September 24, 2010

What's the conversion for BTUs to caliber?

Now that's how you handle a "situation".
Our story begins when Boy "finds" a lighter on way to school and sticks it into his pocket.
Eh, I don't trust little boys on general principle, I used to be one. If he wasn't lying, he should have been. But that doesn't really matter to the rest of the story.
Someone ratted him out, probably a girl, the teacher's pet one. You know her. Diane.

So they suspended him for carrying a weapon to school.
Dad says, "Hey, that's not a weapon".
School says (probably with a fantastically arrogant sneer) that anything that can harm someone is a weapon.
Oh, and they called the cops on the kid so they came into the school looking for a weapon (I'm sure they were all subdued about it).
Now here's where we all have the urge to show the school exactly what a weapon looks like. But that gets you talked about.

Our hero did something even better.
After discussing the matter with school officials in person, Halpin contacted police, alerting them that there were weapons on school property, asserting that teachers had lighters in the building.

Okay, that's all about the funny.
Via Da Joisey Noos Room via I Own the World (which, if he does, he needs to fix it)

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September 21, 2010


So Jesse Walker at Reason appears to be having a sort of "conversation" with Andrew Sullivan.
Eh, that's not the interesting part, or even an interesting part, the interesting part is his take on the Tea Party and tea partiers.
The issue isn't whether "the" Tea Party will do those things. The Tea Party isn't an actual party; it's an extremely decentralized movement with room for several different points of view. It is not libertarian in itself, but it has opened a space for libertarian ideas;

Exactly. There are all manner of different people trying to be "Tea Party Leaders" and all manner of people trying to make others into Tea Party Leaders, but there aren't any.
There are only tea partiers. In different places they're doing different things.
It's not a coalition or a grouping in anything except that people are pissed off at the gov't.
Politicians are supposed to at least pretend to kiss our asses and only hate America secretly and not screw us too hard and we ignore them because Snookie is going to the gynecologist/plastic surgeon.

So all over the country people just got fed up and got sick of people telling them to "quit whining and do something". They want the gov't to not do as much as it's doing. There's no real consensus on where to draw the line, but there is an angry consensus that that line has not only been crossed but they pissed on it as they tramped on by.
He goes on
I'm more interested in building movements that can pressure elected officials who don't agree with me than I am in electing officials who do agree with me.

I don't agree with myself all the time, how could I agree with someone else even close to all the time?
I vastly prefer to vote "against" than "for", you have a much greater chance of being correct.
I wasn't so much in favor of O'Donnell as I was really against Castle.

I could note that this guy appears to be trying to be a Tea Party Leader even as he says there really aren't any, but that would just be being a jerk for its own sake and I'm above that.

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Your papers please

In Florida, this park service cop demands papers, we see that, the reporter said he says you need to have a press pass to film a public park.
We also see him and some other official looking dude claim it's illegal to dig in the sand.

So it's illegal to film and dig. I'm gonna have to destroy my family vacation videos, there are crimes galore in there what with the digging and the filming and the GLAVIN!

There's so much wrong in that video.
We also see that BP can only dig down 6 inches for oil and there is oil below 6 inches. The guy seemed to just pick a random spot and he found oil before Il douche and Il deuce show up.
Okay, that law doesn't make any sense at all. What's so magical about 6 inches? Some bureaucrat pulled it out of his ass to show he could seems to be the best explanation.

100% turnover in ever race in every jurisdiction. We need to totally clean house so low level tools like this will think twice before being petty, thuggish, tyrants.
Personally I think they both should lose their jobs and face prosecution.
Unless they were so ordered, then they should only face prosecution but whoever told them to do it loses their job(s) and faces prosecution.

Via Robb at Say Anything (he really will say anything, it's the truth).
Hmmm, I see he's now "Rob" at Say Anything, I never noticed a change. Am I misremembering him being Robb? Maybe he made an announcement and nobody told me.

Random musings on blog stuff below the fold, ignore it, you won't miss anything.

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September 19, 2010

Just a reminder, Chuck Adkins is still a scumbag

...and Stace McCain's a good guy.  Some of you guys remember this shitheel Adkins, he's been trying to pick a fight with the Moron-in-Chief and some of the newer right-o-sphere figures

McCain, being typically generous with linking people who link him (which I think is a highly admirable quality of his, we all know what it's like to start out in this blogging thing), was pretty generous in linking Adkins and included him in his blogroll, as Adkins was linking McCain.  Adkins, being Adkins, couldn't pretend he was sane forever, and started getting more insane, vicious, conspiratorial, and also more open about his anti-Semitism and racist views.  Understand, Adkins has no coherent belief system, he lacks the intellectual capacity to create one for himself, he's mostly just a crazy fuck who gloms onto whatever political ideology that'll have him, whether through acceptance of him or ignorance of what he is.

I'd emailed Stace a few times, and I think maybe noted once on Twitter that Adkins was not a guy he wanted to be affiliated with, but never heard or saw anything from McCain.  After about three or four tries contacting Stace, I decided, okay fuck it, I'm getting blown off, and it kinda sat in the back of my mind and would sorta grate on me now and then.  Between that and Chuck beginning his perennial self-destruct cycle again, I kinda said to myself, "Is Stace still linking this twat?"  Looked, and sure enough, and I thought, nah, now's the perfect time to push Adkins out of McCain's circle and take away some of Adkins' traffic. 

I had no interest in doing harm to McCain, only in denying Adkins traffic and legitimacy being linked by mainstream sites like Stace's. I got to know Mike Hendrix over at Cold Fury during his fight with Adkins (not so much a fight as Adkins talking shit and then getting rhetorically curbstomped, really), so I've kinda tried to warn people about Chuck as I see them interact with him, especially if he's trying to snooker them into promoting him or giving him money.

And me being me, if I feel I need to get your attention, and I've tried to get your attention and feel I'm being ignored...I'll get your attention, even if it requires throwing a few grenades (rhetorically speaking, though I can be pretty harsh when dealing with idjit GOP officials), so I called out Stace on Twitter.  Which in retrospect, I did in a very sloppy, hasty manner and shouldn't have done it that way, which is not typically my style, and I should have probably tried to contact Stace through email or private message again first, so that I do apologize for, both to Stace, Stace's readers and my own. 

McCain did then quickly private message me on Twitter, gave me his phone number to call him, which was a gracious thing of him to do, I was kinda caught off guard by it, actually.  We as bloggers can be a bit paranoid (me doubly so, though I'm starting to mellow a bit), hell, Allah's half of the biggest blog on the right side and still uses a pseudonym, having someone send their number out like that is in my experience unusual.

Talking to Stace McCain?  Well, you know how Southerners think that us damnyankees think that they're all slow, especially when speaking?  Yeah, well,

...kinda like the first 30 seconds of the clip, though more quiet and polite, though certainly not with the same type of accent as ol' Foghorn, heh.  Stace is one of the few people I know of that can speak three paragraphs in one sentence and in about 30 seconds.  Dude talks fast, and as the morons that have met me in Real LifeTM can assure you, I can be a bit quieter in person, or at least not real assertive about getting my word in.  Heh. 

In any case, he explained himself well, and I was totally cool with it all, was a bit late getting to where I needed to go, but only because I wanted to at least put up a quick note on Twitter that Stace and I were cool with things.  And we are, I'm glad I got a chance to speak with Stace McCain personally, he explained himself well and his post here on the whole thing reflects what he said to me over the phone, he's a good guy and a good soldier for the conservative cause, and recommend you read his site and follow him on Twitter.

Stace, we suck at this blog feud thing.

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September 13, 2010


This American Spectator article says much of what I've been thinking but can't say as eloquently and informatively.
It's about this election and the schism on the "right".
He sees it, as I do, between people who think they are the ruling class and the rest of us. The people who went to the right schools and the people who didn't.
I did not know this
Willing to nominate her for the Senate when Castle didn't have the nerve to take on Biden directly (losing is never a winner with some), now that the seat is open she is being given the bum's rush.

Get that? She was okay as a sacrificial lamb, but let's not let our golden haired "electable" candidate lose.
So what do our political betters have to say about her?
 In the words of the Journal editorial, O'Donnell is a "two-time loser statewide" and "an itinerant conservative commentator and activist."

That's right, she's been out there trying and she wasn't too crazy to run before, but now we're seeing the attacks the GOP, they're even siccing the FEC on her.
They have more contempt for me than I could ever possibly have for them.

Back to the Spectator,
He talks about and quotes a book called The Ruling Class by Angelo Codevilla
Says Codevilla: "… in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class."

And Bingo was his name-o.
He starts the whole thing off off by saying he's leary of going against the Journal's editorial page and NRO (NRO lost me with the way they went after Palin) but then does just that.
Quote (directly relating this passage to the Journal's Ed page and NRO)
Like a fraternity, this class requires above all comity -- being in with the right people, giving the required signs that one is on the right side, and joining in and despising the Outs.

B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was was name-o.
Now, I know I get worked up over silly stuff sometimes, but this attitude that they "know better" bothers me.
Especially given that they so obviously don't.
RTWT, I've only touched on the first of 4 pages.
H/T? Eh, I think Hot Air headlines. I saw it a few days ago and emailed it to myself without the h/t.

Exit question: What would have happened in NJ if there had been an "electable' alternative to Christie?

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September 03, 2010

Zeitgeist. Bless you.

Lexington Green attempts to explain what Beck was doing with his rally.
Apparently Beck agrees.
It's a little long but interesting. I don't believe so I was put off a little by all the overt religiosity, but I can't quibble with the rest of the message.
I love America and I love freedom.
Beck is building solidarity and cultural confidence in America, its Constitution, its military heritage, its freedom. This is a vision that is despised by the people who have long held the commanding heights of the culture. But is obviously alive and kicking.

Far be it from me to order you around, but RTWT.

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