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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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All I gotta say is that it is about goddamned time. You won’t wake up to a communist state for at least a little while, because you are still able to defend yourselves (those of you who haven’t abdicated any hope of ever doing so by being a pacifist – I guess we’ll do your job for you if/when it happens).  Read about the Supreme Court on your right to self-defense.

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/

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MRRREOWWWW.

PROOF that education is no substitute for intelligence.  (emphasis mine)

Next up: a professor who took a full six minutes announcing her credentials and then said, “I used up my entire pension supporting Hillary. I went to 13 states and knocked on doors. I want everyone in this room to write in the name of Hillary Clinton on the ballot when they go to vote and …”

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The Dude passed on a link to TimesOnline, where they have communist jokes.

Bitch about the US all you want all you tree hugger, hemp-wearing, slackster in-a-haze coffee-house misanthropes, but it’s still more free than any other country in the world.

The Russia has reclaimed it’s title as a nasty communist state, and it only took them 20 years to recover from the Gipper. China… well, China is in a class all it’s own. Please keep in mind I’m referring to the government in both countries, the mafia in the the former Soviet States, and China’s internal policy on restriction of information flow (aka Censorship).

My favorites:

An old man is dying in his hovel on the steppes.
There is a menacing banging on the door.
‘Whose there?’ the old man asks.
‘Death ‘comes the reply.
‘Thank God for that,’ he says, ‘I thought it was the KGB.’
Dan Sweeney

The next one is cynical as hell. Which is why I like it.

A KGB officer is walking in the park and he sees and old Jewish man reading a book.
The KGB says “What are you reading old man?” The old man says “I am trying to teach myself Hebrew.”
KGB says “Why are you trying to learn Hebrew? It takes years to get a visa for Israel. You would die before the paperwork got done.”
“I am learning Hebrew so that when I die and go to Heaven I will be able to speak to Abraham and Moses. Hebrew is the language they speak in Heaven.” the old man replies.
“But what if when you die you go to Hell?” asks KGB.
And the old man replies, “Russian, I already know.”
Larry Rasczak

The winner was Larry Freeman. Damned if you do…

Three workers find themselves locked up, and they ask each other what they’re in for. The first man says: “I was always ten minutes late to work, so I was accused of sabotage.” The second man says: “I was always ten minutes early to work, so I was accused of espionage.” The third man says: “I always got to work on time, so I was accused of having a Western watch.

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Good a time as any to voice this beef…

Newser.com

Airline Profits Soar on Hellish 3Q – Posted Oct 19, 07 (Newser) – The worst summer in a decade for the air traveler turned into the most lucrative for the airline industry. Carriers’ profits soared on overbooking that led to cramped conditions and a quarter of all flights arriving late, the LA Times reports. Consumer groups are furious. “They’re making money hand over fist at the expense of passengers,” says one advocate.

OK, got that? Capitalism BAD.  Airlines are making too much profit and hurts consumers.

Now we have complaints from several people (NPR today)  how airlines are dying because of fuel prices and then almost in the same breath how the market will let them adjust and become profitable again.

Oh, ok.  Capitalism GOOD with airlines, Bad with fuel companies.

So.  What we have then is if airlines are doing bad, then capitalism is good because it’s the way out (except for oil companies) and we should stop beating airlines down.  If airlines are profitable, it’s because of nasly ol’ capitalism and the airlines need regulation so they don’t profit off of consumers.

So really what we have is a bunch of people who want a damned Socialist State?

There’s your proof.

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I’d post tonight but I’m working (yes, at 1AM… yes, again) and it’s like chewing glass so I don’t have enough spare energy to post, much as I’d rather drop it in a second and write something bizarre. Sorry.

Tomorrow night. I’ll have thought up a good six-word memoir by then.

– LK

Update:

It’s 2:45 and my brain turned to swiss cheese – My guess is an ultrasound of my brain would look a lot like I have mad cow disease (no, not PMS – Jacob Creutzfeld Disease silly).

Anyhoo, China is flexing it’s dysfunctional muscles…

Athletes who take Tibet stand ‘face Olympic cut’

Athletes who display Tibetan flags at Olympic venues — including in their own rooms — could be expelled from this summer’s Games in Beijing under anti-propaganda rules

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article3724308.ece

Honestly, is Tibet my all-time favorite cause? Nope. But here’s the deal… why is everyone getting worked up about China behaving like China? This isn’t a big shock to anyone that uses their brain with more than 10% duty cycle. If it was THAT friggin’ big of a deal to use an open, democratic-principled**, human-rights-loving, teddy-bear of a country, I got news for you: China ain’t it.

Ok, soapbox is put away. I get in a certain frame of mind when working to Talking Heads (Psycho Killer and Once in a Lifetime – or rarely The Overload) – at least I wasn’t listening to The Cure’s Disintegration album.

** Contrary to popular belief, the US is NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT a democracy. Will all the pissers and moaners out there wake up and recognize that trying to rewrite history doesn’t change it? The US never was a democracy – it is a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC

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