Friday, July 29, 2005

 

Hate in the Name of God

There is a saying in Texas "Some people are only alive because it's illeagal to kill them." I would say that this has never been truer than in the case of Mr Fred Phelps. Phelps, a "pastor" in Kansas likes to protest at the funerals of fallen US soldiers.

BOISE, Idaho -- A Kansas preacher and gay rights foe whose congregation is protesting military funerals around the country said he's coming to Idaho on today to picket the memorial for an Idaho National Guard soldier killed in Iraq.

Westboro Baptist either has protested or is planning protests of other public funerals of soldiers from Michigan, Alabama, Minnesota, Virginia and Colorado. A protest is planned for July 11 at Dover Air Force Base, the military base where war dead are transported before being sent on to their home states.

"Our attitude toward what's happening with the war is the Lord is punishing this evil nation for abandoning all moral imperatives that are worth a dime," Phelps said.


If ever somebody needed an attitude adjustment, it was this chap. I'll be posting an essay on why Mr Phelps' stance is completely unbiblical this weekend.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

 

Honda Ridgeline

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the Honda Ridgeline is going to be a flop two reasons. I'll list them here for you. Don't thank me, I'm a giver.

1. Asthetics - the Honda truck looks like the bastard love child of an H2 and a Chevy Avalanche IMO. There isn't anything really original about it and if I wanted an Avalanche, I'd buy an Avalanche.

2. Owner loyalty - Most truck owners tend to be very loyal.

a) In the rural market the big three reign supreme. You would have to visit many farms or ranches to find a truck that didn't wear a bowtie/blue oval/rams head on its grill, so I don't see the Ridgeline gaining any market share there.

b) In the urban/suburban market the Ridgeline might receive a better welcome, but it will also face more competition. Whereas the rural market is effectively closed, the urban market is more open, and more fierce. Not only do you have to face the big three, you also have to face Nissan and Toyota, both of whom have an excellent product. Nissan and Toyota also have market name recognition. Both companies have been in the truck market for over 20 years, and both companies have mid-sized trucks designed to appeal to younger buyers with smaller budgets. When those younger buyers grow up and make better money, that brand loyalty then influences them to buy a full size Nissan or Toyota. The big three also use this same strategy in the urban/suburban market. Honda has no such entry level truck with which to attract young buyers.

If the Honda sells well then I'll eat my words, but I feel safe in predicting that this might be Honda's biggest mistake in recent memory. If the Ridgeline stays alive for more than 2 - 3 years it will only be because Honda has deep enough pockets to eat the loss, not because of any profitability.

 

Heh Heh, Misha Unleashes the Fury

The Emporer lets loose with a rant of epic proportions.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

Tragic

This sort of thing really breaks my heart. My prayers and condolences go out to the families of these men.

Monday, July 25, 2005

 

Funny Stuff

I am 18% Hippie.
So Not a Hippie.
What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess I’ll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I don’t stink, man.
Take the
Hippie Test
@ FualiDotCom


I am 76% Evil Genius.
Evil to the Bone!
I am pure evil. I lie awake at night devising schemes of world domination, and I will not rest until all living souls bend to my will.
Take the
Evil Genius Test
@ FualiDotCom


I am 25% White Trash.
Not Too White Trashy
The white trash in my blood will not keep me from becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but it will keep me from a good haircut and any sort of fashion sense.
Take the
White Trash Test
@ FualiDotCom

 

Who is Screwing Up America

In honor of Bernard Goldberg's excellent new book "100 People Who are Screwing Up America" I have put out the call to some of the bloggers I respect most asking for their #1 nominee, along with suitable reasoning of course. The only rule was to be original, don't just cough up one of the usual suspects unless you had some compelling new reason we should loathe said person (there's not much fun to be had in beating a dead horse.) Results below.

Acidman:
Frightened people are screwing up this country today. Risk aversion has become a tool of professional politicians and the "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!" story of the week is in the papers every day. That's where gun control, among many other idiotic ideas, came from. Fear--- usually of NOTHING--- will be the downfall of this nation.

Jim of Smoke on the Water:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Former chief counsel of the ACLU, and in my view should have never, ever have been nominated, much less confirmed. Talk about a built-in conflict of interest, she's the poster-child for a lifetime recusement, not appointment. Anyway, she and Souter are driving the Internationalist (communist) trend in the courts.

Subjecting U.S. Constitutional law to the review of extra-constitutional influences, much less foreign influences is beyond treason. Sadly, the uninformed sheeple would rather feed their reality-show addictions, all the while blissfully igonorant of the reality of their freedom and sovereignty being rapidly forfiet by anti-American bitch in a black robe.

I would not cry were she to be struck by lightning.

Mad Ogre:

Peter Singer of
Princeton University
. Mr. Singer has got to be the most disgusting human being in the United States. Indeed, he tops the list… higher on the roster than Michael Moore, higher than Tom Dash-Hole… Higher even than Ed Asner and even Bill Clinton. Do you know why? This guy is so far Left on the political spectrum, he is Infra-Liberal. My history professor at my college had given a lesson about the political wheel of life… that politics is like a ring with centrist moderates at the top and then right and left according to tradition, and bending through Communism and Fascism on either end down to totalitarianism. Peter “Lennon Wasn’t Left Enough” Singer breaks this metaphor with a sledgehammer. Prof. Barton is going to have to draw a new map to include Peter Singer’s particular brand of nucking futs. I think the Pie Chart of Politics is going to have to be shaped like a Frying Pan now. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just one super-liberal dipshit. Here is the bad news. This guy is a Tenured Professor at Princeton University… he is teaching his brand of Ultra-Bullshit to others… he is the one that all these new young and impressionable minds are following… this is the guy that is writing tomorrows liberal political agenda. Brothers and Sisters of the Horde – I submit that Peter Singer is the most dangerous man in the world. Peter Singer is the Ogre’s #1 Most Wanted to Bitch-Slap with a cinderblockTM. I was living my life happily oblivious of this jack-hole, Peter Singer. I learned of him through Hillsdale College’s newsletter “Imprimis”. And I learned of Imprimis from Paul Harvey. Thanks Paul. Now I can’t sleep at night. Peter Singer’s Ideas:
#1: Middle Class Americans should pay 33% of your first $30,000 and 100% of everything over that [in taxes].
#2: Infanticide: It’s a Good Idea! You have 28 days to think about it after the birthday.
#3: Bestiality: Once you have Cat – You never go back! Doggie Style? Be sure to lift up the tail!
#4: Animals for Food? That’s like the Nazi-Jew Holocaust!
I’m only comforted in the fact that this lunatic is not just my own worry. This person should be expelled from the United States… Preferably in a locked and weighted duffle-bag into the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean.


My nomination?

I'd have to go with Chuck Schumer (though Dianne Feinstein got serious consideration for the same reasons.) Why Chuck? He pretty much encapsulates everyhing that goes against that which I am for.

1. He is a GFW in the first degree. He actively seeks to curtail our second amendment rights and insure that we are unarmed subjects as opposed to armed citizens.

2. He is a revisionist. He believes the constitution is a living document that needs to be updated in order to be applicable to our modern society.

3. He is an obstructionist. Somebody forgot to tell Chuck that the donks lost the presidential election (not to mention the majority of the legislative seats.) He seeks to impose his will on the nation, majority be damned, and if that means obstructing the presidents nominations, or new Republican sponsored laws, so be it.

So there you have it. I didn't get as many responses as I would have liked, ohh well, it was still intersting and perhaps when my blog is more well known I will get a better response. If anybody has a thought on who's screwing up America e-mail it to me and I'll post it.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

 

Michael Czysz, American Hero

OK, hero might be a bit of hyperbole, but this is a man I truly admire. He is trying something that nobody else in America has been able to accomplish, try as they might. Michael Czysz (pronounced sis, like sister) is building, from scratch, a completely revolutionary, state of the art, competitive, American sports bike. Eric Buell has tried, but being chained to Harley Davidson has essentially ensured that his bikes will always be an also ran. They handle well, but they are underpowered, and given 2 riders of equal skill, cannot compete with any of the Big 4's 600cc sportbikes, let alone the liter bikes that their +900cc engines demand they be compared against. Csysz on the other hand is going racing. His Motoczysz C1 is being built to compete (and hopefully win) in MotoGP. It's about time the US caught up with the rest of the world and started building bikes worthy of our national pride. Godspeed Mr Czysz, and good luck.

Official Motoczysz Website

Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

Report for Deprogramming

Thanks to liberals, today we have public education, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, environmental protection laws, a minimum wage law. . .among many other wonderful programs. - Babs


Talk about proof of Hollywood's isolation from reality, here we have a prime example of why singers should sing, actors should act, and both groups should shut their bloody pie holes. Actually, upon closer examination, I agree with the above quote right up to the "
among many other wonderful programs" part. It is thanks to liberals that we the taxpayer are being fleeced by Uncle Sam to pay for these atrocious programs. Let's run down the list shall we?

Our public education system ranks among the worst in the industrial world. It is ruled by the teachers union who is more concerned with advancing a socialist agenda than teaching our children.

Our Social Security system is on the brink of imploding. There is no reserve for the future, current payments are going out as soon as the come in, and it's only going to get worse.

Our environmental protection laws seem to have a primary purpose of strangling business, preventing economic growth, and ensuring our continued reliance on foreign oil. They do serve some good I will concede, but there needs to be some compromise.

And let's not forget minimum wage laws. My high school economics class told me that if you make something more expensive, the consumer won't be able to buy as much of it. In this case the product is labor. Translation? The higher the minimum wage law in relation to the cost of living, the higher the unemployment rate.

So to sum it up, uneducated kids, overpriced and collapsing socialist program, and a plethora of economy killing laws. Gee liberals, how can we ever thank you?

 

Slowing Down

"Idle hands are the devils tools" People who subscribe to this theory suppose that it is better to be occupied than unoccupied on the assumption that if you don't have something constructive to do you will find something destructive to fill the time, or conversely, they suppose that if you're predisposed to doing bad things you can quell that behavior by staying so busy that you don't have time to indulge that behavior. While I would agree that this is definitely true, I would go on to point out the downfall of being busy; the neglecting of one's spiritual walk. Why is it that for many Christians (myself included) whenever things get really hectic the first thing to go is devotional time, or prayer time? Sometimes you just need to slow down and prioritize. You also need to rest or you'll burn out. It just doesn't make sense that when life is really coming at you, during a time when you should probably lean on God the most, that is when he is most likely to fall by the wayside.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

 

Fatwah in AZ, news at 11:00!!

The islamofascists have declared a fatwah on blogger Anarchangel. Somehow I doubt that Chris has anything to worry about. Why? Because terrorists are cowards and not as stupid as we would like to think. True, they are willing to die for their cause, but generally only on their terms. Anybody who knows Chris or has read his site knows that any attempt on his life would be a bloody affair to say the least. Quite frankly, all of their rhetoric aside, Chris is not a high enough of a priority considering the likely cost in islamofascist lives. Despite the media's portrayal of the contrary, suicide warriors do not grow on trees and I doubt that the local terrorist cell is willing to sacrifice a handful of theirs just to take out one infadel in an operation that may or may not receive any appreciable news coverage. Time will tell.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

 

What Bias in Higher Education?

Observe the following lunacy.

Washington State University Bankrolls Vigilante Censorship:
Student Play Falls Victim to Double Standard

PULLMAN, Wash., July 18, 2005—In a shameful distortion of the First Amendment, Washington State University has morally and financially supported disruptive heckling and threats at a controversial student play.

Washington State went so far as to pay for hecklers to attend student playwright Chris Lee’s Passion of the Musical. It then allowed the hecklers to repeatedly disrupt the musical through shouts and threats of violence. Washington State’s president later defended the hecklers’ behavior as a “responsible” exercise of free speech.

“Students have a right to leave a play, protest outside of the theater, and condemn a play in the newspaper. But they do not have the right to obstruct and censor other students’ protected expression,” remarked David French, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which has intervened on Lee’s behalf. “Washington State’s defense of this vigilante censorship will encourage students to unlawfully silence others whenever they feel offended.”

On April 21, 2005, Lee and his student cast performed the final production of Passion of the Musical, a play they had widely publicized as being potentially “offensive or inflammatory to all audiences.” During the play, a group of 40 student protestors repeatedly stood up, shouted about being offended, and verbally threatened audience members and the cast. FIRE has obtained a document confirming that administrators at Washington State’s Office for Campus Involvement (OCI) purchased the hecklers’ tickets.

The disruptions were so severe that at one point, Lee requested that campus security remove the hecklers from the audience. Campus security refused, instead asking Lee (who is African American) to censor part of his production by changing the word “black” to “blank” in the satirical song “I Will Do Anything for God, But I Won’t Act Black” in order “to avoid a possible riot or physical harm.”

Lee later complained of this censorship to Washington State’s Center for Human Rights (CHR) and other administrators. CHR’s May 13 report justified the disruptions as protected expression, claiming that because the play provoked and “taunted” the audience, it exhibited “qualities of a public forum.” Washington State President V. Lane Rawlins was quoted in the campus paper as saying that the protestors “exercised their rights of free speech in a very responsible manner by letting the writer and players know exactly how they felt.”

Washington State’s ‘public forum’ excuse is so ridiculous I don’t think even they believe it,” commented Greg Lukianoff, FIRE’s director of legal and public advocacy. “Does this mean that any time a play addresses the audience, it becomes a public forum? Under this theory, every soliloquy in Shakespeare would turn a theater into a discussion hall. Everyone knows what a play is—and that the audience does not have the right to disrupt it or to threaten the cast.”

Interestingly, the same office that bankrolled the hecklers at Passion of the Musical sponsored Washington State’s 2005 production of The Vagina Monologues. Washington State also played host in April to Tales of the Lost Formicans, in which a cast member simulated masturbating into the American flag. Washington State called that play “a whimsical look at the idiosyncrasies of human interaction” and promoted it via a university press release.

“Clearly, Washington State does not treat equally all plays that some might find offensive,” Lukianoff observed.

On June 17, FIRE wrote President Rawlins to request that Washington State renounce its support of a “heckler’s veto” over constitutionally protected expression. President Rawlins’ June 20 response to FIRE was a non-answer in which Rawlins claimed that the university was “committed to everyone’s exercise of all their human rights at WSU, including free speech, without fear of unlawful obstruction by anyone.”

FIRE reiterated its request on July 1, reminding Rawlins that “Washington State is a public university bound by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and therefore may not tolerate, let alone support, attempts to disrupt, silence, and censor a theatrical work.” On July 14, a local paper reported that Rawlins responded to FIRE without withdrawing his support for the hecklers, but FIRE as yet has received no such response.

“As Lee said in a recent article, ‘The whole point [of the play] was to show people we’re not that different, we all have issues that can be made fun of,’” noted Lukianoff. “The very function of satire and parody is to challenge, provoke, and, yes, offend. If Washington State is not comfortable with this, it is not comfortable with the idea of free speech.”

FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and rights of conscience at our nation’s colleges and universities. FIRE’s efforts to preserve liberty on campuses across America can be viewed at thefire.org.



I wonder if any students had requested that the school subsidize a heckling trip to the Vagina Monologues, how would that have been recieved? Somehow I doubt that they would have been sitting front row on the school dime. Double standard? Yep. Outragous? Absolutely. Changing anytime soon? Umm....no.


Personally, I like the irony of the school touting as free speech, one student threatening another with physical violence in order to censor him.


Parents beware, don't send your kids or your money to WSU.



 

Bush's Choice is Questionable

President Bush has done the one thing that many in the conservative base which got him thought he would not, he nominated a conservative, white, male to take the place of SDO on the USSC. I'm a wee bit skeptical however that this choice is going to help the President, and more importantly purple state senators like Rick Santorum, gain support in the conservative grassroots movement. Many political junkies like myself were looking for Bush to nominate a constructionist in the mold of Thomas, alas it appears that Bush couldn't bring himself to do it. John Roberts Jr. could be a solid choice casting conservative friendly votes and helping to return our country to its constitutional roots, or he could be SDO II, casting unpredicable tie breaking votes that cause both conservatives and liberals to fear his presence on the bench. Fact is we just don't know. He has made statements that indicate he could go either way. I haven't seen his record from his two years on the appellate court, but I'm sure it will soon be brought to light. I'm more than a little uneasy about this choice, and besides, I wanted to see Bill Frist and Harry Reid slugging it out on the Senate floor for my own personal amusement. Alas, Roberts will likely be confirmed with only minor opposition, and there lies the problem, if the Dems don't absolutely seeth at the prospect of the President's nominee being confirmed, then chances are the nominee is not the right judge for the job.

Monday, July 18, 2005

 

BMW Throws Down the Naked Bike Gauntlet

BMW has just leap frogged the Yamaha FZ1 and Aprilia Tuono in the race for naked bike supremecy. The new K1200R has radical love it or hate it styling, top of the line components, and push button adjustable electronic suspension. Ohh yeah, did I mention the 156hp engine with 93.6lb-ft of torque. At just a touch under $15 large it is not cheap, but so far it looks like you'll get your moneys worth. I'll be test riding one soon with an eye toward trading up next year. More to follow.

 

All is Right With the (Sports) World

Tiger won the Open by 5 strokes, Lance has a commanding lead in the tour, and I managed to play 36 holes on Saturday with my close friend who is home on R&R leave from Iraq. Played the Turtle Bay Fazio course in the morning and the Palmer course after lunch. Good times.

Friday, July 15, 2005

 

Irresponsibility Personified

Melissa Irene Tanner, 37, had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent when she gave birth June 30, and her daughter's was 0.21 percent, according to an affidavit by police.
Hospital staff had to use an oxygen bag to help the baby start breathing and gave her medication to counteract any narcotics, according to the affidavit. Tanner allegedly told police she and another person had consumed a case of beer and that she regularly drank during her pregnancy. AP

Wow, a libertarian by nature, I very rarely advocate the regulation of any behavior by the government unless that behavior places others at risk of losing LLE, or it infringes upon the inherent rights of others. Seeing that this baby had to have her breathing kickstarted due to the unmitigated stupidity of this woman, I would say that this is beavior that qualifies. Do I think that a glass of wine with dinner while pregnant should be illeagal? No. Should it be illeagal to get falling down drunk while pregnant? Probably, but how to fairly enforce such a law? Something to ponder. I suppose that the rule "When in doubt do nothing" as applied to enacting new legislation would be the prudent decision in this case.

 

Misplaced Outrage

According to the news, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles last night to condemn the police for their involvement in the death of a 19 month old child. While it should be obvious to any right thinking individual that the violent death of a baby should produce a good deal of anger, in this case I believe this anger to be misplaced. The blame should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the man who choose to hold the baby in front of himself like a human shield (his own child no less) while shooting at the cops. Granted he is dead now, making it difficult to hold him responsible for this behavior, but that doesn't excuse the shamefull practice of transferring blame to the constibulary (not that I believe for a second that his survival would have changed the nature of this blame game.) The details are still forth coming, it should be interesting to hear the final report.

 

Tour de Lance

Despite the considerable attention being given to Lance Armstrong and his quest for his seventh tour win, it still doesn't seem like many people really grasp the weight of this awe inspiring event. Granted it is only sports, a mere athletic competition, but still the combination of raw talent, training, and dedication needed to win this race six (hopefully seven) times is beyond the comprehension. I am a huge golf fan and was in awe with everybody else when Tiger won four straight majors, but even that amazing feat does not compare to what Lance has done. Granted there are many more golfers than cyclists in the US, but that shouldn't keep us from appreciating this athlete, the likes of which we may never see again.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

 

On Promiscuity

Promiscuity - n : indulging in promiscuous (casual and indiscriminate) sexual relations

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

Promiscuous behavior is all around us, the media glorify it and our young (and not a few older) people pride themselves for it. While it is still more acceptable in men than in women the gap would appear to be closing. In many urban locales, gone are the days when a girl who has had more than her share of sexual partners is dimissed out of hand by all as a slut. Likewise, whereas it used to be merely acceptable for a young man to cat around it now nigh expected. What I wish to speak to in this essay is not promiscuity itself but rather what I believe to be its root cause (in men at least for I will not presume to speak on the female mind, a subject about which I am thoroughly clueless.)

Let us begin by covering some of those things that one would presume cause promiscuity but do not.

1. Sex - It seems silly to say that promiscuous behavior is not caused by a desire for sex but in fact this is the truth, just as overeating is rarely caused by a desire for Big Macs. While it's true that your average promiscuous individual has quite a bit of sex, does he really have more sex than his monogamous counterparts? Rock stars and pro athletes not withstanding, I doubt it. What about the quality of the sex? It doesn't take Dr. Ruth to figure out that a loving monogamous couple intent on pleasing each other are going to have better sex than than two relative strangers who are in it for themselves. So we can rule out sex as the cause of promiscuity in your average guy.

2. Impressing others - Some guys who are promiscuous make a habit of telling their buddies (who are generally promscuous themselves) about all of their conquests. This desire to impress others is related to the root cause of promiscuity but is not the root cause in and of itself. We know this for one simple reason, nobody over the age of 15 is impressed with the number of sexual partners you've had. Other promiscuous types invariably think that, given enough time, they could surpass you (assuming they havn't already), and monogamous types simply pity you for a misguided fool (some may envy you for reasons discussed in the next paragragh.)

So what is the cause of promiscuous behavior. In my opinion it is pride, that which C.S. Lewis refers to as the most wicked of sins. While I was contemplating this essay my first thoughts on the matter centered around "the hunt". Surely most men who have lived a promiscuous life style know this feeling of which I speak, going out to the hunting grounds, surveying the game, choosing a target, and then, conquest. Truth be told, the difficulty of the hunt is really of little importance, the belt will be notched regardless. In truth though, what is the hunt but an expression of insecurity? The unspoken questions are always the same, am I good enough? attractive enough? smooth enough? desirable enough? A confident man feels no need to answer these questions, and consequently, feels no need to engage in the hunt. And what is insecurity but an expersion of pride? It is a desire to lift ourselves up. A desire to glorify ourselves. How appropriate then that this increase in promiscuous behavior coincides with the rise of tee shirts that say "It's all about me" and "Do I look like care?"

This I know, a change in hearts is required before there will be any change in action.

And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-13

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 

Off and Running....again

Well, here we go again. I shall endeavor to post regularly and thoughtfully. Here is to exchanging ideas, broadening our horizons, and the search for the ever elusive truth. I hope to be joined on this journey by many, for it is a journey worth taking.

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