February 20, 2008
February 19, 2008
February 18, 2008
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.
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.
February 15, 2008
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.
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.
February 14, 2008
February 13, 2008
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!
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 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."collective called
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!
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.
February 12, 2008
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?
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.
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.
"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.
February 11, 2008
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.
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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