.

BPA is used to coat thermal paper, which reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of Americans every day. In laboratory tests, the chemical has been linked to a long list of serious health problems in animals. Several environmental activists, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also have called for removing BPA from canned goods.

Wash your hands – you should be doing that already – before you eat.  Oh, but they have an answer to that!

The EWG, a national nonprofit organization, is undertaking additional studies to determine whether and to what degree BPA enters the body. However, earlier this month Swiss scientist Sandra Biedermann and her colleagues from the Zurich Official Food Control Authority reported that BPA from register receipts can “enter the skin to such a depth that it can no longer be washed off.”

If it is so deep that it can’t be washed off it is deep enough to not get on my food.  Unless somehow the chemical is so frickin’ evil that it senses food and leaps out of our pores onto that food.  Since we always can trust Wikipedia:

While there is little concern for dermal absorption of BPA, free BPA can readily be transferred to skin and residues on hands can be ingested.

Back to the bedwetting article.

That finding raises the possibility that the chemical infiltrates the skin’s lower layers to enter the bloodstream directly, the EWG says.

The skin is really quite impressive in terms of what it can keep out and yes, there is always a possibility.  However, if you are only going to “raise the possibility” then it means it hasn’t been tested and hasn’t been quantified.

Ask yourself:  “Who is the EWG?”  “What is their agenda?”  “Who gives them money?”  “What do they consider a success story on any given chemical threat-du-jour?”

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You can look at it like Oliver Stone, and claim that Hitler got a Raw Deal from the Jews because of the way he was mischaracterised.

Or you can refuse to be a goddamned ass like he is.

Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America’s focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.”

The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the “powerful lobby” of Jews in America.   – Interview with movie director Oliver Stone

Stone epitomizes what is so wrong about a lot of Hollywood – the utter break from reality that they have taken.  This is a group that embraces Che, Castro, N. Vietnam, communist Russia, Hugo Chavez (notice the common thread – whatever is against the US they are for).  It’s a group that seems to believe that since they have more than they ever could need that it is ok to raid everyone’s wallets to pay for the poor to salve their consciences.

Any time you have a group that predominantly thinks a certain way and the common thread seems to be their profession, I submit to you that there’s a lot of cross-pollenization and not a great deal of individual thought.

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Well, I could be negative and say “Geez this is the worst pain day I’ve had in a while.”

But that would be missing the point.  “Geez this is the worst pain day I’ve had IN A WHILE.”

See the difference?

I feel like hell, but I’ve had more live-able days recently than I’ve had in a long time.  So, I say, if you are faced with radio-frequency neurotomy treatments on your neck or lumbar spine – DO IT.  No, it’s not fun.  Yes, it can really really help.

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Sharing My Feelings.

Update for fun… I got to use a Python function I’ve just never had need for before now.  You might like the name of the function because it makes me grin every time I see it in code.

f = open(“junk.py”, “w”)
pickle.dump(vars, f)
f.close()

pickle.dump()… I ask you, how can that not be funny?   Of course there’s also pickle.load(), which I assume works well with reuben sandwich objects.

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I’m supposed to share, to communicate, to trust.

Well, fine.  Here’s how I feel today.

I feel like driving around with whaleskin hubcaps.  That’s how I feel.

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Ok, so Tennessee cops fired 59 shots.  43 bullet wounds were found on the suicide-by-cop… uh… individual.  (victim?)  (alleged criminal?)

Police have described Heyward’s death on July 18, 2009 as a case of “suicide by cop.”

The medical examiner found 43 bullet wounds in Heyward’s chest, face, arms, hands, legs, buttocks and groin. Police have said he was a danger to others and threatened the six officers.

That’s 73% accuracy!  In extremis, too!  I know I’d feel a lot safer if I knew that the police in my area could handle a weapon as well as these fellas.

If we use an interesting study in order to have a “just supposin'” kind of conversation and assume that the officers all had semiautomatic handguns, there’s a number something like 4.5 shots avg per cop when having to use his/her weapon.  So let’s do the divide thing… and we end up with 13 cops (numerically) but the actual value had to be something like 11-14 cops because no one fires a fraction of a bullet.

It took 11-14 cops (for the sake of argument) to train weapons on a single suicidal idiot with a gun?  If we had 8 guys with really twitchy fingers and awesome aim for fast shooting or 14 or more who are sedated but still decent shots… well, does it require that many officers to handle a single suspect?

Ok, was that grins and giggles argument fun?  Did you actually read the article?  SIX cops fired an average of almost ten shots apiece at this guy.  How many shots can you pull off before his dead body hits the ground?  Most cops don’t carry .22’s.  They carry 9mm or larger – 10mm or .45.

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He had to have been dead of shock before he even started to drop.  At least it was quick.

Perhaps 2 or 3 of them only pulled off a couple of shots while the others reloaded. (not in the least bit likely)

Look, I’m all in favor of an officer, if he has to pull his weapon, doing the job right and taking out a bag of shit out before he can hurt someone – it is their duty, in fact.  But ten shots apiece for six officers covering one armed suspect?  I’ve shot more handgun rounds than I can count and it doesn’t take a great many shots in the larger calibers to know on an instinctual level that after just so many shots, you done killed what you hit.

Note:  My brother is a state trooper and two nephews are cops, so if you’re taking extreme exception to what I’ve said here, spare me the indignant “adrenaline-powered responses” tirades, m’kay?  I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to crap all over me for it in your stead.

Update:  I wonder if my familial law enforcement members would be open to using my Grazer Safety Slugs…

Grazer Safety Bullets - click to embiggenify.

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… that short chicks are so demanding.  I’m married to one.

So, to make LC Aggie Sith happy (Cruel Wife, who is like 5’1″, doesn’t care either way in this instance) I have updated the seal currency so the gosh-darned thing isn’t green anymore.

Heaven forbid if we should have green seals barking it up all over the place.

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A gay zombie porn flick.

How in the world would a zombie’s orientation have any bearing on the fact that all he/she wants do do is eat braaaaaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssss?

I find it interesting that movie directors and writers at these film festivals tend to always gravitate (well, mostly) to sexuality (amounting to child porn, gay porn, hetero deviant porn), or disturbing topics, or even so far as taboos.

Yet they can’t seem to make a quality “mainstream” movie with good plot, choreography, good dialogue, and great filming practices.  It’s like PETA – one trick ponies (and the trick is oh-so-old by now) and they keep hashing the same thing over, thinking that if they bump up the shock value a little more each time they’ll get their groupies, fanboys, admirers, fame, whatever.  They are looking for fart-sniffer validation.

Surely we haven’t exhausted stories of the type written by H.G. Wells, Frederick Pohl, Asimov, Dan Simmons, or Neal Stephenson?   (Threw that last one in for fun – I’d love to see someone do it though.)

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The only thing lower than this is someone who would break a baby’s fingers to get the candy.  Man uses crucifixes to open church poor boxes.  I’d say he’s as useful as a syphilitic rat, but that’s pretty damned offensive to rats.

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