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It dawned on me that what I really wanted was a lemur, not a cat.   Lemurs are legal, just not nearly as maintenance-free as cats.  What to do, what to do?

So… with the proper bleaching compounds for most of her fur and select rings around her tail, and a few hair dyes for really accentuating certain parts – viola!  Stage 1 is complete.  Next will come Stage 2, with extra bleaching when the sores on her body from the bleaching solution heal and then Stage 3 where finally frosting will make it all blend in.

Here is Melody after her final rinse.  A bit wet still but looking good all the same – just like a little lemur.  Yes, a faux-lemur but I am ok with it.   I have a few hundred really good scratches from trying to keep her held still while we bleached her and all but it’s worth it, as you can see.

Melemur

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If I had to pick the ways that I thought I could nail down a comprehensive “Total Lifetime FAIL Award” strategy, I don’t think I could have done it quite so well.  It’s old news but I haven’t addressed it yet.

Cross-Dressing, Show-Tunes-Loving Connecticut Priest Busted

for Selling Meth and Laundering Money Through His Sex Shop

Okay.  Pretty impressive.  Shows a certain spontaneity.

Following news that one of their former priests was arrested earlier this month for his alleged involvement in a cross-county meth ring, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, released a statement expressing “shock and concern” for the “gifted, accomplished and compassionate” Monsignor.

His sex shop still seems to be listed.  His diocese stuck by him to the end… my wife would not stick by me through this stuff.

The Diocese stuck by Wallin even after he became the owner of a North Haven sex and smoke shop called Land of Oz & Dorothy’s Place shortly after leaving the priesthood.

For all I know this is what you have to do to leave the priesthood… behave so thoroughly badly that they just finally let you go.  A lot of them put up with ped-priests for far longer than they ever should have (which I deem to be about 15 seconds).

At least Pope Benedict was allowed to say how he felt and then step down.  Hat is off to him for the guts that it took.

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Now we have tutoring programs where it is ok to say “black kids only” because while we are here for the children, we’re more here for the failing black children than the failing white ones.  Because failing black children need help more than failing white children.

A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.

Of course once black principal Andre Pearson got wind that his crappy behavior wasn’t universally loved he quickly sought to contain the damage.

Before Cox could complain to the school, Pearson contacted her directly. His voicemail only seemed to reinforce the segregated tutoring idea.

“This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs,” Pearson told Cox in the voicemail.

Pearson declined to comment on camera, but a district spokesperson claims it was all just a big misunderstanding.

“I think what the answer is, is that he made a mistake,” Tustin Amole with the Cherry Creek School District told CBS4.

The new tutoring program was started by parents of minority students to help bridge the achievement gap.

An image of the ad (credit: CBS)

The district is now clarifying that the program wasn’t meant to segregate anyone.

“But we have had lots of students sign up for the tutoring. Many of them are white and we will be accepting all of them,” Amole said.

“I just want everybody to be treated equally,” Cox said.

The new tutoring program began Wednesday. CBS4 was told a letter would be going out to parents to clarify the error that was made.

Sorry, but that wasn’t an error.  They fully intended for a coloreds only group.  It was not a mistake or a misunderstanding.  It was yet another case in a long line of folks who think it ain’t racism if it forms their own groups to exclusions of others.

Show me one minority/disadvantaged group that wouldn’t gladly turn the tables if the situation were reversed.  Go on, show me.

 

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It’s really all about racism.

I’ve been bothered by the shooting of this kid down in Florida on several levels.

One – both sides have rushed to judgment.  One side says the guy is a racist who shot an innocent unarmed kid wearing a hoodie and packing naught but a bag of Skittles – packing Skittles while black (PSWB).  On the other side the kid was a problem in school, had a lot of jewelry (women’s), nailed for having pot, and was physically beating the gun owner.  It goes back and forth with both sides making arguments both ways.  Police were wrong, gun owner wrong, and kid was wrong – all bandied about.  Some say the shooter was bloody and others point to video tape of the guy looking unbloodied.

We’ll have to see what comes out of the courts because when it gets this messy it needs to move to a higher power.  And court doesn’t mean the truth will out, either.

Two – racism is really running rampant.  In all directions.  But it is most certainly not a case of all whiteys trying to stomp on the black man.  It just isn’t so.  It’s not.

So there is no misunderstanding, if the gun owner did shoot the kid and it was due to racism and it sucks ass, but it doesn’t really matter – what matters is he shot the kid and shooting someone without just cause is illegal.  We just don’t know yet what the circumstances were.  Right now everyone has jumped to their conclusions.  And they keep jumping still.

Secondly, I’m kind of disturbed by the black community’s leaders.

Specifically I’m referring to Sharpton and Jackson but it goes broader than that.  I get it – they go around the country and point to high-profile cases like this and make their arguments that there’s still something wrong and that racism still exists.  Hey, I’ve got no disagreement with that statement.

But if those two were really caring about black kids and blacks in general – they would go around just as much and denounce the black-on-black and black-on-white crimes just as much as they do for white-on-black crimes.  Instead, they whip up pure emotions and help get the tinderbox extremely hot.

Think about this… if they really cared about something outside themselves these guys would be not only championing those who they believe have been victims but they would hold up those kids in the same communities who do wrong themselves.  They should be championing those who are clearly wronged and denouncing those who do wrong regardless of the color of their skin.

And I would support them on that.  I really would.  I can respect someone who recognizes wrong but tries to be fair.

But instead, black leaders – be they Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, or even clowns like Spike Lee (who is nothing short of an evil bastard for screwing with two old people and not apologizing to them) – are focusing on what they see as a one-sided issue, and that is just as racist.  The black leaders that are most in fashion today cannot possibly hope to take a moral high ground unless they act as a voice for reason, restraint, and recognition of truths.  These leaders are about anything but recognition of truths.

Recognition of truths and leadership is not about saying that the dead kid would look like your son if you had one.  That shows no leadership at all – it shows manipulation and emotionalism.  A good leader does manipulate but they do it to play to people’s strengths, not their basest and darkest emotions for their own gain.

One truth is that the black community has already done and is doing what Obama has been doing for years.  Obama has blamed his predecessor for all of his own shortcomings and argued that since there were legacies from the Bush administration that were inherited then all problems stem from the same root cause.   The same has been happening with the black community – blame for everything resides outside of one’s self, and is never recognized.  Broken families, gangster-worship, and a dependence upon others rather than persevering and truly coming together is not doing anyone any favors.  There is indeed racism that blacks still see, and this is not up for debate, but it is made far worse by a sickeningly high degree of cultural illness from the poison that flows in parts of the black community.

It’s not about Sharpton, Obama, Jackson, or any leader past or present in the Black Panthers.   I guess it really IS about merchandising.  It’s about what these guys are trying to sell and what people are buying.  What people are buying is the crack cocaine of righteousness.  They’re dropping dimes for a bump of the meth of emotionalism.  They keep chasing the dragon with the heroin of victimization.

If George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin soon, theRev. Al Sharpton will call for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions. – Orlando Sentinel

The difficulty here is that Sharpton’s words “escalation in peaceful civil disobedience” can only incite others to stronger reaction.  A real leader is cognizant of the effects that words have on people.

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And apparently it is O-KAY for a black guy to kill a black guy because after all, they’re brothers.

I guess it is just something a cracker wouldn’t understand.

Grandma, I’ve been shot.  – 5 year old Mckayla after being shot at a wake outside of a nursing home.

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In what is arguably one of Obama’s more sinister moves:

The president spoke at length about the case at a joint press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an “unelected group of people” could overturn a law approved by Congress.

This from the guy who is a self-proclaimed “constitutional law professor”… talk about egregious.
The system of Checks and Balances (trias politica) is set up for exactly the type of limitation of one branch of another – a limiting of the power wielded.  One of their responsibilities:  “Exercise judicial review, reviewing the constitutionality of laws“.
Obama intended to take a cheap shot, claiming parity – suggesting that conservative disagreement with SCOTUS’ ruling on Roe v. Wade is grounds for the conservatives to sit down and shut up.   There is nothing analogous between the ruling that allows killing of babies and a power grab by a overzealous group of liberal Congress members that has at it’s basis the twisting of the Commerce Act far beyond it’s intended scope.

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On The View, you can’t get more blatant than that:

Host Barbara Walters used the n-word while explaining the story, causing co-host Sherri Shepherd to take offense. Shepherd says she didn’t like the way Barbara Walters said it. However, Shepherd was okay with Whoopi Goldberg, the main host of “The View,” using it. Shepherd explained herself:

“When I heard you (Whoopi) say it, it was fine. You said it a different way. When I heard you (Barbara) say it, I didn’t like the way you said it. Because when you say it, you say [inaudible]. And I don’t like [inaudible],” Shepherd said.

This left Barbara Walters confused and wanted to know the proper way to say the n-word. However, Shepherd told Walters there is no right way for her to say it.

Walters said the n-word once in the segment while Whoopi Goldberg used the word nearly a dozen times.

Ah.  But this isn’t racism.  This is really a matter of a white woman talking when she should shut up.  According to Shepherd (who is black), as long as a sister says “nigger” den dat’s ok, but Babs Walters ain’t never goan say it prop’ly.

Love that double standard, Ma’am.

Honestly, I don’t like the word in any way, shape, or form.  I’m not even so hot on blacks using it on each other.  I was brought up to find it about as coarse and vulgar as someone using the “c”-word.  I’ve only used that word twice in my life and never to a woman’s face, and I can’t recall if I ever uttered the “n”-word in anger and aimed at anyone.  Maybe once, and even then, in the case of both words, it felt wrong.

So what’s up with the evolution of it being ok to use the “n”-word when so many blacks tried to strike it from all books, including Tom Sawyer, when for the time period the word was socially acceptable?  Is it a “we’re part of a club” kind of thing where a shared identity is reinforced via selective approval of what is considered a taboo word?  I’m thinking it very much is a culture of exclusion and a chance to beat on someone in a way that is “acceptable” or suddenly “justifiable”.

Sometimes you call a spade a spade.

Note:  Go look up the origination of the expression and you’ll find it predates the usage of “spade” as a slur for/against blacks by a LONG shot, like 1542.

For being part of a supposed racist organization (twice, if you count being white and a member of the Tea Party), I just don’t get it.  Probably because I’m white I’ll never get the nuances.

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I really feel like I’ve been neglecting some boycotters who were once readers.  Now, I can’t name names but it was veeshir.  So in what is likely to be a wasted attempt to win him back:

Tasteful w/o Being Trashy - veeshir bait

I am 100% positive that (1) She is not a hooker, and (2) she’s somewhat deadly.  I don’t know, maybe you’re the type that doesn’t mind if you have your head eaten off during sex.  If you’re going to go… well, sit down and have a thinkover about the whole thing for a day or two.  Wasn’t quite sure where to put it but here’s the obligatory “How’s her dictation?”

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I haven’t given Nazi Surf Kittens Must Die any attention in a long while, and I should, I know…  but this was beautiful – it brought a tear to my eye it was so caustic.  SOYLENT GREEN posted it over there at NSKMD, and Aggie (Hookers and Booze – yes, that Aggie – also of Sithy Things):

If I’d known my niece was going to turn out as she has, I would have gotten my sister a dingo for a baby shower present.  – leeann (a blogger)

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Fox News Poll: Voters Say Bad Leadership to Blame for Economy More Than Bad Luck

I’m not a huge fan of polls because the only poll worth a damn is at the polling station on election night, but this still doesn’t look great for Obama.  I’m still not sure why this should have come as a surprise to anyone but there you have it.

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Well, Beasley-Allen (law firm full of weasels, but I repeat myself) dropped it’s suit against Taco Bell.

Hurray!  Waytogo Taco Bell!

[after] changes in marketing and product disclosure were made…  (source: Fox News)

I am not 100% sure but I think that means “We found we didn’t have a leg to stand on and the judge said ‘You can walk or I’ll spank you and then send you packing'”.  Do I have that about right?

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You might have seen my last posting and comments to it where my daughter innocently said something that she heard me say and I cringed.  It sounded funny coming out of my mouth.  Out of hers?  It made me cringe.

Well, take a read about this lady’s conversation with her daughter about the birds, the bees, and permutations thereof… rather insightful in an innocent way.  But the mom had to be squirming once she set foot down a certain path.  Frankly I would have backed the B&B truck up and said “Hokay, you’re old enough to ask the question I’ll give you as much truth as you can stomach.”

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Zombie-Proof Homes!  I know what my next home will be!  It has windows, they’re just hidden under the concrete window covers.  Big Bird couldn’t take a window out w/o breaking his neck.

The walkway on the left is a drawbridge and is the only way in once you button the place up – and it can be raised.  I’m emotionally erect.

… … … wow.

Ok, along the lines of zombies…  This review was on Amazon.com for “John Dies @ the End”.

In this reissue of an Internet phenomenon originally slapped between two covers in 2007 by indie Permutus Press, Wong—Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin’s alter ego—adroitly spoofs the horror genre while simultaneously offering up a genuinely horrifying story. The terror is rooted in a substance known as soy sauce, a paranormal psychoactive that opens video store clerk Wong’s—and his penis-obsessed friend John’s—minds to higher levels of consciousness. Or is it just hell seeping into the unnamed Midwestern town where Wong and the others live? Meat monsters, wig-wearing scorpion aberrations and wingless white flies that burrow into human skin threaten to kill Wong and his crew before infesting the rest of the world. A multidimensional plot unfolds as the unlikely heroes drink lots of beer and battle the paradoxes of time and space, as well as the clichés of first-person-shooter video games and fantasy gore films. Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book’s smart take on fear manages to tap into readers’ existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next.  – Publisher’s Weekly

Ok, so there are no zombies in it at all, but **wah-heyyyyy**, sounds pretty good to me.  I just used zombies as a lead-in.  Worked, didn’t it?

John Dies at the End…[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors. –Fangoria

Hot damn!  Soul-sucking lunacy?  Can they overnight it?

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I’ve remarked on this before but this is just a no-win situation.

If you agree all the time, you’re not being true to self.  If you disagree with someone, you’re a racist.  Either way you’re probably a racist and may not even know it.

It’s almost a certainty you’re a racist so just admit it.

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Obama tried his best, Michelle sacrificed her heart out, and Oprah didn’t support the candidate of her choice like she hasn’t from day one as he ran for election.  She was just there, pulling for the children, just like Michelle.

But… but… but… The One can’t fail.   Or can he?

Yes.  Yes he can.

So, the US  – more specifically ChicagoLand – will not rake in the huge bucks to slake the thirst of the pigs at the trough.  Kickbacks and bribes will go without completion.  Dogs and cats will live together.  It will be anarchy.  The children will weep themselves to sleep, silently.

It’s all about racism, you see.

Surely there is no argument in the world that could possibly be strong enough to defeat the designs of The One, so ergo, it must be racism.  He said that the US was ready and eager to assume the sacred trust.   Oh gag me.

Carter will back me up on this one.  I know it.

UPDATE to the poorly done image below… is right below that.

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Poorly done graphic, isn't it? Well, it's still satire.

Racistlympics-Rio

Let’s get one thing straight.  I hate the KlanI think they are diseased vermin.  I hate the thoughts and ideology that they spew.

I also hate this ongoing issue where anything bad happens to a member of a minority, any disagreement, any letdown, anything that doesn’t go their way, that some bright spark stands up and chirps “It’s racism!”   Like Carter.

Now, go look at the UK tabloid’s (online) coverage.

The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in his home town of Chicago.

Makes you embarrassed – women weeping in Chicago.  And the caption?

America stunned: Two women comfort each other at a gathering in downtown Chicago this afternoon after the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics was rejected.

Now, ladies, seriously… there are people being raped, murdered, starved, drowned all over the world – dying in bad ways – and you want to cry because the Olympics didn’t happen in Chicago?  When put in context, you pathetic creatures look even worse, which I thought would be hard to do.  Guess not.  Ladies, you rose to the occasion just by being you.

Supporters gathered in Chicago were equally shocked. Many left the rally in Daley Plaza tears.  – CBS-Chicago

That’s what we need to be remembered for… weeping because we didn’t get to have the party at our place.  What a bunch of children.

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Global Warming predicted this.  I’m sure of it.

It was colder this morning in Port Huron than it has been in more than seven decades.

The Port Huron waste water treatment plant recorded a temperature of 32 degrees at 8 a.m., one degree colder than the record low set Oct. 1, 1935… <snip>

Today’s temperature is expected to reach 59 degrees. The average high for Oct. 1 is 67 degrees in Port Huron.

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Our president, showing that underneath all the masculine charm and eloquent verbiage there is really nothing internal to himself to hold himself upright.  No spine, no guts.  So let’s just capitulate to North Korea, why don’t we?  Looks like his cadre of sycophants aren’t up to the job of being an external spine for him.

Let me make myself abundantly clear:  If you allow the enemy to be on a level of equals with yourself you are as good as validating and supporting their behavior.

The argument will be that 6-way talks weren’t successful so we had to try this.  But this wasn’t successful in the past, so if you argue for change then how do you go back two steps?

Good gravy – our president is another Jimmy Carter.

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Watched Glenn Beck today on his 9/12 special in DC.

My neighbor and I were discussing issues on current events.  I said “Do you want America to be a Socialist state?”.   “Naw,” he said, “If I’d have wanted that I’d have moved to Canada or Europe.”

Good point.  So all you socialist wannabe’s… don’t let the door hit you on the butt as you leave.

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The Dude has passed on a link showing that black publishers are saying that Wilson must be racist for saying “You lie!” to Obama.

I’m going to step out on a limb here but could part of the unconscious reason why there’s no desire to “move on” in black American minds be because there might be a loss of a tool to beat your opponents with?  Seriously, all one has to do is scream “RACIST” and there’s a no-rebuttal stigma slapped on the other party.    I saw that speech.  There was nothing racist there.

NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. said. “Rep. Wilson’s remarks were racist, disrespectful, and a disingenuous violation — not only of President Obama — but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending black dollars where black people are not respected.

“The continued public and blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama by members of Congress will not be rewarded with our dollars nor will a state that continues to uphold America’s shameful past by flying the Confederate flag,” he added.

The key words here are “where black people are not respected”.  So all you have to do is “disrespect” a black person and it is racism now?   Could it really be that we’ve gone to the point where if a black person says he feels like someone was less than friendly with him then it must logically follow that the other person is racist?

Mr. Bakewell, you are obviously pretty full of yourself and the specialness of your blackness, and far more impressed by it than I am at that, but the simple truth is – Obama’s policies and actions play a far bigger part in any blatant disrespect to his person than the color of his skin.   Let’s take you and me for example, Mr. Bakewell:  I don’t think badly of you because of your skin color – I think less of you because of the words you utter and the fact that you are an idiot.

Getting really sick of this idea that if anything happens that some minority doesn’t like then it must be us whiteys who are racists.  I was brought up to hate racism so it’s particularly offensive when people claim it frivolously.

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Neck update:

This update has nothing to do with the title of the post.  Today, another nerve is definitely dying.  Rotten little bastard.  How can a spot feel numb yet hurt like hell to touch?  You got me.  But it does.  It’s that “I just ripped off a hangnail and two square inches of skin around my fingernail came up with it” feeling.

This is just a part of a good process.  In a few days, only Cthulhu will be left (yes, I give names to these nerves that cause my sanity to unhinge)

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Gee, do you think?

Democrats accused of using Kennedy’s death to advance reforms.

Just wait for a blustery denial of how they would never sully the great man’s memory or name.  NEVER.  Ever.

Harrumph.

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On NPR I heard a rosy glowing outlook for the economy.

I see two things wrong with this assessment.

1) Americans lost their shorts in both their stock investments and their home values.  Their spending behavior will not go back to previous levels (levels which were unsustainable and hedonistic).

2) From Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s blog:

The Baltic Dry Index measuring freight rates for bulk goods and commodities has been falling almost continuously for eleven weeks, dropping from 4,290 to 2,778 on Thursday.

This index is the bellweather for production indicators.  This is as regular as tides, as gravity, as death, and as taxes.  If that index goes up it’s a measure of how good everything is going.   He goes on to say:

There is something wrong with the entire recovery tale, which ignores the fact that excess plant is still at the highest level since the Great Depression (capacity use is 70pc in Europe, 68pc in the US, 65pc in Japan, and as low as 50pc in some countries, according to the World Bank’s Justin Lin). Companies will have to cut jobs and investment.

Soaring “confidence” indicators have decoupled from reality. The world economy is still prostrate. GDP has shrunk 4pc, 6pc, 8pc, even 12pc or more in a large group of countries. There it more or less sits, like a deflated soufflé.

3)  Nothing has really changed that warrants a sudden reversal of reality in the space of 1-2 months.

So that was three things.  Sue me.

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I *loathe* cheaters.  If you want out that bad, get a divorce and then have at.  But this guy… he’s the first where I say “Geez, you actually seem to care and have remorse.”

I could be wrong.  He may be doing it because he doesn’t want a costly divorce.  But, give him the benefit of a doubt, and if he doesn’t do it again, “Ok, good on you, dude”.

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The Dude passed on a link where John Stossel wrote a good piece pointing out how racial issues are brought up both for real reasons and then they are used as a shield from legitimate criticism.

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No, I can’t point to a concrete reason why this is a bad idea.  But I can point to the Law of Unintended Consequences.  This law is very powerful and nowhere is it as prominent as when it comes to the fore in the human body.

Three parents to create an offspring.

They make it sound good.  They have good intentions. You can make the same claims with the use of Thalidomide.

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The latest pants-wetter globular worming announcement by Penn State University shows that us doubting “contrarians” (their words, not mine) are just wrong wrong wrong.

They show this colorful picture (color is more cinematic and enhances my wrongness):

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Warming in Antarctica over last half-century (source: NASA)

Wow.  The colors mean we’re extra-wrong, right?  Oh gee.

Now, lets compare that to the volcanic range underneath Antarctica:

map_antarctica_volcanoesDoes anyone else see a correlation or do I need glasses?  Just so happens that Mt. Erebus is currently the most active Antarctic volcano.  How about that?  Oh, and it has been continuously active since 1972.  Wow.

I’ve found a site that tells about the clockwise direction of the Antarctic current (Circumpolar).  So it would tend lead this layman to conclude that it would sweep any warmth up and around/past Graham Island.

I’m not an expert but I am decidedly skeptical.  Still.  But no… there’s no way that a volcanic region could have more effect than our selfish-evil-human carbon buttprints, right?

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Considering a vast majority of the throng that converged upon the Mall to witness the inauguration must have been democrats and ardent disciples of the Obamessiah, I was surprised at the carbon buttprint shown in this picture:

Environment is our charge and we are responsible sayeth the Liberals.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Environment is our charge and we are responsible sayeth the Liberals. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

I expect the occasional lost roach-clips or hemp handbags, but this looks like a damned landfill.  Come on, you who attended, you were at the damned NATIONAL MALL – a historical place worthy of respect and you treat it like a $20 whore.

Yes, I’m steamed.  Yes it probably happens every time, but cripes people it is not hard to police yourself.

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Always the class acts, the liberals are showing their superiority in the most childlike and spiteful ways they can think of… as posted on Drudge, I have to bring it up again.  It fits a theme.

Benediction at Obama ’s inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery: ‘Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick aroundwhen the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen’

  1. Blacks have not been asked to stand in back for decades now.  Certainly not in my lifetime.
  2. Brown can stick around?  What the hell does that mean, exactly?
  3. Red man can get ahead… yes, he found us out.  Every white is indoctrinated in the crib to oppress injuns.  Damn, he saw right through us, didn’t he, my aryan brothers?
  4. And when white will embrace what is right.  Uh, excuse me?  Whites have died for civil rights causes.  Whites… *AAAAAIIIIIEEE* … Geez, you blithering IDIOT.  I can’t even form words or describe how utterly contemptuous I am of your purposely myopic world view.  I submit sir, that you are a racist pig.  You take people like me who are on your side and say things that are equivalent to spitting in our faces and piss us off.

Another case in point… the crown booing when still-President Bush stepped up during the inauguration. I didn’t like Clinton.  I went and saw him speak.  And never never never would I have shown the office of the President disrespect like that in those settings, regardless of what I thought of the man.

Such quiet dignity on a very solemn occasion…  I’d have been so awed by the whole thing that there is no way at all that I could be cavalier about anything I did.  I see it touched Rahm the same way.

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Rahm Emanuel showing dignity and poise, as expected.

In the inaugural speech:

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

We’ve been leading all along – even when the rest of the world was too yellow-bellied to act.  I’m not sure what planet he’s from.

Obama also has a wonderful ability to state the obvious (at face value) but is trying to make a point where the point is one that is truly divisive:

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

You hear this wording on NPR – “where all people deserve the chance to lead healthy productive lives”.  This sort of wording has an implied tone given that it was even uttered in the first place, which is that if you do nothing you preserve a status quo where not all are free, not all can achieve a full measure of happiness or a full measure of productiveness.

The implication being that there is a vast conspiracy to oppress people in this country based on race/color/creed/handicap.  It’s a loaded statement based on the premise that something unproven is taken as fact.  (In the same class of  “So, have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

There and back again… classy example of poor impulse control on Biden’s part – a comment that was un-necessary and won’t gain him traction with the Supreme Court.  Seems to me that judges are pretty open (usually) but not at all when they are being dissed.

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Going to be a work in progress for a bit as I add more to this post.

For now, digest this. It talks about how racism is so subtle we don’t even know it. GASP!! I am? Oh crud, what a shitheel I am!

Read up, you fellow white racist bastards.

http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2008/04/10/news/doc47fd9f59218e6219081636.txt

Another page I found makes this claim:

No matter what any of the circumstances are about you and your life, you are a racist if any one of the following are true:

  1. You have a problem with your children marrying/dating a person outside of their own race, unless that person is white
  2. You have a problem with yourself marrying/dating a person outside of your own race, unless that person is white

Just prior to that, this individual claimed:

[an individual]’s mother is living proof that having black friends, even close black friends, does not mean you aren’t a racist.

Ah. I see. So despite having a black roommate and my best man (and awesome friend) being hispanic, I’m a racist, and of even lower class than the KKK because at least they were obvious (the author’s words). Now isn’t that interesting? So it seems that despite my words and actions, it’s highly likely that I’m a racist because I’m white. I’m flabbergasted. So there is nothing I can do to avoid this label and level of distrust? By even bringing up the topic, it’s even worse?

THAT my friends, is another type of racism.

What is troubling to me is the willingness and ease with which minorities of any type are willing to cry racism or discrimination anytime anything happens that they don’t like – promotional issues, someone voicing their opinion, the classic “they didn’t look at me because of the way I’m dressed”, etc.

What can be called racism or discrimination can sometimes be a tool for survival. Let me tell you, as a man, every single day I see a woman who will not meet my eye because she is thinking (sub)consciously about potential dangers (and my wife verifies this) relating to my being a male stranger. I live with it. Am I a rapist? No not that I could prove it to the one bent on perceiving me that way. But at the same time, I have to respect that the lone woman being PRUDENT. Most rapists are MEN. Not all men are rapists, there’s a difference. I’m not claiming 1 to 1 correlation here between rapists and minorities, just using an example of wisely exercised discrimination based on cold hard truths.

Then, too, just as there is real racism, what can’t be denied is a climate of hypersensitivity. Ken Hamblin, radio talk show host, put it very well when a caller came on his show one day. The caller greeted him with a “Hello brother…” to which Hamblin immediately said “I’m not your brother, I don’t even know you”. The caller was talking about signs of racism all around him that were stopping him from achieving his goals. Hamblin stopped him and used an illustrative example – if you are crossing a street, and someone is in your way, do you turn around and walk back, or do you go around him? This upset the caller, who was hoping for validation of some sort, based on their brotherhood of color.

Another factor at work here is evident elsewhere. If you look at rape statistics, you would be led to believe that there are many many rapists out there, and the same goes for child molesters (and there are a great deal of both and I wish we’d deal with them properly but that’s another post). What isn’t brought to light is how many of these separate and distinct victims were accosted by repeat offenders. A child predator (may they rot in a pile of excrement) is likely to commit their foul deeds many many times, leaving quite a few helpless victims in their wake, so the statistics are good concerning the number of (reported) victims but don’t accurately capture the number of offenders.

I’m distressed by the volume of complaints which are totally subjective in nature (read: subtle), and cannot be substantiated or rebutted. Believe me (although it is not likely since I’m white) I would like nothing more than to pull down anyone who operates based on hate.

I was, I believe, accused of racism at a previous place of employment, and I can see how that was construed that way, but since the individuals in question did not know the whole story the label stuck. The actual truth was I was spending a disproportionate amount of time trying to help a white sad sack get his shit together and out of loser-dom. Turns out I learned a lesson, that some people like this sad-sack will NEVER get their shit together and that I was wasting my time. The minority fella in question? Best worker I’ve ever seen and w/o him the project would have failed. He was a godsend.

And for those of you who stuck it out this far… more proof that I must be racist, a column from one of my favorite authors, Thomas Sowell.

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