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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Whine, whine, whine



Allow me to translate for Mr Finger-on-Lips: "I'm a lazy liberal twat who lacks the motivation to make enough money to buy my kids nice presents, so I'm gonna get all preachy with you about how you should spend your money so as to not make my kids hate me."

Dear Mr Finger-on-Lips,

Please accept this heartfelt Go Fuck Yourself, you whiny little cunt.

Signed,

Everybody Else

Twisted Priorities

Summing up the problem in one sentence:

The University of Michigan is taking another shot at convincing 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to return to his alma mater, offering a deal worth $48 million for six years


Eight million dollars a year to coach a college football team. And that's not for a particularly prestigious college. Yet we wonder why our collegiate system is turning out illiterate graduates who are up to their proverbial noses in debt. The big universities have become perverse parodies of educational institutions, focusing their efforts -- and the bulk of available funds -- on disseminating leftist propaganda and training gladiators. If it weren't the death knell for the future of America, it'd be rather funny.

Thursday Tunes

Alan Hovhaness was one of America's most prolific composers, though few people outside of conservatories know his name. Like many American composers, he wasn't afraid to "push the boundaries" of classical music, often using instruments in ways which made more conservative composers and critics hot under their stuffy collars.

If you're a music lover, I strongly encourage you to spend some time exploring Hovhaness' rather extensive catalog. It's all quite unique, and you'll find little snippets of music here and there in his concertos and symphonies which you will recognize. That's because Hollywood has made significant -- though rarely credited -- use of his works in movies and television over the last fifty years, either directly or through near-plagiaristic derivation. Hell, the final movement of his Symphony No.1 is virtually the template for modern epic movie scores, and it was first recorded in 1936.

This piece, Symphony No.4 (Op.165), is a good example of how Hovhaness liked to kick the sides of the box without actually breaking it. He leads off with low woodwinds and brass, counterpointed with high-pitched percussion, while the rest of the orchestra sits on their hands. After gradually filtering in the remainder of the instruments over the course of the first movement, he then "wipes the slate" and leads the second movement with a barely audible low-range solo on the xylophone, with high-pitched woodwinds taking the counterpoint. At times, the piece has an eerie, almost electronic quality to it, despite being composed in the late 1950s, long before electronic music became "a thing."




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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fucking Football

What the fuck:

The New England Patriots quarterback recently has been caught by TV cameras swearing up a storm on the sidelines. Most notably, Brady’s tantrum in a recent game against the Green Bay Packers caught the quarterback repeatedly launching F-bombs.

The Smoking Gun reported Tuesday that there have been three instances of viewers complaining to the FCC, unhappy that networks have put video of Brady swearing on during telecasts. The videos have been muted so you can’t hear what Brady is saying, but even novice lip readers can make out the unpleasant words.

“My 8-year-old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that,” a grandparent complained to the FCC, according to The Smoking Gun. “I understand the first time it happened that the camera man would not have expected that but to keep the camera on Tom Brady as he kept yelling was uncalled for.”


And you really think that your eight-year old doesn't use the word fuck? Fucking seriously? Did you grow up in a fucking convent? It's professional FOOTBALL for fuck's sake, not fucking tiddlywinks at the church youth center. Fucking get over yourself.

Frack Off

New York Bans Fracking

That's good. I like watching yankees sabotage their own economy. Good for business in Texas. Maybe it'll get really, really cold this winter...

Craaaazy Train

Steve Sailer on the Democrats' coalition of whackjobs:

As I’ve been pointing out for a decade, the Republicans do best among the married and content, while the Democrats prosper from the lonely and aggrieved...

The embarrassing events of recent weeks have reiterated another problem the Democrats face with trying to assemble peripheral people into a majority (beyond the obvious difficulties of reconciling the interests and values of, say, black church ladies and Wellesley College gender-queers). This fringe coalition is fragile in another sense as well: if the underlying engine of your politics is hate, you are going to attract and excite a lot of psychologically fragile fringe personalities. And they tend to repel the normal and healthy.

The “social justice” brand appeals to the unhappy and unsettled. More than a few aren’t quite right in the head: the criminal, the paranoid, the fantasists, and those obsessed with obscure ancestral vendettas. By working so hard to lure in individuals motivated by their anger at cisgendered straight white males, the progressives wind up encouraging and highlighting borderline personalities...


Put more simply, liberal Democrats are crazier than a bagful of wet cats. No great revelation, I know, but it's worth reiterating from time to time. You might occasionally be swayed into believing that the American Left is composed of rational adults who simply have differing viewpoints; such is not the case.

YOU are the enemy

When asked why they have military armored vehicles, here's how a Spokane County sheriff's deputy responded:

“We’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition.”


So people who want the country to adhere to the Constitution under which it was created are now the enemy of the state.

[Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said] “There is no way this equipment will be used on any law-abiding citizen. It will never be used to take your guns away."


Never! Wouldn't happen! What do you take them for, brown shirts?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

/shrug

So exactly how many shakes of the fuck-stick do you give if the CIA is torturing terrorists at "black sites"? Yeah, that's what pretty much everybody else said, too.

Seriously, lefties; nobody with a job and a brain gives a damn. Get over it.

Blowed up, sir!

MSNBC labeled this story "Horror in Yemen":

Two car bombs killed at least 31 people, including 20 children, in central Yemen's Radaa city when suspected al Qaeda fighters targeted Houthi militants Tuesday, senior security officials and locals told CNN.

Houthis follow the Zaidi sect of Islam and are considered Shiite Muslims by al Qaeda, a Sunni Muslim terrorist network.


Horror? My enemy's civil war is a boon to me, the more so when it is religious in origin. Sell guns to both sides and they will go a long way towards solving our problem for us.

As for the "horror" of the dead Muslim kids, nits make lice. Remember that these stinking barbarians showed no concern for the fact that there were daycare facilities in the World Trade Center. Dead is dead.

Role Reversal

You gotta be a special kind of stupid...

Bad Move

Well, here we go:

The lawsuit filed Monday by victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, seeking to hold liable the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the massacre, will test the 2005 federal law designed to protect gun companies by using an exemption normally applied to car accident cases.


As I said last week, it's the favorite target of the clueless. Now all of my sympathy for the parents of the victims just evaporated, and I assure you I'm not alone in this matter.

That nutjob could have killed those kids with a sword or a homemade bomb or a sharpened fucking stick. He killed them because he was a psychotic, not because he had a gun. Trying to put a legitimate company out of business isn't going to bring back any dead kids and it's not going serve justice, because only innocent people will be punished. Those parents have allowed greedy lawyers to twist their grief to foul advantage; that makes it worse, not better.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Full Disclosure

Lawyer caught giving more than Legal advice in the jail

STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) – A local lawyer is banned from visiting her clients in jail after she was allegedly caught engaging in a sexual act with an inmate.

This is one of the reasons that the council rooms are video taped. There is no audio for you lawyer/client privilege guys. Lawyers have been caught giving the inmates contraband, alcohol, drugs, even a few have been censured for having inappropriate relations with clients. For those of you not in the know, inmates are denied certain items because they use them or turn them into weapons.

True

It seems the fortune cookie factories are hiring smart-asses to write the inserts...

Oh, Sam...

Well, this is highly disappointing. I thought he was a smart man, but apparently I was wrong.

Digitized

Driver's license on your phone:

Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver's license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.


No it's not perfect. Batteries, for one. Yes, the privacy advocates will scream bloody murder. But it's inevitable. Smartphones are rapidly evolving into the personal computers of science fiction. For many of us in business, they are already indispensable. Technically speaking, I could do my job without one, just not nearly as efficiently.

Open

Anti-liberal measures pending in the Once and Future Republic of Texas.

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein

Friday, December 12, 2014

The End is Near and It's Going to be Awesome

Clocking in at just a little over 1Hr (skipping the initial intro speaker), I think this talk by National Review contributing writer is worth the investment of time.  Even if you don't agree with every single idea he puts forth, its all good food for thought and generally well reasoned.



Star Trek Continues - Episode 4

For those of you that have been enjoying the new Trek web series Star Trek Continues mentioned on this blog before...good news, episode 4 is coming!  As you probably noticed the folks making the show have managed to get some very well known genre actors to participate in their previous episodes.  In the upcoming episode an actor that I know at least some of you are very familiar with will guest starring; Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor from the original Dr Series.  Well remembered by a couple of us as "the grouchy Doctor", I'm anxious to see what role they've got for him to play.

Short article here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Unhappy Maxine

Well, the unimaginative drones in Hollywood have done it again. They've bastardized a classic by remaking Mad Max, one of the greatest cult films of all time. Instead of Mel Gibson and gritty dark realism, however, we get some botox-lipped metrosexual called Tom Hardy and ultrabright Hollywood special effects with ridiculously over-the-top, eye-rolling stunts. Maybe Charlize Theron will show some tit, otherwise it's a lost cause.

Thunk

There's an axiom which tells us that when a lot of money is involved, nothing is left to chance. As such, it should not surprise you to learn that car manufacturers put a great deal of science and engineering effort into crafting the exact sound made by a closing door.

The Simpleton Speaks

I've always suspected Bill Nye was more clever than smart, and now I have proof:

How should reporters write about lawmakers and others who dispute the scientific consensus that climate change is largely driven by humans? A group of 48 scientists, science writers, and other experts—including popular educator Bill Nye—have some strong views on the subject.

The group issued a statement last week taking the media to task for using the phrase "climate skeptic," saying that the word "denier" is more accurate.


Well there Billy Boy, I suggest you stick to entertaining 10-year olds with baking soda volcanoes and leave the heavy intellectual lifting to the real adults.

Thursday Tunes

Lorie Line is a classical pianist and composer with a soft yet insistent style which appeals to me. If you've seen the Lord of the Rings film series, you're familiar with her work via a piece called In Dreams. Hymne is an older Vangelis piece, sometimes used in television advertisements. Here, Mrs Line plays her interpretation for piano.



Vangelis original here.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oooh! Soft...