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Nice writing there.  A passionate and well argued piece about why gun control is about the most useless tits-on-a-boar thing you could ever hope to achieve.  Well, that wasn’t exactly the argument, but close.  DPUD’s point is that not allowing people to defend themselves is ultimately… cruel.   And it absolutely is cruel.

DPUD was inspired (and rightly so) by a particularly reprehensible op-ed that had the gall to say, among many other galling things:

Only in America are gun massacres of this kind routine, expectable, and certain to continue.  – @d@m G0pn1k

Excuse me?  The train has entirely left the tracks.
Go read DPUD’s most excellent posting.  I’ll link it again here because it deserves it.
And again because it is still more or less a free country and I can.
Yeah, I did half-LEET out the name attached to the quote above.  I don’t like to give it more exposure than it deserves, beyond simple credit.
Here is where I get bogged down.  I read the news about the Aurora thing and the first thing I thought was “Oh God, those poor people”, then “did they catch the bastard?”, “why all those innocent people?”, and lastly “has the list of victims grown?”
Nowhere did I leap up and scream “If only all weapons were illegal, this would never happen!” or “Gosh, I hope no one uses this as an argument to take my right to self-defense away!”
“Guns” were never central in the story in my mind.  People were my first, second, third, and last thoughts.  “Guns” didn’t enter the picture until I read so many reports about calls for more gun laws and how this is the fault of anyone who says the 2nd Amendment and all supporters of it have blood on their hands.  DPUD saw the ridiculous article that was the source of the quote above and responded elegantly and honorably.  Well done.

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I suppose one could say that since it is consensual then it is ok but I still find this to be one small step away from inc3st, b3astiality, and dwarf pr0n in terms of repulsive behavior.

Dutch broadcaster to air cannibalism.

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Aw hell, folks, it’s Grab Ass Tuesday.  Technically it is Wednesday as I post this, but I don’t give a rat’s patootie.

Here’s a joke to warm your heart.  I am told by Cruel Wife that if I ever do this I’m dead meat.

A couple was shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve, and the place was packed. Walking through the crowded mall the wife suddenly looks up and notices her husband is no where in sight. They have so much to do in such a short amount of time, that this really pisses her off. She grabs her cellphone to call him and ask him where the hell he is.
The husband answers in a calm voice says, “Honey, remember the jewelry store we went into 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace but we were so broke that we could not afford it, and I told you not to worry, that one day I’d be able to buy it for you?”
She is so touched she begins to cry…”Yes-I remember that jewelry store.”
He said, “Well I’m in the bar right next to it.”
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Sent to me by a friend of my Dad’s – Salty Nutter – don’t know where he got it.
Yeah, I shot jerky out my nose when I saw it, too.
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My kitty, Jilly-Boo/Jill/Jillbert (pick one), has been as cute as a kitty can be since I got home from the hospital.  I think she realizes that life is fleeting and moments are precious, that relationships are what really matter.  It’s scritches that make the world purr, dammit.   Pictures get bigger if you click on them.
Jilly-Kitty in Occupy Lemur’s Drawers
Jilly-Boo looking very Cougar-like in Occupy Lemur’s Spare Bedding Foam
Lemur King’s healing neck.  Yes, it hurt.  Yes, I’m pasty-white.
The neck pic… bottom middle is where they hacked out part of my sternum to use in my neck fusion.  A faint “V” to the left of it 2-1/2″ and up 1-1/2″ (“V” pointing to 10 o’clock) is where the drain tube was.  The dark line is where they hacked in using something very similar to Aggie Sith’s Zombie-Killing Machete.
Swallowing is still a chore.  Hurts still but when medicated the hurt is less than what I experienced all day every day prior to the surgery.  I’ve got no complaints.
I even have more strength back.  Before, when I tried to open a bag of tortillas I did not have enough strength in my thumbs and forefingers to open the ziploc bag and ended up cutting the zip-tops off of every bag I came across.  Cruel Wife thought I was being an ass but I figured better to let her think I was an ass than to worry her with things like that.

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Well, put in a call to the Dr. today.  Trying to get an answer to the question:  Is it normal for it to start out painful but bearable and then slowly get worse (pain-wise)?

Last night was hell, with the meds only helping marginally for about 2 hours.  I could wish for better.

Still, the headache part of it is way better.  It got worse last night but still better.

I wonder if he’s just going to say “Now they’re *really* dying in earnest – hang in there!”

UPDATE:

The Dr’s nurse called back.  Apparently it is different for every single person.  You can go up to four days with numbness and “feeling groovy” (not quite groovy but local numbness) and then “BAM” you get hit with the pain.

Oh, the pain.  The vicodin is only helping for about 2 hours at a time.

And yes, she did say “Now they’re really dying in earnest.”

I’ll give it until tomorrow to see if this is going to be like this, which is really undesirable, or if it gets worse.  If it gets worse I need something more for pain control.

UPDATE 2:

This may be a sign that this will be a 3-week process, not a 2-week process.  I can think of worse things – like rabid chihuahuas eating you alive starting with your toes.   Or perhaps suffering from coffee, a bran muffin, and irritable bowel syndrome while stuck in LA traffic.  Or perhaps being buried alive with Rosie O’Donnell.  Don’t mind me.  I’m just whining and I got no cheese to go with it.

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Thanks to ever-observant co-worker  Black Lab on Amphetamines (BLA) I can relay to you a small portion of the article that Telegraph (dot co dot uk) put out… they’ve done an incredible service to mankind.

Zombies would most likely wipe out humanity if they really existed, claim scientists

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

In their study, titled When Zombies Attack!, the researchers picked “classic” slow-moving zombies such as those in Dawn of the Dead as models and divided humanity into three: the living, zombies and the “removed” – zombies who had been killed by decapitation.

They concluded there was no point trying to cure those infected or live with them – the best thing was to destroy them as quickly as possible.

“A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly,” they write in the book

“While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.

“As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.”

Co-worker Laconic Pup had this to say:

There are some strong variables to be considered:

  1. What level of damage is required to render a zombie non-threatening?  Decapitation?  Total incineration?
  2. What is the method of transmission?  (typically a bite or fluid transfer – do people that die of other causes become zombies?).  The paper claims it’s similar to swine flu, but the flu is an invisible, airborne transmitted virus.  The walking dead are a slightly different story.
  3. Have the researchers taken into account the availability of Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, and/or Doctor McNinja in a zombie outbreak scenario?
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The Man from S-Mart - and His Boomstick

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I love these people.  Sadly, they’ll be stopped by the police for creating a dangerous situation.  And the police will never quite catch the poignant and bitter twist – that the situation the people are trying to stop is the ones that the cops would stop if they were doing their jobs.  North Carolinans with guts.

The group, Angry Neighbors With Paintball Guns, posted signs at strategic locations throughout the city, warning motorists to slow down or risk being shot at with a paintball gun.

You give out enough $140 tickets, people will slow down.

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Arthur C. Brooks over at the WSJ has a great op/ed.  He gets it.  If congress and our president have any brains worth using in their heads, they’ll pay attention to what he’s saying.  I’m attaching part of his article here – go read the rest of it because… damn, did the man call it correctly!!

Many on the left attribute the public’s growing disapproval to right-wing scheming. An op-ed in USA Today on Aug. 10 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the town-hall protests are part of an “ugly campaign” and are “un-American.” A few days earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid charged “sabotage.”

Blaming a cabal of conspirators—a time-honored technique for leaders on the wrong side of public opinion—is paranoid and self-defeating. More importantly, it betrays a tin ear to the culture of most Americans—an independent, optimistic culture that is mistrustful of government nannying and intolerant of policies that mortgage our future.

Consider the evidence. Despite the vote in November, it is clear that when Americans are not in an abject panic, we dislike government fiscal promiscuity. The president’s sinking approval ratings are due precisely to his administration’s free-spending ways. In a July 2009 Gallup poll, the No. 1 reason for disapproval of the president’s economic policies was, literally, “spending too much.” In second place was the worry that the president is “leading the nation toward socialism” through government takeovers and bailouts.

What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life.

Many on the left attribute the public’s growing disapproval to right-wing scheming. An op-ed in USA Today on Aug. 10 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the town-hall protests are part of an “ugly campaign” and are “un-American.” A few days earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid charged “sabotage.”

Blaming a cabal of conspirators—a time-honored technique for leaders on the wrong side of public opinion—is paranoid and self-defeating. More importantly, it betrays a tin ear to the culture of most Americans—an independent, optimistic culture that is mistrustful of government nannying and intolerant of policies that mortgage our future.

Consider the evidence. Despite the vote in November, it is clear that when Americans are not in an abject panic, we dislike government fiscal promiscuity. The president’s sinking approval ratings are due precisely to his administration’s free-spending ways. In a July 2009 Gallup poll, the No. 1 reason for disapproval of the president’s economic policies was, literally, “spending too much.” In second place was the worry that the president is “leading the nation toward socialism” through government takeovers and bailouts.

What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life.

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I have a co-worker who I call The Dude to protect his alter-ego.  Another co-worker who I shall refer to as The Half-Breed (he’s cool with that, as it is only the truth) had this wonderful little lexicon to understand politico-speak.  Before you get your panties in a wad I’m The Kranky Kraut.

First though, read this article to prepare yourself for maxismal enjoyment.  Hell, read this one, too.   Then read the lexicon and suggest your own!

Political Lexicon

BIPARTISANSHIP

1.) n. – A condition in which Democrats pound mercilessly on Republicans until the Republicans surrender and let the Democrats have their way

2.) n. – A spirit of cooperation in which Republicans let Democrats have their way without a fight

CHANGE

1.) n. –  A fictional concept wherein all of the negative or bad aspects of a governmental body magically vanish and are replaced with puppies and chocolate hearts

2.) v. – What happens to a politician’s platform once he wins an election.

DIRTY POLITICS

n. – A condition in which Republicans pound mercilessly on Democrats until the Democrats call for a special investigation and try to have the Republicans removed from office

WASHINGTON INSIDER

1.) n. – A Republican

2.) n. – A conservative Democrat

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On a side-note…

Every single day, almost, I get at least a few hits on “Tiny Puppy”.  I don’t recall but somewhere I must have listed one.  Perhaps in one of my Korean recipes.  Anyway, since most people aren’t looking for recipes from the Korean cookbook “50 Ways to Wok Your Dog”, I will post this pic.  Don’t remember where I found it.  If it is yours, let me know so I can give you kudos for “Saccharine Shot of the Year (2008)”.

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Update: A quick side-trip to a link provided by Scubafreak over at Weasel’s.  The guy has to be engaged in a certain amount of self-loathing shortly after snorting a line of Wasabi powder.

Totally unrelated but still important – I am going to change my blog design yet again because while I love the warm look of these pages, the CSS Whiz who designed it neglected to make it so you could tell what was a link and what wasn’t. This weekend. It’s all about change.

Update #2:  Lucky baby… and a dog that should get steaks once a week for life.

Update #3:  Yeah, this will fly.  Cop claims sex with prostitute wasn’t fun, it was work.

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And now, the regular post…

I’ve coined and referred to the SLC (see my definition) a number of times, and today I found on NPR.ORG (talk about shock and awe) a piece written by Dick Meyer.  I can’t tell you how gobsmacked I was at finding this kind of topic on NPR of all places – when I go in there it is like I’m Daniel walking into a den of stoned, mercurial, and self-absorbed lions.  But really, while quite a few people at NPR are indeed biased but they are also polite biased people – usually.  Sometimes they are misguided, but sometimes they get something right.  In “An Age Of American Self-Loathing” we see a self-loathing that is not projected but observed as a true societal phenomenon and is not brought up for self-righteousness’ sake but out of concern for straying away from any values or norms at all (emphasis mine):

In the opening of his new book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium, Dick Meyer checks off a list of gripes and social ills of our time. From vulgar t-shirts to the demise of independent stores, the list is, indeed, annoying — even infuriating. Meyer, NPR’s editorial director for digital media, sees it as a reflection of the fall of western civilization. He’s only half-joking about this.

Meyer is troubled by what he sees as an exponential increase in rampant rudeness, corruption and the valuation of getting ahead at others’ expense. He identifies the 1960s as the starting point of a great shift in the American psyche, a time of wonderful progress and enlightenment in such powerful realms as civil rights, but also the beginning of a descent into unfettered me-ism.

“Christopher Lasch, a historian and social critic, was one of the first to worry that the worldview revolutions of the sixties could truly threaten people’s ability to build and lead productive, unselfish adult lives,” Meyer writes. And in his 1978 book The Culture of Narcissism, Lasch blamed selfism, or narcissism, for the decline in American confidence.

I think it’s worse than just narcissism.  It is my belief, my contention, that the narcissism is not even conscious in a lot of cases.  It is a matter of the newer generation of people not knowing any other way to be because they’ve never seen a good example of how to be.

Meyer makes an observation in an op-ed at the Washington Post that has not been lost upon me:

I suppose there’s a place and purpose for public aggression, drunkenness and lewdness. Certainly the Romans enjoyed it in their decline. – Dick Meyer

I mean, come on – when we have all manner of truly disgusting “reality” tv shows and contest shows featuring gluttony combined with forced exercise or nausea-inducing rides only to see who the last person to barf will be… Rome just had a little more class about it, that’s all.  (Which is not saying much)

In another article:

[He] is a man with a list of hates. Meyer, NPR’s new editorial director of digital media, can rattle off plenty of examples: corporations that profess to care about you, the words “managed care,” and reality shows that promise a shot at love with a celebrity called Tila Tequila.

Those are some of the gripes to be found in Meyer’s new book, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium.

All those little complaints are indicators of something bigger, Meyer told Steve Inskeep: a lack of trust in public leadership and an overall weakening of public morality.

“The 1960s was a symbolic turning point,” Meyer said, citing the decade as a time when personal choice became more important than following tradition.

In his column titled “The 35-Year Bad Mood” he says (emphasis mine):

… no nation on Earth has ever been more long-lived, healthy, well-sheltered, prosperous, safe from foreign intrusion and free in the pursuit of happiness.  But happiness, the social scientists tell us, has declined in America.

Poll numbers and statistics just hint at things deeper. In ways impossible to quantify, Americans have become down on America, allergic to much of what goes on in public.

Many parents, whether they are Christian home-schoolers or urban liberals, feel that pop culture is toxic, and they guard their children from it in ways that were unthinkable a generation ago.  Primetime network television is off-limits because it is mostly violent, potty-mouthed or exploitive. The advertising is grossly sexualized and cravenly materialistic.

Ouchie.

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