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June 18, 2005

Hysteria Under a Microscope

I always find that putting information into a cohesive format makes the information a lot easier to understand.

From a new blog that I've never heard of and will make all attempts to read it on a daily basis comes a comparison of what Dr. Sanity calls 'MSM hysteria' and how they don't seem to see the 'bigger picture'.

Beautiful Indifference

Curiously, because they are journalists, and I would think that journalistic instincts are easily aroused by curiosity, the crop of journalists we must deal with today seem to be suffering from a form of mass hysteria. Their journalistic insticts; their curiosity; their "nose" for a story has been severely impaired--almost paralyzed you could say, and they don't much seem to care!

Here is a partial listing (in no particular order) of what the media is Obsessed by (on the LEFT) , compared to what they appear Indifferent to (on the Right):

It's almost like watching a child throw a temper tantrum and for all the wrong reasons.

(Hat tip to the Analog Kid at RNS for steering me to this)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:04 PM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:04 PM | Comments (1)

June 16, 2005

Liberalism: Mental Disorder?

Geoff at Dog Snot Diaries points out the latest 'bashing' technique:

Howard Dean Disease is Contagious

Can you be both elated and sympathetic at the same time? Probably not. I guess I'm just elated and faking sympathy. Why, you ask? It appears the mental illness that Howard Dean apparently suffers from is contagious. It's sweeping through the Democratic party. At the current rate of spread, the Democrats will lose even more seats in the upcoming 2006 and 2008 elections. Now THAT is cause for elation.

What am I talking about? Why, the latest Democratic hand-wringing topic. Sure, Congress should apologize. They did, too, with an un-opposed voice vote. You know what that means, don't you? Un-opposed? No opposition? Everyone voting supported it? That's pretty good, right? Fuck no. Not if you suffer from HowardDeanYaaaaarghia. Then if you don't sponsor the bill, you're all of a sudden pro lynching. Are you fucking retarded? It's amazing the kind of shit Democrats will whine about.

Now read the MSNBC article closely. "Southern Conservatives" filibustered anti-lynching legislation. They're to blame. It's all the racist KKK Conservatives. Like Robert Byrd. Wait, he's a Democrat. I mean like Hugo Black. Ooops. He Was a Democrat as well. Ernest Hollings? Big D. J. William Fulbright? D. Al Gore Sr? D. Hmmm. It looks like MSNBC might need to do a little more fact checking.

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Off His Rocker - Part Deux

Durbin refuses to apologize for Guantanamo Bay comments

CHICAGO -- Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says he won't apologize for comments comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis and Soviet gulags.

News of the Democrat's comparison created a buzz around the Internet today, fueled by sound bites of yesterday's Senate floor speech on radio talk shows. By this afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.

Durbin says the Bush administration should apologize for abandoning the Geneva Conventions.

Exactly what part of the Geneva Conventions does Durbin think we're not adhering to?
  • Housing? Check.
  • Food that's religiously specific, i.e. 'kosher'? Check.
  • Not blowing their brains out with a .45? Check.
  • Not beating them with a lead pipe? Check.
  • Not making them eat fried pork rinds? Check.
The fact that these prisoners haven't been strung up from the nearest tree at Gitmo is proof that the U.S. is giving them more than the Geneva Conventions calls for.

So if you're inclined to think that the Gitmo facility is a 'gulag' or that we're 'torturing' them, then I suggest you take a closer look at the definition of 'gulag' and then take another closer look at the World Trade Center towers before they collapsed.

And if that doens't sink in, take a hard look at the list of people murdered on 9/11.

The people that were murdered on 9/11 isn't justification for wanton killing of just anyone - just the people that would attempt it again. And you can bet that those scumbags in Gitmo aren't there cause they were on their way to get ice cream for blind children when they accidently stumbled onto the battlefield and accidently picked up an assualt rifle which accidently discharged - multiple times - in the direction of American troops.

I've said this before: if anyone in the government wanted these prisoners to 'disappear', they could easily 'accidently' fall out of a chopper about a hundred miles from land over the ocean.....Ooops!! Damnit Ralph - there goes another one!!.

Quite honestly, I think the idea I had for returning illegal aliens using a trebuchet would work nicely for the Marines in Gitmo: live skeet/prisoner target practice.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:48 AM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 08:48 AM | Comments (3)

June 15, 2005

Off His Rocker

It's always refreshing how people equate one thing with another. We've seen the 'Bush = Hitler' blurbs from the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade. Now we get to see the same technique applied to those 'insidious' military guards at Gitmo.

James Taranto has the appropriate words for this....insightful comparison of Senator Dick Durbin's (Tin-Foil - IL) on the floor of the United States Senate:

Durbin Supports the Troops
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis (link in PDF):
When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:

On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.
Can the Left-wing moonbats - who are now closer and closer to being synonymous with Democrats - can they get any more absurd? Can we get any more reasons to just consider them so 'out there' that they should no longer be considered rationale?

I doubt it.

What Senator Durbin doesn't see is that these are the techniques that are considered 'humane' as opposed to the really worthwhile techniques like breaking fingers, smashing that toe that goes wee-wee-wee all the way home with a hammer, or (my personal favorite) how about putting these prisoners in a pressure tank and taking them down one-half of an atmosphere? Nothing makes cooperation happen between people better than bursting blood vessels and exploding eyeballs....

Geez....it's going to get to the point where interviews will be conducted only using slightly harsh language and possibly the threat of withholding ice cream after dinner.

It's obvious that Durbin is off his rocker, that his elevator no longers goes all the way up, that he's a sandwich or two short of a picnic basket, that he's not shuffling a full deck....well, you get the picture. (The flash works, but there is no film in the camera?)

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Posted by Mad Mikey at 10:21 PM | Comments (6)

Dean's Goal - Infinite Nothingness

This kind of sums up Dean's quest to shoot himself in the foot on daily basis or anytime there's a microphone shoved in his face.

Keep it up Howie - there's nothing funnier than when you make up stuff for us to talk about and we don't really have to work at it.


(Nicely glommed from Rodger Shultz at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:48 PM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 04:48 PM | Comments (1)

Geeks Are Better

By way of Dodd at Ipse Dixit comes something that proves why geeks/nerds are a better catch for the ladies:

Nerds make better lovers

Ready for a real relationship? Ditch the pretty boys and grab yourself a geek

Christina Aguilera recently traded in piercings for petticoats, apparently making the usual Marilyn Monroe morph. But there's more than meets the eye: Sure, she's blond, buxom and sweet-voiced now, but she's also emulating the classic bombshell in matters of the heart.

You see, Aguilera's fiance, like Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, is kind of a geek.

When Aguilera announced her engagement to smarty-pants music executive Jordan Bratman in February, the 24-year-old pop star demonstrated a tried-and-true dating trick. Geeks have got the goods.

Bratman, with his scrawny frame and oversize ears, has mastered the music industry at just 26 and is Romeo enough to have stolen Aguilera's heart (as well as inspired her new demure-coquette look).

"A nerd is an excellent provider and a guy who puts you first," says E. Jean Carroll, Elle magazine's love and sex advice columnist. "He'll turn out to be a great father and a great husband."

And, she insists that a woman who is willing to stick it out with a nerd and get past his quirks will be handsomely rewarded. "Don't give up on him too fast," she said. "If you stick with him, he's going to turn out to be really great."

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Dialysis Explained

Every so often I'm asked about exactly what happens at dialysis.

Well, that question is answered by someone I met on the Internet. Jim (who I understand recently got a kidney transplant) has an excellent sequence of photos (Flash required) that explain what happens.

Check it out.

And while some people feel 'on top of the world' after a dialysis treatment, I'm usually feeling achy....almost like just before you get the full effects of having the flu - that's me.

Jim did hemo dialysis for a month and then switched to PD (peritoneal dialysis) which seemed to work for him. I, on the other hand, cannot seem to get over that catheter-hanging-out-of-my-gut feeling and really just feel....oogie about considering PD as an alternative to hemodialysis.

Maybe it'll take a few more months of hating HD to get me to consider the catheter. Then again, maybe I'll be lucky enough to get a transplant, although it's not looking like that will happen in the near future....

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Brief Scare in California

Brief scare last night:

Tsunami Warning Lifted After Calif. Quake

SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful earthquake jolted the ocean floor off the Northern California coast, triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent thousands of residents evacuating a community that was hit by a killer wave four decades ago.

The feared tsunami did not materialize, and there were no reports of significant damage or injuries.

The 7.0-magnitude quake struck at around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, 300 miles northwest of San Francisco and about 90 miles southwest of the coastal community of Crescent City, where a 1964 tsunami killed 11 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami warning was briefly in effect from the California-Mexico border north to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

The tsunami siren system in Crescent City was activated at 8:14 p.m. and continued for about 40 minutes, Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson said. About 4,000 people — mostly from Crescent City — were evacuated.

Wilson reported some minor traffic accidents but no injuries. He said it was the third evacuation he has taken part in in his 27 years in law enforcement.

My daughter was asking me if we were safe from any waves and I told her that since the cliffs in La Jolla were about 200 feet higher than the ocean that we'd be okay. She promptly went back to eating her pizza rolls.

The only reason we knew of the tsunami alert was from a phone call from one of our friends; the wife and I were in the middle of watching Starship Troopers when we got the call.

Fifteen minutes later the alert was cancelled and we went back to watching the movie.

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June 14, 2005

Killling Business - Part II

Borders Must Pay Calif. Tax on Web Sales

SAN FRANCISCO -- An appellate court ruling against Borders Group Inc. sets a precedent that could enable California to force some major Internet retailers to start paying state sales tax for books, music and other goods sold online to state residents.

Whether California tax collectors use the precedent to go after not only Borders but Barnes & Noble Inc., Amazon.com and other online retailers remains to be seen. But independent booksellers and other "bricks-and-mortar" retailers have been cheering, saying the ruling should remove their Internet competition's unfair advantage.

"There are a lot of online retailers who are watching this intently," said Tom Dressler, a spokesman for the California Attorney General's office. "Clearly online retailing is growing so one would think the potential revenue problem is fairly substantial."

Businesses can avoid paying sales taxes to states where they have no physical presence, according to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Now watch as one of two things happen:
  1. Borders will have a marked decrease in online sales from California residents, or
  2. Borders will officially divest all interests between its 'brick-n-mortar' stores here in California and its online company.
In either case, it kills business....all in the name of taxation.

My thinking is that anything sold online should be free from any sort of taxation. Exactly why is it that the government - state or federal - should get a 'slice of the pie' for people putting money back into the economy!? Quite frankly, neither state nor federal deserve to get d!ck out of any sales transaction.

Damn - it's crap like this that makes me consider changing my party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian....but for the moment I won't because I don't agree with the legalize-all-drugs argument. And especially with the Libertarians anti-war stance concerning Iraq.

Anyway...this crap really gives me a bad taste in my mouth when I see taxation for what it appears to be: socialism and that lets-MAKE-everyone-carry-the-load-for-all-those-dumbass-social-projects-that-no-one-really-wants....

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June 14th - Flag Day

I was reminded by a post of Michelle Malkin's that June 14th is Flag Day.

From a site called usflag.org I found the 'meaning of the colors' of Old Glory in the FAQ section:

the meaning of the colors

"The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."

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June 13, 2005

'Dipstick of the Week' - Coming Soon!

I'm thinking of starting a 'Dipstick of the Week' weekly entry. This clown would be the first:

Driver flips car, hurts 5, flees to make tee time, police say

An Anchorage police officer records the license plate number of a mangled black Mitsubishi car Saturday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Fifth Avenue. The driver of the car was later arrested at a South Anchorage golf course on a charge of driving under the influence. Five people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

A man speeding to a golf game triggered a wild wreck Saturday on Fifth Avenue that banged up four vehicles and injured five people, and then he fled the scene on foot, police said.

Juan M. Puliddo-Castaneda, 24, was arrested a short time later, six miles away, standing out front of Anchorage Golf Course on O'Malley Road and preparing for a round of golf, authorities said.

"He was at the golf course getting his tee time," said Patrol Sgt. Dave Koch, one of the officers who handled the call.

"I do not even have words to describe how crazy that is," Traffic Unit Lt. Nancy Reeder said glumly after learning the details of the wreck while shopping at Sam's Club with her family and relaying them by telephone to a reporter. "I have no idea why we didn't have a fatality out there this morning."

And I'm beating that this dork will plead 'Not Guilty' in court when he's arraigned....dipstick.

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Go Figure...

To be honest, I'm a little surprised that this happened:

Michael Jackson Acquitted of Molesting Boy

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch, vindicating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.

A caravan of black SUVs delivered Jackson, wearing a black suit and flanked by family members, to the courthouse. Jackson was greeted by "Michael, innocent" chants as he walked into the courthouse.

The jury, which listened to 14 weeks of testimony and arguments, deliberated over seven days before sending word of a verdict at about 12:30 p.m.

I guess it'll take about 40 miles of video tape showing Jackson playing 'Hide the Salami' with another young boy to take him out of the picture.

It's a shame it'll have to come to this, but the jury has spoken.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:22 PM | Comments (3)
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More Folly

Just what the world needs: another proposal to level the field by taxing air travel:

G8 wants tax on airline tickets to help world poor

Airline groups have condemned plans by the world's richest countries to impose a tax on airline tickets to fund extra money for poor African countries - and make a gesture towards fighting climate change.

Finance ministers from the G8 agreed at the weekend to look at using income from airline traffic to boost aid.

Although the tax might only amount to a few extra pence on a ticket, experts believe the move would be a major blow to cut-price airlines that sell tickets for as little as £1.

The move, which could add a pound on to air fares, was greeted with delight by environmental groups who said it was a first step towards making people pay the true cost of plane travel.

This is indeed a 1-lb bag of Cricket Crap from Dicker & Dicker of Beaverly Hills.

It's not much of a added tax, but it's the principle behind it: tax everyone who has money to pay for Africa's problems.

I'm all for helping people and nations get on their feet - not for making them take responsibility for their actions and/or inactions that put them there in the first place.

I get a chuckle out of these plans that propose to tax everyone who's responsible to pay for those that are not. Socialism in action....

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