Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This is a law we need, alright.

609.735 CONCEALING IDENTITY.

A person whose identity is concealed by the person in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise, unless based on religious beliefs, or incidental to amusement, entertainment, protection from weather, or medical treatment, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Friday, December 18, 2009

What time is it?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

LegoMatrix



LegoMatrix found via Coyote Blog.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Missing Posts

To both of my loyal readers, the reason posting has been light is here. My new project is sucking up quite a bit of my time and energy.

This year, I've been focusing on killing off my debt and finally decided to start a blog to match.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Security in Your Home, Conclusion

We’ve discussed using a layered approach to improving the security of your home, making your home too much work for the “casual” burglar. Most burglars will take the path of least resistance. Multiple layers of security remove your home from that path.
  • Use effective lighing.  Don't leave potential entry points in shadows.  That's a good working environment for a burglar.  Make sure you can see what you need to see. 
  • Use effective locks on quality doors.  Try to keep bad people out of your home.  Don't make a criminal's job easier. 
  • Install an alarm system.  Don't let an intruder in to your home unannounced.  Monitored, unmonitored, or four-legged, don't be caught unaware. 
  • Have a safe place to retreat.  Install a solid door to your bedroom and charge your cell phone there at night. 
  • Get some training.  Regardless of your chosen means of self defense, learn how to use it effectively.
Have you done everything you can to make yourself safe?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quote of the Day

 From a conversation on Facebook about the Chinese buying our national forests:

I blame the Irish Zionists. When they get together with the Kremlin and the Knights Templar, there's just no stopping 'em. They sold the Washington Monument for $2500 last week to fund a kegger in honor of the Greys, with Xenu as the guest speaker. Elvis was supposed to play, but he's in hiding on the set of the faked Apollo landing until after the JFK files are released in 2017 proving that AIDS caused Pearl Harbor.

-Me

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Chanukah

My heartwarming Chanukah story
by Joel Rosenberg
Stop me if you've heard this before . . .

Chanukah is upon us, and, as usual, I find myself explaining to well-meaning Christians that it's not at all like Christmas. Nor is it, particularly, the celebration of the Macabees having discovered the burning-oil equivalent of the Energizer Bunny . . .

It's a lot more like Star Wars, really -- The Return of the Jedi in particular. Think of the Syrians as the Empire, the Maccabees as the Ewoks, and remember that toppling the Assyrian war elephants wasn't nearly as cute as toppling the Imperial Walkers. And also remember that things neither began nor ended with the rededication of the Temple; it took more than two more decades to finally expel the Syrians and establish the autonomous Jewish state. Interestingly enough, it required Shimon -- the last of the Maccabee brothers -- to make a deal with one of the contenders for the Syrian throne. Not a hard choice to make; he chose the one who hadn't treacherously murdered his brother Yonatan over the one who did.

'Course, that didn't stop the trouble with Syria . . .

Every Chanukah, I think about Judah the Hammer's oldest brother, Eleazar, who took on a Syrian war elephant with nothing more than a spear -- he jammed it up into the elephant's belly. The elephant collapsed on the spot; Eleazar was the spot. Which always reminds me of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Jews rushing the German Panzers with nothing more than a hand grenade to hold onto while they detonated it against the tracks . . .

Some years ago, I was asked by Judy's second-grade teacher to come in and explain Chanukah to her class. I resisted, at first -- I find the public school emphasis on Chanukah as a way of allowing Christmas celebrations there to be offensive tokenism -- but I did finally relent. The only condition I insisted on was that I'd tell the truth about Chanukah, in a way that I thought second-graders could understand, and that it wasn't going to be about candles lasting longer than their official specs.

So, I went in, and he introduced me, and talked about how Chanukah was one of the holidays that we all celebrate this time of year (I think my body language said, "Say what?").

I kept it short. "Chanukah is the time that we Jews celebrate having risen up and killed people who tried to make us celebrate their holidays. You know, like Christmas."

Lots of wide eyes in the classroom; I wasn't asked back. Not even for Purim.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Security in Your Home, Part 7, Conclusion

We’ve discussed using a layered approach to improving the security of your home, making your home too much work for the “casual” burglar. Most burglars will take the path of least resistance. Multiple layers of security remove your home from that path.
  • Use effective lighing.  Don't leave potential entry points in shadows.  That's a good working environment for a burglar.  Make sure you can see what you need to see. 
  • Use effective locks on quality doors.  Try to keep bad people out of your home.  Don't make a criminal's job easier. 
  • Install an alarm system.  Don't let an intruder in to your home unannounced.  Monitored, unmonitored, or four-legged, don't be caught unaware. 
  • Have a safe place to retreat.  Install a solid door to your bedroom and charge your cell phone there at night. 
  • Get some training.  Regardless of your chosen means of self defense, learn how to use it effectively.
Have you done everything you can to make yourself safe?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Quote of the Day

Neighbor: "So why do you carry that?"

Me: "I don't want my last thought to be 'Gee, I wish I had a gun...'."

-Tam

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chauvinism

I am a chauvinist.

I don't mean that men are better than women. I don't mean that women should cook and men should drink beer and shout at the games on TV. I certainly don't mean that women are punching bags, literally or figuratively.

Quite simply, I mean that men and women are different. Furthermore, Viva la Difference!

Regardless of the efforts of some, a few thousand years of civilization can't possibly wipe out millions of years of evolution. Men are wired to be providers and protectors. That is our nature and it is an obvious survival trait designed to further the species. Don't expect me to apologize for my nature.

I will not apologize for it. I celebrate and embrace who I am. As a man, it is my job to protect and provide for my family. There is no job I'd rather have. It is my job to teach my children self-reliance and to smile as they take off on their bikes for some unsupervised play time. It's my job to make sure the doors are locked at night, the fire is burning in the winter, and food is available when needed.

Evolution has wired us with certain traits. An awful lot of the unhappiness in the world stems from fighting those traits instead of embracing and guiding them.

Unguided, our evolutionary decree runs a muck. Unchanneled aggression is assault and abuse. Channeled aggression is success. Undirected territoriality leads to gangs and turf wars. Directed, it leads to secure homes.

Our job, as men, is to protect and provide for our loved ones. There is no more sacred act.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day

You Can't Tell a Vet Just By Looking

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carrier didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth whose behavior is outweighed in the cosmic scales by four hours of unparalleled bravery near the 38th Parallel in Korea.

She is the nurse who fought against futility in Da Nang and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years.

He is the POW who left one person and came back another.

He is the drill instructor who has never been in combat, but has saved countless lives by turning no-accounts into Marines.

He is the parade-riding legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the white-haired guy bagging groceries at the supermarket, aggravatingly slow, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp.

A vet is an ordinary and extraordinary human being — someone who offered his life's vital years in the service of his country.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known. We will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe.

—Author Unknown—

Monday, November 2, 2009

Interesting Knife


Monday, October 26, 2009

Front page

It's not every day my pee jokes make an article on the front page of the paper.
A group of Adopt a Highway volunteers were packing more than trash along the shoulder of Minnesota 55 in Mendota Heights on Sunday morning.

With legal guns on their hips, a dozen area residents spent nearly three hours picking up litter — everything from cigarette butts to blown-out tires — along a 2-mile stretch of the highway just east of the Mendota Bridge. It was the inaugural event for the group, which registered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway program under the name Minnesota Carry Permit Holders.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Busy

I'm busy prepping a new project.  That, combined with real life, leaves this blog neglected.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Car Payment Calculation

How much car can you afford?  This is a full-proof, never fail formula for calculating an affordable car payment.  It's perfect.

(Value of your tradein - outstanding loan on your tradein) + cash down payment

That's it.  If you have to borrow, you can't afford it. 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Obama Worship



via Chris

Light posting

Posting's light. Prepping a new project

Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween Status

I got almost all of the props set up on Saturday.   That's 50 tombstones, 6 life-sized monsters, hundreds of skull, 2 coffins and a lot of "miscellaneous".  

Sunday, my wife got sick and 50 mph winds knocked everything down.

Tonight, I'll put it back up; tomorrow, I'll run power to the yard.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Space Invaders


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's never too early to be aware.


via BitterWallet.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oleg's Latest

By Oleg Volk:

People and Priorities


Monday, September 21, 2009

Heirloom Acres - A Bad Company

In the spring, I decided I wanted to plant a garden.  I decided to go with heirloom seeds, both for sustainability and flavor.

I did a bit of research, asked some people for experiences and settled on Heirloom Acres for my seed needs.

Never again.

I placed my order late.  I was expecting a delay.  Ordering seeds in the spring doesn't have a quick turnararound anywhere.  Ever.  A month after my order was placed, I couldn't get them to give me an update on the shipping status.  This is with a stated delay of 2-3 weeks.  I tried for more than a week to contact them.  They ignored my, until I disputed the charge with Paypal.  Suddenly, they exist and ship out a partial order.

That's ok.  Backorders happen.

Six months later, it's still backordered and I can't get a status update.  

Thanks to our Lord, our loyal customers and our thousands of new customers, 2008 was an enormously blessed year. In the coming year, we promise to work even harder to maintain our high standards of customer service and offer excellent seeds at competitive prices while keeping our shipping costs as low as possible.
Heirloom Acres Seeds is a family owned and operated business. Our immediate and our extended family are actively involved in every facet of our operation. Our four daughters Katlyn, Madlyn, Michaela and Hope are growing up with old-fashioned farm values and an appreciation for good produce and hard work.
When did "theft", "fraud" and "swindle" become old-fashioned farm values?

Oh my knees.

Last night, I ran(run/walk) two miles.  Today, my knees hurt.  I hope it's due to the weather, not the running.

Well done...

...and sexy.


via PDB.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Overhear in my inbox

Honey,
Can I buy a double-barrel boomstick, specifically designed to foil bank robberies and well-paced zombie invasions?   Side-by-side, just like the movies.   It’ll help keep us all safe in the event of….well anything, really.  Aliens, zombies, regular thugs.   Even demon-rats!  We’ll just have to have a priest bless the ammo.  Please?


It’s a crazy-good price.  I could probably sell it for more than that in a few months.


It’s even mostly wood, so it doesn’t even look scary.  :)
I’ll let you get a pony.  Ok, not really, but I’ll let you think about getting a pony.
No.

What about the demon-rats?
How about if I actually let you get a pony?
 
No.
 
2 ponies and we paint it pink?
 
NO.
 
Ok, fine.
You can pick the color.
 
No boomstick.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Handmade Cthulhu mask

via Make:

jennifer_harrison_cthulhu_mask.jpg


Artist Jennifer Harrison of Masks by Jen hand-tools and -paints leather to make this and other amazing custom masks.


Um....want!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

There's no gate around my house. But there is a conviction that friends should be met at the door with open arms--and enemies with loaded ones.

David Codrea

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quote of the Day

A Simple Geometry Lesson:
Pi [3.1416] times the square of a circle's radius give you the area of that circle:

3.1416 X 500 yards X 500 yards = 785,400.

Push it to 600 yards and you've got nearly 1,131,000 square yards of liberty. [More]
Concerned American does the math.


-David Codrea

Monday, September 14, 2009

Well Planned

Demonstrations held in favor of responsibility and small government should always be held on a weekend.

Why?

Because our side has jobs.



We get millions, with no corporate sponsorship. The other side is stuck with thousands, sometimes(occasionally) tens of thousands, with charted buses and pre-printed signs. They are not the majority.

Via John Lott.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forgive, Never Forget

I remember.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Quote of the Day

Let me get this straight.

We're going to get a health care plan shoved down our throats that is written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn't read it, and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke.

What possibly could go wrong?

-bmayer

$20 makes a point



If I wasn't already married....


Found via Rob Allen.

Ford

Make me want to buy a Ford.


Found via Kevin.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So True

5 Ways Hollywood Tricks You Into Seeing Bad Movies  Cracked.com
There is nothing like a good musical zombie flick.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Straight Line Projections

This is no different than the healthcare pundits crying that in 10 years, healthcare costs will have expanded to 75% of our economy. It's stupid on its face.

Quote of the Day

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

-Einstein

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quote of the Day

Right answers are ones that give people incentives to meet their own needs without imposing costs on others. Wrong answers are ones that give people perverse incentives to impose costs on others.

-John Goodman

Indoctrinate them young

On September 8, 2009, history will be made. Will you be a part of it?

At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. (Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled time.) During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.

From the suggested student activities:
Why does President Obama want to speak with us today? How will he inspire us? How will he challenge us? What might he say? Do you remember any other historic moments when the president spoke to the nation?
and
What do you think the president wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us? What would you like to tell the president?

My email to the school:
Principal xxxxxx,

On Tuesday, September 8th, President Obama will be making an address directed at all public school students. Does [our school] intend to include this address in the students' schedule?

I think the kind of hero worship encouraged in the suggested student activities is inappropriate for impressionable young minds.

Sincerely,
princewally
Yes, I am starting out nice. Flies, vinegar and all that.

Update:

I got a response from the principal.
Mr. princewally,

This is not a mandated activity that the district is encouraging. The District's position is that this is not part of our curriculum and we therefore should not be giving time for it. However, some teachers can use portions for social studies connection.

The classroom teacher should be able to give you more information regarding their connection, if there is one.

Thank you,

xxxxxxx, Principal
Now, I'm just waiting on a response from my son's teacher, which should come after school hours.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Vote now, vote Arkham!

VOTE NOW! Monster Hunter International PATCH CONTEST!!!:
The entries are in, and now it is time to vote.

Go here to view the patches!

http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/monster-hunter-international-patch-contest/


Please post to the comments in this thread which patch you think should become part of the official MHI universe and get a cameo in the second MHI book, Monster Hunter Vendetta. (coming Fall 2010 from Baen).

We have 47 entries. Please post the name of the patch in the comments. Please only vote once. We authors are easily confused. Please, tell your friends, post it to your blog, spam the intertubes. (sell more books!) Whoops. That last one was subliminal.

I will leave this open for this week. At the end of the week I’ll count up the votes, figure out the winner and announce it here.



Vote well. Losing this one can't hurt as much as the losing last vote I cast.

My choice was for Arkham. Next up was the Bloody Bun. This needs a runoff. :(

Friday, August 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

I am constantly amazed when people say that government health care is no different than private competitive models because there will always be rationing.  If you cannot see the difference between “rationing” for yourself based on your own budget and preferences and “rationing” by government committee, well I suppose you deserve what you get.  Except for the problem that unfortunately, I will be forced to take it too.



-Coyote Blog

So much denial

There is a crazy amount of denial leading up to this woman becoming a victim.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said the man followed her into her secure apartment building and then down the hallway.

"I go to the right side of the hallway to let him pass and all of the sudden I can feel his presence," she said.

She said he then grabbed her and said something gross before she said, "No," and safely got to her apartment. She said he then left the building and took off in his car.


Mistakes made:

1. She let a stranger through the secured door with her. This completely defeats the purpose of having a secured door. This is a bad idea. Don't do it.
2. She didn't confront him when she first noticed she was being followed. Odds are good that almost any question or confrontation would have made him back off.
3. She went towards her apartment. If you are being followed by a possible psychotic, don't go home.

Make safe mistakes. "I'm sure nothing will happen to me" is NOT a defense mechanism. Neither is "I hope the crazy guy who's following me doesn't want to hurt me."

It is ok to be rude. Anybody who isn't planning to hurt you will understand in a situation like this.

If you know this guy, call the police and get him locked up:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

Disarming the law-abiding doesn’t do a thing to control the lawless. It’s the legal and moral equivalent of grabbing some random person off the street, taking away anything that could be used as an effective weapon, tossing them into the ring with a trained heavyweight boxer who has had days and weeks to prepare for the fight, and telling the surprised and unwilling opponent to “fight fair”.

-Marko

Monday, August 24, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mouse

tbskullmouse2.jpg


Steampunk style.

Via Makezine

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Civil Foreiture and More

Three months in jail for mints?

It's a bit odd how often narco field testing kits turn back false positives. In the past, we've seen chocolate chip cookies, deodorant, billiards chalk, and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap come back positive, all causing undeserved, firsthand familiarity with the criminal justice system for the owners of the innocuous substances.

Looks like we can now add breath mints to the list.

A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints. When officers pulled Donald May over for an expired tag, they thought the mints he was chewing were crack and arrested him.

[snip]

May was thrown in jail and was unable to bond out for three months. He didn't get out until he received a letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office that test results showed no drugs were found.

"While I was sitting in jail I lost my apartment. I lost everything," he said.

While May was in jail, the police department also auctioned off his car.

Unacceptable. There needs to be accountability for crap like this.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Home Security Basics

Excellent post.
It was too late to clear the alarm, so I told him to wait out front in the driveway with the phone and any minute now the alarm company would call and/or the police would arrive. He waited. . . . and waited. .. . and waited. 25 minutes elapsed before the security company called. The police never did show up. In that time the criminals could have cleared out any jewelry and electronics I had, stolen all my Terry Pratchett books, raped the yard gnomes and drank milk directly out of the container in the fridge.

I can cross my living room faster than the police can get down my driveway, let alone respond to 911 and drive to my house. At a guess, I'd say most home invaders could, too.

We are legally and morally responsible for our own safety.

Quote of the Day

Riddle me this: How come owning a gun makes me a paranoid wannabe cop, but owning a fire extinguisher or first-aid kit doesn't make me a paranoid wannabe firefighter or EMT?

-Tam

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Canada, Heal Thyself

The Canadian health care system is imploding.
“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”
Heh. They want to fix socialized health care by going private. What a surprise.

Via SnarkyBytes

Good Question? Lame Question.

Good Question: Why Do We Mistrust Our Government?

Experience. History. A love of freedom.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Paid Democrat Activists

But conservatives are the ones who need to stack the deck and pay protesters!
More Astroturf: President Obama bused supporters to his Portsmouth, N.H. health care townhall yesterday. Opponents showed up early in the morning and waited in the rain; supporters of government medicine were bused in and directed by a guy with a bullhorn.

A longer report from a local TV station is here.



Star Wars meets rice: Japanese company sells lightsaber chopsticks

Star Wars meets rice: Japanese company sells lightsaber chopsticks: "

lightsaber_chopsticks


If you happen to both be a Star Wars fan and have a penchant for Far Eastern food, this new gadget might be the right thing for you: lightsaber chopsticks. A Japanese company called Kotobukiya (which also has a US website) is selling three different models.


The red version is aimed at Darth Vader fans for some reason, the green one is for Yoda fans and the blue model is supposedly the right one if you like Luke Skywalker best.


lightsaber_chopsticks_2


Kotobukiya plans to sell the chopsticks in Japan only at this point (starting in November), but Geek Stuff 4 U lets everybody living outside this country pre-order already (price: $14.42 plus shipping). And yes, you can eat with these things apparently.


Via Akihabara News




"


Sweet.

Mario is screwed

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Southwest

A mother and her young son were flying Southwest Airlines from Kansas City to Chicago . The little boy (who had been looking out the window) turned to his mother and asked, "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

The mother (who couldn't think of an answer) told her son to ask the flight attendant.

So the boy went down the aisle and asked the flight attendant, "If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big planes have baby planes?"

The busy flight attendant smiled and said, "Did your mother tell you to ask me?"
The boy said, "Yes, she did."

"'Well, then, you go and tell your mother that there are no baby planes because Southwest always pulls out on time. Have your mother explain that to you."

Quote of the Day

"Look at Fedex and UPS. They're both doing great. It's the Post Office that's in trouble."

-President* Obama, comparing health care to the Post Office.

H/T The Northern Muckraker.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Security in Your Home, Part 6: Training


In the worst case scenario, the intruder has made it through all of your layers. He has decided your well-lit house is worth entering. He has bypassed your locks and ignored your alarm. Your dog is incapacitated, and he has entered your safe-room before the police have had a chance to arrive. Here, you are left to rely on your training.

Consider getting a gun and gun training. There is no more effective method of self defense than a gun in trained hands. Don’t get the gun without getting training. The NRA offers courses all around the country for a generally reasonable fee.

Don’t treat the gun as a magic talisman to ward off evil. If you are planning to have a gun for self defense, you must be willing to use the gun. It won’t scare off intruders if you are not willing to use it.

If a gun in impractical, for whatever reason, consider unarmed self defense training.

Your training should include the legal aspect of using force-particularly lethal force-if the necessity arises.

No matter your method of training, never give up! If you can disrupt the script in the intruder’s head, you stand a much better chance of surviving unscathed.

Remember, your home provides the privacy necessary to effectively transform it into a “secondary crime scene” at the whim of a criminal. Don’t let it happen to you.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Solution in search of a problem:

Wagyu lips.

Kobe Beef Hot Dogs
Hot DogKobe/Wagyu Beef hot dogs are a gourmet hot dog lover's dream!
The full flavor that has always been wanted in a hot dog.

Each package contains 5 hot dogs. 16 ounce total weight.
Our Price: $ 8.00
List Price: $ 11.00

Quote of the Day

The key to understanding the American system (of government) is to imagine that you have the power to make nearly any law you want. But your worst enemy will be the one to enforce it.


-Rick Cook

Friday, August 7, 2009

Quote of the Day

Remember that charges of faulty motivations, being funded by evil scheming organizations, or even of racism are effectively admissions of weakness. People who make such arguments are basically admitting that they cannot argue the issue on its merits, and so must resort to tarring the other side so that they can say the people raising the issue don’t deserve a response.


-Coyote Blog

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cherished Memories


When I was 6, I got a paper route. Every Saturday, I would stuff coupons into the paper and stuff the paper into plastic bags for delivery. Every Sunday, I would wake up early and deliver the ad-driven classifieds-and-coupons "greensheet".

Once a month, I would get paid. I didn't have a large route, so I didn't get paid much. I was six. The first business day after payday, I would cash the check and immediately start begging my parents to take me to a toy store so I could spend my hard-earned money. Every month for years, my paycheck was spent on the same thing.

I owned dozens of GI Joes. I worked and sweated and froze to earn that money. I didn't grow up rich or even well-off. If I wanted toys any time other than Christmas, I had to buy them. Once a month, my collection grew. I played with those "real American heroes" every day until puberty told me I was too old to enjoy them.

Now, Stephen Sommers is whoring my childhood memories to a UN-run world. Jerkface, GI Joe was never about politics. It was about good guys-American soldiers-fighting bad guys and winning. The sides were always clear, and the motives were always obvious. This movie should not be about who is President*. It's about heroes doing heroic things with comic-book panache.

You are destroying the memories of millions of former boys in an effort to cash in on those memories. You are destroying an semblance of credibility you may have had. You are destroying the entire dream of GI Joe to collect some fleeting, minuscule amount of goodwill from a notoriously fickle demographic. This is wrong.

Now you know.




H/T SayUncle.

Nation Undead


The Story:

The nation is crippled by the Respiren Flu epidemic.

Even though the first cases were reported in the Midwest, the origins of the disease are still unknown. With no cure in sight, the pharmaceutical giant Soteria Industries releases a treatment for the Respiren Flu called Toxicil. Both the development of the drug as well as the test result are as mysterious as the disease it treats. Due to the unprecedented threat posed by a national pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration has turned a blind eye to Soteria Industries' questionable behavior and established it as marketable in the name of public health.


Welcome to Nation Undead:
Together, the team at Nation Undead and filmmakers from around the country are working together to create the most ambitious horror story ever created. These are your stories, this is our goal. Be a part of history.

I recommend starting with this one.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Microsoft Tech Support

They do a decent job for their partners. Much better than Adobe.

Problem Description:

===================

v Unable to hit breakpoints in external JS files (always) or in code-behind VB (intermittent)

Resolution

=======

v Open key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

v If it doesn't exist, add new DWORD named TabProcGrowth

v Set TabProcGrowth value = 0

Related links:

v http://blogs.msdn.com/greggm/archive/2009/04/01/script-debugging-broken-in-vs-2005-after-installing-ie8.aspx

v http://blogs.msdn.com/greggm/archive/2009/04/01/script-debugging-broken-in-vs-2005-after-installing-ie8.aspx

v http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsdebug/thread/e2c795cd-b7a0-4fad-b7c9-b1ca40d7302e/

v http://forums.asp.net/t/1419081.aspx

v http://bugcheck/Bugs/DevDivBugs/176287.asp

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Poor Dan

Lost your job for being worthless at it, and felt an urge to sue. There's gotta be a Dr. Suess poem in there, somewhere.
NEW YORK - Lawyers for Dan Rather have filed a new lawsuit against two current and former CBS executives originally named in his $70 million breach of contract lawsuit against CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc.
Doesn't "fabricating the news from whole cloth" constitute "breach of contract" for a reporter?

A Basic Truth

This is true all around the world, all through history.
China's prostitutes are better-trusted than its politicians and scientists, according to an online survey published by Insight China magazine.
Hookers are at least honest about screwing you.

The logical extension....

...of nanny-state policies.

The Children’s Secretary set out £400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes.

They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Can anyone else hear the flushing sound?

Half

Some skewed survey shows 50% of the population supports socialized health care. Are they the 50% with no net tax burden? The 50% with no skin in the game?

Apparently, the younger generation supports socialism, while the older folks have seen the results in the real world.

How can the younger group be educated?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

To Catch a Man


Ladies, no one will be able to resist this.

Communized Healthcare, II

If Keith Ellison won't put his family on the horribly executed government healthcare plan, why should I?
When one man reads a prepared question asking Ellison whether he’d put forego his “Cadillac plan” as a Congressman and put his family on ObamaCare, Ellison plays emcee rather than answer it — and another constituent loudly demands his response.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Paul Kohls is running for governor

If he can stay in the race, he's got my vote, and not just because of this.

Chahassen Parade
Rep. Kohls Criticizes Government-run Health Care and Urges Action

August 3, 2009
Friends,
The Kohls for Governor campaign has had another great week! One of the issues I'm discussing as I meet with Minnesotans all over the state is the issue of health care.

Of course, the debate is currently being dominated by what is happening in Washington. As you know, the liberals in Congress are insisting on a major expansion of government-run health care. If Americans don't act quickly to persuade members of Congress that government-run health care is unacceptable, we could see massive growth in government and further intrusion by the government into our lives.healthcare
Given my grave concern over the direction the D.C. Democrats want to take our country, I felt it was important to weigh in on the discussion. Below is a copy of the press release I issued today opposing 'Obama Care' and encouraging Minnesotans to act during the Congressional recess.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 3, 2009

Rep. Paul Kohls Criticizes Congress' Attempt at Health Care Reform and Calls on Minnesotans to Act

In a statement released Monday, Minnesota State Representative Paul Kohls (R, Victoria) criticized the efforts of Congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration to pass their version of health care reform. Kohls called it, "nothing more than an effort to lead America toward a system of government-run health care that will undoubtedly lead to a rationing of health care."

Kohls, a Republican candidate for Governor, also expressed concern over the cost of the reforms being proposed by the Democrats in Washington. With some projecting its cost at $4 trillion in its first ten years, the proposed 'ObamaCare' program shows the administration's continued disregard for the expanding national debt that has ballooned in size since President Obama first took office six months ago.

Kohls commented that the failure of the Congress to pass the legislation prior to its August recess provides Minnesotans with an opportunity to act.

"Minnesotans do not want government-run health care, and I hope they will let our Congressional delegation know that Washington bureaucrats should not be making decisions about whether they'll get treated and what type of treatment they will receive, " said Kohls.

Emphasizing a more viable alternative to the Congressional Democrats' plan, Kohls stressed the relative success of health care strategies that give the consumer choice and control over their health care.

Kohls said, "We need to empower consumers, not build bigger bureaucracies. Unfortunately, in our current system costs are largely concealed from consumers, insurance options are too limited, and administration is cumbersome and costly. Reform efforts should expand upon some of the successes we have implemented here in Minnesota."

Kohls noted that Minnesota has consistently been a leader in providing innovative approaches to health care at a lower cost. According to Kohls, "Minnesotans can be proud of the fact that we have some of the best health care in the county. We should not stand by idly while the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders try to lead us down the path to government-run care."
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Please feel free to forward this along. Let's make sure that we are all doing that we can to stop the government takeover of our health care.
Warmest regards,
Paul Kohls

P.S. Thank you again to everyone who has contributed to my campaign. If you have not done so or are able to contribute again, please click here and you'll be redirected to my website where you can make a secure online contribution.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Deceit

Heather Martens is either illiterate, stupid, or a lying, power-hungry panic-monger.

She is also wrong, conceptually and factually. More later.

Stock tip:

Don't buy into JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, or Morgan Stanley. They hold the vast majority of the derivatives that did so much to tank the market. If unicornfart-based legislation doesn't fix the market(Tip #2: It can't.), these companies will have major problems. The kind of major problems that lead to total buyouts and liquidation.

H/T SurvivalBlog.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The future is now


That is nothing short of awesome. I wouldn’t get a 1st gen version, but once it is bug-tested and customizable, that would be great. Connect it to a smartphone and a bluetooth earpiece and leave Dick Tracy drooling with jealousy. That’d even make Leela cry, and she’s only got one eye.

Welcome to the future.

Friday, July 24, 2009

To all 9/11 Troofers:

My apologies. I have uncovered proof that jet fuel couldn't possible have taken down the towers. It was all Bush, working in his underwear between 3 and 4 am for 2 weeks before 9/11. Using the magic of the illuminati and herds of trained sheep(not "sheeple", actual wool-bearing farm-dates), he shrunk himself and his stooges(baah!) small enough to navigate inside the walls and lay the demolition materials without anyone noticing.

This had to be the case, because this guy couldn't melt his rabbit cage.

Seriously, is there a stick that can be used to beat 9/11 truther nonsense out of people?
Like a rolled-up engineering degree or something?

It's a basic truth of human nature that 13 people can keep a secret if 12 of them are dead.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Irritating vegetarians

Tree rats

Geez

All linky, no thinky. It's not even thinky linkies. Dangit.

I do have some bigger, better posts percolating.

Important Invention

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[phxl|paper] and DANCE
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[[SA]HatfulOfHollow] i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet