Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Canada and same-sex marriages

I can't understand the issue surrounding same-sex marriage. Who cares? Why is this even an issue? The only thing people have against it is solely based on "morality" and has nothing to do with the actual things a government should be concerned about: economics and security.

I know politicians have to kiss the asses of special interest groups, especially the vocal religious right, but for crap sake, don't they have anything better to with which to occupy their time? How about the handout (AGAIN) to Bombardier? Or the continuing escapades of Sgro?

This is nuts. They are wasting time and money on an issue that, in reality, is none of society's fucking business. I don't care if two guys want to "legalize their love for eachother" by symbolically signing a legal document and shoving rings on their fingers. Who cares?

Joke:

A guy walked into the local welfare office, marched straight up to the counter and said, "Hi... You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job."

The social worker behind the counter said, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur/bodyguard for his nymphomaniac daughter. You'll have to drive around in his Mercedes, but he'll supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort her on her overseas holiday trips. You'll have a two-bedroom apartment above the garage. The starting salary is $200,000 a year".

The guy said, "You're bullshittin' me!"

The social worker replied, "Yeah, well, you started it."

New Fred On Everything

Excellent new Fred On Everything called Read Your Newspaper (while you still can).

In this column, he asserts that newspapers are dying out because of the Internet. For the US, this is the beginning of a good thing. Now, if the web could only wipe out American television news....starting with that shitpile Fox.

In a previous column, Fred discusses Wars and their Aftermath. In it he asks:

The observant will have noticed that we hear little from the troops in Iraq and see almost nothing of the wounded. Why, one might wonder, does not CNN put an enlisted Marine before a camera and, for fifteen minutes without editing, let him say what he thinks? Is he not an adult and a citizen? Is he not engaged in important events on our behalf?

It is a sad world when the press of the "land of the free, and the home of the brave" is less open than that of, say, the Ukraine. The media in the US is so tightly controlled as to be essentially meaningless.

So, when people use mainstream media as their source for "proof", aren't their opinions questionable?

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Da Vinci Code

Just started reading The Da Vinci Code (I know, I'm a little behind the times). Interesting book so far.

Thought I would do some research (on the web, 'natch). Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few diatribes against this book....from Christians, of course. The funny thing is, you can't really argue religion against a believer, be they Christian or whatever. Their whole main source of "research" and "facts" is their book (Bible, Quaran, whatever). It's like saying OJ Simpson didn't commit those murders 'cause he said he didn't.

The author writes a fictional religious thriller and the Bible-thumpers come out of the woodwork. I was raised and grew up Catholic, but found that there were too many lies from the Church for me to take this seriously anymore. Those same lies infest every religion and every offshoot of Christianity.

To these people the Bible is sacrosanct and cannot change...cannot be wrong as it is the Word of God. No matter how many errors and blatant contradictions can be found in it, it is the Truth (according to them). So how can you argue with them?

Many hardcore believers do so in the absence of independent thought. It is the nature of religion. Those in power do not want the little people thinking. That causes problems for them. So, they make thought = heresay. Galilleo was a perfect example of that.


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Typically "reformed Christian" bullcrap

Yesterday, I pointed out a guy's blog (keithdevens.com) in which he actually tries to blame Canada for the mess the US is in (he implies that in his intial post and throughout his responses to other comments). Now, this thread is over two years old, but I wrote a comment yesterday, after reading this guy's response to another person's comments:
What does it say about you that you think this comment, in which there was nothing racist at all, is somehow comparable to people supporting a regime which killed millions of people? It's disgusting and morally offensive. You should be ashamed.

Here's what I wrote:

Interesting thread. Filled with some excellently written posts, and some incredibly illiterate ones. Odd that many of the excellently written, from a grammatical sense, are complete crap.

"...comparable to people supporting a regime which killed millions of people..."? Let's digest that for a second:

Peru? Ever hear of it? Your "regime" supported theirs...one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world.

Iraq? The US created Hussein. Your country supported him and it ended up backfiring.

Hiroshima? Your country dropped a hydrogen bomb on innocent civilians killing more than 100,000 people. It's disgusting and morally offensive...you should be ashamed.

Genius-boy comments back:

Odd that many of the excellently written, from a grammatical sense, are complete crap.

You describe your own post.

I'm tired of dealing with all this tripe. I'm closing this thread.

So....here's a guy who considers himself well-educated but who cannot discuss his own country's shortcomings without resorting to tripe himself. Typical whiny-boy Christian reformed right-wing bullshit I would expect from a 'Merken with his head so far up his ass he doesn't realize that his country is the laughing-stock of the world. I mean, I swear as I read that last line I could mentally picturing him sniffling and taking his ball and going home.

This is the kind of moronic shit-for-brains that makes me re-think my own right-wing sensibilities.

By the way...he posts his email address and his AIM contact information if anyone is interested in...er....writing to him....

Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hating Canada

Just dicking around on the web and typed "hate canada" into Google to see what would come up. Came across some interesting stuff. One is a weblog (the actual blog post was started back in June 2002!), but people began commenting on it again in Sept.

Check it out at: keithdevens.com . The whole chain is interesting because it exposes a couple of things. One, as anyone who surfs a lot can atest, there are a lot of illiterate people in the world. Two, many in the US seem to have a skewed world vision - which also shouldn't surprise anyone.

Here is a seemingly intelligent person who ignores a lot of facts to support his own skewed arguments. You cannot just throw away pertinent information because it doesn't jive well with your personal viewpoint. Reality doesn't work that way. Though, of course, most Americans are trapped in a sort of pseudo-reality (AMBER TERROR ALERT...RUN. HIDE. FEAR FOR YOUR LIVES. THE ENEMY IS COMING.)

The blog's author makes a claim about Canada's lax immigration laws which allows terrorism to flourish. Odd...4 commercial jets get hi-jacked (allegedly, I have an odd feeling about the one that "hit" the Pentagon and the other that crashed in the field...something doesn't feel right about either of them) by terrorists. Not one, not two, but (again, allegedly) FOUR. Where was the US's security then?

I remember seeing a list of the crew and passenger manifests of the two that hit the WTC. I could never get confirmation on the validity of it (neither did this guy), but one thing was extremely odd. None of the names appeared to be Arabic-sounding. If the lists I saw were real, then the terrorists were able to board the airplanes with either totally fake names, or without tickets at all. Now, if they have fake names, which one did they use: Jeffrey Coombs? Andrew Curry Green?

What I want to know it, if they were on the plane, how come they don't appear on the manifests? And how did they get on to them? The link to "this guy" above is essentially someone responding to the original writer's questions regarding the lists. Now, given all those arguments (in red), I still do not see a valid explanation as to the exclusion of the Arab names. Were they on the list, did they have tickets?

The whole point of the above is to point out that, while Canada may have lax immigration laws, the US itself is guilty of pretty shoddy security as well. I mean, there was an FBI briefing that basically previewed Bin Laden's plans. How come security wasn't increased then?

What's even funnier is that in hating Canada, some Americans hate probably the only country on Earth that doesn't egg American tourists...where an American can wear a symbol bearing his flag without fear of reprisal...whether verbal or physical.

Funny article with regards to wearing Canadian symbols.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Random Crap

So...weather forecasting. Is it any more respectable than reading cat entrails to predict someone's future? Two days ago...TWO DAYS...the Weather Network predicted that Thursday would be 9 DEGREES. It was -3. How the Christ can someone claim to be a meteorologist without smirking?

Sports predictions...some numbnuts in the Ottawa Citizen says that even though Indianapolis is 9 point favorites over Detroit, you should take the Lions to beat the spread. The Colts won 41 to 9. Manning threw for 6 touchdown passes, and 236 yards...and he came out of the game in the 3rd quarter! Oh yeah, nice prediction.

David Grimes from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida writes a humour column. On Sunday, he wrote an article entitled:
Disgruntled voters eye Canada, Moving to Canada: Big Mistake or Bad Idea?
He takes a few sorta funny potshots at Canada (we say "a boot" when we mean "about", that kind of stuff). Of course, the thin-skinned, who seem to have immediate access to anything that mentions Canada, wrote hateful emails to this guy (david.grimes@heraldtribune.com). Why? Why do some Canadians do this? Are they that insecure? Christ, the guy was making jokes. Get over it!

Two jokes:

A big investment bank recently hired several cannibals. "You are all part of
our team now", said the HR rep during the welcoming briefing. "You get all
the usual benefits and you can go to the dining room for something to eat,
but please don't eat any of the other employees."
The cannibals promised they would not.
Four weeks later their boss remarked, "You're all working very hard, and I'm
quite satisfied with you. However, one of our secretaries has disappeared.
Do any of you know what happened to her?"
The cannibals all shook their heads. After the boss had left, the leader of
the cannibals asked the others, "Which one of you idiots ate the secretary?"
A hand raised hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued,
"You fool!!! For four weeks we've been eating managers and no one noticed
anything, but noooooo, you had to go and eat someone important!"


Four men were sitting around a conference room table being interviewed for a job. The interviewer asked, "What is the fastest thing you know of?" pointing to the man on his right. He replied, "A thought ... It pops into your head, there's no forewarning that it's on the way ... It's just there. A Thought is the fastest thing I know of."

"That's very good!" Replied the interviewer. "And now you .... Sir," he asked the second man. "Hmmm ... Let me see ... a blink! It comes and goes and you don't know it ever happened. A blink is the fastest thing I know of." "Excellent!" said the interviewer. "The blink of an eye .... That's a very popular cliché for speed." He then turned to the third man who was contemplating his reply.

"Well, out on my Dad's ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there is a light switch ... When you flip that switch, way across the pasture the light at the barn comes on in an instant. Turning on a light is the fastest thing I can think of." The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. "It's hard to beat the speed of light." he said. Turning to the fourth man, a Newfoundlander, he posed the same question.

"After hearing the three previous answers ... It's obvious to me that the fastest thing known is diarrhea," Said the Newfie. "WHAT?!" said the interviewer ... Stunned by the response.

"Oh ... I can explain," Said the Newfie. "You see, the other day I wasn't feeling so well and ran for the bathroom. But, before I could think, blink, or turn on the light ... I shit my pants. "

.... He got the job!

Saturday, November 20, 2004

NHL?

's funny. My family and I had dinner with some friends this evening. The husband, we'll call him Mike since that's his name, is a sports nut. Used to be into sports betting pretty heavily. He doesn't seem to miss the NHL all that much. In fact, he figures the lockout has saved him, and the company he works for, money.

I ask those around me every chance I get about whether or not they miss hockey. No one seems to.

In a recent article, sportswriter Jim Kernaghan writes that prior to the strike there were dire predictions about how Canadians would go through withdrawals. How tragic this would all be to our collective psyches. He also writes that all these predictions seemed to be totally wrong:

Well, guess what? Nobody cares. The only reaction produced among fandom, it seems, is no reaction.

The sun rose the day after the league's owners bolted the door and everyone -- even people in other spheres of hockey -- is simply getting on with their lives.

He continues,

Those of us raised in the Saturday night culture of hockey made some enormous assumptions as the lockout drew nigh.

There was a time when one's social life revolved around the televised game, when parties and everything else planned for the evening were put on hold until the final whistle. Well, guess what? There is evidence the hold that hockey was presumed to have had on the hearts and minds of Canadians might not have been as powerful as we all thought.

He goes on to divulge a closely guarded secret; one I think is not exclusive to hockey. Very few people watch a game in its entirety (on television). Most will tune in and out...channel surf to other games, or other shows. Others will tune in only if there is some sort of suspense (like me...I won't really watch an NFL game unless it's close. Otherwise, what's the point?).

Sports in general, and hockey specifically, have to learn a harsh lesson. MOST of us are smart enough not to make watching a sport the sole purpose in our lives....or even a driving force.

I care so little about professional sports of any kind, that I don't care that hockey is locked out. I don't care that the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers had a big brawl. I don't care that Barry Bonds may or may not have been using steroids. And why should I anyways?

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Desperate Scandals

Years from now, if we are still here and not some radioactive dust floating in the grey winds, we will look back on the Bush Years and, quite probably (and hopefully) laugh. Not with him, but at him. His legacy will be a thing about which our children's children will ask "Did that REALLY happen, Grandpa?"...in that "Oh, right, Grandpa's spinning bullcrap again" tone of voice.

Look no further than two of the largest "scandals" to have hit the US in decades: the Janet-Jackson-baring-her-breast debacle AND the Monday Night Football's Desperate Housewives send-up. They show some woman's naked back and the lines at the FCC are lit up, and ABC has to issue an apology. If they had shown someone getting shot, would there have been that much of an issue raised? I think not.

Evangelism is the fastest growing "religion" in North America. If there is any group that is less tolerant than radical Muslims, it's this one.

Bush's legacy will be one of appeasement to these doorknobs from the uneducated States who, though physically a "majority" in their voting strength are CLEARLY the extreme minority in number of operative brain cells. We are talking about people who believe that the world was only created a few thousand years ago! I mean, fer crissakes! A FEW thousand years ago?!? And these are the people who set the course of the world for the next four years? A bunch of drooling, slaw-jacked yokels? I don't care what your definition of democracy is, but some people should not be allowed to vote.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Job Satisfaction...or not

At what point do you get so frustrated with your job that you just take that leap and get the hell out?

I mean, I need the job (it's not like I'm independently wealthy) and I am grateful to have one (I know many people who have struggled over the past couple of years after the hi-tech market took a nose-dive). But I can't stand working here anymore. Maybe it's the project I am working on (been on it for 2.5 years), and not the company per se. But still, since I have only EVER been on this project, that is my full perception of the company.

Coming to work in the morning is getting painful. I have to force myself to get up and go to work.

And it's not like there aren't any other opportunites either. There are some available, but most require working out of country for part of the week (one is fly to New Jersey on Sunday, and fly back on Thursday...all at the company's expense). Not a bad deal if you have no kids and can just pack up and go. I would miss my family too much. It pays well (really well), but not well enough to do that...and not when I have a job. It might be a different story if I had been out of work for a long period and this came up.

Anyways...how do you deal with it? Alcohol?


Friday, October 29, 2004

Some day off!

Well, took today off. Ostensibly, it was to take my 18 month old to his doctor's appointment this morning (so, technically, I would only have needed to take the morning off, but hey, it's friday!). I had hoped that once that was over with, and he was safely at his babysitter's, I could enjoy a day of computer gaming! But then we scheduled a trip to the car dealership for the mini-van's 6000 KM check. Then we decided to schedule another appointment, this one for the cat, to get his shots. Between the doctor's appointment this morning, and the car dealership we shopped for christmas gifts. Now it's time to pick the kids up. Sigh.

Interesting email from my Dad. Apparently, a friend of his is starting a Vintage Music Society (over in Nova Scotia) and he suggested that they start a Blog to get things going. He asked me to explain how one would set up a blog. I replied to him with instructions on setting one up on www.blogger.com. Then I got a reply back "So, in a nutshell, what exactly is a Blog?" Interesting question. The short answer is "Anything you want it to be". But that's trite.

An online dictionary defines a a Blog as follows:

n: Slang term for a weblog. A Web log, for the uninitiated, is a popular and fairly personal content form on the Internet. A person’s Web log is almost like an open diary. It chronicles what a person wants to share with the world on an almost daily basis.

I guess that's as good a definition as any.

Friday, October 15, 2004

"Has Been"

William Shatner has a new CD out. Yes, back in the '60s, Bill gave us the much maligned "The Transformed Man". But this one is quite different, and actually very, very good. Combining the talents of Ben Folds (an excellent musician from NC, his band Ben Fold Five broke up in 2000 and he is embarking on a solo career), Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins, and several others, the CD is an eclectic and surprisingly lyrical emotional ride. This is an EXCELLENT CD. I know it sounds weird, I know you won't believe me, but check it out for yourself at either Amazon.com or at the official website for the album.

Play the first track Common People, or the last one Real. Or the hysterical I Can't Get Behind That with Henry Rollins. Listen to these and tell me they aren't good.


Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Firefox

Been slamming the crap out of Firefox lately, trying to determine its faults, if any. Haven't found anything serious, and have finally stopped using IE almost altogether (I keep it around for things like my company's intranet site which is optimized for IE (meaning, its a crippled web page that only works with a sub-standard browser).

If you want to try Firefox, I recommend a few of the extensions and the Noia 2 (eXtreme) theme (or the top rated GrayModern). For the extensions, I like:

  • Adblock - blocks ads and you can right-click an ad to add it to the list that will be blocked.
  • Mouse Gestures - use the right-click and mouse movements to do things like go Back a page, etc.
  • StockTicker - can put x number of stock quotes - you can check them manually or have them update and listed in the status bar of the browser
  • QuickNotes - like sticky notes. Can make up to 4 tabs of notes that you can make as a panel in your browser, tabs in your browser, or floating! By floating the quicknotes, they stay open as long as your browser is running.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to continue using IE. I really don't.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Meteorologists?

Okay...other than Economics and psychiatry/therapy, is there any other professional vocation that seems more like witch-doctor quackery than Meteorology? Now predicting the weather in places like, oh, I dunno, Aruba is easy (sunny, warm, and windy) so a Meteorologist there would seem like a frikkin' genius, but that has to be the exception to the rule.

"Oh...it isn't an exact science!", they will exclaim upon being called a bunch of charlatans. "We can only give predictions, which by definition may not be what occurs." So, in my area of the country we were told, repeatedly including this past Friday, that the weekend would be, except for some rain on Saturday, 16-17 degress celsius and sunny (for holiday Monday as well, that being the Canadian Thanksgiving day). Well, it was, maybe, 11 and overcast the whole weekend. Now, I can see where they might not be able to predict exactly, but did none of the so-called "professionals" see the huge fucking CLOUD formation bearing down on the region??

I mean, Monday morning I flipped on the Weather Network and they said it would be 11 and partly sunny. Guess what, if it was 11, I would be surprised, and there 'tweren't no sun.

Most of the weather data and predictions appear to come from Environment Canada. There's an old adage used to excuse shoddy performance: "Good enough for government work". I guess we now know that adage has some basis in fact.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Irony in Florida

Okay....let's see...in the past few months, Florida has experienced the following:

1. The defending World Series champion Florida Marlins are official out of play-off contention.
2. The two Florida-based NFL teams are, as of this post, 0-3 (Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Bucs.)
3. Four, count 'em, FOUR hurricanes IN A ROW have devastated much of the state.
4. The sport they care least about is the one in which their team wins the championship (Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL).

All of this comes on the "heels" of Floridians buggering the last federal election and enabling Dubya the chance to blow up stuff legally, and a NEW federal election looming in a couple of months.

Now...is that irony or what? I mean, not to offend those who have lost their homes and/or loved ones, but doesn't it seem like some Supreme Being is offering a kind of warning shot?

"I DARE YOU TO FUCK UP THIS ELECTION!"

Next thing you know, the pointy bit that is Florida will break off and slide under the Atlantic. And all the old folks living there will still be in their voting booths trying desperately to figure out which "chad" to punch.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Watch Russia

Have you noticed that not one Russian citizen has been taken hostage by the whackjob diaper heads in Iraq? I think Chechnya fucked up big time. Russia, for all it's recent democratic leanings, ain't too high on human rights. They certainly won't take what happened to those school children like the Americans did. There's going to be some serious carnage in Chechnya soon.

What do you think would happen if a Russian citizen was summarily executed by Muslim terrorists? You think they would react blandly like the US government has?

By the way, the more and more I see of Islam, the less tolerant I get. Fuck multiculturalism. Take your 16 century belief system and stick it.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Death of Professional Hockey?

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Sept 15, 2004 that the league was imposing a lockout of the players association effective Thursday, Sept 16, 2004.

The league lost $224 million US last season, and has lost $1.8 billion over the last 10 years.

Will the NHL be the first major professional sports league to be wiped out? Let's face it, Major League Baseball can't be far behind. Both sports suffer from dwindling attendance, shrinking revenues, a majority of teams playing at a loss, and all around fan disgust at the current structure. Why can't these leagues, and I probably should lump the NBA in there too, take a page from the NFL? They have a salary cap arrangement, and ultimately this has proven a boon to the sport....it's called parity. In the NFL it is getting more and more difficult for the pundits to predict Superbowl contenders. It's actually fun to look at how abysmal their predictions have been over the last 4-5 years.

The other leagues need this. They need the parity-inducing structure of a salary cap...not necessarily a cap on a individual player's salary, but a team cap. For instance, the team cap could be $20 million US per year. If you want to pay one player $10 million per year, then you only have an additional $10 million for the rest of your team. Fantasy sports leagues have been doing this for years. The NFL has enforced that for what, 10 years now? And it has, overall, improved the league.

Fans can force this issue by refusing to attend games (for hockey, whenever they start back, the league and the players association WOULD get the message if the stands were empty). Unfortunately, sports fans aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, especially hockey fans, and they will pour back in all their idolating glory once their "heroes" return to the ice. Not me though. Unless there's a cap, I won't even watch a game on TV. I stopped watching baseball, and I will stop watching hockey.

On the topic of watching sports: I work in an area with rabid hockey fans...and none of them spoke of the World Cup games. In fact, few of us, if any, watched more than a period or two. I wonder what the ratings were?

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Affirmative Action and Asshole-Sucking Mummies

I mentioned Fred (from Fred on Everything) in an earlier blog. His latest article has some fantastic quotes. In answering a call for him to offer a solutions to various worldly problems rather than just bitching about them, he writes:

Affirmative action. I see two approaches, each being as brilliant as the other, or perhaps more so. The first is to require the entire population to submit to a test, the only question on which will be, “Are you a member of a group suffering discrimination or oppression?” If the answer is “yes,” they go to Leavenworth for two years, after which they will be retested to see whether they have learned anything.

This is fantastic!

He also tackles AIDs:

AIDS. Stop worrying about it. It is a voluntary disease acquired by doing things that we all know about and anyone can avoid. Homosexuals don’t have to be promiscuous any more than anyone else. HIV is a choice, like riding a motorcycle. If you want to do it, fine. If you fall off, don’t tell me about it.

His second idea to fix all of these problems is:

...to suggest that people grow up, and try to stop being pathetic psychics cripples who squall like two-year-olds if they hear anything they don’t like. Society isn’t, or shouldn’t be anyway, a diapering service.

Fred is like this breath of fresh-air once a week. A dying breed, him. Forcing people to think and do for themselves is not popular. Allowing people to succeed or fail on their own merits is akin to tyranny.

Go see the movie Bubba Ho-tep. Bear with me, there's some relevance here! It's a strange comedy with Bruce Campbell (from Evil Dead etc) playing Elvis. In it, an Egyptian mummy wanders through a nursing home sucking the life force/souls out of dying old folks. It seems the mummy needs an orifice out of which to suck the souls...so it uses assholes. This is an apt description of society....parasites sucking the life force out from the assholes of those who choose to live. Parasites being the perpetual whiners screaming that they are being downtrodden...and those they feast upon are the ones who work hard and try to live on their own merits.




Monday, August 30, 2004

Noble Dead

I just read a fun and interesting book last week: Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee. You can check it out at their website Nobledead.com.

Essentially, the book is a cross between a High Fantasy (like a Lord of the Rings or Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series) and a vampire-based Horror (like Anne Rice, I guess would be the best approximation). Unlike Jordan's series, this one appears to be written by people who understand the craft and don't just put down words to fill a page...see the Amazon reviews for Jordan's Crossroads of Twilight if you want to know what I mean.

The only thing I didn't like about it is the fact that it is part of a series! And a currently-being-written one at that...which means we have to keep waiting for the next book (book 2 is out, book 3 is coming out in January 2005).


Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Immortel

A few months ago, my brother showed me a trailer online for a movie called "Immortel". Filmed in France, but in English. The movie is essentially a science fiction/fantasy with, at least in the trailer, some amazing special effects. The plot isn't going to win any prizes: New York in the year 2095 has evolved into a science-fiction metropolis. A giant pyramid hovers over the city, where the Gods of Ancient Egypt dwell, unbeknownst to the mortals below. Horus, one of the Gods, has his status as an Immortal revoked. With his time running out, Horus has unfinished business to settle in the city against a backdrop of political intrigue, corporate corruption and impending revolution.

Check out the official site at: http://www.immortel-lefilm.com. Choose trailer (standard or full screen) under the section entitled Découverez la bande-annonce.

The film appears to have been released already in France and the rest of Europe, but hasn't worked it's way here yet. Too bad. Would love to see this on the big screen.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

What if they held an Olympics and nobody cared?

The current buzz phrase, in the famous words of countless comedians whilst bombing on stage: "Um...is this on?"

The Olympic organizers are quite surprised that no one is shelling out 500 Euros for the right to sit and watch a woman's preliminary synchronized diving event. I mean, come on people, this is quality entertainment here.

Seriously. When the fuck did "synchronized diving" become an Olympic sport? The IOC is off it's rocker! In 1995, the IOC officially added bridge to the Olympic Movement, granting the World Bridge Federation status as a recognized sports organization according to various, and obviously quite fucked up, Olympic charter rules. In fact, bridge shares a similar status with golf, rugby and squash as recognized sports which are not yet permitted to compete in the Olympics. Bridge = golf = rugby = squash? What the...?

What's next? Darts? Have you ever watched professional darts? Can you imagine a fat Brit drinking lukewarm beer between throws as a symbol of Olympian athletisism?

As far as I can tell, Canada isn't even in these Olympics. I mean, we sent people, but they aren't there to win shit, just do their "personal bests". Oooo...ataway to raise that bar, reach for the brass ring, and exceed expectations. And then the apologists back home: "Oh, that's all we can expect, the poor dears. The government doesn't give them enough money for training." Um, okay, so how much money do those poor bastards from Kenya get...you know the ones that dominate the long distance running events?

Fuck, send me four years from now...I could represent Canada in, I dunno, some lame ass sport like sychronized diving. I wouldn't win shit, but I guarantee I would beat my "personal best". Hell, the gov't wouldn't have to shell out a dime for my "training". Just pay for my way there. Good deal. Same result for Canada, at a lot less money. Yee haa.






Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Freedom of Speech

The CRTC has decided not to renew the license of rock station CHOI in Quebec City when the license expires Aug 31st (Globe and Mail article). Apparently, the station was fairly controversial and shock-jocks said things like "psychiatric patients should be gassed" as well as other typically juvenile statements. Now, I'm all for freedom of speech. If you don't like what they say, change stations. Simple.

However, back in February 2004, Conan O'Brien came to Toronto, and his show did a skit with Triumph the Dog (this cigar chomping puppet that insults people) in which he insulted ('natch) people at the Winter Carnival in Quebec. Comments like:

"So you're French and Canadian, yes? So you're obnoxious and dull!"
"You're in North America, learn the language!"
"Oh, you're French? I can smell your crotch from here."
Back then, Alexa McDonough, a member of the New Democrat Party, described the program as "racist filth" and "utterly vile"
She was quoted as saying:

"There may be those who would say, "Isn't this interfering with freedom of expression?" It's not interfering to say we will not publicly fund this kind of vile, vicious hatemongering, McDonough told reporters.
So, how come she hasn't come out in favour of the CRTC's decision regarding CHOI-FM? In fact, most of Canada's politicians vehemenently distanced themselved from Triumph's barbs, so where are they now in distancing themselves from the comments made by a francophone shock jock?
I wonder how many of the people who have been protesting the CRTC's decision supported Conan's right to freedom-of-speech?

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Rules in war?

Society is strange, and has been getting stranger and stranger each passing century. War is a terrible thing...that's a given. If you think war is fun, then I would suggest a visit to your local shrink. So, let's pretend you aren't some lip-diddling idiot or George W. Bush, and you find the thought of war distasteful. It may be necessary sometimes, but not as a vehicle to get re-elected or line the pockets of your oil industry buddies. Given all of that, who thinks that "rules of engagement", the whole Geneva Convention thing, makes any sense? What's its point? To make war more...er...humane? The idea of a war is to kill more of the enemy than they kill of you. It's also to ensure that there isn't any spirit left in the enemy so that a resurgence of hostilities is unlikely...in other words, beat them down until they can barely lift their heads to look you in the eyes. Fighting a war in any other fashion just brings about the crap we constantly see...like the shit going on in Iraq.

The US has no clue, and never has had a clue, on how to fight a successful war.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Vacation

Well...am officially on vacation (started on Monday).  Been working my ass off...even more than I do at work.  Nice vacation!

Putting some decorative patio stones down (fun work that...especially the leveling part).  Finished the walkway from the gate to the shed (more leveling of stepping stones).  All of that, and the damn pool is cloudy all the time and I can't get it clear!

Ah...vacation...such a relaxing time.



Thursday, July 15, 2004

Pépé le Pew

Well...wouldn't you know it...I have skunks in my backyard.  They appear to have taken up residence underneath my shed.  I called a couple of pest control places and Germex sent over a guy with a trap.  We'll see.  I've been putting the hose under there trying to flood them out...hey, if it works in Sweden, India, Greece, and Edmonton, it should work under my deck, no?  Not so far.  Well, haven't seen them run out all soaking wet anyways.
 
Just in time for my holidays too.  What fun.
 
 

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Dress Codes at work

I read this article in the Globe and Mail a couple of weeks ago entitled Skin isn't in at the office. Recently, a missive from our HR people trickled its way down the sewage pipe that is our company's channel of communication, which discusses, in part, that very same issue.

Now, dress codes for men never really seem to need much explanation. Men have way, way, way fewer choices in the clothes they can wear than do women. Collared polo-type shirts are the norm for many, especially in hi-tech. The problem is, the wearing of shirts with logos is frowned upon as a workplace faux pas. Newflash...if you are a techie, chances are most of your wardrobe consists of shirts, collared, t- or otherwise, with logos on them. What's the problem with wearing a shirt with a company logo on them? Dunno. Who decides these things? They seem so arbitrary.

No misogyny intended, but most of these fashion police types seem to be women. Why is that, I wonder?

On a similar topic, the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is, in my humble opinion, ridiculous. Have you seen the way these guys try to get the poor slob to dress? Who the hell dresses like that EXCEPT outwardly gay men? I think we should start a show called "Straight Guy Steers Queers" in which I would go around and try to get outwardly gay and overly effeminate homosexual men to be less...um...demonstrative. You know...tone it down several hundred notches. Stop them from saying things like "omigaaawwwd!" and "That's just marvelous".

I wonder how that would play in the media? Would it be considered homophobic?

Friday, July 09, 2004

What will Israel do now, and Naming my Penis.

Israel has been found guilty of illegally erecting that wall along the West Bank. What will they do next, I wonder? Perhaps they will make Palestinians wear a yellow-star patch on their clothing to clearly identify them as non-Israelis. Hmmm....it wouldn't be the first time the Israelis took a page out of Nazi Germany's book. Ironic, that.

Not that I find the Palestinians blameless. I, too, would be pissed at all the suicide bombings. But I do get tired of all the Israelis as perpetual victims dogma that seem to spout forth on a constant basis from that nation.

On an entirely different topic, check out this Naming My Penis generator from Rum and Monkey. If I use Steve, mine is:

Monster the Sensitive Battleaxe

If I use Stephen, it's:

Henry the Strangely Proportioned Assault Weapon


Take Name Your Penis
by
badasstronaut today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.





Thursday, July 08, 2004

The Right Tool

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a "handyman"-style project (the feminazis will have to excuse my use of the term handyman, instead of the ridiculous-sounding handyperson) and you don't have the right tools? It happens to me all the time. I have been building a deck and am using either a hand circular saw or a table saw to do very oblique angle cuts. I NEED a sliding dual compound miter saw, but I don't have one and really can't justify the cost of one.

But it's always the same thing. I am constantly trying to make do with the wrong tool. I have one big long extension cord I am using for my deck...and I keep having to switch the plugs between my drill (not a cordless) and my saws. Fun huh?

Sigh. How frustrating. Having the wrong tool to do a job....I wonder if that's how lesbians feel....

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Idiots have spoken

Wellllll...kiss financial prosperity goodbye, the Liberals have won. After making a record $28 billion dollars in spending promises, and now having to ally themselves with the NDP, the newest government is already on track to end up costing taxpayers a bundle. Congrats y'all. In an effort to head off the surging Conservatives, who may have ended same-sex marriage and brought in two-tier health care oooo...that's eeeeeviilllll... , we have ended up with a government that has cost us billions in shitty spending and various scandals, and will cost us billions more before they are finished.

Clap clap clap...bravo.

Oh, and they also have to kiss Bloc Quebecois ass at the same time. Beautiful. So...if I were an Albertan, I would hold my own referendum and get the fuck out of this boobyhatch we call Canada.

Our only hope is that the promised bucketful of spending will just be another broken promise by the Liberals.

And all the idiots out there are shifting their butt cheeks so Martin can drive that spiked shaft a little deeper.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

This Ain't Fifth-Century Athens

Just got a pile o' email dumped into my inbox (our company's new email system is a tenuous thing at best), with my weekly dose of FOE (Fred On Everything). If you don't know Fred, you should check him out. Read through his archives.

Here's a link to his latest: Fred On Everything: "This Ain't Fifth-Century Athens"

This latest article is on the failure of democracy, especially in the US.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Ridiculing the Military

Interesting Op-Ed piece on the Liberals' attitudes towards the military.... Op-Ed piece


I am reminded of something that the SF author Poul Anderson once wrote (and I will be damned if I can find a reference to the essay online, so I have to paraphrase). Essentially, he remarked that the military draft was a good idea, because what you have now is a military made up of volunteers. Those people who, by their own choice, want to be in the military. These people have loyalty to their country as they see it, and to their immediate leader. They don't have loyalty to the vague concept of society, nor to the politicians.

Now, we have a situation in which being in the military is no longer an avenue for respect that it once was. The military has become a bottom-feeder of society. When the erstwhile Prime Minister and his anti-Harper commercials show Canadian soldiers jumping off an APC with rifles ready, the voice over uses the word "warmonger". Now, when you have a military of volunteers, arm them, and train them to use these weapons...essentially teach them to be trained killers...., it's not a bright idea to ridicule them. If history has taught us anything, it's that turning your military into a laughingstock is a sure way to bring about the end of your society (read up on the fall of the Roman Empire for quite possibly the most glaring example).

What would happen if the military said "No" to more cuts? What would happen if the military demanded more money? We have put weapons of destruction (not so much "mass" destruction, this being the poorly funded Canadian military after all) into the hands of people who quite probably have no reluctance to using them. How far can we push them before they push back?

Friday, June 18, 2004

Liberals deserve to lose

Check out this link...Martin's troops sit on report.

If anyone, and I mean anyone, is actually considering voting for these lying, arrogant pieces of crap, that person has shit for brains. Period.

I don't care if you're left-wing or right-wing or whatever. You can't possibly, in all honesty, even consider voting for this fucking party. I mean, come on! How far up your ass do they have to ram that spiked shaft before you yell "ENOUGH"?

Martin was Finance Minister (the second most powerful position behind the Prime Minister) during the Adscam fiasco. He claims he "Didn't know anything about it.". Now, as Finance Minister, he should have at least noticed something. So, if he really didn't know, he's incompetent. If he did know, he's a lying sack of shit. You vote for him, you vote for a lying sack of shit or an incompetent. Good job. That'll teach politicans a lesson.

"Hey...you can fuck us over all you want, and we'll still vote for you, cause we think the other parties are scary."

Fucking losers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

DMOZ - getting your site listed on the web

I am trying to find out how to get this blog listed on the web (in search engines like Google). Went to dmoz.org and filled out a Site Submission. Not entirely sure about the rules at dmoz, but apparantly they require you to grovel a bit and put the dmoz editors on a pedestal. At least, it appears that way when reading the dmoz forum (at http://resource-zone.com/forum/). Now, I can only assume that these guys are swamped and most of the site submissions do not meet their criteria, and some users may get all insulting, but I have to admit that some of the dmoz editors' answers seem a bit smug.

Also, one of the submission criteria is subject to a wide range of interpretations:

The Open Directory has a policy against the inclusion of sites with illegal content. Examples of illegal material include child pornography; libel; material that infringes any intellectual property right; and material that specifically advocates, solicits or abets illegal activity (such as fraud or violence).

Okay, obviously child porn is illegal content, but what about libel? If I post an opinion that says, oh, I dunno, "George Bush is a crack-smoking weinie" is that libel? I mean, it is only libel if a court decides it is, otherwise it's just stuff you wrote. The other part that makes me nervous is "...and material that specifically advocates...illegal activity...". So, if, in my blog, I call for a tax revolt, is that advocating illegal activity? Or when I said in a recent post that I would not buy a piece of DVD burning software until I can be sure that it actually works...I would first get pirated copies to test them out...is that advocating illegal activity? Dunno.

Anyways, I'm off to paint backwards swastikas on jewish cemetary headstones, kick some white trailer trash in the nuts, and steal some burritos from my local Taco Bell. Not advocating that anyone else do any of this illegal stuff, just me.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

DVD Burners, Roxio, and Crap...oh my

Okay...some background...

Bought a Plextor DVD burner (model 708A). This is the 8X burner. Oddly enough, the drive could not even recognize the DVD that came with it that was loaded with software! Tried everything, finally decided to bring it back to the store at which I purchased it (Costco for those keeping score). They refunded my money and I purchased the Plextor 712A (the 12X burner, 'natch). Lo and behold, this one functions no probs. Load the Plextor Professional software and when it starts up, got the message "An invalid argument was encountered". That's it. No other message number, etc. Sent in a ticket to Plextor and was told to uninstall it, and reinstall it while ensuring that I was logged in as an Administrator. No duh. Thanks for the tip. Wrote back to them but haven't heard anything.

Meanwhile, Roxio has infested my system to the point where by mini-DVD camcorder software thinks that the drive (the camcorder becomes drive H: when I plug it into a USB port) is in use by another app. And, to boot, the Roxio DVD Builder won't preview any mpegs. It will load them into a DVD project, but won't preview them (like it is supposed to do).

So, I trundle on off to www.roxio.com. But wait, I can't open a Tech Support ticket because my pre-packaged software didn't come with a TLSID number. Isn't that nice. I have to contact the drive manufacturer, Plextor. Yay.

I do that, then check out Roxio's Discussion board. Frightening stuff, really. They actually expect people to BUY this software? Fuck that. From what I have seen there are thousands of serious bugs with their software...and their response is to tell joe user to purchase the upgrade to Easy Creator 7. Huh huh. Will do that....when pigs fly.

If you are a software developer who makes a piece of crap software package that doesn't work, don't expect to charge people for the "upgrade" to fix it.

I'm off to my neighbourhood hacker-type to get a pirated version of Easy Creator 7. If that doesn't work, I will get a pirated copy of as many DVD burning software titles I can find. WHEN I find one that works, THEN I will shell out $$ to buy it. Until then Roxio can blow me.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Chronicles of Riddick

Just saw the Chronicles of Riddick. Loved Pitch Black (the first movie with Vin Deisel as Riddick). This one was good...some pretty impressive CG effects. The story was a bit lame though with some pretty shoddy editing.

The one scene though that threw me was, for the most part, fairly innocuous. Riddick has been captured by some mercenaries. He, and they, are all in their very small spaceship. The leader lights up a cigarette. A cigarette. He LIGHTS up a freaking cigarette! Here they are in a restricted and controlled atmospheric environment (the ship) and he's SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Helloooo. Didn't anyone think..."hmmm..this might look cool and tough, but it is kinda stupid."

Shoulda gone to see Harry Potter.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Morons should not be allowed to vote.

People who vote without even trying to understand the issues should not even be allowed near a ballot box. Canada is currently in the throes of a federal election, and the intellectually incompetent are coming out of the woodwork. Just to give you some background, the Liberal party has been the governing party for several years. It has recently come to light that in that time, they bilked more than $200 million of tax-payers money into a type of money-laundering scam (nicknamed AdScam). The current Prime Minister (Paul Martin) was the Finance Minister during much of this period. He claims he didn't know what was going on. Now, either this makes him a lying sack of shit, or incompetent. He can pick one or the other.

The problem is, instead of turfing him and his sycophants out on their Gucci-covered asses, the polls are showing the Liberals still in the lead! How the fuck is that possible? This is the kind of logic being perpetrated:

Voting-Numb-Nuts: Hmmmm....Adolf Hitler is re-running as leader of the German people. I really don't like his war mongering and his Jew killing, but I think we should go with the devil we know, rather than the devil we don't.

This began when the ex-leader of the now defunct Progressive Conservative party, Joe Clark, said that Paul Martin should win rather than Stephen Harper (the leader of the new Conservative party) because, in his words:

"In those choices, I would be extremely worried about Mr. Harper. I personally would prefer to go with the devil we know."

For my part, I find myself more libertarian than conservative. I believe in somewhat less government, but not to the point of anarchy. So I habitually find myself trying to balance the differing policies, or promises, of the parties to determine where my vote would be going. But promises by the Liberals are never kept. At least not in the last several years, including provincial politics. So, why should I believe them at all.

I say we go with a new party. Give the Conservatives a shot at running this country. If they suck, turf them the next election. But let's not leave the Liberals in power. That would be stupid.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

American Idol

Fantasia Barrino wins American Idol. Deservedly so. She has a very unique voice and style. After the show was over last night, I hustled up to my PC and logged onto American Idol's website, specifically the Community page where morons from around the world get to vent their frustration at the results on a weekly basis.

People can disagree with the choice based on talent: someone may like a singer, someone else might not. But to disparage Fantasia because she is
a) black
or
b) an unwed mother

is absurd. One wankjob wrote that Fantasia wasn't a good "role model for our children". Um, newflash, singers should not be role models just because they are singers. That's one of the problems with the US. They "idolize" (no pun intended) professional athletes and entertainers who have no business being idolized. Like their music...fine. Look up to them as examples of how to live your life, and you have a problem. Parents should be their children's role models; and teachers, firefighters, police offices, doctors...you get the idea.

I posted a comment that said something to the effect that she wasn't as bad a role model, if you had to look at her as one, than say, a coke-addict for president. Some idiot answers back "I didn't vote for Clinton.". I was talking about Bush!

Funny thing happened. The thread was suddenly deleted. Good old Fox, cleaning out any controversy. Much like Fox News edits out the truth from reports from Iraq.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Build a shelter

Not that I'm an alarmist, but the continuing evidence of strong links between the Bush administration and Christian Fundamentalists is scaring the beejeesus out of me. For some background reading, check out an article in the Village Voice.

I don't know what's worse. On one side we have a portion of Muslims who seem to delight in slaughtering innocent people in the name of religion, and on the other we have Christian Fundamentalists whose single wet dream is the apocalypse.

Hey, I just want to play video games, watch porn, and eat nachos. In no particular order. And I would like to be able to do these things without some religious freaks ruining my mojo. You believe in God? Good for you. Now shut the fuck up and leave me and mine alone.

I just installed a pool (above ground, and no, you aren't invited over. Well, okay, if you're Courteney Cox, you have an open invitation. I guess my wife would extend the same courtesy to Brad Pitt or Mel Gibson. But no one else!). I'm thinking I should have built a bomb shelter (same open invitations apply).

It's unfortunate that conservative political ideology has been taken over by religious numb-nuts. I'm conservative in the sense that I believe in brutalizing criminals, low taxes, and no welfare. Unfortunately, the whole religion thing is driving me nuts.


Friday, May 14, 2004

The Rapture?

Interesting website about the "rapture" called, you betcha...Rapture Ready. By interesting I mean frightening and not just a little insane.

The site has a glossary in which they offer a lot of rapture-specific definitions including, of course, Rapture:

At an unknown hour and day the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven, while remaining in the air, he will snatch his Bride, the Church, out from among this sinful world. Christ then takes the Church to heaven for the 7 year wedding feast. The earthly reason for the removal of the Church is to make way for the rise of Antichrist and to fulfill Daniel's final 70th week.


Essentially means that the believers will rise to heaven (and the innocent - children - I would guess) leaving the rest of us to contend with the time of Tribulations:

A period of time lasting 7 years, the first 3 1/2 years will be relatively peaceful as the antichrist rises to power. The second 3 1/2 years will bring the greatest suffering in human history as the wrath of God and the Antichrist is poured out on earth.


God, for us non-believers, there will certainly be lots o' stuff going on. Maybe it'll be like some bitchin' live-action Unreal Tournament in which we get to blow away demons and other evil things.

I wonder, however, if the Rapture occurs, if the intolerant religious people among us will actually end up staying here? Wouldn't that be hysterical!?


Maybe it will be a good thing. After all the Bible-thumpers get vacuumed up by God, we can all sit down and watch porn on primetime TV without some religious nut going off his rocker. The whole Janet-Jackson-breast-flash episode would be a titilating footnote rather than an earth (and by earth I mean, of course, the US) shattering EVENT (<--- excuse the caps).


Tuesday, May 04, 2004

419 Scams

Check out 419 Eaters for some interesting reading. For some background, 419 is the code designated in Nigeria to a type of scam that is prevalent on the internet. You probably have all seen them:

Hi my friend,

My name is Ugo Bella and I am the Under Secretary for some-dumb-department here in BumFuck, Ivory Coast and ... blah blah.


He will go on to tell you about a pile o' money he needs a foreigner to get out of the country and he will split it with you 75-25 or some such deal. Of course, the kicker is you have to pony up some cash for them to use to bribe people or acquire permits or some other bullshit.

Anyways, sites like 419 Eater do something called scam-baiting in which they pretend to be interested and get these would-be con-men and con-women to do stupid things like pose with fish on their heads (in the name of religion!). It's oh so much fun, and I currently find myself in the midst of a baiting process. Once it is complete, I will end up posting my results on 419 Eater (if they will have me, that is).


Now, I read a story, also on 419 Eater, about a man who was actually taken in by this scam and lost thousands of dollars. Good riddance. If anyone gets fooled by this lame con then they didn't deserve to have the money in the first place. It isn't like this is, in any way, believable.

Corporate Stupidity?

I was fascinated to hear that it took Gillette 7 years and $750 Million to develop the "Mach 3" razor. You know, the razor cartridge with 3 blades. Now, if that isn't some sort of Dilbertian fuckup, I don't know what is.

Maybe I don't understand what is involved in blade development, but 7 years and $750 Million seems a mite excessive for 3 freaking blades! Now, of course, Schick has come out with their "Quattro" with...wait for it....FOUR blades. If it took Gillette 7 years and almost a billion dollars to develop a three-blade razor, God only knows the vast resources that Schick had to expend to come with four!

I can picture the initial call from the suits at Gillette to the nerdy engineers working in the basement:

"Okay, we need a new kind of razor cartridge. Better than two blades. What can you boys come up with?"

"Ni...I mean, {shh, okay guys turn down Doom 3, the PHB is on the phone}...yessir. Better than two blades. We're right on it."

"Right. Good. How much will it cost and how long will it take?"

"Er, to develop a razor better than two blades, about 2 min...ouch {Karl, why did you punch my arm. Owie, that hurts. What? Oh..good idea...nehnehneh}. Um...sir, it should take roughly...er...7...yeah...7 years and cost...um...ONE BILLION DOLLARS" <-- nerdy engineer doing Dr. Evil impersonation.

"Okay. Better get right on it then."

I can picture the nerds jacking up their computer systems so they can surf porn faster and play bitching games of Quake. Then 7 years later, giving the PHB a three-bladed razor.

I love the Schick Quattro commercial, too. Some pretty boy asks: "What will come next?".

Geez dipshit, um, FIVE blades maybe?

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Small Miracle

Well, well, well. Thank heaven for small miracles. The Leafs finally played a half-decent game these 2004 playoffs. They didn't just rely on their goaltending, they actually had a good, all-around effort. Amazifying. Truly. What's next? The Prime Minister actually admitting he was involved in AdScam and resigning from office? Nah. Never happen. No politician has that much integrity.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Censorship

I don't read Doonesbury all that often, but the last few have been good. The character of BD (you know, he always has a football helmet on...or an army helmet) has had his leg amputated while fighting in Iraq. Friday's (April 23, 2004) strip actually had the word...bitch in it! Not-so-hot on the heels of Janet Jackson infamous booby-mishap, this has the censorship types in a bit of an uproar. Some papers cut the strip out altogether. Others eliminated the naughty word. I mean, in and of itself, bitch is a perfectly acceptable word meaning "female canine". How can anyone be offended by this? Wait, we are talking about the US here. Sorry I asked.

Here's a link to the strip: Doonesbury, April 23, 2004

Friday, April 23, 2004

Sieg Heil (or should we just call you Comrade?)...

It appears that the Pentagon is all in a tizzy over the photos of coffins, 'Merican flags a-draped over them, bearing the bodies of US casualties in Iraq. Guess the Fox News watchers will be astounded/surprised/befuddled over this new information: many American soldiers are getting killed over there. This is censorship in a country that prides itself as being the "land of the free". Maybe they should change their name to the USSR ... the acronym isn't being used anymore. Or maybe replace the stars on the flag with tiny little swastikas.

"Quite frankly, we don't want the remains of our service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to be the subject of any kind of attention that is unwarranted or undignified," said John Molino, a deputy undersecretary of defense.

Yeah...THAT'S why they don't want those photos published. Geez. I thought it was because they don't want the slack-jawed yokels from realizing this war ain't going so well.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not a pacifist. I didn't necessarily agree with this "war", but I felt that if they were going to go ahead with this, they should have gone in and pacified the area...not tried to "liberate" or be somehow politically correct. In any war, your concerns are for your soldiers: not civilians, be they women and children, or rock wielding teenagers. 'Course, maybe I wouldn't make a good diplomat. But I think I would have made a great field commander. Until I was courtmartialed for insubordination.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

American News

I am utterly amazed at American news. If any Americans read this, can you freakin' explain to me how you can allow the mainstream media to feed you crap? For instance, our cable provider picks up the Detroit stations for the four big networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC). The news is horrible.

"EYEWITNESS ACTION NEWS! UP-TO-THE-MINUTE Close-up footage of all the carnage you can stomach"

No wonder the US is so messed up. I don't need to know, or re-live, every gory nuance of a violent crime. Just the facts, please. But ratings are king, and it would appear from the news that the average American has the insatiable thirst for violent imagery as, say, the Marquis de Sade. Flash a breast, and the nation goes into an apoplectic fit. Blow someone's head off, and the populace just shrugs it off as "news".

War in Iraq

How long will it take before the mainstream media shows/reports what is actually going on in Iraq. You people are LOSING. Big time. Remember Vietnam? Welcome to the Vietnam version 2.0. Your own soldiers consider the citizens of Iraq like the Nazis did the Jews: untermenschen (Lower People, I think it translates to). De-humanize the populace, and brutalize them while keeping your conscience clear. Hardly a way to liberate a nation from tyranny. Hey, if the moron in the Whitehouse is so concerned about ending tyranny, how come he didn't mention invading North Korea or China? Or is the US only interested in invading and liberating countries with little military power? Sounds like cowardice to me.


Monday, April 19, 2004

It is astounding to me how emotional people can remain AFTER a sporting event is over. I may be pissed that my team lost, but to go on and on about it is incredibly tiresome. Witness the current playoff series between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs (yes...Leafs...not Leaves...their team name is grammatically incorrect). While I will rant on about the cheapshot artists on the Leafs during a game, and will discuss it afterwords, I don't take a hissy-fit because Leaf fans don't acknowledge the skill that are the Senators players.

For anyone who understands hockey, it is painfully obvious that the Leafs have been incredibly outplayed throughout the series. However, they have won three of the hockey games. Their goaltending has been incredible. Except for that, they have been terrible. But stating this obvious fact gets hoots of derision from the Leaf faithful. Typical. I find that most Leaf fans have no clue about the GAME of hockey, and only choose to see what they want.

Friday, April 16, 2004

I'm here. Immortality is mine, after a fashion. Of course, this all depends on how long these words will remain visible. Isn't that true of anything, however? We are all immortal in a literary sense, as long as something we have said or written remains. Whether it's a postcard found in the bottom of a trunk 100 years after you are dead, or a collection of bits-and-bytes that work their way throughout virtual reality.