March 31, 2010

Get Hynkel

Updated below.
Via Weasel Zippers we find out that CJ sees this flag
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and says, "I'm fairly sure this is a neo-Nazi flag, but I can't find the exact logo yet."
I found it for him. It's the flag of that fascist nation, Tomania.
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How do you say "Tool" in Tomanese?
I know how to say it in English, it's spelled "Charles Johnson".
Update
Eric at Classical Values finds some pretty compelling evidence that the Tennessee flag is related to fascism, via Pennsylvania Nazis.
It's interesting reading and he has one of my favorite graphics near the top.

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March 30, 2010

When real life imitates South Park

Dude, what the hell?



And of course my first thought,


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Republicans will lose many seats in Congress due to right-wing paranoia about the Census

Unfortunately we don't have an obvious tag or I would have used it.

 

Republicans will lose many seats in Congress due to right-wing paranoia about the Census and refusal to fill out census forms, gloats the liberal web site Daily Kos.

 

The number of Congressional districts a state gets is based on how many of its citizens return completed census forms. Because voters in conservative states are completing and returning census forms at lower rates than voters in liberal states, conservative states will lose many seats in the House of Representatives that they would otherwise gain due to increases in their population.

 

source

h/t Instapundit

I wish I had a national radio show so I could ask "how does it feel to be playing into the Democrats hands?'

The good news is this will keep Glenn Beck employed crying about progressivism for the next 10 years. Or maybe people will actually figure out that decisions have consequences, and instead of acting like spoiled children they will fill out the forms.

(I know there are some here who have expressed reservations about filling out their census form. Sorry if I insulted you but again fill out the damn form.)

Update: I was surfing around to a few other sites that showed up in Google for this subject and followed a link over to Free Republic where the discussion was all about only answering the "required" questions and speculation that it won't matter after November anyway because the GOP will be back in power and that will neutralize the census. Both of those assertions are wrong. The Constitution lets Congress pretty much ask anything they want:

The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.


and election of a GOP majority doesn't invalidate the census. First off, the first election it effects is 2012. Secondly there is an apportionment formula for figuring out how many reps a state gets. After that the districts themselves are drawn by the states not congress.

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Sod off.

I went to Catholic grade school and one of my friends was Jewish. He never stood out except he had to tell us about Passover every year.
He went there because it was a good school (seriously, believe it or not but I used to know how to use punctuation properly) and the only reason I knew he was Jewish was because he told me. It made no difference to any of us. He was just Gerard.
He kicked my ass once and that's how we became friends, I took my beating like a man.
He went to Catholic School and even used to go to Mass with the rest of us, he just didn't take any Sacraments.

Contrast him with these jerks going to Trinity University, an expressly Methodist Presbyterian University..
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A group of students at Trinity University is lobbying trustees to drop a reference to “Our Lord” on their diplomas, arguing it does not respect the diversity of religions on campus.

Get it?  They voluntarily go to an expressly Methodist Presbyterian University and now they're whining about their diplomas.
In this case it's not atheists, it's Muslims. The Trustees are considering the motion, I say, tell them to go screw. If they didn't want " Our Lord" on their diplomas they shouldn't have gone there.
There are plenty of secular schools and even expressly Muslim schools.
Sod off is my opinion.
Via Boortz
Religion fixed.

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March 29, 2010

Wiiking Off

My only problem? It should be titled "Wii curling gone horribly right"




Via this blog I've never heard of via Say Uncle.

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I am deeply deeply disturbed

Some fool has composed a list of the 10 worst science fiction book series and he included the 10 volume L. Ron Hubbard classic Mission Earth on it.

How could he?  written by the master of science fiction himself this series had it all.  Intergalactic intrigue, love, war, hot women in leather, mind control helmets, penis enlargement surgery (wait, what?) drug addiction (??), lesbian B&D fetishists who are converted to heterosexuality by the love (read raped by) of a good man (???), and a plot by the American Psychological Association to seize control of the Earth (????). 

Hmmm, reading those last few maybe I should reconsider my position that this truly was the greatest SF masterpiece of all time. 

Actually what deeply disturbs me is that this is only number 3 on the list.  It should be the number one worst series of all time.  Actually they should invent a new form of math to truly describe it's suckiness.  But the author of the list only rated it number 3, after the Foundation trilogy (which while not great and definitely overrated ) certainly didn't suck that bad, and the Legend of Dune series which I have never even seen. 

Someone should think about revoking his book reviewer license.

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March 27, 2010

The Economist on Health Care Reform

What will it mean for America? The short answer is that the reforms will expand coverage dramatically, but at a heavy cost to the taxpayer. They will also do far too little to rein in the underlying drivers of America’s roaring health inflation. Analysis by RAND, an independent think-tank, suggests that the reforms will actually increase America’s overall health spending—public plus private—by about 2% by 2020, in comparison with a scenario of no reform (see chart). And that rate of spending was already unsustainable at a time when the baby-boomers are starting to retire in large numbers



Lots of detail in the article but the gist is that cost is not going down any time soon and the budget is busted.
 

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March 26, 2010

Dog to police car: Om nom nom

Damn, he really ripped that cruiser up,




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Say, what if Riverside County started deporting all criminal illegal aliens?



Or, maybe—and I'm just hoisting this up the flagpole to see if it'll fly—maybe they could cut off all taxpayer-funded services for illegal immigrants?  Like, say, if you can't prove that you're here legally as a citizen or a resident alien, maybe you don't get any benefits?

(Yeah, I know.  RAAAAACIST!!!!!)

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March 25, 2010

Family enraged at Baltimore Police

Because the police Commissioner called their son an idiot during an interview. 

Of course said idiot was called an idiot because he decided to jump back into his car during a stop, grab a gun in the car and shoot and injure two police officers, who returned fire and killed him.  No, sorry, your kid is an idiot, and that's putting it mildly.

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March 24, 2010

Andrew Sullivan can see past his nose

In his post titled "Face Of The Day," he throws up the following photo and caption (with my emphasis but no link):

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (R) holds a pen given to her by US President Barack Obama after signing the healthcare insurance reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010. By Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.
Notice anything there, Andi? An initial, perhaps?

And this fucking dolt is supposed to understand the mystery behind a huge (and fake, I might add) conspiracy to hide the actual birth parents of a little boy, much less anything else The Antlantic throws his way?

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March 16, 2010

Glock-fail!

Okay, that's funny.
And I thought putting a bayonet on your pistol was funny.
Now you can put an assault rifle on your Glock.
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Heh. I'm not sure if it's better or worse that it's sold out.

Although..... That would be Teh Awsum if you put a bayonet on both the Glock and the rifle.

H/T that guy you don't know. I asked him, he said he doesn't know any of you.

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I think it's safe to say Rand Paul's Senate candidacy is over

Fail doesn't get any sweeter than this:

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March 13, 2010

This is possibly the most horrible crime ever committed on a poor, defenseless Lincoln Town Car

Here.  If I had the money, I'd buy that poor Town Car, and take it to the crusher to put it out of its misery, what did it do to deserve that? 

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Scam or just stupid?

Via the Puppy Blender we see this Forbes article on the runaway Toyota Pious from last week.

He talks about how the guy claimed he reached down to try to pull up the pedal but was afraid to take his hands off the wheel to shift into neutral.... errr... was afraid the car would flip if he shifted into neutral.

He also mentions another setting on the Pious, you can shift into "B" and it slows the car down to help your brakes, it's for going downhills.

He links to a Car and Driver article on how to stop your car when the accelerator sticks.
Funnily enough you apply the brakes and your car stops. I know, counter-intuitive.
They did it with a Pious and it stopped fairly quickly. They even tried a supercharged Mustang and it still stopped with the gas all the way down.
It took a long time (903 feet), but it stopped.

Now I was skeptical from the start, the story was a little much, the details looked stupid so it looked to me like scam or his attempt at his 15-minutes.
The Forbes guy finds another data point
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Sikes and his wife Patty in 2008 filed for bankruptcy and are over $700,000 in debt. Among their creditors is Toyota Financial Services for a lease on a 2008 Toyota Prius, with value at time of bankruptcy of $20,494....he denied being behind on his Prius payments.
Sikes also has a history of filing insurance claims for allegedly stolen items that are slowly coming to light. In 2001 he filed a police report with the Merced County Sheriff's Department for $58,000 in stolen property, including jewelry, a prosumer mini-DV camera and gear, and $24,000 in cash, ...His bankruptcy documents show a 2008 payment of $7,400 for an allegedly stolen saxophone and clothes.
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Remember, never impute to stupidity alone what can be explained by stupidity and malice.

The ending is what makes it for me,
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They have been as determined to not investigate Sikes' claims as Sikes was to not stop his car. It's a Toyota media feeding frenzy and the media aren't about to let little things like incredible stories and readily-refutable claims get in the way.
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Minitru going after Government Motors' competitors. Who's next? I figure Honda. If you can't make yourself better, make everyone else worse. It's the leftish way.

There, I used blockquotes, now leave me alone.

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March 12, 2010

States to take their sweet-assed time giving tax refunds back

Yeah, this should end well.

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March 09, 2010

Great Moments in Bad Timing

Back in around '03 or '04 a French restaurant opened in Crystal City (part of Arlington) maybe a week or two after the House voted on "Freedom Fries".
At the time, that part of Crystal City was full of the Patent office and lots of military personnel.

I've always held that up as a Great Moment in Bad Timing (stolen from Mad Magazine circa 1980).


I have a new standard bearer
more...

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One thing on Massa

I think that conservatives who are embracing him are doing so at their own peril.  Dude's a slug

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March 08, 2010

Yeah, there's an exception to every rule

I consider myself more or less a First Amendment absolutist. The State cannot limit what I can say. Period.

But. Yeah. I have exceptions.

The Westboro freaks can go fuck themselves.

Actually, my position isn't that inconsistent.  The State cannot stop me from saying what I want.  But that doesn't mean that I can say anything I want with no consequences.  Of *course* those utter fucktards (apologies to the fucking retarded for the comparison) intended to cause emotional distress.  That's the entire point of their acting up.  That they are being held liable for that speech is in no way a state action limiting their speech.  This is a private cause of action being brought by a private person for indignities directed to his family specifically.  This is distinguishable from, say, the Code Pink rally puppetheads because those protests are directed towards either a.  some entity such as the US or b.  a political figure.  The protests aren't against Cheney in his individual capacity but against Cheney as VP and as representative of US policy.

The Westboro "protests" are directed at the most solemn occasions of private families.  Being a soldier should not place one into the same position as a politician.  The soldier enforces state policy.  The soldier does not create that policy.  If Westboro wants to speak, it should be prepared to pay the price.

So.  Were I on the Court the opinion would be consist of the following "The Court hereby reverses and reinstates the award to plaintiff.  The Westboro defendants, individually and in their association, can DIAF."

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March 04, 2010

I weep for the future

Student protest at University of Washington:

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Any bets they're education majors?

(Granted, I make grammatical errors all the time (like the bet's vs. bets one I just caught and corrected) when I am blogging, but come on these are pre-printed signs that should have been proofread)

h/t

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