Monday, March 26, 2007

This will irritate my liberal friends...

(If their attention span is long enough to hang with the truth...)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Old clips...

I'm not feeling creative enought to write today, so I'll just throw this video up here to remind us all how much fun we had in 2004 and how much fun we'll have with the dems again next year...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The news sucks

I have a problem with TV news… I am increasingly bothered by the sensationalism and lack of depth of coverage of the main cable and network news channels. Many years ago I stopped watching the local news because I had determined there was nothing of value for me in that twenty minutes of wasted air time, so I started watching cable news exclusively. First CNN, then finally FOX came around.

But it all sucks.

I noticed the lack of any “real” news in the “news” and had been progressively annoyed with the amount of hype and bullshit in the media… FOX usually seemed the worst, with their crazy attention grabbing sound effects for every single “breaking” story … but the others were all close behind. Then in the last couple weeks, I read Gavin DeBecker’s book, Fear Less, where DeBecker discusses the media’s influence on the way Americans view terrorism and personal safety in out post 9-11 world.

Tonight I saw a wonderful example of purposefully generated false fear by the media. Katie Couric: in spite of her perky breasts, I think we can all agree she is a complete bubble head. She came on the evening news with a story about the possible sinking of the USS San Juan (one of our nuclear subs.) I’ll jump right to the part that Katie and her breasts skipped… the sub is fine and none of those sailors are dead!

Katie and the twins went through the entire news story, giving a detailed timeline of the problems with the San Juan… first a flare was shot into the sky (a signal for “oh crap our expensive sub is wetter than it’s supposed to be”) then the battle group in the area tried to reach the subs in the area, and the San Juan was the only one not to answer up, then at 0300 hrs or so a distress signal “SUB SUNK” went out. (Even my decidedly un-nautical self can guess that “SUB SUNK” is a bad signal to get.) The Navy woke up the SECDEF and began frantically searching for their sunk sub. There was some mention by Katie about a surface ship reporting the sounds of crunching metal on sonar or some such nonsense.

At this point, I’ve lost all ability to focus on Katie’s sublime breasts, and I’m staring at the TV thinking, “Holy crap … how many sailors were on board?” I have a co-worker who has a son in the Navy, and I’m thinking about him, “I think he’s on the Reagan, I don’t think he’s in a sub…”

Finally Katie manages to get to the end of the timeline, which is “At 5:30 a.m. the San Juan checked in at it’s regularly scheduled time” … Katie added that the sub was fine, the sailors were all fine, and no one really knows why the Navy got all jacked up over nothing.

Perhaps this just seems like one of my 2:00 a.m. rants, but here’s what bothered me… families of those sailors were watching the news … a fact I was able to confirm for myself on CBS’s own website where their article on the San Juan includes comments from the families of sailors who were freaked out by Katie’s fear mongering.

Congrat’s CBS … you finally managed to get some viewers to stick to the TV and pay attention to something more than your news-babe’s funbags. And you did it at the expense of the families of American Sailors.

(Oh, and for more on media fear mongering, I'd recommend reading DeBecker's book linked above, or at least read this piece by DeBecker.)

Monday, March 5, 2007

A Change of heart....

Yes, folks, that's right... I've decided that Global Warming is a menace we can't ignore any longer! We all want to save mother earth, so I'm doing my part to help all of you in your efforts to be a little greener this spring:

Buy your Carbon Offsets from me!

C'mon ... for mere pennies, you can contribute just as much to the fight against the coming ice age... er, I mean global warming, as Algore has... perhaps even more! I'll be waiting for your bids...

Perv Plates

Sounds like Merv the Perv might get his own special set of license plates, if legislation pending in the Ohio statehouse becomes law.

DDN Story

For those too lazy to click the link, the law would basically require that the most vile of Ohio's many, many sexual predators display neon green license plates declaring to the world that they are sexual deviants.

(Close your eyes at this point and imagine to yourself what the ACLU's response to this might be. After you've imagined, open your eyes and read below...)
ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link called it "political grandstanding" and said kids may be left with the dangerous impression that anyone without a green plate is a nice guy.

Seriously, Christine... if you don't have kids, please spay yourself now. If you do have kids, it's time to think about dropping them off at an orphanage.My grade school children apparently have better critical thinking skills than Christine does. Of course, being the Executive Director of the practically-criminal ACLU, I wouldn't expect much high level thought process from Christine.

Someone calling themselves "Gallowsman" on the DDN bulletin board apparently takes this whole "Defending child rapists" thing pretty seriously. Gallowsman's comments read like an intro to a NAMBLA brochure. ("Winky-smiley-face...")

Then we have, "The Fallen one" who might be a little more familiar with the sex offender registration program than he/she cares to admit.

Check out the comments attached to the DDN article for some real glimpses into idiocy.

Look, I'm not interested in seeing innocent people who have paid their dues to society branded for life... but these are anything but innocent people... baby rapists don't reform. They don't recover, they don't find God, they don't change their minds, they don't get their five year token, they don't get well ... but they do get better. They get better at raping children and not getting caught.

Is a green plate law good enough to protect our children? Hell, no! But seeing that judges and juries won't put these pieces of human debris where they belong (executed or in prison for life) we have to work with what we have... for now, I think a green plate is a step in the right direction.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Bush was right...

Sorry, I'm bored, but I love this song...

Bush Was Right

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Friday, March 2, 2007

I've always liked Marines

George Soros and Michael Moore both own Haliburton stock, BTW... hypocrites!