February 20, 2008

Greetings, Greetings Fellow, Er, Moongazers!

There's going to be a full lunar eclipse tonight in the US, Europe and Africa.  There's a map to tell you when the eclipse will occur in your time zone.  This will be the last full eclipse seen until December 2010, so let's hope for clear skies!

...and keep looking up, or I'll kill you in your sleep!

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February 19, 2008

Giant Frog Fossil Found in Madagascar

Its about two to three times the size of the largest frog species today, and they're calling it Beezlebufo ampinga because of its massive size.  What is odd about this species of frog is that it is may be an ancestor to South American frogs rather than African frogs, the finding may bring into question how the continents broke up tens of millions of years ago. 

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February 18, 2008

Small Brewers Struggling Due to Predicted Supply Shortages, A Hero Emerges

We told you about the coming troubles for small brewers, and the effect environmentalist policies were going to have in intensifying it.  Well, there is now a major shortage of hops, and small brewers are feeling the strain. 

But what's this?  Jim Koch, founder and president of Boston Beer Company, which makes Sam Adams beer, sent out a letter to Brewers Associate members to let them know that they are going to release 20,000 pounds of their own hops storage, and selling it at cost to small brewers who are having trouble getting hops for their beer, or are struggling under the spiking costs of hops.  They're doing this all on the honor system.  Good on Koch and Boston Beer for doing this.  Certainly, small brewers are still in for a rough road even with this help because of the increased cost of grain, but this is definitely a big help.

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Close Call

An armed robber came into a jewelry store, drew his weapon, pointed it at a saleswoman's head, and just before he fired she moved to a side and the shot missed.  She then pulled out her own pistol and took a shot at the robber.  All of this was caught on the store's security tapes.  Police are now hoping to use the tapes to identify and capture the guy before he tries this again.

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Star Wars Nerds Get Their Fifteen Minutes

Two new films about Star Wars fans are being created right now, the first is called Fanboys, about a group of Star Wars nerds who try and break into Lucas Ranch in order to steal a copy of The Phantom Menace before its release. 

I'll be curious to see if Fanboys actually sounds like it was written by someone who gets Star Wars nerds, or if it sounds like an interpretation of what a Star Wars nerd is by someone who doesn't get it.  I'm not a huge Star Wars junkie, I haven't even watched II and III yet, but I've been on the intarwebs enough and like Star Wars enough that I'd probably be able to tell.

The second is a documentary called The People vs. George Lucas, which will take a look at criticism and praises of the Star Wars series, it won't just be a trashing of the prequels either, but a full critique by fans or detractors of the series.  I wonder if they'll include this guy, who argues that Star Wars fans hate Star Wars. 

This one I'll actually be interested in, mostly to see what people's reaction to Lucas' insistence on fucking about with the original series with all the stupid THX effects and making unnecessary changes and additions.  The film is supposed to actually have clips and critiques submitted by fans, which will either be horribly embarrassing for all involved, including the audience, or could be an interesting element. 

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February 15, 2008

British Nanny: Pay £10 for License to Smoke

Gotta love it, The British Nanny is gonna slowly grind their heel into the throats of people until they get them to submit to their will.   How long are you Brits gonna put up with this crap?  You guys need to step up, between the Nanny Staters and the shari'a people, you folks are not in a good place right now, and its only bound to get worse.

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Ripley's Believe it or Not Buys Out Guinness World Records

Seems like the perfect match

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More Fun With Airstrip One

Hey, I have a smashing idea!  Let's impose mass sterilization on British teens!  No, really, some British official actually suggested mass sterilization of British youths...  What is even more amazing is that this columnist actually likes the idea.  Says she,

But think about it: it might not be such a bad idea.

We are moving into a science fiction age in which life itself can be created in a test tube, and it seems that, before long, perfect babies could be bred at will, largely free of hereditary disease and illness.

So, in my view, there is little point any more in feeling shock-horror at the idea of mass sterilisation.


And no, I don't think I'm Godwinning on this one, this article sounds close enough to fascist eugenics that the Godwin card shouldn't be in play.  Read the whole thing, it truly is disturbing, not just because of the willingness of the author to resort to rank fascism to reduce teen pregnancy, but the complete surrender of civic virtue, morality, individualism, their children and culture to the state.  The freefall the Brits are in, as well as the authors own slavish reliance on government solution to solve problems within British society, and total unwillingness to take charge for themselves, is truly tragic. 

When you read the piece, every failed effort to reduce delinquency and teen pregnancy is based around government intervention, nothing she suggests seems to indicate that government is the first problem, or that there is a solution outside of government intervention.  What is even more disturbing?  As of the time I'm writing this, the vast majority of comments at the Daily Mail are in full support of this forced sterilization idea. 

Loves where this is going...

Let's hope it never gets to this point in the US.

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Zombies in the British Sewers!

Told you, the zombie invasion is coming.  Several sewer workers have stated a creepy humanoid figure has been stalking them in the tunnels.  They sent in a parapsychologist for some reason...make up your mind people, is it a ghost, or a zombie?  If its a ghost, send an exorcist, if its a zombie, send in the Army. 

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Fast Eddie Rendell Seems to Enjoy the Taste of His Own Foot

What a fucking retard, which I knew, but I'd like to remind people what a Short-Bus All-Star runs our friggin' state.  Stupid Philly, I'm blaming you for this embarrassing, inept dumbass.

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February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

The perfect pic from Snapped Shot, these silly jihadis love setting random crap on fire and rioting, don't they?

Death to the infidel Hallmark Holiday!
Oh, yes, and Death to America!

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February 13, 2008

Who Needs Well Crafted Arguments Against Global Warming Hysteria When You've Got Stupid Leftists Undermining Their Own Agenda?

Our HuffPoster here seems to think that we need to trade in our bacon cheeseburgers for a heaping plate of possum, scraped fresh off the road, a lovely spring mix of weeds, and a side of grasshoppers in order to save the environment and more efficiently use our planet's "dwindling resources." 

The HuffPo piece was inspired by, what else, a New York Times article looking at the fact that the US doesn't have bugs in it cuisine outside of a few trendy high-end restaurants, unless you count shrimp and lobster.  The piece follows around a guy who tries to get chefs to put bugs in their menus.  Our HuffPoster quotes the guy pushing the bugs,

David Gracer, a connoisseur of bug-based cuisine, told Najame, "Insects can feed the world. Cows and pigs are the S.U.V.'s; bugs are the bicycles." Way to get us eco-weenies to board the bug-eating bandwagon; who doesn't love bicycles?

Well, at least he calls himself a weenie so I don't have to, I guess he really is big on efficiency. 

Is it time to start chowing down on some of those crawly critters we instinctively prefer to stomp on? The Feral Forager, a self-published 'zine excerpted in Sandor Katz's The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, rebrands pill bugs as "land shrimp"; grasshoppers are "surprisingly tasty and filling" and taste "something like popcorn"; crickets, "incredibly high in calcium and potassium." Roasted grubs make a fat-filled protein snack that, again, tastes "a lot like popcorn."

Suck it, Redenbacher!

Those aren't nasty bugs crawling under that rock, those are land shrimp!  May want to go back to the drawing board on that one, I don't think its gonna sell.  But this one is the best,

But the Feral Foragers don't draw the line at eating insects; some of them go so far as to cross the (yellow) line in their pursuit of alternative food sources. As members of a North Carolina collective called Wildroots, they're what Katz calls "Roadkill Radicals" -- enthusiastic advocates of peeling "dishonored victims of the petroleum age" off the pavement and converting them into "food which nourishes."

As the Feral Forger notes, "picking up roadkill is a good way to get fresh, wild, totally free-range and organic meat for absolutely free." Finally, a silver lining to our car-crazed culture.

Hey man, I ain't no redneck, I's a pro-gressive!

The only thing that I could see eating that could conceivably fall under what this guy is talking about is dandelion greens, which are kind of a PA Dutch thing I guess, even then, they're usually served with some kind of bacon dressing, so it defeats his whole purpose anyway, which is to alter human behavior and make Americans accept less prosperity, eating dandelion greens is nothing that wouldn't have been done anyway.  I haven't had dandelion greens actually, guess I'll have to find a Dutch kitchen that serves them and see if they're any good.

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Is Barack the Better Choice?

Dan Riehl makes a good point here, and makes me question whether we should hope for the Hildebeest or Obama to face in the general election.  Obama sounds excellent the first time you hear him, objectively speaking, until you've heard him more than once...he gets old and repetitive very quickly.  He's an empty suit, which we've always known, but he's a very charismatic and likeable empty suit, I'm starting to wonder, could he fall victim to a similar principle at work here?


If Obama doesn't have anything beyond this same Hope-Change-End of Partisanship-Yes We Can! boilerplate crap, are people going to grow sick of his shit too, as likeable and charismatic as he is? 

I think its possible, look at Rudy Giuliani, he fell into a similar trap, where everything he said became 9/11 or we did (add policy here) in New York, even a large number of solid Rudy fans got tired of it and abandoned him.  Certainly, Obama is more likeable than Rudy, but the guy ain't Jesus, as much as his devotees seem to think.

So the question becomes, how much of the electorate gets locked into Obama's cult of personality, and how much becomes sick of his shit?  Or does Obama have more than this, and he's surviving on the shallow boilerplate now because its harder for Hillary to attack? 

If he doesn't have anything beyond this, McCain might not be destroyed by the guy as badly as conventional wisdom seems to dictate, hell he might even win.  Whether you want McCain to win or not, we have to hope for a weak Democrat candidate, for the simple reason that we don't want to have them get a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and we need to gain back some seats in the House, we don't need to be on the receiving end of a Reagan/1994 type deluge.

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February 12, 2008

Interesting Stories Behind Classic Toys and Games

Did you know the inventor of Slinky abandoned his family and joined a cult in Bolivia?  His wife took charge of running the company, making and advertising the product, and made it the famous toy it has become.

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More Fun With Leftists

A nice bit of frothing moonbattery from former New York Times bureau chief, hater of the West and terror apologist Chris Hedges.  A little background on our sniveling tool (Allah calls him sniveling too, there really is no better word for him).  Hedges is ranting about three former Muslim radicals who have become Christian and are speaking out against jihadists, he claims they and many Christian groups want to "purify" the world by eradicating Muslims...he basically Godwin'd himself in the title.  So, let's have some fun and pick out some choice quotes,

These self-described former Muslim terrorists are regularly trotted out at Christian colleges -- a few days ago they were at the Air Force Academy -- to spew racist filth about Islam on behalf of groups such as Focus on the Family.

Emphasis mine, question to the dumbass leftist, since when is Islam a race?


So let's see what other choice quotes we can find...

They tell their audiences that the only way to deal with one-fifth of the world's population is by converting or eradicating all Muslims.

Uh-huh.  He any links with quotes to back that up? Video?  He's referring to Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani, three former Islamic radicals who speak out against radicalism.  Shoebat is the only one I'm familiar with, but never seen any of them call for mass conversion or eradication.  But given that this assclown somehow reads race in a religion, I'm guessing there's no proof of any of his claims, he's just chasing Zionist Neocon windmills.

Shoebat, who has written a book called Why We Want to Kill You, promises in his lectures to explain the numerous similarities between radical Muslims and the Nazis, how "Muslim terrorists" invaded America 30 years ago and how "perseverance, recruitment and hate" have fueled attacks by Muslims.

Does he deny those connections?  Ties between the Nazi regime and radical elements of Islam are well documented.   I also like this bit of sniveling anti-Semitic whining,

Bush described the "war on terror" as a war against totalitarian Islamofascism while the Israeli air force was dropping tens of thousands of pounds of iron fragmentation bombs up and down Lebanon, an air campaign that killed 1,300 Lebanese civilians.

Iron fragmentation bombs...has anyone ever noticed, whenever a liberal talks about weaponry, they tack as many superfluous descriptors onto whatever weapon they're talking about as humanly possible?  Like when you see a news report, its not simply a semi-auto AK or AK clone, its (in alarmed newscaster voice) a high power, rapid fire, semi-automatic Kalashnikov AK forty-seven assault rifle *breath* with military features like a collapsing stock *breath* pistol grip for firing from the hip, bayonet mount and high-capacity magazines *gasp*. 

In any case, what's this douchebag bitching about?  What do you think is going to happen when jihadis put their weapons in civilian zones and don't wear uniforms or identifying marks and launch attacks?  You want the Israelis not to hit civilians?  How about you tell Nasrallah's goon squad to lay down their weapons, end their attacks, and hand over the soldier they kidnapped in the name of peace?  Or tell them to wear a uniform, mark their vehicles, and fight away from civilian areas?

The public denigration of Islam, and by implication all religious belief systems outside Christianity, is part of the triumphalism that has distorted the country since the 9/11 attacks. It makes dialogue with those outside our "Christian" culture impossible.

Chris Crocker Hedges: Leave jihadis alone!!!!  Waaaaaahhhh!!!

More fucking dialogue.  Is there anything a leftist thinks that dialogue can't do?

It implicitly condemns all who do not think as we think and believe as we believe as, at best, inferior and usually morally depraved. It blinds us to our own failings. It makes self-reflection and self-criticism a form of treason. It reduces the world to a cartoonish vision of us and them, good and evil. It turns us into children with bombs.

No, these are being turned into children with bombs.

Muslims are gonna have to deal with the abuse western critics dish out if they want any respect in the free world.  Christians, Jews and every other religion gets their beliefs trashed and mocked in the most egregious ways on a daily basis, and are constantly ripped to shreds in scathing critiques, if not outright condemnations daily.

All this dumbass is doing is infantilizing Muslims by justifying, excusing and rewarding the behavior of jihadists, which in turn encourages Muslims who would otherwise try and fit into a civil society to seek out means beyond the traditional boundaries civil society in the west provides to achieve their ends. 

Hedges is advocating unequal treatment based on religion, that Muslims should get a pass on critiques that others face in Western society.  His ranting, while amusing, is quite poisonous.  At some point, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths are gonna wise up to the fact that violence is a pretty effective means of getting what you want if we listen to people like Chris Hedges.  Not only is he woefully wrong, he and others like him are outright dangerous to free societies.

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Darwin is Rubbing His Hands Together Greedily in Anticipation

A group of stupid kids in California have created their own very special version of ding-dong ditch, where they point an airsoft pistol at the person who answers the door and give them a few pellets before running off.  Of course, this is in California, so when some homeowner panics and does Darwin's bidding, I'm  sure the precious little snowflake's parents will sue them into oblivion.

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Danish Police Break up Plot to Kill Cartoonist

Police broke up the plot early, long before the jihadis had a chance to make their attack on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.  Two of the men involved in the murder plot were from Tunisia, the other is a Dane of Moroccan background.   Westergaard is known for making the famous cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb turban for the Jyllands-Posten paper, which gave an excuse for jihadis and their supporters to froth and riot.


Its amazing how over the edge an old man with a pen and paper can send these tools, in any case, he's not giving in to them,

"Of course I fear for my life when the police intelligence service say that some people have concrete plans to kill me. But I have turned fear into anger and resentment," Westergaard said in a statement published on Jyllands-Posten's Web site.

The article makes note of the attacks on Danish embassies during the riots, the threats on Jyllands-Posten, the paper that published the cartoons, and a failed terrorist attack on German trains, which was motivated by the cartoons.  One of the jihadis is on trial for the failed train attack in Dusseldorf, while another will be staying in a Lebanese prison for 12 years because of his role in the attack.

I'm glad that the Danish police are keeping an eye out for these activities, lets hope they can keep this guy, the Jyllands-Posten crew and the other cartoonists safe, the jihadis are obviously not gonna let this one go.

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February 11, 2008

Nanny Gets Banned!

Nice!  Schwarzenegger tried to create a California Universal Health Plan, which crashed and burned, but he agreed to a big sin tax on tobacco to fund it...well, the guy who provides cigars for the Governator decided Arnold wasn't buying any smokes at his store until he promises to reject any additional tobacco tax.  The tobacconist sent Arnold's aides back to the Governor's mansion without any cigars, and posted signs stating that he was unwelcome. 

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Oh I Wish

...I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, that is what I'd truly like to be-e-e, 'cause if I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, I wouldn't go as fast on Route 15!

I'll make you click over for the pic(which is great), winter driving in rural PA can be difficult for locals, so I feel for the poor Oscar Mayer crew.  They were around Mansfield, I know that area can be rough when it snows. 

They spun out and got stuck in the snow off the road, police were skeptical about the call they got from the Oscar Mayer crew. After receiving several calls reporting the giant hot dog stuck on the side of the road, they sent the tow truck.  They were headed to Penn State as part of the annual campaign to find two new people to tour with the Wienermobile.

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NYC Lawyer Douchebags Sue Apartment Neighbor for Smoking

Apparently, their neighbor smokes like a chimney, and their little snowflake can smell it, so they're suing.  It used to come in through their ductwork, the landlord fixed that, but they can still smell it from the hallway, so instead of trying to work around it or find some compromise, they're suing her. 

Its frivolous lawsuit defined, these people want to be rid of her, but instead of figuring it out themselves, they have to be stupid twats and go the lawsuit route.  Lawyers?   If you're ever confused as to why you have a bad name, its because of lawyers like these two sniveling tools.

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