Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rooney in Congressional Candidate forum

I cannot argue with this

(Jackson, MI) - At Monday's forum hosted by the Hillsdale County Republican Women, Brian Rooney further distinguished himself as the leading Republican candidate in Michigan's 7th Congressional District. Rooney once again demonstrated that he is the only candidate that has the energy, enthusiasm and experience necessary to defeat Mark Schauer in November.

In his closing statement, Rooney said, "My life experiences are what make me the most qualified candidate to represent the people of Michigan's 7th Congressional District. I have experience on the battlefield and I understand what our state's many veterans go through when they come home. I am a small business owner so I understand the difficulties posed by excessive government regulation and taxation. Most of all, my family and I understand and appreciate the special quality of care that our doctors and nurses provide in hospitals in Michigan and across this country." He continued, "We are a country set apart. We are an exceptional people. We have the right as Americans to be proud of our country. We are facing some tough times right now. We can and will get through them. Together, we will make America great again."

Background on Brian Rooney

After September 11th, Brian Rooney renewed his commitment to the Marine Corps and served in combat in Iraq from 2004-2005. Since leaving the Corps, Rooney has worked as an attorney at the Thomas More Law Center, a not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to the protection of religious freedom and promotion of a strong national defense.

For more information on Brian Rooney, please visit


Nor will I clarify with additional context.

Tucker Carlson versus David Brock

In 1997 Microsoft hosted a four-part "e-mail" Dialogue between a 26-year-old Tucker Carlson, then a writer for the Weekly Standard, and David Brock, just before he formally parted ways with the American Spectator.

The most concise historical context is that David Brock, who went on to form the non-profit 501(3)(c) Democrat/Obama/Clinton advocacy organization (I think this is a violation of various tax codes, but no one cares what I think) Media Matters, was a fake Conservative whose genuinity, sincerity of conservatism lay not in anything he believed, a set of core personal ethos, or a political philosophy but in that he took the side of one set of partisans against the other side. He considered himself "right-wing" because he wrote articles and books defending Conservatives, advocating their positions, and attacking leftists. I don't know why he joined that group in the first place because it obviously did not have anything to do with his ever-lasting principles; no one who holds Conservative beliefs, however it is defined, joins the other side out of a disagreement in tactics or message tone. No person of integrity goes from protecting life from abortion to insisting that babies can be forcefully and prematurely torn from the mother's womb simply because they find the tone of the anti-abortion message distasteful and I cannot think of anyone that truly believes in the Austrian economic system switching to a command-economy philosophy just because he does not like how various libertarians make their case. Anyone who switches sides on the grounds of the message is a liar. That is context.
  • One of David Brock's most famous jaunts as a "right-wing"er, a "right-wing hit man" was his defense of Clarence Thomas against Anita Hill.
  • Tucker Carlson is very young here; The Clinton administration is in the midst of its second term; National Review Online is young; the Republicans sitting in a state of power are in the federal Legislature and the Democrats control the White House so Conservative journalists are in the odd position of who to criticize and for whom to carry water.
  • It is pretty clear that no matter when you arrive in history it is not going to be possible for the "Conservatives" as a collective entity to provide a totally united, unified front on all levels.
  • Why should it?
There is a line of thought even now that writers should have the integrity of their own respective convictions while there are challenges for people to police those who supposedly think like them.

The dialogues, overall entitled "Right-Wing Journalism" consist of four entries:
  1. Tucker Carlson addresses and contradicts David Brock's claims of damage, hurt, injury, outcast, and censorship as fallout for breaking away from an orthodoxy.
  2. David Brock asserts charges of homogeneity in Conservative thought as a refutation to Carlson's argument that Brock was attacked only by fringe thinkers.
  3. Tucker Carlson directly refutes the notion of a Conservative "party line".
  4. David Brock insists that "Journalistic independence is often met on the Right with accusations of betrayal and social ostracism."
Tucker Carlson in part 3 asserts the narrative of differing principles in a sort of ongoing discussion which includes obvious dissension and unity among various agents and agencies and David Brock in part 4 demonstrates that he only sees it in terms of allegiances and personal loyalty among the voting bloc.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tavis Smiley versus Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Joe Hicks (never heard of him) says this:
Smiley is the host of a nightly PBS TV broadcast which claims to be a “hybrid of news, issues, and entertainment.” But let’s be clear: he is, in all-too-many ways, simply Al Sharpton with an updated hair style and a better sense of fashion. Like the Reverend Al, he’s a political opportunist and a shameless self-promoter with a bad case of “hate America” politics.

But up to now, he’s just been another annoying liberal TV host playing the usual game of racial-victim politics.

Tavis Smiley has actually been a left-wing talk show host whose programming has been paid for by American (Conservative, Republican, libertarian, independent, and non-involved) tax dollars and local donations.

Tavis Smiley, like Rosie O'Donnell, insists that Christian belief is a direct source of terrorism, and that the faith inspires murderous action from its believers. I do not know what Rosie O'Donnell believes but Tavis Smiley is quite elaborate.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali asks about Christians:

Do they blow people up every single day?
Tavis Smiley replies:
Yes, Christians. Every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine — I mean I could do this all day long. There’s so many more examples of Christians — and I happen to be a Christian — that’s back to this notion of you idealizing Christianity to my read. There’s so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country where you live and work.
Columbine had nothing to do with Christianity except that the two juvenile monsters enjoyed executing Christians and taunting them at gunpoint.

Now the fact of the matter is that either proper Islam promotes terror and death in the name of Allah for the purposes of a Jihad theology or proper Islam teaches something entirely different for the Jihad purposes. Now if the first is true than the true Muslims are the Terror Muslims and the peaceful ones are the heretics in the eyes of Allah; if the second is true than peaceful Muslims know what true Islam and true Jihad is the violent ones are extremists; as far as I know both groups are filled with heretics; Islam holds no path to heaven.

Now there is a leftist meme

that Islam is always and everywhere “a religion of peace.”
and so there are "those who bend themselves into contortions attempting to portray Islam as a victimized religion" rather than something that with conflicting actors.

An interesting but not unpredictable list —

Let’s ignore momentarily the dozens of terror plots — all designed and organized by Muslim-Americans — that have been uncovered and thwarted by this nation’s security forces. I will instead direct Smiley’s attention to these attacks against Americans:

  • 1993: The World Trade Center bombing in New York killed 6 people.
  • 1996: The Khobar Towers bombing killed 20 and wounded 372.
  • 1998: The bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania left 224 dead and 4,000 injured.
  • 2001: On 9/11, 19 hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 perished.
  • 2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 at Texas’ Fort Hood.
  • 2010: Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square.
So now who is Ayaan Hirsi Ali?
Hirsi Ali fled a traditional Muslim life in Somalia, a life that included being the victim of female genital mutilation as a child, and eventually made her way to the Netherlands where she rejected Islam and literally underwent an intellectual awakening. She now lives in America.

Hirsi Ali’s name made international headlines after her colleague, Theo van Gogh, was butchered by a Muslim assassin in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street in Amsterdam. The Muslim immigrant vowed to kill both van Gogh and Hirsi Ali after the release of Submission, a film they made together that spotlighted the treatment of women under Islam.

It’s also important to know that Hirsi Ali lives under the constant watch of security guards, since her life continues to be threatened by Islamic extremists... Nomad calls on key institutions of the West — universities, feminists, and Christian churches — to wage a war of ideas against Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

Our beliefs against the others'. Works for me.

Tavis Smiley attacks the local "religion" because supposing Christians are a threat is fairly safe. He even takes up a political target of the left and attaches them to wants to project as bad.
Pulling out the tea party movement for one more bashing, he claimed that tea party activists “are being arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walked into Capital Hill, for spitting on people.”

I’ve addressed all of these claims before on The Hicks File — claims which have been shown to be completely false. There was no malicious spitting on anyone, the N-bomb wasn’t dropped on black elected officials, and if arrests were made of people threatening elected officials this had nothing to do with tea party activism — and had no connection whatsoever to Christianity.

The leftist narrative includes a very strong indictment of all sort of bigotry on the part of economic activists. One reason that leftists feel free to vilify the local religion is in large part because it's easy and again, safe. Eastern religion cannot be faithfully explored because people like Tavis Smiley are afraid to confront certain possibilities. Ayaan Hirsi Ali does not merely desire confrontation with those possibilities she was confronted by the negative aspects of Islam. Mark Steyn explains

She lives under armed guard and was forced to abandon the Netherlands because quite a lot of people want to kill her. And not in the desultory behead-the-enemies-of-Islam you-will-die-infidel pro forma death-threats-R-us way that many of us have perforce gotten used to in recent years: her great friend and professional collaborator was murdered in the streets of Amsterdam by a man who shot him eight times, attempted to decapitate him, and then drove into his chest two knives, pinning to what was left of him a five-page note pledging to do the same to her.
Her perspective is not superstitious or bigoted.
In fact, she wrote a screenplay for a film; Muslim belligerents threatened to kill her and her director; they made good on one half of that threat. This isn’t shtick... At the age of five, Ayaan was forced to undergo “FGM” (female genital mutilation), or, in the new non-judgmental PC euphemism, “cutting.” When she had her first period, her mother beat her. When she was 22, her father arranged for her to marry a cousin in Canada. While in Germany awaiting the visa for her wedded bliss in Her Majesty’s multicultural utopia, she decided to skip out, and fled to the Netherlands.
It is what it is.

Townhall's 100 Most Hated By The Left

Glenn Beck is hosting a PDF copy of this list of so-called Conservatives on his website.

I'll go over the list later. I have downloaded it but haven't read it all.

I knew James O'Keefe from earlier and I don't believe Rupert Murdoch is a Conservative by any stretch.

Betty White is like teflon?

Willa Paskin floats the theory that the media is averse to dealing Betty White serious criticism, as well as any Betty White projects.

Apparently her new cable-only sitcom (which I will never watch) about sex and "cougars" is just okay but writer are overly diplomatic in writing about high expectations being dashed.

For the record I never thought of Janes Leeves as a "cougar" as cougars are supposedly old(er) women, but I suppose she is; I never ever thought Wendy Malick was attractive ever.

Star Trek Armada cheats

Cheat Codes

Press Enter while playing then enter these cheats:

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Increase ship AIcanofwhoopass
Increase Ship Creationyoustopmecold
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

dark pulses of light are fired by dark lasers

We covered how the speed of light is conditionally constant based on physical medium and we noted that certain materials allow for the illusion that a light pulse is moving faster than light.

Then we have dark light, dark lasers, dark pulses of presumably non-light. Running an electrical current through minuscule quantum dot crystals, causes the crystals to turn into light, projecting a dark light at a particular frequency.

The beams of light are shorter but more stable than the usual sort of lasers, apparently, with the research team claiming that this is because "quantum dots are known for [their] unusual behavior." Once they emit light, the dots suddenly regain their energy at varying points of extreme quickness.

The process is explained like so:

"The new laser depends on the qdots' unusual energy dynamics, which have the effect of stabilizing dark pulses. After emitting light, qdots recover energy from within rapidly (in about 1 picosecond) but more slowly (in about 200 picoseconds) from energy inputs originating outside the qdots in the laser cavity. This creates a progression of overall energy gains gradually giving way to overall energy losses. Eventually, the laser reaches a steady state of repeated brief intensity dips-a drop of about 70 percent-from the continuous light background."

It's pretty complex stuff, but the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, who are working on the research, sees great potential in the dark lasers for "optical atomic ultraclocks and/or superpowered networking and comms kits" in the near future. [Optics Express via The Reg via DVICE]

Around this point my understanding of science, especially energy and light, meets a border.

political for further comment

The following link dump from Southern Political Report needs to be commented on as well
Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

June 9, 2010

South Carolina Democrats were having second thoughts Wednesday about their surprise U.S. Senate nominee after it was reported that he was facing a pending felony charge of showing a college student obscene photos. South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said in a statement that she had asked Alvin Greene to withdraw from the race.

-- The White House gently scolded labor unions on Wednesday for spending millions of dollars in support of an Arkansas Democrat who lost a bid to unseat fellow Democrat Senator Blanche Lincoln. Unions spent an estimated $10 million to try to defeat Lincoln, who defied a U.S. anti-incumbent wave and held off a strong challenge from Arkansas' lieutenant governor, Bill Halter, on Tuesday.

-- US Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, a key Democrat on the Senate energy committee, blasted Obama’s top offshore drilling official for the administration’s ongoing ban of deepwater drilling in the Gulf Coast, charging the decision could cost her home state more than 300,000 jobs.

Officials from BP, Halliburton and Transocean have declined to attend hearings on the Gulf of Mexico oil leak scheduled for this week by Mississippi's House of Representatives.

-- The chairman of the Madison County Republican Party said a recount of primary ballots in the Alabama governor's race, requested by current third-place candidate Tim James, may not take place until at least Monday.

-- The Georgia Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to instruct the presidents of the state's public colleges to not grant any waivers to illegal aliens and nearly unanimously to review all applications for fall admission. (See InsiderAdvantageGeorgia)

-- As it matures from an unorganized coalition opposed to President Barack Obama's two signature domestic policy initiatives into a full-fledged political movement, the tea party is beginning to set its sights on elections for state offices. But the effort in Florida is being complicated by the rise of an "official" Tea Party, one that has angered activists in the movement and started a legal war over the phrase at the movement's center.

DC Comics guts the commercial potential of C-list characters, like Arsenal

Is this Justice League: Rise of Arsenal an example of creative or commercial self-destruction? Issue #3 provides the answer.

Quick explanation - Green Arrow is the DC Comics character that shoots arrows, trick arrows. He is a rip-off of Batman (who of course was partially inspired by Superman) which leads to Smallville breaking thematic and metatextual continuity for having non-Superman-costumed Clark Kent being partially inspired by his ally and teammate the costumed Green Arrow while there is no Superman or Batman.

When Batman gained Robin it led to Green Arrow being joined by Speedy.

Robin grew up be an adult Robin twice. Then he wore pants, became Nightwing, and Batman recruited a second Robin (who got brutally murdered by the Joker with a crowbar because people in this country voted for it to be so through 1-900 voter contest) and Batman recruited a third Robin.

As Batman's Robin (Dick Grayson) became Nightwing, Green Arrow's Speedy (Roy Harper) became Arsenal.

Now DC Comics only has a small number of A-listers, loosely defined by Justice League membership (or if they were on the Super Friends), the sort of archetype they fulfill, and how well their comics sell. Aquaman is an A-lister because he was on the Super Friends, his own 1968 cartoon, appears on lunchboxes, and made guest appearances in the Bruce Timm DC animated series Superman, Justice League, or Justice League Unlimited . Aquaman is a b-lister because his comic books do not sell very well and although he has super-strength and is faster than any human, his primary powers are breathing underwater, swimming really fast, and talking to marine life. Green Arrow is a b-lister for a variety of reasons, many overlapping with Aquaman. In the end though he is a rip-off of Batman and the only reason he survives as a character is because people like the character.

Speedy, Arsenal is a c-lister because he is a spin-off character of a rip-off character. He got the new name, the Arsenal name, because "Speedy" is a sidekick name and Speedy was not a sidekick since Green Arrow got his 1970s look, joined up with Green Lantern for socially relevant adventures (Google "hard-traveling heroes") and yet Speedy was wearing sidekick clothes for 20 years, dressing in a red version of the outfit that his mentor stopped wearing in the 1970s. Even after splitting off of the Green Arrow franchise and getting stuck in a franchise called "Titans", along with some other ex-sidekicks and some freaks the character is only good for team series, not something of his own.

However he did collect a small supporting cast of his own. He occasionally borrows Green Arrow's primary love interest as a sort of stepmom and he has a daughter that he sired with a super-villain terrorist named Cheshire out of a wedlock. Comics are for kids my butt. So his supporting cast is his daughter Lian, his mistress that murders people, and occasionally some loaners from other DC-owned franchises.

Then he got upgraded to join the Super-Friends, I mean the Justice League of America.
He took on the name and costume of Red Arrow, which works for me because he shoots arrows and the costume looks cool. It is identical to the second and most famous look for Green Arrow, and the one worn in all the cartoons. The real reason he wears this costume and took the name is to fulfill a semi-prophecy foretold by the artsy-fartsy Elseworld entirely-painted set-in-a-maybe future 20-years-from-present-day comic book story Kingdom Come. The first Justice League cast/team was more-or-less static from 1960 until 1984, at least in what kind of super-hero team comic book. In 1984 the Justice League franchise enters a cycle where every three years (at minimum) the franchise is rebooted, repackaged, and repurposed. The stories themselves typically have the team disbanding in one issue and soon another comic has a new gathering and a new team; story details vary.

The latest new direction, barely forty issues in, sees half of Red Arrow's supporting cast getting detonated, killed in a terrorist's explosion, and the character going off the deep-end in a horrible story that will never let him get his own lunchbox or cartoon show.

This is similar to how the company removed b-list character Elongated Man from the stable commercially viable characters. Like William Powell's character in the Thin Man movies, he had one stable (human) character, his wife. Nick Charles had Nora Charles and Elongated Man had Sue Dibny. There would be Thin Man franchise if the Nick Charles character had no wife or family, leastwise one written out through violence, and the Elongated Man commercial property arguably lost its viability.

I never read these Arsenal falling comics, or the latest Justice League reboot comics. Apparently this "Rise of Arsenal" is an awful comic book series. As it happens the character is now snorting heroin, and in the midst of hallucinations, pummeling people ruthlessly to defend a dead cat that he envisions as his slaughtered child. This follows a plotline about sex and descent into drug addiction
Roy Harper (the hero known at various times as Speedy, Arsenal, Red Arrow, and apparently Arsenal again) and Cheshire (an international terrorist and assassin who once destroyed an entire country) are fighting each other because their daughter died. Despite the fact that Cheshire's entire deal is that she has poisoned fingernails, she scratches Arsenal up and he's none the worse for wear.
Sacrificing the integrity or viability of a character for the sake of a story is nothing new and really does not very little harm in this particular case; on the other hand, this story is bad,
It's tempting to just leave it at that, because really, there's not much you can add... that would make it sound worse than it already is. But there are problems in this story that run far deeper than what's on the surface.

The issue here isn't that Bad Things are happening to a character; that's just the nature of storytelling. Characters exist so that bad things can happen to them, and they need to have challenges and adversity to overcome to continue functioning. A character that nothing bad ever happens to is boring -- nobody wants to see Peter Parker get a steady job and have his girlfriend not thrown off a bridge, or Batman just drive around in a cool car with no crime to fight, or Scrooge McDuck just get richer and richer off the stock market. There needs to be conflict and opposition. That's not the problem.

The problem is that the things that are happening are just bad. They're poorly structured and executed, and twist characterization to fit a story that serves no real purpose.
Also one needs to note that comic book universes need a level of continuity of characterization, a level of consistency from title to in that sense if not a continuity of events within a canon. The whole purpose of having a fictional universe is so that one of the Golden Girls can visit a neighbor on Empty Nest or that The Jeffersons can move on up and carry over not only an audience but an audience that cares because the way the characters act illustrates them as the same characters more than the characters' names or appearances. Fans also enjoy when stuff builds on other stuff that happens in the past, or last feels like it builds on it.
Cheshire appears in recent issues of "Secret Six," where she's very upset because one of her children has been kidnapped and likely murdered -- this time a child fathered by Catman, because apparently she's got a thing for red-haired dudes in costumes. It's virtually the same setup, but it plays out in a completely different fashion that involves her fighting the people responsible and showing genuine (if twisted) emotion over it.

In "Rise of Arsenal," however, her course of action as an assassin that once dropped nuclear weapons on the Middle East whose child was just murdered is to forget her defining abilities, meekly acquiesce... and then reassure her lover that... this happens to a lot of guys whose arm-stumps have been infected with "nanomites."
What is the purpose of the comic? To be sold and to lead into something else. "Rise and Fall" is apparently another JLA reboot, I suppose, and an affirmation that the character cannot stand on its own is the name of the character is in the subtitle, with Justice League as the headline. I'm not a fan of the Super Friend franchise being used this way but this really is just a transition.
In a series ostensibly meant to make us care about this character after three years of shoehorning him into the Justice League, the creators have systematically stripped away any reason we have to be sympathetic towards him. There's no incentive to see his eventual (and inevitable) redemption... The question, then, is why does this book exist? What storytelling purpose does Roy Harper stabbing cartoonish thugs while cradling a dead cat serve?

Considering that Arsenal is slated to join Deathstroke's Titans -- a team that was formed in a book where a woman killed someone by (no joke) burning him to death with her volcanic vagina -- I think it's safe to say that the entire point was to make him a (recovering) heroin addict named Arsenal who used a bunch of different weapons instead of a bow. Which is exactly what he already was five years ago. Even if he descends into villainy or "dies," it'll be just a pit stop before his eventual face turn, continuing the cycle of storytelling as ouroboros.

We already know where this comic is going, so the only thing it can possibly bring to the table is the story itself, and the story is abysmal, pawning off overblown vulgarity that would give even the worst fan-fiction a run for its money in the guise of maturity.
Deathstroke is a 1980s villain that was not only called "The Terminator" before James Cameron started the movie franchise with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but is the basis for the children's cartoon character "Slade", the arch-villain in the Teen Titans Saturday morning cartoon series. He started off as a super-soldier, murderer,and pedophile and then in the 1990s had his own comic book series, was a good-guy protagonist, and teamed up with Superman. Then in the last five years he started stabbing women, knee-capping children with shotguns, and helped destroy the universe for money. Now he is a good guy again. So we acknowledge the character cannot become something to be sold on its own, the stories are bad, what is old and not very good is published again and the worst part is the Justice League title is a platform for adult themes.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Craig Ferguson quotable soccer

"Here in the U.S. The World Cup ranks somewhere between John Gosselin and the lady who gives out raisins for Halloween."
- Craig Ferguson

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker is a horse-face

I once expressed the gospel-truth that "Sarah Jessica Parker is a horse-face" and I was accused of "not appreciating 'non-traditional ideas of beauty'".

I replied that I appreciate non-traditional ideas of beauty but that "she doesn't fit any of those ideas that I am aware and that she is indeed a horse-face".

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

French joke Israeli embassy

(the composer is anonymous, and likely German)
heard that an angry mob of protestors tried to storm the Israeli
embassy in Paris. Luckily, the crisis ended quickly when the Israeli
ambassador grabbed a loudspeaker and addressed the crowd in German.
Within 5 minutes, the protesters were waving white flags and the Mayor
...issued a formal surrender.
(Realize, of course, that no modern/contemporary german is capable of manly imperialism. The best they can do is lefty rabble-rousing and bottle-throwing, thuggery. The Germany of today has too much in common with the French of the past eighty or so years; I blame the European homogeneity movement).