Posts Tagged ‘fear’

That sharp stabbing pain could be the poignancy of the whole affair.


"A teenage girl is suing a tattoo artist for £8,500 after she allegedly asked him for three stars on her face..."

Sadly, she got a three of stars on her face.

She claims she fell asleep while he was doing his work… and awoke to ‘this nightmare’.

I have three tattoos.  I don’t know anyone who falls asleep during tats, sorry – at least not right below the eye like that and certainly not on the nose.

As co-worker Capricious Half-Breed remarked:   “And this year’s winner of the coveted ‘Dr. House Bedside Manner Award’ goes to…”

Jules Clocher, a Belgian psychologist, said: ‘The trauma this girl must be feeling is indescribable.  She feels like a circus freak – and no wonder, because she looks like one.’


More stabbing pain stuff.  Britain’s new stab-proof knife.

It can never be a totally safe knife, but the idea is you can’t inflict a fatal wound,” [John Cornock] said. “Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone.”

Stab-Proof Knife

You.   Must.   Be.   Joking.   If it has a sharp edge on it, it is deadly.

What next?  Writing utensils for Britons like the one below?


Never before have I seen such transparency.  Obama’s ability to stand by what he promises is breathtaking.

In a move that puts a cloud over transparency, White House officials are blocking access to the lists of the names of visitors to the White House.

The practice, carried over from the Bush administration, argues the public does not need to know who comes calling at the Executive Mansion, even for policy purposes.

Added in with the takeover of US businesses, the dictates on pay, the attack on free speech on the airwaves… the use of ABC News to do a personal infomercial controlled by Obama and his Administration (read: The State).   Awful close to Nazi days – get them browncoats a-movin’ and make sure you take away people’s guns while you’re at it, Big-O.

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The Fear of Hope and Change

Update:  If only Bush had this years ago.  I think he would have been able to synergistically leverage the infrastructure’s paradigm and succeed where so many (other) evil ones have failed.

Evil Plan Generator.

He just wasn’t wired for successful follow-through with his evil-ness.

Mine read like this:

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan ™!

Your objective is simple: World Domination.
Your motive is a little bit more complex: To show them all

Stage One

To begin your plan, you must first incinerate a town mascot. This will cause the world to wipe the sleep from their eyes, stunned by your arrival. Who is this evil genius? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in classic black?

Stage Two

Next, you must desecrate the eiffel tower. This will all be done from a abandoned church, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory. Upon seeing this, the world will die in a way you just don’t want to think about, as countless hordes of evil clowns hasten to do your every bidding.

Stage Three

Finally, you must demonstrate your needlessly big weather machine, bringing about pain, suffering, the usual. Your name shall become synonymous with dear god no and no man will ever again dare call you names. Everyone will bow before your cunning intelligence, and the world will have no choice but to erect a gigantic statue of you.


Yes, let’s do choose hope over fear.

While President Bush was accused shortly after taking office in 2001 of “talking down the economy” – and for saying the economy was “slowing down” – Mr. Obama is using ever-heightening hyperbole to hammer home his message. But the strategy brings great risk for the “Yes, We Can” man, who just three weeks ago told America in his inaugural address that despite “a sapping of confidence across our land,” his election meant Americans had “chosen hope over fear.”

Source:  Times Online

One person’s hope is another person’s fear, and this is especially true from the standpoint of the conservatives out there.

“The danger for him is using the Jimmy Carter malaise rhetoric, particularly for Mr. Obama, who was elected because people thought he was the solution. There’s only so much negativity they will tolerate from him before they will feel betrayed,” Mr. Luntz said.

Ah, the media and their double-standard.  Let’s hope they start bashing on a more equal-opportunity footing.

Every president must walk a rhetorical tightrope when talking about the economy, a lesson Mr. Bush learned quickly, being bashed just after taking office for delivering somber news. The United States was just entering a mild recession – it had been in one, it turns out, for about nine months – and the new president said so.

Liberals went berserk.

“Every time we turn around, this guy is bad-mouthing the economy. Is that lifting our spirit or dumping on it in order to sell his tax cut?” liberal comentator Bill Press said on CNN. Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, in an article headlined “Thanks Ever So Much, President Poor-Mouth,” said, “Even if Bush turns out to be right in his predictions of gloom, that doesn’t mean he was right to make them.”


Yes, we need to punish him so that means we need to get to the truth.


At what point exactly did Congress grant itself the powers to enforce the law and judiciate  (preside over) the law as well as just craft it?  Honest question.


One of the stupider things I’ve heard of in a long time.  A jet pack powered by a big hose connected to a boat on the water.  Woo-hoo.


Messenger news:

MESSENGER reaches its orbital perihelion today and passes within 0.31 astronomical units (AU) of the Sun (one AU is nearly 150 million kilometers or 93 million miles). The mission’s imaging team is taking advantage of the probe’s proximity to the fiery sphere to continue their search for vulcanoids – small, rocky asteroids that have been postulated to circle the Sun in stable orbits inside the orbit of Mercury.

Messenger goes to a hot place… Mercury has about ten times the amount of solar radiation incident upon it as we do here at Earth.  It gets hot.  It’s nothing short of amazing to try to make an spacecraft that can survive a year in orbit around Mercury.  Our instrument design constraints were well within Earth norms, which speaks highly of the thermal shield and the ability to radiate heat away from the sunside.

MESSENGER Thermal Engineer Maintains Cool in Extreme Environs

The Mercury-bound MESSENGER spacecraft will be assaulted by temperatures as high as 700°F as it orbits the planet closest to the Sun, and the only thing that will stand between its room-temperature science instruments and the blistering heat is a handmade ceramic-cloth quilt just one-quarter of an inch thick. Carl Jack Ercol, the man largely responsible for making sure that MESSENGER will be able to stand up to such harsh heat once imagined he’d make his living in a darker, much cooler environment: the coal mining industry. Read more about Ercol at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/who_we_are/member_focus.html.

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Well this was interesting.  From the NY Post.  Regardless of polls (except the only poll worth a damn is the election itself) the markets would seem to be wary of Obama – change is ok if you can actually articulate what it is.  Obama doesn’t want to get too deep into the details for fear of exposing his socialist trappings.  We already know about his liberal core.

Gasp!  Surely Obama can’t… huh?  Socialist?

But… but… but… Obama just can’t be a socialist!

But, what if he is…?

One viewAnother view.

Like it matters.  He’s already won, rightNot so fast.


UPDATE!  Ha!  I called it.  Turns out the little weirdo did indeed make it up.  Seriously you gotta be pretty messed up in the head to clobber and cut yourself for the attention… Embarrassing all the way around.

Cut or not-Cut?  That is the question.

Now, I’m not saying anything (refer to pic, please)…

but… Notice that the “B” is (1) not real deep, which doesn’t make sense from an enraged attacker standpoint, and (2) backwards.

Backwards.  Why backwards?  One of three possibilities:

  1. Attacker cut her while she was on her back and he was at her head, looking in the direction of her toes
  2. The attacker is dsylexic
  3. The cut could have been made in a mirror, where it’s really easy to get left/right mixed up

Enough inconsistencies in her story remained that the cops wanted her to take a polygraph test.  Results not yet released.


At least in the face of all the fear and uncertainty, OPEC has cause to feel uneasy as well (Read:  Iran and Venezuela).

The international oil cartel agreed Friday to cut daily production by 1.5 million barrels in a move to drive up prices on the international market — and, at the gas pump.

But, crude oil futures went in the other direction, falling 6 percent Friday in London trading on speculation that demand will continue to fall.

Oil fell sharply in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with light sweet crude priced for December delivery at $64.40.

Hardline OPEC members Iran and Venezuela had been pushing members to slice production by 2.5 million barrels a day, with Iran’s oil minister declaring, “The era of cheap oil is finished.” When asked before Friday’s meeting what price Iran would want for its oil, Gholam Hossein Nozari boasted, “The more the better.”

Arrogant greedy little prick.  (sorry for the profanity, but it is warranted)


A Missouri high school – as many as 50 students may have been exposed to HIV.  Nice.

Jasmine Lane, a 16-year-old sophomore, said her boyfriend from a neighboring high school broke up with her on learning of the news — after she bought them tickets to homecoming.

Well, Jazzy, now the world knows one of two things after your telling of your tale of woe:  Either your boyfriend doesn’t know much about AIDS – OR – that you and he are riding the hobby-horse together.

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