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Damn.  Leslie Nielsen dead at 84, visited by the old person’s friend.

I won’t call you Shirley but I will call you one hell of a lot of laughs.

Who can forget him looking up the ladder (and upskirt) at Priscilla Presley and uttering the famous words “Nice Beaver!”

And her, pulling down a real live dead one, saying “You like it?  I just had it stuffed!”

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Nothing new to write about but I ran across this article I had open in my browser but didn’t get around to reading.

Happy Genetically Modified Thanksgiving.

And The Comments.

I had some European friends who went on and on about GM foods and the evils therein.  What was not apparent to me was just how those foods were slowly killing me.

As I walk through the grocery store and witness representative examples of celery from “organic” vs. “non-organic” (???) sources, without exception the stuff outside of the organic display is healthier looking, larger, and cheaper.

Every argument had fear oozing from it, yet none of the arguments got any closer than saying “We just don’t know what these things will do to us.”

Is that the best argument there is?

Who here thinks drinking gasoline is a good idea?

Ok, how about tobacco?

How about carbon tetrachloride, arsenic, asbestos, and DMSO mixed with trace amounts of pesticides?  Fen-phen?

All those things are recognized as being bad for you because… they are.

But genetically modified food?  If we stop using the expression “Frankenfood” and actually try to point to the stacked up bodies of people who have keeled over, do we come up with much?  There’s warnings all over gasoline, model cement, methylene chloride, lead, mercury, and methanol.  Pretty obvious in those cases.

Meanwhile there have been cases of entire warehouses full of “genetically modified” corn remaining locked up  in the midst of starving countries because of the dangers they present.

I’d be willing to bet though that the people starving to death would rather take their chances.

How about DDT?  The actual arguments made against it were not as rigorous as you’d hope they’d be (far from conclusive) and yet it has been banned worldwide.  The results?  Millions upon millions of people have died of malaria.

Note:  If you are interested in the DDT debate but fall on the opposite side of the fence, go read this article first, then politely initiate a dialogue.  Nasty treatment will get you banned faster than a liberal can whip out someone else’s checkbook.

Pretty safe bet that those people would have appreciated a little more DDT in their environment, too.

Would I eat a bunny-rabbit that had jellyfish genes spliced into it’s DNA so it glowed in the dark in an eerie green fashion?

Oh hell yes.  I’ll barbecue it’s green-glowy ass in molasses.

What about the hybrid of a turkey, a jellyfish, and an ass?  Would you vote him for president?  Oops.  Guess we already did that.  Europe and the liberals here in the US loved that.

(yes, that’s a cheap parting shot)

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“Just another bite,” I thought aloud to myself for the benefit of my family.

Surely finishing what was before me was the best honor I could give in thanks for everything those before me have allowed me to have…

But… the body cried out… it screamed “Foul!  Foul, that which once nourished now overwhelms and destroys!  By Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer’s left nut, if you take one more bite, we will all die!”

“I can do this,” I murmured, more to convince myself than anyone around me.

This is bad.  This is so very very grim, but I can do this.

My soul shrieked “Have done with this!  It would be better had you beaten your pancreas to death with your spleen!†”

I chided my insides… Ok, now you’re just exaggerating.

My stomach growled at me, with pure hatred and no supplication.

With an agonized expression I looked at Cruel Wife.  “Huh.  Maybe not… maybe I can’t do this.”

The mashed potatoes had loosed some of their bounty upon my stuffing, which was in turn smothering my turkey.  This would be no mere bite, not even a Herculean bite.  It would be the work of many bites.

“I can’t do this,” I said around a huge mouthful of turkey, stuffing, and potatoes.  A rivulet of butter ran down through my beard, bringing with it promises of a portable snack later, as long as I didn’t wash my face.

Oh geez, I’m doing it.  I’m really doing it now.

My stomach did the only thing it could do, which was to push food through the scanners… errr… my digestive system faster than it could handle otherwise because the protesters… uh… food just kept coming.  And then it blew up.   I rapidly slipped into a coma, and died.

And still, I ate more.

And finished it despite being recently departed.

A feeble croak escaped my lips, piggy-backed on a titanic belch which did nothing to relieve the pressure,”I’m dead… uh… full.”

I got up from the table and staggered the 23 feet to my chair and haven’t moved since.

Mmmm.  That’s good butter.

†The idea of beating anything with your spleen was inspired by “Bolt”, a line from Rhino the Hamster.


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Historically speaking, talk of this sort always leads to control of a population.  Total control.

Best we nip this in the bud right now.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

“[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

“I think the tighter we get on aviation, we have to also be thinking now about going on to mass transit or to trains or maritime. So, what do we need to be doing to strengthen our protections there?”

If this is the cost of my safety, I’ll take my chances with the terrorists.

Two conclusions can be drawn – one, she is a vile totalitarian or two, she is one of these people who is so convinced of her personal powerlessness that she should never be in a position to wield power, because she’s got no natural aptitude for leadership.

Either way, this is bad.  Very bad.

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How the Mighty have Fallen.

Update #2:  How come, if the diaper bomber incident last Christmas plays such a huge part in the latest Gropefest Security Theater exercise, it took eleven months to suddenly decide that we need to feel up everyone who isn’t a president or a congress-critter?

You’d think if it was so critical to safety they would have gotten on this sooner.  Something smells here.

Napolitano and Pistole (and Obama) say they’re open to discussing change in the policy but not over Thanksgiving.  One can only assume that they are going to do the standard Democrat maneuver just as they did on Health Care – which is to refuse change and hopefully wait out the detractors, saying “When you are less ignorant you’ll appreciate how wise we are.”

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Update on the TSA thing:  This is exactly what I was planning on doing when going to Florida in January.

Wolanyk was arrested for refusing to complete the security process and for recording the incident on his iPhone, according to his attorney.

Yes, it is best to ensure that none of TSA’s behavior sees the light of day.  No recordings.

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I caved.

I now have a Blackberry phone thingy. I’m a Luddite in research and aerospace and I now have a Blackberry.  The WiFi and bluetooth is just sweet.  Went to a coffee shop with the family and a friend of mine guided my surfing to show me a boat he wants to buy someday, maybe, if.

I absolutely love it.  It’s not always the easiest navigation to get to the customization stuff but overall I really really like it a lot.  Tenement Lobster is on my background for it already.

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Little late in getting this out.  Ok, days late.  So sorry.

Update:

“Driving is much more dangerous than flying, as you are far more likely to be killed in an automobile accident mile-for-mile than you are in an airplane,” said Horwitz. “The result will be that the new TSA procedures will kill more Americans on the highway.”  – Steven Horwitz, a professor of economics at St. Lawrence University

Whatever Obugger and the Libtards may think, a whole lot of people still subscribe to the idea “Give me liberty or give me death.”

For me and my family, we’ll take our chances on the road, thank you.  Bye-bye airlines.

And, sorry, but any agent who tries to strip-search my son is getting his facial features reconstructed.

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The TSA had one individual (Blogger Bob) that was quoted as saying:

It is important that all screening procedures are completed.  This ensures that terrorists do not have an opportunity to probe TSA’s procedures by electing not to fly just as TSA’s screening procedures are on the verge of detecting that the passenger is a terrorist.

How stupid do the TSA people think we are?  Electing not to fly just as TSA’s screening procedures are on the verge of detecting that the passenger is a terrorist?  Did such idiocy truly get uttered?  Yes.  Yes it did.

Terrorists probing security will do dry runs.  Terrorists probing security are not going to carry the real thing – there’s no point in doing a dry run with the real explosives, or the real knife, or the real whatever.  If they are going to carry the real thing they’re going to do something with it, not probe – they are not going to start tipping the authorities off by sacrificing people and possible tactics.  They will also seek to drop as many false positives as possible.

A true “Allahu Akbar” dyed-in-the-wool pork-fearing terrorist isn’t going to bat an eye at the next step, which is cramming explosives up his/her ass or having implants installed that are loaded with “goodies” instead of silicone.

This ill-inspired exercise has become a situation illustrating the notion reductio ad absurdum.  Read the next sentence twice, or however many times it takes to catch the nuance.

You can not have non-intrusive security and catch everything.

So in practical terms, how are “we” going to catch that stuff?  Start poking fake and real tits breasts indiscriminately with needles or stilettos?  Cavity searches at random?

Yes, there’s the solution, let’s just go around puncturing every female’s hooters or cavity-probing every single passenger out of fairness, m’kay?  (We’ll do it with gloves, and we won’t enjoy it, we promise.)

Or we can do the right thing and recognize that profiling is really the only fair thing one can do.  It is not fair to equally scrutinize everybody if the preponderance of evidence says that the likelihood of a terrorist being middle-eastern jumps sky-high.  We can’t ignore the fact that the odds get worse if we’re talking about men.  And the odds get even worse if we’re talking about a middle-eastern male somewhere between 17 and 35.

Brings the point… does something exist that is better than scanners overall?  YES!

They are called “dogs” and have been sniffing out explosives and drugs for a very long time.

For all the non-kaboom-ey stuff like non-metallic cutting things – knives or shards-o-glass and the like?   Several times now passengers have shown some real bravery in rising to the occasion and kicking the everlovin’ shite out of would-be terrorists.

Ol’ Blogger Bob also wrote this regarding the TSA’s alternative to the scanning, which is the good ol’ grope, errr, pat-down:

As I’ve said before, there is nothing punitive about it- it just makes good security sense.

TSA not punitiveOh they most certainly are.  And they most certainly will if we let them get away with it.

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