Sunday, February 29, 2004

this weblog is now on hiatus

If you're one of the few folks who actually read this weblog on a regular basis (and I have actual gratitude for your loyalty) then I'm writing to tell you that I purposefully won't be updating this blog for at least one week and probably two weeks. The reasons and impetuses for this action are detailed over at Monitor Duty.

If you're someone who wandered onto this site from a Google, browse the archives and return in a few weeks to see if my writing actually improves.

In any case, if I still disciplined there will not be any more entries here for a couple of weeks and you won't find any new commentary from me anywhere on the web for the next two weeks or so.

Thank you and have a good week.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Kerry wants to go head to head regarding his record?

John Kerry wrote a letter to President Bush challenging the incumbent to a debate regarding the Vietnam War. Apparently he wants to directly compare war records.

From the viewpoint of the logician Kerry is vastly under-prepared for such a conflict. He his own history is too shaky to gain any substantial benefit or credit from the thinking voters and pundits. What this will do is raise the level of enthusiasm of those who already support Kerry, apparently blindly in the case of portions of Kerry's historical record.

Kerry's words:
"You and your campaign have initiated a widespread attack on my service in Vietnam, my decision to speak out to end that war and my commitment to the defence of this nation."
After a short stint commanding a Naval Swift Boat and recieving three minor wounds he returned home and was instrumental in the presentation of lies and false testimonies regarding atrocities and war crimes committed by American troops to the American people and thus poisoning the public's mind against our boys. He not only challenged our leaders on the war, but slandered our defenders and champions. Even working up to modern days his legislative voting record suggests a less than consistent take on American national security issues.
"So it has been hard to believe that you would choose to reopen these wounds for your personal political gain. I will not sit back and allow my patriotism to be challenged."
Then he should start killing bloggers and pundits because his patriotism has been considered challenged. Heck, the PC crowd should call him "patriotically-challenged".
"If you want to debate the Vietnam era... then I am prepared to do so."
That's a lie. In any case I doubt the President would dispense the time just to deal with what would be petty and empty accusations and charges against his service with the Air National Guard. Beyond personal attacks towards the President, it would just be an opportunity for the ignorant to attack the National Guard and those who serve within. - Foxlife - Presidential Dog Dies - Foxlife - Presidential Dog Dies

It's always sad to see somebody's beloved pet die.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

conflicting values... no, it's the conflict OF values

Check out this Newsweek article and then this thread on Monitor Duty's Fuzzball Forum.

What are the limits and what should be the limits. What good is broadcasting after the family hour when re-runs and syndication put the post-family programming on at ten in the morning?

Let's answer whether or not there as much younger people watching television now anyway... are they watching thus are they enjoying this stuff?

When Heteros attack? have the offended struck back?

Comedy Central is set to run a television show parodying Bravo's "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy". The show is called "Straight Plan For the Gay Man" and Newsweek has ran its article on it. The criticism isn't that surprising then considering that it isn't from a balanced source but part of the liberal media.
"Each week the "Flab Four" help a gay man realize his dream of passing for a day as a hetero. Why any self-respecting gay man would have such a dream is unclear."
Yet it goes unquestioned why any self-respecting heterosexual would enjoy getting judged, barked at and his taste insulted by five freaks. As a human being I can understand why someone wouldn't want to stand out of a crowd for any reason at all. It could be something else, though. Newsweek's Devin Gordon wrote the article but this is published eleconically by and on MSNBC. This is the defensive from the company which owns Bravo and runs truncated installments of the program every so often on its broadcast network NBC. I'm blaming General Electric.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

spheres and spheroids, packing and candy machines

Reading the article, Sweet science: Common candies yield physics discovery, one discovers the "revelation" that you can pack more M&Ms in a smaller space than spheres. As someone with a homemade candy machine in his home... I'd say that it's obvious and hardly surprising. Flatter objects take up less space than fuller ones.

It seems like I could have told them this. On the other hand, having scientific testing and mathemtical data proving this principles is actually handier and more functional than my kitchen-inpsired ideas.

Thanks to Augie DeBlieck for the heads up.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

a wonderful, wonderful man

Jay Nordlinger loves Donald Rumsfeld and I can see why. I'm starting to fall for the man myself. Defending Israel's right to own nuclear weapons without US harassment Rumseld has stated
"You know the answer by yourself, and the whole world knows the answer. Israel is a small country with a small population. It is a democracy, but exists among neighbors who want to see her in the sea. Israel has made it clear that she does not want to be in the sea, and as a result, over several decades, has organized in such a manner as not to be thrown into the sea."
Mr. Nordlinger asks us to savor this apparent rarity of a man. 'tis true, we may never see appointed nor elected this quality of official, in this position, again.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Gay Marriage and Civil Unions

I'd like to surmise that the impetus for the conflict and controversy regarding the marriage of homosexuals (as a marriage of one person to another of the same gender) is economics. The theory that I desire to be true is that this conflict was raised because some time ago it was saw fit to graft certain economic benefits to the institution and status of marriage. It became customary to attach economic benefits to the marriage of two people and this came to the point where marriage became a


the ancient Lying Bastard

I have been pestered by Hidalgo trailers. I find the whole thing reprehensible. I should have written here somewhere an accouting of my original heckling of the trailer seen prior to my viewing of Master and Commander. In any case, it turns out what was "based on a true story" is in fact based on a series of ancient lies put forth by a historical confidence man and grand-scale liar.

It's almost embarassing that this sort of information is found on Harry Knowles' site. In any case, this kind of hero worship dedicate to a creature that is most certainly a villain borders on the most disgusting of human accounting. This is just shoddy.

Thanks to Eric Spratling for posting this on Monitor Duty.

Mr Spratling calls this man an equivalent to Michael Moore. He's not far wrong.

General Wesley Clark, twice-retired

I'm amused that General Clark has retired from the race. Unfortunately I'm saddened. I still have criticisms regarding the former candidates and former General even.

I will post what I can, not out of a sake of relevence but for the sake of spite, amusement, and completeness.

I don't hate any of the Democrats.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Embattled Chirac faces party coup

The Frenchman's attacked. The Frenchman bleeds. The Frenchman suffers. Honestly, I feel fine; I feel good that Jacques Chirac's support is disinegrating from within.

Time to show your colors, sir Brie! Surrender, Monkey!

I promised you the Penguin link

Now play Pinguin!

Monday, February 09, 2004

will Indiana Jones 4 ever be made?

I believed my ex-roommate Dustin on Friday when he told me that the finalized and finished script for the fourth Indiana Jones movie had been shot down by George Lucas. After all those drafts and all the processes the script had been finished and passed on to another tier. Then George Lucas disaproves. It was confirmed by Augie DeBlieck about two hours after I heard the news; a confirmation I read today, the following Monday. That pointed me to this article.

This is unfortunate. Harrison Ford is naturally getting older by the day and so the concern is growing that when the time comes (now 2005) Mr Ford will be too old to play an apropriate Indy.

It's also approximately sinful as we with taste can see when watching Star Wars Episode I and Star Wars Episode II, George Lucas does not have a great eye for scripts! He couldn't write those two Star Wars films. His ear for dialogue is unnaturally poor and the plots were sick as well.

Compare those to the original Star Wars Trilogy and the Indiana Jones Trilogy. The best script-writing was done by Lawrence Kasdan. It's suspected he even handled the first one by those who like that dialogue. His script-writing is far superior to Lucas'. In any case, this is a great setback, put in place by George Lucas who in his own age is merely an obstacle to creativity and cinema achievement.

Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry

I'm voting against this man. Anyone would be a great President compared to John Kerry. I knew this already. I knew many of the things that I just read prior to now. After reading this thought I am deeply convicted that Kerry's bones should be hung out to dry like children's underwear.

I mean, truly, this man is scum. He should be purged from this earth.

I am amused and my spirits risen that there should be an alliance of war veterans against this jackass.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

I've played the Penguin game

I'll link to it later.

But there is this: YETI Sports!

It'll never play on ABC, or in Peoria. Or on the Peoria local affiliate of ABC's Wide World of Sports.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

what is a hateful codeword?

Checking out a statement made by Mark Evanier I'm caught by these words:
We will someday regard "defense of marriage" as the same kind of hateful codewords as "separate but equal."
I would not agree with that notion. Apparently I'll someday be embarrassed by my current attitudes about homosexuality and marriage.

That's insane given my consistent attitudes toward this... moral controversy. This entire blog post is flawed to start with. Any line of thought starts out wrong when it runs with the assumption that I am a hateful individual or that any of my beliefs, moral, political, or otherwise are driven and/or based on hate.