YET MORE archives!!!!!!!!!!
- Pop Up
So I'm doing some random surfing yesterday, and
hit a freeware-EZBoard. Any internet user worth his or her
salt knows that when you use the free version of an EZBoard message
board, you are inundated with pop up advertisements. Or,
pop-unders, to be more precise. It is annoying to see all of
those new browser sessions appear minimized on your taskbar, but no
more annoying than to see a commercial for a product promoting
"intimate feminine cleansing" during the new episode of
But I digress.
I finish reading the EZBoard, and begin closing
the 5 ads that popped under. My personal operating procedure
is to maximize all of them, and then close them. I make it a
game to try and close the ad window before I actually get a sense of
the identity of the product being sold. "Damn the Man," as it
I don't always succeed.
In one of the windows I closed, I managed to
read the first sentence before the computer could catch up to
me. It read, "The software you requested has been
installed." Knowing these marketing types to be tricky fellows
given to making ads look like windows error messages and such, I
discounted the advertisement as just so much subterfuge.
About five minutes later, this icon appears in
my system tray.
Though much smaller, of
I'm a system tray nihilist. I
prefer as little as possible to be in my system tray using
resources. This probably stems from my DOS days, when I was
doing my best to load software into 604k of conventional
memory. The rule back then was...."if you don't need it, don't
put it in memory." So, aghast, I uninstalled the program
before even doing any research as to what it was. I knew I
didn't install it, and therefore I didn't need it.
I made a little message board entry
about it, marveling at the gall of gator software to actually load a
program onto my system through a pop up ad.
Like a virus.
And that was pretty much the end of
it until this morning.
Fresh reboot while I'm grinding my
coffee beans. Immediately...IMMEDIATELY I see another icon
interloper in my system tray.
This time I fought the rising of my
gorge and took the time to see what it was, and who wrote it before
I started scraping it off my hard drive. It was an application
called "Offer Companion." Hmmmm....sounded dubious. I
little more digging uncovered it was written by "Gator
Software." What is "Offer
|OfferCompanion is a software program
that delivers Pop Up Banner windows that float over Web pages
as you view them. But these are not just everyday banner ads.
OfferCompanion Pop Up Banners deliver information that match
your interests based on the Web sites you visit. You'll often
see information and special offers from top merchants that
only OfferCompanion users can take advantage of. Best of all,
like any window, you control how the banners are displayed,
allowing you to design your own Web experience. We sponsor the
Pop Up Banner windows that you receive, not the underlying Web
sites that you visit when you receive
It helps you see more pop up
The line has been crossed.
As far as I'm concerned, my system
integrity has been illegally compromised. At no time did I
grant permission for software to be installed on my system, not once
but twice. At no time did I accept a licensing
agreement....which most people don't realize works in two
directions. There's only one other time when software gets
installed on your system without your knowledge, and that's with
worms and virii.
With that in mind, my email barrage
is beginning. I'll contact Norton
and I'll consider the FBI, depending on what their FAQ's determine
what constitutes hacking.
If it is possible to install an
executable file onto your hard drive and alter the system registry
with nothing more than a pop up ad, then we're all in a lot of
moved this thread from General to Feedback.
I've been thinking a lot about the "Big
Business runs America" theory lately.
Here's the direction
in which my new opinion is forming:
I'm going to call it
"Gordon's Theory of McDonald's Proliferation."
relies on the assumption that we want to do business everywhere,
with as many countries as possible. i.e., a McDonalds in every
In order to have a McDonalds on every street
corner, there needs to be stability. Daily riots and stone throwing
breaks windows, and that angers Ronald McDonald. So, the US
Government has to take steps to ensure stability.
people in other countries need to have money in order to buy tasty
McDonalds hamburgers. In order to do that, it helps to have a good
capitalistic economy going. So the US Government pressures people to
So, connecting the dots, America maintains a
worldwide presence in order to make the world safe for McDonalds.
People get all riled up because we want to build a McDonald's in
their capitol city. "Western influence! Western influence!" Boo hoo
Put another way, 5,000 people died recently in NYC
because the Taliban doesn't want people eating fast food.
is all original thought. The Insanity is mine
- American Heroes
It occurred to me to wonder who
was the most decorated soldier during World War II, and I
quickly learned with a little research that it was someone named
"Audie Murphy," and he went on to become a movie star after the
war. But then I went on to wonder about the less "glamorous"
war, Vietnam. Here's what some research uncovered
Joliet Herald-News, Joliet,
Illinois January 22,
Joe Hooper was the
most decorated soldier during the Vietnam
He walked as tall as Alvin York and
Audie Murphy. But they earned their combat records in World
Wars I and II. Joe earned his medals in that unpopular war.
That place called Vietnam.
At the age of 17 Joe enlisted in the
Navy. He liked the service life and planned a military career.
But when it was time to reenlist in 1961, he changed to the
Army. Joe ended up with the 101st Airborne Division and went
to Vietnam where he earned The Congressional Medal of
...Company D. was assualting a heavily
defended enemy position along a river bank when it encountered
a withering hail of fire from rockets, machine-guns and
automatic weapons. He rallied several men and stormed across
the river, over running several bunkers on the opposite
.....With utter disregard for his own
saftey, he moved out under the intense fire again and pulled
back the wounded, moving them to saftey...Joe was seriously
wounded, but refused medical aid and returned to his men. With
the relentless enemy fire disrupting the attack, he
single-handedly stormed three enemy bunkers, destroying them
with hand grenades and rifle fire, and shot two enemy soldiers
who had attacked and wounded the Chaplin....
Finding his men under heavy fire from a
house to the front, he proceeded alone to the building,
killing its occupants with rifle fire and grenades By now his
initial body wound had been compounded by grenade fragments,
yet, despite the multiple wounds and loss of blood, he
continued to lead his men against the intense enemy
He gathered several grenades and raced
down a small trench which ran the length of the bunker line,
tossing grenades into each bunker as he passed by, killing all
but two of the occupants... He then raced across an open
field, still under enemy fire, to rescue a wounded man who was
trapped in a trench. Upon reaching the man, he was faced by an
armed enemy soldier whom he killed with a pistol... He
neutralized the final pocket of enemy resistance by fatally
wounding three North Vietnamese officers...
Joe was wounded seven times that day.
But he wouldn't allow himself to be removed from the
battlefield until all his men were safe. He finally passed out
from loss of blood.
He regained consiousness in a field
hospital. But Joe was still worried about his men, young men
who depended upon the experience of the 29 year old
The next day he stole a rifle and
hitched a ride back to his outfit. Technially, he was AWOL.
But by the time the Army found him two days later, Joe had
been wounded again.
President Richard Nixon pinned the
Medal of Honor on Joe, who had been comissioned a 2nd Lt. He
went on a speaking tour across the nation.
Then he asked to go back to
After two combat tours in the war, Joe
had received 37 medals. They included two Silver Stars(one of
them had started out as another recommendation for a second
Medal of Honor), six Bronze Stars and eight Purple
Joe returned to duty at Fort Polk, La.
where he was training recruits. But he didn't fit in well with
stateside duty and he resigned his comission in
Joe was disillusioned by the Army and
its lack of discipline. He believed that discipline and
training were what paid off in combat.
Joe's wife said he cried that day as he
watched the news films showing the last of the American forces
being pulled out of Vietnam. He told her all those lives and
all those broken bodies had been wasted. He said we had
Joe made many speeches about his combat
experiences. He told a reporter he could smell the
If someone asked, he would tell them
about the day he won The Medal of Honor, "I had no choice that
day, " Joe would say, "I did what I had to do."
That was Joe Hooper's philosophy in
life. You do what you have to do at the time and face
tomnorrow when it arrives.
Joe was in Louisville,
Kentucky for the running of the Kentucky Derby, when he died
on May 5,1979. He was found in a hotel room. He was 40 years
old. He died a quiet death from a cerebral hemorrage while
- American Heroes
Borrowed from here. Two
time Medal of Honor winner, Marine Corps Major General
| by Joseph K.
Who was Smedley Butler? Sounds like an
English Professor. Hardly! He was a career United States
Marine Officer, who earned two Congressional Medals of Honor.
But he was also a bit of a maverick and an enigma who made
enemies in high places. I'll put forward what facts I know and
let you be the judge.
He was born in Pennsylvania on July
30th,1881,and was raised a Quaker. Though small in stature,
Butler was a leader of kids his age in school. He did'nt show
any leanimg toward a military career until the Spanish
American War broke out with the sinking of the U.S.
battleship Maine in Havana Harbor on Feb.16th,1898.
Butler tried to enlist in the army
immediatly but was turned down because he was only 16. He then
had his father (a US Congressman) get him an appointment as a
Navy Apprentice. He went to Washington DC, took a competitive
exam for prospective officers, and aced it. He also lied about
his age (he said 18) and was then commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Soon afterwards this short,
skinny, stoop shouldered teenager found himself being shipped
to Cuba after the barest of training.
Butler's career was started, and what a
career it was. Here was a most un-military looking man that
would become a brilliant officer, serve our Country all over
the world, and rise to the hghest rank available at the time.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The war ended before he saw any combat
and Butler was shipped back to the States. It wasn't long
though before he tasted combat. He was sent to the Philippines
as a lst Lieutenant. He saw some skirmishes and then was sent
to China in June of 1900 to relieve the Foriegn Legations in
Peking that were under seige by a group of Chinese
Nationalists called the "Boxers." They were called this
because of their raised fist salute. This group wanted to rid
China of all foriegn influences.
Smedley landed with a force of Marines
at Taku, China and was in a battle right away. They were
ambushed and had to pull back. When he realized a wounded man
was left behind, Butler and five others fought their way back
to the man and carried him out of harms way. Then they carried
this man 18 miles through hostile territory to a hospital. The
four enlisted men in this group got the Medal of Honor.
Smedley and the other officer got breveted to Captain
(Officers were not eligible for the MOH in those days)
After this, he was leading a Company of
Marines in an attack on the walled city of Tientsin, and again
carried a wounded man to safety. He himself had been shot in
the leg doing this. He refused aid until other wounded men
were taken care of, and even then only submitted to a bandage
and rejoined his men in the attack. Despite his leg wound, a
fever, and an absessed tooth, Smedley exposed himself to enemy
fire and dragged a Brirish soldier back to safety. He was even
sruck by a bullet that glanced off one of his tunic buttons.
The British army wanted to give him a medal, but he had to
refuse it, due to regulations forbidding a U.S solldier from
getting medals from a foreign service.
In his weakened condition, Buter was
shipped back to the States with Typhoid Fever in 1900. Here he
was, a Marine captain, a bona fide hero of a tough military
campaign and he was yet to see his 20th birthday.
18 months later he was shipped to the
Island of Culebra, off Puerto Rico. It was here he was to have
his first brush with the higher ups. His men were ordered to
fortify the 400 foot hills on this island. In the heat it was
back-breaking work. Any water and supplies had to be shipped
in. They were then ordered to dig a canal from the ocean to
the lagoon in the middle of the island. This work in the
horrible heat started to affect the men, and they started
dropping with exhaustion and fever.
Concerned for his men, Smedley wrote to
the Navy, but received no help. When his father found out
about the conditions he used his influence in Washington to
rectify the conditions and the Navy was reprimanded.
Smedley never forgeve the Navy Brass
for the way they treated his Marines. In 1903 Smedley was sent
to Hondoras with the Marines to protect American interests
from rebels. After this he was put in garrison in the Staes
and got married in 1905 (Bay Head, NJ) This same year he was
sent again to the Phillipines and again had a run-in with the
Working on gun emplacements in the
hills surrounding Subic Bay, the men found themselves out of
supplies. Every day they saw a supply boat pass within hailing
distance and they tried to contact it The boat never
acknowledged them. Finally, Smedley took a native boat and
some Marines and headed for the supply camp. It was a
harrowing trip through a violent storm, but they made it after
5 hours. They then commandeered a tug, filled it with supplies
and went back to their base enduring another storm. The navy
was furious and sent Butler home wth a "nervous beakdown", and
gave him 9 months to recuperate.
In September,1908, he was tested and
adjudged all right to re-enter the Corps. A month later he was
promoted to Major. In December, 1909 he was sent to Panama as
Commander of the 3rd.Marine Battalion as protection for the
men building the canal. He was also sent at various times from
Panama to Nicarauga, in 1909, 1910, and 1912 to protect
American interests against bandits and revolutionaries.
When the canal was fnished Butler was
sent to Mexico. There was a lot of anti Americanism going on
there and American interests and citizens were in danger. He
first went to Mexico City dressed in civvies to look over the
situation. He later landed with the Marines at Vera Cruz and
won the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire. He brushed off
any praise of himself, considering it was his job to do it,and
refused the medal. He refused to accept it until a few years
later when he was ordered to accept it, and he did. His was
the attitude that he only did what any Marine would have done
in his place.
Left to right - Capt F.H. Delano,
SgtMaj John H. Quick, LtCol W.C. Neville, Col J.A. Lejeune,
and Maj S.D. Butler (MCU Archives)
Next came Haiti for him.
Both Germany and France were threatening to send troops to
Haiti for unpaid debts. To counter any foriegn intervention in
the area, President Wilson sent in the Marines in 1915. It was
here that Butler won his second Medal of Honor. With only 100
men, Butler led an attack on a rebel stronghold called Fort
Riviere. It as reputed to be impregnable, but Butler had it
destroyed in one afternoon. He was the 3rd.person to enter the
fortress, and with these two other Marines held off the rebels
in violent hand to hand combat until help
Capture of Fort Riviere, Haiti,
1915, by D. J. Neary; illustrations of Maj Smedley Butler, Sgt
Iams, and Pvt Gross (USMC art collection)
Interestingly enough, Butler was a
fairly strong advocate of "Damning the man." In the Heroes
thread, I linked an interesting article about his post-military
I followed in his footsteps when I was part
of the 2nd Haiti Invasion in 1994.
4:42 pm CST - GORDON - Little Rock Airport to
Being the true and faithful friend I am, I
scheduled a trip to and from Ohio for this weekend, in spite of that
Arab cocksucker's terrorist war on America. Best airline rate
I could get was out of Little Rock, so that's what I did. I
left work early on Friday for the two hour drive from Memphis to
catch my 7:30 pm flight. Changing planes in St. Louis had me
arriving in Detroit a little after midnight where I had arranged for
a car to meet me.
My plane arrives a little late into Little
Rock, but we still pulled out of the gate on time. Pulled out
about 15 feet where we stopped. I made small talk with the
lumber industry consultant in the seat next to me while we waited
About 30 minutes later, the absolute longest
we could have been delayed and still made my connection, the Cap'n
gets on the mic and tells us that there's a security issue, we're
pulling back up to the gate, and we'll all have to disembark and
After another 30 minutes at the gate, we're
told we all have to go through security again.
Since I had only been planning on being in
Ohio for 36 hours, and as I'd just missed the last connection out of
St. Louis, and there was no guarantee I'd get out of STL first thing
in the morning, I made the decision to abort the
At the gate I tell the attendant that as I
was going to miss the wedding anyway, so I'd just cancel the
trip. I was told NO. No refund, no voucher until they
determined the flight was definitely cancelled, and I had definitely
missed my connection (which had left STL 15 minutes prior. I
wasn't going anywhere but into the long line at the metal
detectors. Ok................ So we're all in line at
the metal detectors....which were shut down and gated and
closed. And no airport employees in sight. It was about
20 minutes later an announcement was made over the airport
intercom: "All passengers and airport employees must leave the
airport immediately." This was repeated a few times.
Shops started shutting gates and turning off lights. Things
got pretty quiet.
And we in line were told by security to stay
I made the whole line laugh when I told the
unhelpful security guy that "this airport is getting a scathing
review on my web page."
I made a few cell phone calls to people who
expected to see me up north, and after a bit people started filing
back in. It was about this time that I ordered some poor TWA
girl to get out of my way because I'm going home. And that I
It was now about 11pm, and I took a look at
the nearby hotel suites, and their open bar, and decided to just
stay in Arkan-fucking-sas overnight. It is now officially my
least favorite state. It's only redeeming quality is that even
though you have to argue awhile, they eventually let you
should have sold Arkansas to Texas while they were briefly their own
- American Heroes
Two-time Medal of Honor winner,
Marine Corps SgtMaj Dan Daly.
Born on Nov. 11, 1873 at Glen Cove, Long Island NY. He enlisted
in the Marine Corps on Jan 10, 1899 at the age of 25. His professed
reason for enlisting was to participate in the Spanish American War,
however soon after completing boot camp, he was transferred to the
On the evening of Aug. 14, 1900 then Private Daly and Capt. N.H.
Hall occupied a barricade in the city of Peking China during the
Boxer Rebellion. Set between the Ch'ien Men and Hata Men gate, it
was a solid defensive position.
As night fell, the Capt. returned to get reinforcements, and Daly
volunteered to stay at the barricade. His position was assaulted by
the Chinese all through the night, but the Marine held through
attack after attack.
On December 11, 1901 Daly was awarded the Navy issue Medal of
Honor. The citation for his first of two awards of the Navy
Medal of Honor reads; "In the presence of the enemy during the
battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself
by meritorious conduct."
Daly's next action saw him at Vera Cruze during the Mexican
American War in 1914. This was followed smartly by action in Haiti
during the first occupation of that Caribbean country. By now
a Gunnery Sergeant, Daly was part of a patrol which was pushing the
bandit Cacos into an old French fort in an attempt to consolidate
and destroy the remaining rebels.
His patrol of 35 Marines was ambushed by an approximate 400
Cacos. While fording a river, the rebels opened fire. All the
Marines made it to the bank safely, however, the horse carrying the
machine gun was killed and abandoned in mid river, along with many
others. During the night, the embattled Marines were again attacked
and the patrol leader called for the machine gun. Daly immediately
volunteered to return to the river and retrieve the weapon.
Making his way back to the river through enemy patrols, he found
the dead horse, cut the gun from it, and strapping it to his back
returned to the Marine Position. This action earned him his second
Navy issue of the Medal of Honor. A place in Marine Corps history
shared by only one other Marine, Smedley D. Butler. Both men earning
these second awards during the same action.
Daly's citation reads; "Serving with the Fifteenth Company of
Marines on 22 October 1915, Gunnery Sergeant Daly was one of the
company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six day reconnaissance.
After dark on the evening of 24 October, while crossing the river in
a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three
sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from
the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good
position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected
to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, the Marines in
three squads, advanced in three directions, surprising and
scattering the Cacos in all directions. Gunnery Sergeant Daly fought
with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this
By now, at age 44 Daly was looking to the clouds of war in France
and soon he shipped "over the pond" as First Sergeant of the 73rd
Machine Gun Company. His many actions during this conflict were to
net him his, as he said, "hat full of medals." One of which was
wiping out German machine gun nests alone with grenades and a .45
Colt pistol and another time capturing 13 enemy soldiers.
At Lucy li Boucage, on the outskirts of Belleau Wood France, Daly
made a comment which still thunders with the Marine spirit today.
Outnumbered, outgunned and pinned in a poor position, the Marines
were soon to be chopped to pieces by the German Machine gunners.
Daly ordered an attack, leaping forward and yelling to his men. He
is purported to have said, "Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want
to live forever?" Later Daly told a Marine Historian, "What I really
yelled was: For Christ's sake, men-COME ON! Do you want to live
Regardless of what was said, he and his small group of Marines
surged out of the position and captured the town of Lucy li Bocage.
Daly remained single his entire life and retired from the Corps
February 6, 1929 as a Sergeant Major. At age 65 on April 28, 1937
Daly died at Glenade L.I, New York.
I'm out of here for the weekend;
flying to and from Ohio for a friend's wedding. Keep the home
fires burning. If I'm not back in 3 days...call the
- American Heroes
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, and the Black Sheep
Boyington was born in Coeur D'Alene Idaho and in his early school
years became recognized for his aggressiveness and skill in sports.
He became intercollegiate wrestling champion while attending college
in Washington. His interest in flying and competitive spirit caused
him to join the Marine Corps where he became a flight instructor.
His desire to fly combat and need to pay off some old debts led him
to volunteer for the "Flying Tigers" AVG group in China where the
pilots were promised $675 a month plus $500 for every enemy plane
they downed. Fighting bugs, scorpions, injuries, P-40 engine
problems, bad weather and general Chenault's incompetent staff as
well as the Japanese, Boyington knocked down 6 enemy planes becoming
Prefering the Marine Corp's brand of bureaucracy
to that of the Army's, Boyington went back to the states awaiting
reinstatement into the USMC. He spent over 3 months working as a
parking-lot attendant in Seattle until he sent a "smoking" telegram
directly to the Assistant Sec. of the Navy demanding to know why he
had not been reinstated. In 3 days he was back in the Corps and
headed for his first assignment. He spent much of 1943 jumping from
one job to another until he met Group Commander Col. Sanderson who
was a long time pilot himself. Sanderson listened to Boyington's
idea about forming a temporary squadron using unassigned pilots and
some spare F4U corsairs.
Borrowing the designaton VMF-214 and a variety
of flyers from the pilots "pool", Boyington the oldest combat pilot
in the marines, assembled the famed BlackSheep Squadron in just
three weeks. On his first combat mission as a BlackSheep "Pappy"
shot down 5 zeros. The BlackSheep under Boyington's guidance went on
to score 97 confirmed aerial kills-*95 of these were against enemy
fighters*- in just under 4 months.
The constant stress of the tropical climate and
combat took its tole however, and suffering from exhaustion and skin
disease Boyington flew his last combat mission on 3 January 1944. He
and his wingman George Ashmun got separated from their flight by
clouds when attacking 10 zeros. After shooting 3 down, the Marine
pilots were attacked by 20 more zeros from above. Boyington managed
to down another zero trying to defend his wingman but Ashmun crashed
and "Pappy" bailed out of his burning F4U with just inches to spare.
He had made 28 kills in the air. Boyington was taken prisoner and
was sent to a Japanese POW camp in Japan. Even after enduring near
starvation, beatings and dysentary at the hands of his captors he
gave the Japanese credit for keeping him sober for 20 months.
For some reason the Japanese didn't want his location known, and
therefor never reported him as POW. The Marines listed him as
A few days after the cease fire in 1945 some of
his POW mates painted "PAPPY BOYINGTON HERE!" on top of the little
tin shack that they were living in. Boyington was rediscovered and
in a few days on his way back to the states. Life in the states was
not always easy for him as the press frequently criticized him for
his excess drinking-but then press writers never had to fly 7 tons
of metal, fuel and explosives at 400 mph with people shooting real
bullets at them and then have to write letters to the families of
the pilots who would not return home by the dim light of a kerosene
latern. When asked how he accomplished putting together such a good
fighting squadron in a short time he commented that he was just a
good coach. "My BlackSheep taught me that you get along fine with
the American boy if you lead him and show him and do not try to
order him or drive him". Something that corporate CEO's and
bureaucrats should take to heart. When asked how he felt about being
a hero he said " Just name a hero and I'll prove he's a
- From the
Received the following in
On the left is Katie Harmon, Miss
America, wearing the swimsuit she chose for the competition.
the right is a typical Afghan girl, wearing the heavy smothering
burqua required by the Taliban regime.
Miss America is a
junior at Portland State University, hoping to eventually get a
Master's degree in Bioethics.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from
receiving any education at all, and cannot read or write.
Miss America has worked as a lab assistant at both the
Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Puget Sound.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from working.
America's father is an engineer. Her mother is a teacher.
Afghanistan's father was shot by a gang of Taliban militants. Her
mother begs for bread scraps since she cannot work or remarry.
Miss America wowed the judges by singing a Puccini aria, "O
Mio Babbino Caro".
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from singing or
even listening to music of any kind.
Miss America will be
traveling the nation nonstop during her reign.
cannot leave her house without a male family member, cannot drive,
and cannot be out after dark.
Miss America is an advocate
for breast cancer research.
Miss Afghanistan cannot be treated
by a male doctor, and for all practical purposes has no access to
medical treatment of any kind.
Miss America can date, marry,
or divorce anyone she chooses.
Miss Afghanistan will be stoned
to death if caught in the company of a male outside of her family.
She is likely to be sold into an arranged marriage to a man who
already has two wives.
Miss America wears sunscreen on the
beach to keep from burning.
Miss Afghanistan cannot live in a
house with windows unless they are painted black. Since she must
wear a burqua outside, her pale translucent skin has not seen a ray
of sunlight in years.
Miss America could have been
disqualified if her swimsuit did not meet pageant standards.
Miss Afghanistan can be flogged if the holes in the mesh
covering her face are too large.
Miss America will decide
how many children, if any, she wants to have.
will be pregnant 3-4 times more often than Miss America.
Unfortunately, her babies are 25 times more likely to die in the
first year. One out of four will not see their 5th birthday.
Miss America is majoring in speech communications at PSU.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from speaking in public.
Miss America is 21. Since the U.S. life expectancy for women
is 80, she's still a very young woman.
Miss Afghanistan is also
21. But since the life expectancy for an Afghan woman is 43, next
year she will be "over-the-hill". (Besides having a shockingly short
life expectancy overall, Afghanistan is one of the only countries in
the world in which women have a shorter life expectancy than men.)
Miss America is a beautiful, intelligent woman and everyone
Miss Afghanistan could be a beautiful, intelligent
woman... but nobody will ever know it.
know I pick on women a lot, but it's mostly in jest. These
crazed wackos are so far past insane that it will take the light
from "insane" a million years to reach them.
- American Heroes
I started a thread the other day
dedicated to Sgt. Alvin C. York, because October 8 was the
Anniversary of his killing of 25 and capture of over 100 Germans in
World War I. It later occurred to me that a "Heroes" series
would be a good thing for the front page. I know that I, at
least, take comfort from the example of these brave Americans in a
time of cruel adversity.
Feel free to add your own submissions to the
message board. Good ones will make the front
page. One need not be famous to be a hero; just
So, I'll begin the series with probably the most
famous U.S. Marine of all time, Chesty Puller.
Another fresh-faced kid
entered the Virginia Military Institute in 1917. In August 1918, he
dropped out and enlisted in the Marine Corps, hoping to join the
fighting in Europe during the World War. He never saw combat.
Instead he was appointed a Marine Reserve lieutenant, only to be
placed on the inactive list 10 days later due to post-war drawdowns.
Determined to be a Marine, he rejoined the Corps as an enlisted man,
hoping this time to take part in the fighting in Haiti.
June 26, 1898, in West Point, Va., the young man grew up hunting and
listening to tales of the Civil War told by his relatives. He also
had a heavy appetite for reading, pouring through count-less books
of military tales and history.
Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
would go on to earn five Navy Crosses, the nation’s second highest
award for valor, and spend 37 years in the Corps, retiring at the
rank of lieutenant general.
service in Haiti allowed him to cut his "battle teeth," leading
patrols and engaging the Caco rebels in more than 40 engagements. He
witnessed Haitian discipline during drill and patrols, observations
which no doubt influenced his own distinct style of leadership.
After Haiti, Puller was again commissioned a second
lieutenant. In 1930, he and his Marines found new action patrolling
the jungles of Nicaragua with Guardia Nacional troops against rebels
led by Augusto Cesar Sandino. His actions there earned him his first
Puller’s growing reputation gained him a seat at
the Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga. During one of his
classes, which was peppered with future notable Army and Marine
Corps generals, Puller engaged in a heated discussion on volumes of
fire with the instructor. One of his most famous quotes came from
that discussion, culminating with Puller yelling, "You can’t hurt
‘em if you can’t hit ‘em."
In July of 1932, Puller returned
to Nicaragua, where the newspapers heralded his arrival with the
headline: "Marines Bring Back the Tiger of Segovia to Fight
Sandino." Sandino welcomed the news by putting a bounty of 5,000
pesos on Puller’s head. Puller earned his second Navy Cross during
this tour in Nicaragua and was known thereafter as the "Tiger of the
To say that "Chesty" was already a Marine Corps
legend might be too strong. Certainly, he was very well known. A San
Francisco newspaper dated Feb. 11, 1933, was headlined Most
Decorated Marine Will Go to Shanghai."
In early 1933, Puller
joined the China Marines at the American Legation in Peiping. He
served mainly as the commander of the "Horse Marines," a unit of 50
men who rode magnificent Manchurian ponies on patrol and parade
duties. While there, he had the opportunity to observe the Japanese
infantry in training and to learn the sport of polo.
several more tours, including sea duty, he was reassigned to China
as commander of the 4th Marine Regiment until August 1942.
Returning to battle in October 1942,
Puller, now a lieutenant colonel, commanded 1st Battalion, 7th
Marines during the battle for Guadalcanal. Nearly 1,400 Japanese
were killed and 17 truckloads of equipment taken while Puller’s
battalion defended a mile-long front against an estimated 3,000
attackers. Puller was awarded his third Navy Cross.
the fighting, Puller could often be seen at the front leading his
Marines. He often disregarded enemy fire while others chose to duck
and cover. At one point, a grenade landed within eight feet of
Puller. While others hit the ground, Puller is alleged to have said,
"Oh, that. It’s a dud."
Shortly after the battle for the
‘Canal,’ Puller became the executive officer of the 7th Marine
Regiment. In January 1944, on the island of New Britian, he took
command of two battalions whose commanding officers had been taken
out of the fight, reorganized them while under heavy machine-gun and
mortar fire, and led the Marines in an attack against the enemy’s
heavily fortified position. These actions earned Puller a fourth
As commander of the 1st Marine Regiment, he led
his Marines in one of the bloodiest battles of the war on Peleliu
during September and October 1944. King Ross remembers Puller
"I was a radio operator on Peleliu with the 3rd
Battalion. During the battle, we’d captured a Japanese machine gun.
He walked up to us and asked ‘What the hell is that?’ We told him,
and he asked us if we could get him one," recalled the 71-year-old
Ross. "Two days later we got him his machine gun.
all heard that he had issued an order that all officers would eat
after the enlisted. We got the idea that he never forgot that he was
a sergeant. That’s why we all would have gone to hell with him if
he’d asked us," said Ross, "and we just about did!"
battle for Peleliu, Puller’s regiment sustained a 56 percent
casualty rate while going up against the toughest section of the
island, a series of hills, caves, and jungle known as "Bloody Nose."
Puller’s battered and bloodied 1st Marines had to be removed from
the fight and replaced by the 7th Marines.
In his speech
notes from 1978, retired Brig. Gen. Edwin Simmons, director
emeritus, Marine Corps Historical Division, described seeing
‘Chesty’ for the first time when Puller came to talk to officers
candidates at Quantico, Va., in 1942.
"This was the man we
were going to hear speak ... not very tall, he stood with a kind of
stiffness with his chest thrown out, hence his nickname ‘Chesty.’
His face was yellow-brown from the sun and atabrine, the
anti-malaria drug that was used then. His face looked, as someone
has said, as though it were carved out of teakwood. There was a
lantern jaw, a mouth like the proverbial steel trap, and small,
piercing eyes that drilled right through you and never seemed to
Puller was then 44 years old. The four-time Navy
Cross recipient would not see combat again during World War II;
instead, he was assigned back to the United States in November 1944.
He was sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in August 1950 to
take command of his old unit, the 1st Marines, which was gearing up
Puller landed with the 1st
Marines at Inchon, Korea, in September 1950. Aboard his landing
craft was Lt. Carl L. Sitter, who would earn the Medal of Honor, the
nation’s highest award for valor, for his actions during Nov. 29-30,
1950, at Hagaruri.
"I was on his landing craft that day. I’d
been given responsibility for the headquarters section and later
acted as liaison with the 5th Marine Regiment. Sometime after we
were at Tent Camp 2, I had to go to his tent to talk to him. When I
went inside, it was dark, and it took my eyes awhile to adjust. When
they did, I noticed him sitting on the ground snapping in with his
pistol; he was pointing it right at me.
"He was ramrod
straight with a stubby pipe in his mouth all the time. He was
approachable. He’d often say ‘Hello son, how are you doing?’ when he
came across a Marine."
While "attacking in a different
direction" at the Frozen Chosin Reservoir Dec. 5-10, 1950, Puller
earned his fifth and final Navy Cross. Ten Chinese Divisions had
been sent to annihilate them, but the Marines smashed seven of the
divisions during their retrograde to the sea. Facing attack from all
sides, including two massive enemy attacks on the rear guard,
Puller’s direct leadership ensured all casualties were evacuated,
all salvageable equipment was brought out, and ensured there was
enough time for the column to reach its destination.
addition to the Navy Cross for his actions during the breakout, he
was awarded the Army’s equivalent — the Distinguished Service Cross.
In January 1951, Puller was promoted to brigadier general and
appointed as assistant commander of the 1st Marine Division.
Promoted to major general in September 1953, Puller assumed
command of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in July 1954. It
was here he suffered what was originally described as a mild stroke.
After many examinations, Puller was declared fit for duty by his
military doctors aboard the base.
But Puller’s state of
health remained a controversial subject and led to his forced
retirement. Thwarting tradition, he had a sergeant major who had
worked for him in more glorious days, pin on his third star before
he retired Nov. 1, 1955.
His 14 personal decorations,
excluding those from foreign governments, certainly are part of
Puller’s enduring lore, but perhaps the stories of his leadership,
courage, honor, and fighting ability are his most important legacy.
They serve as reminders and inspiration to generations of Marines
that leading by example is the most important trait we can possess.
Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller died Oct. 11, 1971, at the age of
On a completely unrelated note,
why does the US Post Office actually have instructions
for packing a hippo on their website? Funny, but
Terrorists promise us they'll attack us in our
"softest parts." They research crop duster technology for, we
surmise, the deployment of biological or chemical weapons.
Then, in Florida, there are two cases of Anthrax within a week,
something that's happened fewer than 20 times in the last 100
years. The official word is that it is coincidence.
Coincidence it may be, but come on. Let's
keep our heads out of the sand. If someone promises you on
national TV during primetime that they're going to shoot you in the
head....and then you're found with a bullet in your brain, do you
call it coincidence?
Fact 1:Osama bin Shithead made a
home video with really bad sound. It is a fact that it wasn't
made after our air strikes started because it is daylight in the
video. It is theorized it was made on the day of, or possibly
even right before, the WTC destruction.
Fact 2: The Taliban has claimed from day 1
that OBL didn't organize the attacks. They claimed they have
him on a short leash. They claim he doesn't have the
Fact 1 + Fact 2 = As the Taliban had that video
since the attacks, their claims of OBL's innocence have been beard
faced lies. They had a videotaped confession the whole
time. They are lying worms.
Gordo's message to global
Here is Afghanistan struck by God
Almighty in many of its vital organs, so that its air
defense facilities are destroyed. Grace and gratitude to God.
Afghanistan has been filled with horror from north to south
and east to west, and thanks be to God that
what they are tasting now is only a fraction of
we have tasted.
has blessed a group of vanguard Americans and Englishmen, the
forefront of civilization, to destroy the monsters. May God
bless them and allot them a supreme place in heaven, for He is
the only one capable and entitled to do so. When those have
stood in defense of their weak children, their brothers and
sisters in all civilized nations, the whole world went into an
uproar, the infidels followed by the hypocrites.
A thousand innocent civilians are dying
at this time as we speak, killed globally without any guilt.
We hear worldwide outrage, we hear edict from
the noble rulers. In these days, Israeli tanks defend
against car bombers, in Ramallah, Rafah and Beit Jala and many
other parts of the land of Islam, and we do not hear anyone
raising his voice or reacting. They know the evils of cowardly
terrorists as well as any western leader. And when
the worms fell upon America, civilization raised its
head up high bemoaning those killers who toyed with the blood,
honor and sanctities of of the innocent.
terrorists have been telling the world falsehoods that they
are fighting American terrorism. In a nation at the far end of
the world, Japan, hundreds of thousands, young and old, were
killed and (they say) this is not a world crime. To them it is
not a clear issue. A million children (were killed) in Iraq,
to them this is not a clear issue. Because they were
fighting a declared war against a known enemy. Bin
Laden's group lack the courage to not only stand and face like
men those they would fight against, but also to even
admit when they've acted against soft
But when a few more than ten were
killed in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Afghanistan and Iraq
military targets were bombed . Attacking civilians
will never be considered acceptable by any
tell them that these events have divided the world into two
camps, the camp of the sane and the camp of terrorist
worms. May God shield us and you from them.
Every human being must rise to defend
his freedom. The wind of faith is blowing and the wind of
change is blowing to remove evil from the globe.
As to global terrorism, I say to it and
its people a few words: I swear to God that you will not
live in peace, ever.
Crisis of the Soul.
What is my problem.
On the one hand, these peace
protestors make me want to vomit in my collard greens. They
seem to be anti-American to the point of being
On the other hand, I realize that
the "right to protest" is one of the biggies that makes America
But on the left foot, it's my
right to disapprove of their protests.
Now, on the right foot, I realize
that not all Muslims in the USA are my enemy. (racial profiling =
But on the left kidney, I realize
all my enemies lately have been Muslims. (racial profiling =
On a fairly unrelated right kidney, I think the
airlines might need a little help to stay in business.
But the Adam Smith in my left cerebellum says
that if they can't ride out the storm, then they're not seaworthy
enough to stay afloat.
My right lobe says that another of America's
strengths is our racial diversity, and our acceptance of your tired,
poor, and unwashed.
But now my left femur is telling me that maybe
we've had enough "open borders" for awhile, and it's time to get the
house in order before hosting more guests.
My right femur is strangely quiet, but appears
to be deep in thought. No word at all from neither the
endocrine nor circulatory systems. Nervous system has been
missing for years.
When does it become morally acceptable
for a "prudent" person to override being a "good" person?
How much can you change your actions without changing your basic
are the times trying my soul.
- I hate feeling
compelled to do crap like this.
The RIAA is at it again, sicking lawyers on
their perceived "21st Century Piratical Bazaar" of file sharing
programs. Right or wrong....and I lean heavily toward "wrong,"
I'm getting sick and tired of seeing companies with deep pockets sue
innovative startups out of existence, while coincidently offering
services at the same time into the same niche.
We at DTMan strongly disagree with the legal
bullying tactics that are the method du jour for gaining market
share in the Recording Industry. It must be brought to the
RIAA's attention that we as consumers will not stand for such
practices. That we as consumers feel we have a right to access
and use software in a legal manner, even though the same software
could be used illegally. That we as consumers have a right to
play a new CD on a personal computer if we want to. That we as
consumers have a right to convert songs from a CD we've purchased
and convert the files into a compressed and easily portable
To that end, I'm starting a grass roots campaign
to accomplish what price fixing and collusion convictions
against the RIAA have not. I submit that starting Monday,
October 15 through Sunday the 21st, you purchase no CD's, cassettes,
or records not from independent labels. If the album
was produced by a RIAA affiliate, boycott it. As
consumers we vote with our dollars. A week of drastically
lowered sales may or may not make a difference in their
perception of the market. But at least you'll be able to say
you helped take a poke at a lawsuit-happy organization.
Right before I started advertising this
movement, I emailed the following message to every RIAA email
address I could find. I recommend you contact them here.
To whom it may concern.
I am a webmaster of a little known
website called dtman.com. Over the past two years my
readers and I have followed lawsuit after lawsuit of your
litigation against software designers, and we watched time and
again as your organization was convicted of using unfair
business practices, collusion, and price fixing.
It is because I am sick and tired of
your calling me and many others "pirates at a 21st century
bazarre" for using these applications legally (meaning I own
the CD for every mp3 I acquire) that I am starting a grass
roots campaign to get your attention at the only place to
which you pay attention: your bottom line.
I am advocating a boycott of all RIAA
products for one week starting on October 15th.
Participation in this boycott will be entirely
voluntary. And though my personal website only gets
about 200 unique hits a day, my email list is very long.
I hope a copy manages to find it's way into your email inbox
in the next week or so.
Suck it up and don't buy any CD's for a
week. Remember....protest is very American. The Founding
Fathers would be proud of you.
and paste the above and email it to your address book.
Spread the word.
Russian airliner explodes after leaving
Uh oh. Bad guys just
spraying the target, pissing everyone off. Good
The American stock market had a good day,
yesterday. I'm doing my part for the economy by taking a
somewhat extraneous round trip flight in a couple weekends.
Interesting factoid: I live in Memphis but am flying out of
Little Rock, because of extremely cheap fares to be found
there. A flight out of Memphis on Northwest....where they have
a hub....would have costed in the thousands. If the airlines
are in such trouble and are requiring a bailout, where does
Northwest get off charging such outrageous fairs while other
airlines are slashing rates to get passengers? I have to
assume people are paying. Saying anything else about
Northwest's near monopoly in Memphis is merely speculation, and
you all know I never do that.
I was actually mentioned (slammed) on another forum because of my views that
college kids are, in general, idiots. Specifically,
he..."Daydreamer"...was responding to my comments of October
2. Why he chose to address my comments there instead of here
is beyond my ken.
So, let me make myself clear.
I think college students are, in general,
idiots. I get to base this opinion on something called
"wisdom" and "life experience." When I was in college I
thought I knew it all. Several years later, I can look back
and say "what an idiot I was." Ten years from now I might do
the exact same thing about the person I am today....hell, I hope I
can. It will mean I haven't stopped learning yet.
Another reason they're idiots is....because
they're young and stupid. They're called "students" for a
reason....because they're still being schooled. If they "knew
it all" they would be out there changing the world instead of just
bitching about it in "protests" in between their "Composition 101"
and "Madonna's Effect on Popular Culture" classes.
And yet another source of their stupidity
is....they're just children. And children should be seen and
not heard. Why? Because they have nothing worthwhile to
say. HUSH! The grownups are talking,
Who thinks the voting age should be bumped to
21, and driving to 18?
Well, that's about all I have for
now. I'm spent.
a general catch-all thread for everything I've mentioned
This was allegedly written by Tom
a friend of mine formerly of the Royal Navy who first pointed
out that the casualty count on this incident exceeds that of
Pearl Harbour. |
Yes, my country has taken a big and
costly hit, and somewhere, perhaps in South Asia, some people
are exchanging high-fives and having themselves a good laugh.
And maybe they're entitled to it. Like Pearl Harbour, it was a
well planned and well executed black operation. But, you know,
they've made the same mistake that Japan made back in 1941.
It's remarkable to me that America is so hard for some
people to understand. We are the most open of books, after
all. Our values and customs are portrayed on TV and movie
screens all over the world. Is the character of my country so
hard to grasp?
Japan figured that they could defeat us
not physically, but morally, that America was not tough enough
to defeat their death-seeking warriors, that we would be
unwilling to absorb the casualties. (In this they were right:
we didn't absorb all the casualties they tried to inflict -
but that was because we killed their samurai much more
efficiently than they were able to kill our men.)
enemy willing to die in the performance of his duty can indeed
be a formidable adversary, but, you see, we've dealt with such
people before. They die just like everyone else. Perhaps the
American sort of patriotism, like the British sort, just isn't
bombastic enough for our enemies to notice.
parade about thumping our chests and proclaiming how tough we
are, whereas other people like that sort of display. But they
don't seem to grasp the fact that they do it because they have
to - they evidently need to prove to themselves how formidable
Instead, our people, like yours, train and
practise their craft every day, out in the field at places
like Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Irwin, California.
I've been to both places and seen our people and how they
The difference between a civilian or a common
ruffian and a soldier, you see, is training. A professional
soldier is as serious about his work as a surgeon is about
his. Such people are not, in my experience, boastful. If you
ask what they can do, they will explain it to you, usually in
quiet tones, because they do not feel the need to prove
anything. Off duty they are like everyone else, watching
football on TV and enjoying a quiet beer with their pals. They
read books, shop at the local supermarkets, and mow the grass
at home. They all enjoy a good laugh. They make the best of
friends. They look physically fit - and indeed they are
physically fit - because their job requires it, and every day
they do something tiresome in the field, working at some more
or less demanding field exercise, again and again and again
until every aspect of their job is as automatic as zipping
one's zipper is for us people in civilian life.
you know, inside all of these people, such as the 82nd
Airborne at Fort Bragg, or the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort
Steward, Georgia, there burns a little flame. Not a big one;
instead like the pilot light in a gas stove. And when you put
more gas there, the flame gets bigger, enough to cook with.
Inside every one of these people is something else,
something you have to look for - pride. They know that they
are good at their work, in the event they ever have to do it
for real. This doesn't happen very often, and indeed they do
not ordinarily lust to do it because it's a serious, nasty
The job is the taking of life.
organisations exist for only one mission: killing people and
breaking things. This is not something to be undertaken
lightly, because life is a gift from God, and a lot of these
people - kids, really - can be found in church on Sunday
mornings. But their larger purpose - the reason these kids
enlist, both in my country and in yours - is to preserve,
protect, and defend their nations and the citizens who live
there. It's not an easy job, but someone has to do it, and
typically the hardest jobs attract the best of us. Mostly they
never have to kill anybody, and that's okay with them. It's
knowing that they are able to do something difficult and
dangerous that gives them their pride.
defending their country, is something they don't talk much
about, but it's always there, and with it comes a quiet,
steely look in the eyes. Especially when something like this
happens. That's when their sense of self is insulted, and
these are people who do not bear insults well. They are
protectors, and when those whom they are sworn to protect are
hurt, then comes the desire - the lust - to perform their
mission. Even then it's quiet. They will not riot or pose
before TV cameras or cry aloud for action, because that's not
their way. They are the point of the lance, the very breath of
the dragon, and at times like this they want to know the taste
Their adversaries just don't appreciate what
they are capable of. It's something too divorced from their
experience. This isn't like hosing civilians with your
machine-gun or setting off a bomb somewhere, or killing
unarmed people strapped and helpless inside a commercial
aircraft. This means facing professional warriors at a time
and place of their choosing, and that is something terrorists
don't really prepare for. The day of Pearl Harbour, the
commander of the Japanese navy told his staff not to exult too
much, that all their beautifully executed operation had
accomplished was to awaken a sleeping dragon and give it a
Perhaps alone in his country,
Isoroku Yamamoto, who had lived briefly in America, knew what
his enemy was capable of, and for that reason, perhaps he was
not surprised when the .50-calibre bullet from a P-38 fighter
entered his head and ended his life.
last week's operation is probably not quite as appreciative of
what he has begun as Yamamoto was. Because the dragon is now
fully awake, and its breath is too hot for men to bear.
America is now fully awake. Our quiet patriotism is a little
louder now, but it will not get too loud. Why spoil the
- Of course his
last wishes should be honored.
Turns out one
of the terrorist's wills was found in a piece of luggage
that didn't make the flight. It really
gives us an insight on the poor, misunderstood* minds that carried
out the attacks.
"Those who will sit beside my body must
remember Allah, God and pray for me to be with the angels,"
the will says. "I don't want pregnant women or a person who is
not clean to come and say goodbye to me because I don't
approve of it."
It adds: "I don't want women to go to
my funeral or later to my grave."
I vote we cremate him, put some
pork rinds in the urn, mix well, and bury the urn on the front lawn
of the National Organization of Women.
But I'm vindictive like
we forgive and forget, or are even last wishes too good for
* Crazed wacko.
- War, what is it
good for? Keeping airplanes from killing accountants and
First things first, I am a "Violence does,
in fact, solve some problems" type of person. That being said,
I've been chomping at the bit since September 11, wishing I was
again an Active Duty Marine. Sometimes I miss being the Fiery
Sword of America's Wrath. Actually, I often miss it. And
at times like this, I absolutely long for it.
But those days are gone, and I am relegated to
using information to do my part.
7,000 people were killed in an unprovoked attack
a few weeks ago, and yet there are still people protesting the idea
of our making sure this never happens again. For some reason,
these protests happen mainly on college campuses where the
participants have very little actual life experience or
wisdom. For some reason, these people don't actually know
anyone who was killed in the attack. For some reason they
think the "Peace on Earth" they advocate can be achieved while
people who like destroying office buildings at the beginning of the
work day still exist. I am chalking this up to idealistic
youth. In the 60's these kids would have been spitting on
soldiers returning from Vietnam. Why? Because it was the
cool thing to do, and it really seems to impress that cute girl over
"These college kids lack the
life experience to understand the situation" -
The most ironic part is, these kids wouldn't be
allowed to protest in the countries about to suffer our wrath.
They'd be killed, public square-style. Which is exactly the
The other venue for a lot of the
peace-at-all-costs types are internet message boards. I've
seen some real gems recently from people safely behind
keyboards. See, I'm allowed to claim moral superiority over
them because I actually volunteered once to be a part of something
bigger, for the good of my country. Not everyone has the same
brand of intestinal fortitude.
Here are some examples:
"YAY FOR DEAD
YAY FOR THE END OF PEOPLE'S LIVES
YAY FOR MORE SUFFERING IN THE WORLD
YAY THAT IT MAKES US FEEL BETTER" - llamasex, and his or her webpage.
A nice overly simplified statement for an extremely complicated
problem. Which does, in fact, only address 5% of the overall
issue. Even an old warrior like me regrets the necessity for
more bloodshed. Truly. I only choose, when my back is
against the wall, to shed the blood of my enemies before they shed
that of my countrymen. Nothing will stop them short of
America's complete withdrawal from the world. And even then it
wouldn't stop them.
Here's another winner:
"I don't care about the people in NYC. Hear that! I just don't
give a flying fuck. Too bad for them. They all should have called
out for a sick day." - EDX200.
Isn't that lovely. A complete lack of
compassion, empathy, class, or anything resembling a human
soul. I hope that comment was only intended to provoke a
response (trolling). Thinking like this belongs to the people
who crash planes into buildings.
Another, commenting on how shitty it must be to give up hope on a
rescue of a loved one, and have to file a death
no. They have to file for death certificates in order to get
insurance money. The horror!" - helstegt - no email on record.
There's a scene in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" where the
fellows crisscross the country and kick the asses of punks with big
mouths who hide behind keyboards. That scene was funny because
it was so true.
Here was my only response to those people:
I'm trying to convince myself that you
always have a "10% Factor."
In this case, about 10% of the
American people mistakenly feel "violence never solves anything."
And of that 10%, there is another 10% trolling unempathetic
cocksucker subset who say things like "haha owned WTC should have
taken a sick day."
I can't imagine the extreme wacko
population 10% of THAT group is comprised
you want to disagree and look like an idiot, do it
My web host is still, two months
later, screwing over my scripting and databases, so I've devolved
the page back to straight HTML. I feel like a second semester
web design student, again. If anyone knows a decent host
supporting PHP and MySQL, drop me a line.
I've heard that the following essay was written by
Orson Scott Card.
When we find ourselves in a war
we can't win, we must either capitulate or change it to the kind of
war we can
If we find and destroy the
perpetrators, we only make them martyrs and guarantee that others
will attack us again. But if we absolutely defeat their goals and punish those who
support and protect
them, we can put an end to this sort of thing once and for
Those who attacked us are not terrorists.
They are soldiers, and we are at war.
We have been at war for years, and it has
been only the stupidity and selfishness of our leadership and the
complacency of the American people that prevented us from
recognizing this after the bombings in East Africa or the attack on
an American warship in Yemen.
We can't fight terrorism using terrorist
methods. If we were the kind of people they are, our response to 11
September would be to destroy the holy sites of Islam in Saudi
Arabia and to nuke Baghdad, Teheran, and Damascus. Those would be
monstrous acts, crimes against innocent people -- the kinds of
things our enemies do.
We aren't like that.
America's leaders are calling for patience,
for a measured response to the acts of war we suffered on 11
September. They are right.
There is no excuse for any kind of attack on
or abuse of Arabs or Muslims. Give it a moment's thought, and
realize that American Muslims and Arabs who have chosen to come live
among us here in the United States are not our enemies and are as
grieved as we are. Most Muslims throughout the world, except where
they have been systematically lied to by fanatic leaders, do not
hate America and do not have murder in their hearts.
But when America's leaders call this a
"terrorist act" and promise that we will find out who is responsible
and punish them and only them, they are completely wrong.
First, there is some likelihood that we will
never get legal proof of who did it, and strong likelihood that even
if we do, we won't have any way of finding the perpetrators and
striking against them in any meaningful way. Useless attacks like
the famous Monica's-dress bombings of Khartoum and camps in
Afghanistan will accomplish nothing.
And if our response reveals us to be helpless
or weak-willed, we can expect more and worse terrorist attacks in
the future, as rival terrorist organizations take courage from this
action and try to outdo each other in the violence and symbolic
power of their attacks on the U.S.
But let's say we actually confirm that Bin
Laden masterminded this. Suppose we actually find out where he is
and send military force against him and kill him and his followers.
What have we accomplished? He would forever be a martyr and hero to
the fanatics and fundamentalists of the Islamic world, and in his
name such attacks would go on and on.
These fanatics do not fear death. Killing
them accomplishes less than nothing. It actually advances their
The appropriate response is not to punish
them, but to deprive
them absolutely of the objective they desire.
We Only Win by Making Them
What do our enemies want? They want the
destruction of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
They want to have all of the Muslim world ruled by Islamic
fundamentalists under strict Islamic law.
So what is our response?
In consultation with Israel, we stop
pressuring them to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority. It is
obvious now that the Palestinian Authority has neither the ability
nor the will to control its supporters. It is not ready to take its
place among the nations of the world, and the Palestinian people
have no leaders that can be negotiated with for any purpose.
Therefore, as a direct response to the attack
of 11 September, the United States and Israel should jointly
undertake the immediate and complete occupation of all Palestinian
territory, the arrest and imprisonment of all Palestinian leaders to
await trial after a thorough investigation of their role in the acts
of war that have already taken place against Israel, and the
permanent incorporation of all Palestinian territory into the state
of Israel. No Palestinian self-government should be allowed at any
level, and Palestinian territory should be under martial law.
At the same time, the United States should
announce that any nation that harbors or funds the activities of any
of the active anti-American groups, including but not limited to
bin-Laden's, will be considered to be in one of two conditions:
Either they are unable to govern their own territory, in which case
we will send troops to govern their uncontrolled territory for them;
or they are in support of these activities, in which case we will
regard ourselves as being in a state of war with them.
Then we must act, as quickly as possible,
accordingly. No more of the childish, dangerous, and cowardly kinds
of responses that typified Bill Clinton's disastrous presidency. No
more bombings from high altitudes. No more withholding of our troops
for fear of casualties.
Our enemies have shown us that we will suffer
casualties no matter what we do. Indeed, while our losses of 11
September are not yet known as I write this, it is possible that we
may have suffered as many deaths as our troops sustained in an
average year of the Vietnam War.
So instead of tolerating civilian casualties
on our own territory, we will risk suffering casualties among our
troops and send them into active combat -- because our troops, at
least, can fight back.
President Bush should make his best effort to
win the support of NATO and other pertinent nations, and at least
the noninterference of others, like Russia.
Terrorist-harboring and terrorist-sponsoring
nations like Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, and Syria should
be given twenty-four hours to declare whether they wish to be at war
with us, or to stand aside while our troops enter their territory to
obliterate the terrorist installations we know are there. Those
would be their only two choices, and if they don't respond we will
consider ourselves to be at war with them.
We Can Only Win If We Wage
Such a program of war would not be easy. We
are talking about a widespread war at the level of World War II.
Even though our enemies control only a few governments, it is likely
that such actions would virtually force other Islamic nations to
give at least lip service to the idea of joining in a war against
We should not be surprised to find Saudi
Arabia and Egypt, for instance, declaring war on us. However, we
should recognize that they have their political constraints and we
will take no action against them, despite their declaration of war,
until and unless we see that they are providing financial aid,
military support, or sanctuary to our actual enemies.
It is also quite likely that China would
immediately offer support to our enemies or try to take advantage of
our preoccupation with them by making some attempt against Taiwan.
Therefore we will have to strengthen our defenses of Taiwan and be
prepared to shut down China's international commerce -- and let them
know that we will act against them if they make the slightest
attempt to support our enemies.
Then, using our best planning and taking
normal appropriate care to preserve the lives of American soldiers,
we should select one or more of these nations as a first objective
to invade and control. There are reasons for and against each of the
nations I have listed, and no campaign would be easy. We have heard
far too much about being "the world's only superpower" while being
told of none of the costs of such a role.
But we are no longer going to worry about
being "the world's policeman." We are a nation under attack, and we
will defend ourselves by destroying our enemies' ability to make war
against us. We will allow them no haven.
Most important, however, is to turn this into
the kind of war we can fight. An investigation to find individual
perpetrators and bring them to trial would be a stupid as it would
have been to try to fight Hitler that way. We cannot defend
ourselves that way. We only look weaker and weaker if we try to act
like police in areas where our government has no local control or
Our strength is military and economic.
Economic sanctions, however, are useless in this case. We can only
win if we turn this struggle into the kind of war that our military
can deal with.
We must make it clear that when a government
encourages or supports terrorism, we will remove it as the
government of its people, and when a people encourages or supports
terrorism, they will soon find themselves conquered and strictly
ruled by the Americans they thought they could attack with impunity.
The people of all of Islam should be made to
see clearly that the anti-American fanatics and fundamentalists who
attacked us in their name bring down nothing but losses -- of land,
of independence, of livelihood, of military forces, of nationhood --
on the people they claim to support.
They must see that if the Palestinians had
lived up to their agreements and sustained the negotiation process,
they would still have some degree of self-government -- but because
of the actions of these fanatics, they have lost all hope of
nationhood for generations to come.
It is possible that such a declaration of war
against some states would succeed in uniting the Islamic world
against us. But the will to make war against America will not, in
fact, be widespread among the people, and fanatic fundamentalist
governments will, after a brief rush of overwhelming support from
their people, become less and less popular until they are finally
hated by their own people.
At the end of such a war, if we wage it as
war must be waged -- not gradually, not with arbitrary limitations,
but with all our strength and will over a sustained period of time
-- we and our allies will be able to establish democratic
governments under our occupying forces, to rule over people who have
come to detest the former leaders who brought disaster upon them.
It is almost certain that American life would
be seriously affected by such a war -- with oil rationing guaranteed
from the first day, putting severe limitations on our travel
domestically and abroad. The draft will have to be reinstituted and
a lot of industries that we have exported -- particularly steel --
or limited -- especially energy production -- must be brought to a
high level of intensity within our borders. This would certainly
mean a temporary suspension of some environmental regulations and
other luxuries that cannot be afforded by a nation fighting for its
But we're going to have sharp limitations on
our travel anyway, in the effort to make further such hijackings and
bombings impossible. Our environment will not be secure anyway, and
our luxuries will seem foolish indeed. Isn't it better to suffer
those limitations as part of an effort to destroy our enemies'
ability to make war against us, so we have a hope of returning to
normal when the struggle is over?
We may find that we have few allies, for
Europe has not been marked by courageous leadership in recent years,
and fear of terrorism or oil embargoes might keep them from taking
action in cooperation with us.
But we must also remember that our enemies
have no naval forces worth noticing, air forces that can quickly be
overwhelmed, and (usually) poorly trained and poorly equipped
Our greatest dangers are the lack of unity
within our own nation and American leadership that attempts to wage
a war without asking for sacrifices from the American people.
Special interest groups that are accustomed to demanding that things
be done their way no matter how inconvenient it might be will need
to step aside and let the military use time-tested methods of
training and organization in order to win this war. Our current
president, unlike his predecessor, should forget the question of
reelection and do what is necessary to win the war that has, in one
form or another, been going on for many years. President Bush must
also avoid the mistake his father made at the end of the Gulf War,
leaving our enemy's military power largely intact in some misguided
effort to maintain "balance of power." Incomplete victories are not
victories. Unfinished wars do not fade away.
Anything short of open, declared war with the
whole-hearted involvement of the American people will ultimately
fail. If we do not have the will to fight to defend ourselves
against our relentless and fanatical enemies using the kinds of
weapons we can actually use to achieve the kinds of military goals
that are within our reach, then we should recognize that we do not
have the national will to survive and declare our immediate
surrender. For that is the only other response that makes any sense
-- to capitulate immediately and completely, withdrawing all support
from Israel except for whatever help Israel would need to evacuate
all its Jewish citizens.
When I speak of all-out war, however, that
still means the kind of war Americans can bear to wage. No attacks
against Muslim holy sites that are not being used for military
purposes. We will wage war against the military and governments of
our enemies, and we will avoid causing civilian casualties where we
can do so. But our supreme goal must be to destroy our enemies'
capability and will to make war against us or anyone else, and to
deprive our enemies of any of the objectives
that they were trying to achieve by attacking us. If that is not our
goal, we have no right to ask our soldiers to risk their lives in
the first place.
When fanatic Muslim nations cease to wage war
against us by harboring or financing those who attack us, then we
will gladly make peace, because we have nothing against the religion
or people of Islam. But as long as they use the pretense that our
enemies are terrorists that they just can't control, then their
protestations of innocence are confessions of complicity. King
Hussein of Jordan showed years ago that when a Muslim government
truly resolves to rid its territory of terrorists, it can do so. So
any Muslim government that does not do so must be held accountable
for its choice on the field of battle.
I write this, by the way, as the father of a
military-age son. I do not want my son to be put in harm's way. But
our enemies have made it clear that all our sons and daughters,
brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers are at risk, and at such a
point a nation that refuses to take up arms to defend itself has
decided to cease to exist. And that means that all of us must bear
the burden and the risk equally.
The soldiers who seized our unarmed aircraft
and attacked civilian and military targets within our borders
carried out cowardly assaults -- but they were personally
courageous, for they knew from the outset that they would give their
lives in these attacks.
If we do not have the courage, as a nation
and as individuals, to risk American lives -- our own lives -- in
making an effective response, we do not deserve to prevail.
Sooner or later, we will certainly end up
fighting precisely the kind of war that I am talking about now. It
is better to begin it now than to wait until more American civilians
are killed. How many Pearl Harbors does a nation need to lose before
it realizes what is necessary?
But maybe this wasn't another Pearl Harbor,
which united our country in a great struggle that defined our
national soul. Maybe this was another Hiroshima, and will lead to
capitulation. Ultimately, those are the only choices we have, and
any other plan will only lead us down the road to one or the other.
As always, your opinions are valued.
9:21 am EST - Leisher - Driving Dullards.
Will the man driving the vehicle
with Michigan plates 4427 HX please explain to
me why its necessary to run a red light by 7 seconds and then do 35
in a 45? You’re a fucking moron and more proof that Michigan has the
worst drivers in the nation.
I spent the weekend driving around Michigan and I have
Do you people not
go to driving school? (On a side note, I actually DON’T think the
state requires it…no shit.) Do you not realize that the left lane is
for passing only, and not for cruising 5-10 MPH below the speed
limit? Isn’t it true that you rank number 1 in the nation for
unpaved roads? Who taught you all that pulling out in front of cars
and forcing them to slam on their brakes is a good driving habit? I
saw this behavior constantly all weekend.
morons on the road, watch out for this when you get home.
Seriously though, what’s the deal
with Michigan drivers?
- I've been
I first heard of this story a
couple weeks ago, and I saw it popping up on other websites a couple
days ago. I dislike jumping on the bandwagon late in the game,
but it's a classic "Damn the Man" situation, so a jumpin' I
for proving the existence of security holes in
On 16 July 2001, Russian
programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was arrested by federal agents in
Las Vegas, Nevada. His crime: pointing out major security
flaws in Adobe PDF and eBook
Under the ambiguous wording on the Millennium
Digital Copyright Act, "circumventing a (software) flaw is a
felony." This means it is legal to tell the software's authors
there is a flaw, but in the event that nothing is done about it, it
is illegal to tell the public about it in order to get something
Sklyarov was in Las Vegas to present a paper at
a convention on
eBooks Security: Theory and
Practice. In this paper, he
disclosed that Adobe's security features in their eBook and
PDF software was woeful. According to Sklyarov's paper, Adobe charges upwards of
$3,000.00 to secure documents in this shoddy and insecure
Rather than thanking Dmitry Sklyarov and sending
him and his company a
healthy-sized check, Adobe instead decided to call in the FBI
to prosecute him under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
To quote Nicolas Cage from
Face Off, "Well Brav-fucking-o." Adobe has managed to
arrest someone who said they are producing a craptastic
Using relatively new and heavily lobbied for
laws, a business has gotten someone incarcerated for not liking
of the free, home of the brave, just don't criticize someone with
more lawyers than you.
HST - Jesus - I
can't make this stuff
Taliban! The word has become a punch line
here in Heaven.
I truly believe those wacky nuts had good
intentions, but somewhere along the line they lost their
brains. Or perhaps their beards grew inward and replaced their
brains with hair. Yes....that sounds about right.
We here in the Administration....and you know
who we are....were somewhat vexed when the followers of Mohammad
went around defacing the very statues whose creation we had inspired
thousands of years before. I mean...who are THEY to determine
what would displease Us? They preach "everything on Earth is
the proof of God," and somehow think that statuary somehow snuck in
under our radar, and it isn't Our work.
So, they other day I started emailing some
Taliban officials, under a pseudonym. After all....if they
knew I was Grand Master J, they'd just get pissed off or
something. So, impersonating a "devout" Muslim, I explained
how Mohammad would be pissed about greeting cards with
representations of people on them, because by merely drawing a
little light around the head area, the image could be construed as
false idolatry. I figured that such an over the top statement
might bring them to their senses.
my chagrin when I saw they agreed.
I had been out-moroned.
So here's what I propose.
If they want to revert, let's help them.
Contact the Afghanistan Embassy at
Afghanistan in Washington DC 2341 Wyoming Avenue, NW Washington, DC
20008 Telephone: 202/234-3770 FAX
Tell them about how Mohammad would
hate electricity, because of all the sin it causes. It allows
people to have electric lights....if Allah had wanted people to be
able to see at night, he'd have made it day. Electricity
enables things such as radio....there's the off chance that someone
will own a radio, and hear someone else say "Freedom and liberty are
good things." There are many ways we can twist electricity
usage to be sinful. Lets help them along their path of
So sayeth the Shepherd.
sayeth the flock.
- Another Road
Asshole du Jour! Mr. Red
Jeep Cherokee, Tennessee tags JCL-371. His time is
much more important than everyone else's, so he feels he's justified
in using the breakdown lane as a passing lane.
That's about it. He's a dick.
Hey, you here the one about Mr. President
wanting to grant amnesty for 3 million illegal Mexicans living in
the United States? He's kind of jumping the gun on his
reelection campaign, methinks. He has all kinds of time now to
screw up and lose the immigrant vote before the next election.
Of course, he just lost the vote of every legal American who don't
think the way to solve the illegal immigrant problem is to change
the definition of what makes one illegal.
That's about it. He's a dick.
Going to see Jurassic Park III this
weekend. Will it suck? Will Planet of Theapes
suck? (Not a typo)
I found the link about the deadbeat dad in
Wisconsin that I couldn't find for the July 11 post.
not saying that I disagree with the judges' ruling, but I seem to
recall a lot of controversy surrounding a proposal to make women be
on birth control in order to be on welfare. If it's wrong to
restrict a woman's reproductive rights, why is it ok to restrict a
man's? Maybe because men don't have a group like "N.O.W." to
back them. Or not. Whatever.
- Why are taxes
home state of Tennessee is contemplating, yet again, instituting a
state tax. The same thing has happened every year I've lived
here (all two of them). The current Governor was elected into
office after publicly swearing an oath that he would never push for
a state tax....an oath he recently rescinded, when he starting
pushing for the tax. "Sometimes when we're trying to get
elected we say things that aren't necessarily right." While
it's refreshing that he owned up to his lie, all he was really doing
was being truthful about being a scumbag. What a
Polls indicate that 90% of the state population
oppose a state tax. The alternatives for the state to raise
more money for its bloated beaurocracy are raising the current 8.25%
sales tax, or adding a "luxury tax" of sorts on new car
I'm starting to realize I have problems with all
of these ideas.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much of
your money is already going to taxes? We're all familiar with
the obvious things....a decent percentage of your paycheck goes
directly to The Man, for one. In mine it's roughly 33% between
Federal Tax and Social Security.
Of every hour I spend at my job, 20 minutes is
But taxes go way beyond that.
I spend about $30 per week on gasoline.
Fuel taxes in Tennessee are roughly 30%. That means I'm
getting $20 in fuel, and donating $10 more for The
I've mentioned that sales taxes are 8.25% here,
and that includes groceries. A monthly $300 grocery bill
equates to $275 for actual food, and another $25 for the Kroger
My phone bill has at least $15 in strangely
named taxes added on to it. Another $10 or so on my electric
I'm not sure of the exact property tax rates,
but my estimate is at around 8%. This means of the $1k I pay
in rent per month, roughly $80 is tax.
$80 per year tax on my car tags. About $9
Anything else I buy during the month is hit by
the sales tax.
God forbid if I smoked......a pack of cigarettes
is at least 50% tax. The Federal Government would be in
trouble if Phillip Morris actually got sued out of
existence....which is why it will never happen.
Tax on my beer.
Tax to go to the Mississippi River and pull a
catfish out of it.
Tax to die.
I'd be very interested to know how much of my
take-home pay actually gets spent on goods and services, and how
much becomes tax revenue for various levels of
1. Matt Carolan is an idiot. More cell phone opinion.
2. I just heard a rumor that Wisconsin
passed a law concerning dead-beat dads: If a guy is
currently behind in child support and gets another woman pregnant,
he's going to jail. Hmmmmm. I've not yet been able to
find a news article to which to link.
3. "Cowbell" is the funniest word that
exists. "Pants" is a close second. I had a link proving
this, but can't find it. (edit - Found it. Click Here. Navigate
"Screening Room," "Season 25," April 8th Episode.)
4. It's bloody hot in July in
5. I think dark meat is better than white
meat. In any circumstance.
6. It is better to be good and kind than
7. To Evil; I say beware. To Good, I
say dress warmly and eat your vegetables.
2 - A feedback thread, by request. But don't EVEN question the
hilarity of COWBELL.)
- Calling Larry
Who has read George Orwell's "1984?" It
introduced the concept of Thought Police and "un-words...." a
daily updated list of words that had become illegal to utter, write,
Yes, "think." Because what are thoughts
but a jumble of images, icons, symbiology, and words?
Now, America's First Amendment rights, including
the Freedom of Speech. The exact Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Notice the line concerning free speech,
make no law ...abridging the freedom of speech." Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are no provisions or
exceptions in that statement. It doesn't say all speech
Now. Read this.
Feeling nauseous at all? If so,
Lets look at some specific passages.
COLUMBUS, Ohio –– A man who wrote in
his journal about sexually abusing and torturing children has
been sentenced to 10 years in prison, even though the stories
"Even without passing it on to anyone
else, he committed a felony," Domis (assistant county
Private thoughts, private journal,
In jail for thinking and recording
I was unable to quickly find any court
precedents on obscenity rulings, but I seem to recall that
"community standards" play a part. But...those rules apply to
publicly disseminated media. This was a man's private
journal....I'm curious as to how it was made public in the first
So tell me, could you be arrested and
jailed in Ohio if your private thoughts were known?
- Against my
I was reading
the news looking for a subject to post here, and read the following
article on welfare limitations. I wasn't going to comment on
it...capitalizing on human misery isn't my thing. Personally,
I think this country should have a safety net
for Americans down on their luck. The fates can touch any
of us at any time, and it should be comforting to know that if the
worst ever happened to you, you'll have time to pick yourself up and
brush the dirt off before you lose your home.
So I'm reading this article, and found this
|Most of these Cleveland families are
not as shaky as the Vaughs. Marquita Chisholm, 27, may be more
typical. She was working at McDonald’s when she was cut off
welfare last fall but left her job when she had her third
child. Now she wants to go back to work - and McDonald’s wants
her back - but her child care fell through.|
“My biggest fear is not being able to make it
with my kids,” she says, her voice cracking.
And she’s angry that no one at the county welfare
department ever suggested that she voluntarily leave welfare
while she was working and bank her time for an
“Naturally if I could
have saved it, I would have. That’s common sense,” says
Marquita pissed me off.
First, good for her for working. There is no shame in making
an honest buck, even at McDonalds. But she starts being "angry
....at the county welfare department" because they didn't do the
research she should have done for herself. What really ticked
me off was her "common sense" line. Excuse me, but it's also
common sense that when one is supporting two kids on welfare and a
McDonald's paycheck, one SHOULDN'T BE HAVING MORE KIDS. Common
It's a tough call. I have compassion.
I give to charity. If someone ever came to my door and
needed food, I'd give it. But where does my responsibilty as a
taxpayer end? How many kids belonging to other people am I
morally obligated to support?
- No, because God
Stolen from the Opinion page of the Toledo
If your ticker is marching to a savage
drummer, don’t be sure the American Heart Association will
offer help. Under pressure from anti-abortion forces, the
organization has folded, failing to advocate the use of
federal funds for promising stem-cell research and suddenly
backing down from its own stem-cell program.
Only a few
months ago, the agency had decided to invest in promising
research on stem cells, which show up in embryos several days
after sperm and egg join. Officials saw their potential in
replacing diseased portions of hearts. They pulled back under
pressure from the archbishop of St. Louis, donors opposed to
abortion who don’t want embryos destroyed for any reason, and
This is reminiscent of Galileo’s time, in 1633,
when know-nothing clergy insisted, contrary to Copernican
theory, that the sun revolved around the earth and not vice
versa. Worse yet, inquisitors in Rome forced Galileo to recant
Copernican views he knew made sense, and sentenced him to life
imprisonment for writing about them. That’s what happens when
dogma trumps science.
Here it is rising again to stifle
science; and people, who should be sure-footed on the
boulevards of rational inquiry in this, the 21st century, are
caving as old, sick Galileo did, without half the
Now a President known for willful ignorance of
science and a commitment to stay connected to his religious
fundamentalist base is to decide if federal money should be
invested in embryo-cell research. And the American Heart
Association, the second largest patient advocacy group, will
not mobilize its 4 million volunteers to persuade him to favor
The American Cancer Society, the
largest patient organization by donations, has also avoided
the coalition of other disease interest groups that are trying
to win Mr. Bush’s support for this research.
them both. How fecklessly have they sold out their
Sitting on their hands, they tell those who
look to them for advocacy that their lives are worth nothing
when stacked up against undifferentiated embryonic tissue.
Call their constituents’ demise death by dogma.
abortion foes as Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy
Thompson and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch have praised stem-cell
research which, besides helping with heart disease, may help
cure cancer and other maladies such as juvenile diabetes,
spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease.
practicality of their view parallels those of science and the
market. New discoveries get global exposure. They won’t be sat
on. Though Mr. Bush appears likely to sell out the majority of
Americans to cosset a dogmatic but supportive faction, the
rest of the world will move on. Stem-cell therapies will be
developed and marketed, and if the work is not done in the
United States, many Americans, will be out of luck. They will
die, courtesy of the President, and the American Heart
Association and the American Cancer Society, which wouldn’t
fight for them.
Yes, I am pro-stem cell research. I don't
believe that a clump of cells the size of the period at the end of
this sentence has any self awareness or is any more capable of
sustaining life than any other cell in a person's body.
Stem cell research can possibly fix many
terrible health afflictions, nobody can argue that. "God
People" only argue an opinion that it is murder. I wonder how
fast any given "God Person" would change his position when he
acquires an affliction stem cell research could have cured.
Some will claim, "it's God's will." Well, it's also God's will
that humans have enough intelligence to solve the problem
"I'm pro-life, therefore I must kill
abortion doctors." Morons.
- A completely
Fast Food Fried Fowl. Err,
About a year ago in the Atlanta airport between
changing planes, I ate at Popeye's Chicken for the first time.
It was the best fried chicken I'd eaten since "Sneaky's" in Sioux
City, Iowa. KFC is ass compared to Popeye's.
Actually, KFC is ass in general.
But I digress.
The next time I encountered a Popeye's was when I
moved to Memphis. For almost two years I had wanted to try it
again....to determine if the experience in the Atlanta airport was a
fluke, or whether it was JUST THAT GOOD.
Today my curiosity got the
best of me.
Popeye's is just that good.
Go there, eat chicken. Tell them dtman.com
sent you, and you'll get 20% off. They have a good sense of
humor and may pretend to not have heard of dtman....just stick to
your guns and you'll all share a good laugh.
Laughing is good for digestion. This post is complete ass.
- No Coke.
The following linked story of political
corruption and injustice makes me feel physically ill.
One man vs. Coca Cola. And the United
States government by proxy.
I can't even paraphrase it.....the surrealism is
not to be believed. It's a long read, but read it all.
Get to the end, and take action. I'll be firing off emails as
soon as I'm finished posting this.
The American Ideal is dead and gone if its
citizens don't wake up and make themselves heard.
- Accounting for
MUCH of my free time in the last
week has been spent working on the behind-the-scenes stuff of
dtman. I'm taking the page in a completely database-driven
direction. This will reduce the amount of time needed to
update the page, and hopefully the ease of use will bring the more
timid updaters out of hiding, and there will be more content.
If I do it correctly, you'll see only minor changes to the
layout....meaning it will still suck, but will suck more
One of the first pages I've converted is the
"Movie Reviews" page on the left. It's minimalist, but
functional. It will get prettier, time permitting.
Star Wars Star Wars
I'd refused to buy Episode 1 on VHS. I
wasn't going to pay twice for the same movie.....that wasn't that
good. Looks like my waiting paid off.
will probably be a big box set released a year after Episode 3 is
released. Oh well. I hate being the only kid on my block
who's only seen the movie once.
announce today plans for the Oct. 16 DVD release of "Star
Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace." The 1999 picture is
the first of George Lucas' "Star Wars" films to be
distributed on the digital format.
A confirmation of sorts,
Oct. 16 has been bandied about on several unofficial "Star
Wars"-related Web sites as the projected date of release.
"Phantom Menace" is the third-biggest theatrical release of
all time, with $431 million in U.S. box office receipts. An
additional $176 million has been generated in consumer
spending on the pic's video rental and
It's always the BMW drivers, isn't
And I love you can see
the guy's license plate number. Those are California tags, by
on Neoflux, my favorite source of news about
high school graduations, I read an article about a couple kids who
graduated early, went to Marine Corps boot camp, returned in time
for graduation, and were not allowed to graduate because they wanted
to wear their Dress Blue uniforms under their graduation
According to officials, the uniform
did not meet a dress code requiring a tie.
states that males must wear socks, a shirt with collar, tie
and slacks, said school Superintendent Fred
"We didn't mean
any disrespect to the uniform. (The military) is an honorable
undertaking. But we have a uniform too for about an hour and a
half (at graduation)," Bechtold
Some of you may know I'm an
ex-Marine. I can state with first hand knowledge that the
Dress Blue uniform is considered a "dress" uniform for formal
occassions. This incident is a slap in the face to every
active duty person and veteran everywhere. Those two men had
already accomplished more in surviving boot camp than any of their
classmates....they can no longer be considered peers.....and most
likely a lot of the school faculty.
Principal Cook claimed her staff didn't escort
them out. Right. The graduation fairies did.
Angered by this? Let them know.
Elkhart, IN 46514
Dan Nommay, Vice Principal
Those ignorant assholes.
Europe doesn't like us killing
Good thing they're largely irrelevent anymore in
the grand scheme of things, otherwise their opinion might actually
So. The twin babe daughters
of Mr. President have been getting in a little trouble in
My personal opinion: so what.
They're college girls, and these things will happen. Better to
be a little crazy at that age than in the real world where actions
have real consequences. Funny, though, how Jenna will end up
getting slammed on the zero-tolerance underage drinking law her
Father signed into law while governer. Karma's a bitch
But I must address the comments of the
right-wing morning show dj's on the only radio station in Memphis,
TN playing anything remotely similar to rock and roll.
They were going off on the "evil liberal media" for making a big
deal about the Bush daughters, when they didn't make a big deal
about the picture of Chelsea Clinton a couple years ago smoking a
ciggarette while at college.
The difference, brainiacs, is that one action
was illegal, and the other wasn't.
- Can a female be
Asshole du Jour! Ms. Cadillac, Tennesse tags HWE 733 expiring September
2001. All I saw in my right side mirror was a car attempting
to bypass traffic by driving up the breakdown lane. I don't
stand for silliness, so I pull a cut-off maneuver. The car
honks at me, but merges back into traffic 2 vehicles behind
me. 100 yards later, there is an on ramp onto our highway, and
the same car cuts over onto it in an attempt to get around me
again. I had to gun the V-8 this time, but I cut the car off
again. The car attempts to get back into the lane and cut ME
off, but again, I make her wait in line with everyone
By now, traffic is starting to move, and she
gets in the middle lane and legally passes me. I can see it is
a "she" now, and we make eye contact as she zooms by me. I see
her cut back into my lane about three cars up. Everyone had to
hit their brakes, slowing down traffic worse than it was.
She gets off at my exit, and since my heart rate
hasn't even increased at all, I pull right next to her in one of the
two lanes turning left. We make eye contact for about four
seconds when she breaks off and pulls up a few feet. It
is now that I have a moment to take note of her license plate, and
take a look at the passengers in her car. Four children all
about the age of three. None of them in car seats. Being
driven by a woman who enjoys weaving through traffic and driving on
the breakdown lane.
By the time the light turns green, I see her
punching numbers on her cellular phone.
Now, I often wonder if the car I'm blocking
while enforcing traffic laws is actually a bleeding person trying to
get to a hospital. I would feel bad about that. My
reasoning is...they should have called an ambulance instead of
getting on the highway and risking lives.
I also expect I'll do this to a gang member's
car one of these days, and get shot in the face at the next red
light. I'll not live my life in fear and allow the
ignorant to have their way.
But in this case, the woman pulled into a gas
station/convenience store, so the worst I could have done would be
to delay her chocolate doughnut by 45 seconds.
- Damn the
Three Common Laws Passed by
illegal. Why? I've always wondered about this
one. It never made much sense to me why the government cared
that someone was in a world of shit deep enough to want to end their
own suffering. By making it "illegal," maybe it will
scare someone *just enough* that they don't try it...because if they
try and fail, they get locked up. And then their life is
deeper in shit.
Who profits by making suicide illegal?
Companies. One of the largest lobbies in Washington.
Home of the Best Law Money Can Buy.
This is another one that puzzled me for a long time. It seemed
kind of nice that local governments cared enough about people to
make them buckle up.....but the pieces never seemed to fit. It
seemed similar to the above suicide example...why does government
care if you're not hurting anyone but yourself?
Then recently in Memphis, there was started a
"Click it or ticket" campaign. Their flashy TV commercials
show a patrolman writing a ticket to a motorist. He looks at
the camera and states in a clear and commanding voice, "We ARE going
to save lives."
They are going to save lives by issuing fines to
motorists with no visible seatbelt, and hope the threat of another
monetary fine makes them buckle up. Increasing their own
revenue is an unfortunate side effect.
Why don't they make the law breakers attend a
Saturday class, or something, about the dangers of not wearing your
seatbelt? Educate the public instead of fining
But no, wait, that would reduce local revenue
through loss of income from seatbelt fines.
Who profits from seatbelt laws? State and
local governments who make money by "upholding the law." A law
that nobody can remember voting for.
Cellular Phone Driving Laws.
This one is going to be interesting to watch
play out. A few random communities throughout the country have
already made it illegal to drive while holding a phone to your
On one side of the issue, this has raised the
ire of the cell phone manufacturers, who state the laws are
unfounded or unconstitutional, and quote numbers that tell half the
truth about cell phones being just as dangerous as hamburgers.
On a more simple level, this angers cell phone drivers who like
talking and driving, even though it decreases the attention they can
pay to operating a two ton hunk of metal at 70 mph. It's worth
the risk to them.
The other side of the issue has car insurance
companies, who will profit by not having to pay out on cell phone
related accidents. The costs will be passed on to consumers
either way, so you don't hear too much gnashing of teeth from
them. On a simpler level on this side, people who want cell
phone laws are those who've been hit by a cell phone driver, lost a
family member to a cell phone driver, or are daily witnesses to poor
driving by cell phone users. These people just don't want to
So who profits from cell phone laws?
Car insurance companies, and people who
don't want to die at the hands of a guy talking to his girlfriend on
the highway because his wife at home wouldn't appreciate it.
Or a guy ordering a pizza. Or a woman calling her husband
asking what the plans are for dinner.
None of those things can wait.....lives MUST be
I bet someone disagrees with
Oh, and damn emenem to hell for
showing up in the newspapers the day after I said good riddance to
him. Apparently, he has problems with his court ordered child
support. And I have to hear about it.
- A moment of
I had a
realization this morning.
I haven't heard a thing about Eminem in the
media in about two months.
It feels gooooood. He's an
School's out across the nation. Good
point, bad point: Now the little retards have all day to goof
off. That's bad. But, a happy side effect is that there
is much less traffic and traffic accidents on my morning
commute. Yes, I drive past a high school. So that's
good. The ungratefull little yuppie larva should be made to
take the bus to school.
Also, 9 years ago today I was
on a U.S. warship crossing the Atlantic on my way to the
Mediterranean Sea. What were
I almost got arrested in Greece, you know.
Six months, and the subject of three Naval
Investigations. I win.
- The Corporate
Whore Strikes Back.
Bush Wants to Renew China Trade
In a speech to the World Affairs
Council of Los Angeles, Bush made clear he wanted free trade
with China despite strained relations with Beijing triggered
by the communist-ruled nation's holding of the 24-member crew
of a U.S. surveillance plane in April.
``Open trade is a force for freedom in
China, a force for stability in Asia, and a force for
prosperity in the United States,'' Bush said. ``And this is
not just my personal view.
Not just his personal view. That's
right. Dubyah's personal view is whatever is spoon-fed to him
by Cheney and Big Business. Big Business is what fills
campaign coffers, after all.
Who didn't see this coming? No matter how
shitty China behaves, no matter how much they hate the Western
World, no matter how much they spit on our country and our way of
life, our "Leaders" feel that in spite of what a majority of
Americans say they want in poll after poll.....Dubyah wants to have
double happy free trade with the poster children of third world
human rights abusing wackos.
Next thing you know, he'll stand in front of a
Sequoia Tree and say he loves the environment.
Talk about it here.
apples to doorknobs.
Cell phones are less dangerous than
I just stumbled across the above opinion
|ONE OF THE REASONS cell phones are
such a hazard is that people hold them, keeping one of their
hands from the wheel. That’s why many of the proposed laws ban
hand-held cell phones. But that’s just a start. If holding a
cell phone is dangerous, so is holding a hamburger. That’s why
a law should mandate that McDonald’s sell only hands-free Big
Macs in their drive throughs.|
But that’s not enough. Dialing the phone is also a
problem because pressing buttons is a distraction. So our
third law will ban anything in the car that might have
switches or buttons, like car stereos and those distracting
The sad thing is, he's
serious. He claims the fact that only 1.5 percent of the
annual 284,000 vehicle deaths each year can be directly related to
cell phone use is a very obvious and telling sign that nothing
should be done about cell phone drivers. Apparently, the
risk of he or his wife or his kids being one of those unfortunate
but very expendable 4260 deaths is worth the risk of having the
right to order a pizza while weaving through city traffic. I
need to state the fact that not only do the great majority of
states not require an inquiry as to whether or not a cell phone was
a factor in the accident, but that most people would lie about it
even if asked. So 1.5 percent is more than likely an extremely
Mr. Elliott Zaret is either a cold
hearted bastard or a fool if he thinks otherwise.
Ten short years ago, before the
popularity of cell phones, this was a non-issue. Now, pundits
are claiming that a mere 5000 deaths a year is a very acceptable
margin of risk for the right to talk on a phone. I
wonder....if we could eliminate all cell phone related deaths over
the course of a year by lining up 5000 random people on January 1st
and executing them, would that be acceptable? Why
It seems to be perfectly fine to execute them
slowly over the course of a year.
Personally, I think anti-cell phone laws
are more valid than seatbelt/helmet laws. At least with the
seatbelt laws, you're only putting yourself at risk.
7:14 pm CST - It was just brought
to my attention that I misquoted "284,000 vehicle deaths" from
284,000 vehicle accidents." I misread. My bad.
Everything else stays.
6:08 pm CST - GORDON - Zero Tolerance Idiocy.
Today on Neoflux, I found the following article:
ESTERO, Fla. —
Friends of a National Merit Scholar who was suspended and
banned from graduation after a kitchen knife was found in her
car are petitioning other seniors to skip
Lindsay Brown's friends are pushing the
boycott of the May 29 graduation at Estero High School because
they believe school officials are going too far in enforcing a
campus weapons ban.
"We won't walk unless she walks,"
said Brittany Scherer, who started the petition
"We've all pretty much grown up together," said
Adam Devine, also a senior. "If one person can't walk, the
rest of us won't want to."
Principal Fred Bode
suspended Brown, 18, for five days and told her she could not
participate in school activities, including
Bode said he hadn't seen the petition and
did not think there would be a boycott of graduation. He said
he will not change his mind about Brown's
Bode on Thursday tried to explain himself
to about 320 graduating seniors at a breakfast.
public servant, I raised my right hand and said I would follow
Florida law and Lee County policy, even if it isn't popular,"
Bode said he told the students.
Brown was arrested on a
felony weapons possession charge after a deputy spotted the
kitchen knife in her parked car. Brown said the knife was
accidentally left there when she was moving during the
Bode said that he had no choice but to give
Brown the same punishment as other students would get under
the school's policy forbidding weapons on
Parents were quick to object to the school's
handling of the situation.
"This whole thing is
ridiculous," said Jens Romer. "She should be allowed to
graduate with the rest of her class."
Scowden said special consideration should be given in this
"It's outrageous," she said. "She was a good
student, not a troublemaker."
Bode said there normally
would be an appeal of Brown's suspension, but it's a
time-consuming process that can't be expedited.
the matter is finished, adding Brown "took her finals and we
are all going to get on with life."
"It has not been a
good ending to what had been a really good year," Bode
This seems like a classic Damn the Man situation.
I did some quick web slinging, and found some interesting
It is so rare that we have something as cool as an email address
to let the brainless bureaucrats know what the intelligent people
think. I've already written him and called him an idiot, and I
know many others have joined the campaign. Let him
Let Lindsay graduate.
EST - Leisher - Without the freedom of speech, you wouldn't be
Do you enjoy your freedom of speech? If so, then
thank Vince McMahon.
Just in case you don't know who the PTC is, they are
the Parent's Television Council. They believe they know what is best
for America and like to try and boycott advertisers for certain
television shows, which they deem, inappropriate. Their hope is that
the advertiser will get the hint, stop advertising on that show, and
then the show would go off the air without financial support. Shows
that have made this list, include: Family Guy, Ally McBeal, WWF
Smackdown, Will & Grace, etc.
This is censorship and this group should be put out
of its misery. It has no place in a country based on personal
|Judge Rejects Parents Television Council Motion
to Dismiss Lawsuit
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May
25, 2001--A federal judge today rejected a motion by the
Parents Television Council to dismiss a lawsuit brought
against the PTC and others by World Wrestling Federation
Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF).
U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin in
New York concluded that there was a sound legal basis for the
WWFE suit and that it should go forward. ``Assuming, as I
must, that the allegations of the Amended Complaint are true
for purposes of this motion, I conclude that WWFE has stated
claims upon which relief can be granted,'' wrote Judge
WWFE sued the PTC in November 2000,
charging PTC founder L. Brent Bozell III and others with,
among other things, defamation, tortious interference with
business relations and copyright
As part of these activities, the PTC
claimed that ``WWF Smackdown!'' could be linked to the deaths
of four children, and that more than 30 to 40 advertisers had
withdrawn their advertising from WWF SmackDown! The suit says
the defendants made such false claims to WWFE advertisers in
order to damage the company and, at the same time, raise money
for themselves and promote their
Judge Chin wrote that the PTC and the
other defendants may not make false and defamatory statements
under cover of the First Amendment. ``The First Amendment does
not protect statements that are false and defamatory, even if
they are made in the context of a public debate about issues
of general concern,'' he wrote.
Judge Chin's ruling on the motion is
available through the court and WWFE's corporate website,
World Wrestling Federation
Entertainment, Inc. is an integrated media and entertainment
company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with sales offices
in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. Additional information
on the company can be found at wwf.com and
Censorship is evil by nature.
6:29 pm EST - Leisher - Gonna let her in...mmm hmmmm.......
don't know how to add more comedy to this, so I will just point out
-This guy made this CD, not as a joke, but rather
because he thinks he can sing...no really.
-This CD cost a lot of money to make. You know how
much studios charge for time and staff? It's a lot.
-Once again I'd like to point out that this guy is
Tune 1. "I am an idiot."
Tune 2. "I am Retarded."
I want to hear your comments on this