|First, a PSA:
Recently, Mike Adams wrote an open missive to the National Endowment for the Arts and published it with the title, The Queer Muhammed: an experiment in tolerance. Here's the leadoff:
I write to you today, not with a request, but with a demand. I’ve been sitting back patiently while the NEA has been promoting anti-Christian “art” for a number of years. In fact, one could say that I have been supporting it, too, given that my tax dollars have been spent on this garbage. And maybe I’ve been supporting it in another way by refusing to write you to express my frustration. That is, until now. In the spirit of the “separation of church and state,” my demand is that you commission a painting – fully funded with tax dollars – that has one intention and one intention only: To offend Muslims everywhere.Here's a tip, Mike: Muhammed's always been (at the very least) a crossdresser, and recently h/she came outa the closet as a full-blown (pardon the pun--or not) queer: [N.B. UPDATE: Ya really ought to start the sound file, now... ]
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
|Well, http://www.thirdworldcounty.us was down all day Sunday, and I ended up (temporarily--they're not back up yet) losing about a week's worth of posts. Notaproblem. Meanwhile, check out these: Tribute to a blogbro: Fight On!, from Romeocat. And Guard the Borders-021306, a crosspost for the GTB Blogburst. The action's here: http://www.thirdworldcounty.us|
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
|It's been a good year and a quarter at Blogger, and I plan to do some "transitional posts" as I try to train those of y'all who are regular readers to Go Where The TWC Action Is. Please update your links to reflect http://www.thirdworldcounty.us/ as the REAL address for third world county. I'll still blog other things on Blogger (what with six or so other blogs including a recipe blog for my extended family), though much less as two or three of those blogs need to be shut down/consolidated with http://www.thirdworldcounty.us/. Meanwhile, thanks for all the fish!|
Monday, February 06, 2006
The Night the Lights Went Out in TWC (Blogger)
|MAKE A NOTE OF THIS URL: http://www.thirdworldcounty.us/ All future third world county action will be there. Linkfests, curmudgeonly rants, wise posts from my co-conspirators (Diane, The English Guy and Romeocat), snark, oh-so-witty humor from yours truly (well, I laugh at my humor! :-) and more. Bring your own stuff on over there for the party. Grand opening this weekend with an All Weekend Open Post Party (topic to be announced pater--make suggestions there. Talk w/y'all later... over here.|
About that Danish thing...
I feel so left out. Musselmen are awefully angry at a few Danes for speaking (well, drawing) their piece in some cartoons. Where the hate spewed my way? Would I have to say something on the order of "Mohamed was the bastard offspring of a sypillitic dog having anal intercourse with a gonorrhetic sow"?
Do you think that would do it, or should I have that translated into Arabic?
Come on, Islamic camel lovers! Surely you have some hate left over for me! Come on over to America's Third World County™. We would welcome y'all with open... gunsights.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Reverse the flow (GTB/0pen Post)
[This is a combo "Guard the Borders"/Open Post. See Open Post info below or in my Left sidebar.]
Emmigration may just be the key...*heh* No, really: think about it for a second. Yes, we do need a wall and better (more) Coast Guard and Navy protection of our borders. Heck, we need thousands more customs agents to inspect imports.
And that's just for proper security.
But we do need gates in the walls and barriers. Gates that swing both ways. Some recent estimate hold that, although America is still by and large a technology leader, but the Business Roundtable has presented a study that asserts "If current trends continue, by 2010 more than 90% of the world's scientists and engineers will live in Asia... " Not only that, but most college grads today are, if not illiterate, severely subliterate, unable to read and comprehend simple printed information. BTW, we're not alone. Despite John Stossel's recent presentation of "Stupid in America" demonstrating that European kids outpaced American students in academic accomplishment at accelerating rates the longer each group was in school, Britain, at least, is experiencing a severe dumbing down of its population, too. Despite the rather shallow "analysis" in the article linked, I have little doubt that at least some of the "enstupiating" of British youth has something to do with the changing mix of immigrants.
We should have stronmg walls and gates that swing both ways. For those coming in, let them first demonstrate that they have something of value to contribute, and we should especially concentrate on recruiting high caliber immigrants in the hard sciences, recruiting them to become full citizens and fully assimilate into their new country, to become real Americans and not hyphenated Americans.
On the other side of the coin, why not do everything possible to encourage the stupid among us, most especially those who once had the native intelligence to become good citizens but who have chosen to allow the American "education" system and "pop culture" to make them into functional idiots... to emmigrate. Yup. Leave, go elsewhere, buh-bye!
Might I suggest we start with offering every congresscritter, pubschool (prisons for kids) administrator and "education" school academia nut retirement packages to emmigrate to Mexico? (With a concommittant seisure off all other assets under the justification that they are incompetent idiots, as evidenced by, well, darned near anything "accomplished by congress in too darned long a time and the shambles educrats and academia nuts have made of their end of education in this country.). Followed by foceably dumping Hollyweird celebrities, writers and producers, en masse, across our southern border? Then, get out invitations to a party held by Dr. Tarr and Mr. Fether to alla the Mass Media Podpeople intent on running the U.S. down at every opportunity and give them free "rail" transportation to Vicente Fox's home state of Guanajuato. Along with every illiegal alien his government has aided across our southern border...
For a start...
Just a thought. We need more smart people, and we are more and more manufacturing dummies through our schools and pop culture. Let's get rid of the worst idiots and "import" some good folk in their place.
(Ah, heck, let's throw out at least 90% of the country's federal bureaucrats while we're at it. Hard enough that they bounce a few times after hitting the ground across ANY border... )
This is my contribution to the Guard the Borders Blogburst. Like it or lump it. :-)
As I said, Open Post. Link here and track back.
This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we're going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to euphoricrealitynet at gmail dot com.
Blogs already on board:
Euphoric Reality A Lady's Ruminations TMH's Bacon Bits Part-Time Pundit The Right Track Cao's Blog Ogre's Politics and Views In The Bullpen Stuck on Stupid NIF Kender's Musings Watchman's Words Third World County Gribbit's Word Right on the Right Team Swap Gina's Rantings The Irate Nation Publius Rendezvous Freedom Folks Bear Creek Ledger Something and Half of Something Mover Mike Independent Conservative The Neo-Con Blogger Ravings of a Mad Tech Parrot Check Curley's Corner Mensa Barbie Welcomes You Intergalactic Source of Truth Woman Honor ThyselfGreen-carded at Bloggin' Outloud and Committees of Correspondence.
Superbowl Sunday *yawn*
|Yeh, yeh, I know: it's the biggest day of the year for some folks. It's a great party day for others. And very likely most folks with a TV here in the U.S. will at least catch parts of the Superbowl. But I'm not likely to. It's not that I think it's a waste of time (for me it would be) or that I don't have some appreciation for the game of football (I do). It's just that I'm not very interested in watching someone else play sports. No, I've never been hyper-athletic. Football? "Touch" football that was more akin to rough housing in the grass was a lot of fun when I was younger, and about the extent of my personal play. I like to play tennis, swim, other things. But watching someone play a game... well, it was interesting watching Ken Rosewall play tennis when I was picking the game up, but that's been about it for my interest in watching others play games, except for a few high school and college football games that held my interest briefly 30-40 years ago (and my kids' soccer games—but then, I was an assitant coach for my son's team. Soccer: another fun game to play that's MUCH less fun to watch.). Different strokes. If I'm not playing—a game, an instrument, whatever—or actively learning how to play, I'm much less interested in watching someone else have all the fun. (Not that alla the pro athletes view playing as fun, although I'm sure some do). Same deal with the olympics. Watching other folks do stuff has never been a biggie with me. Heck, I'd rather read a book and imagine other folks doing stuff... *heh* Others feel differently. I have a sister who is strongly emotionally invested in how "her" football team performs (why it is "hers" I haven't figured out: she has no familial or financial ties to the team and doesn't even live in the state it harks from). That's fine. No skin offa my back. Variety in food and in people is the spice of life. So, for alla y'all who're planning on having a rip-roaring time this evening watching a buncha guys getting all the action somewhere else, more power to ya. Have fun. I'll be doing something else. Inciting to riot over at Conservative Cat and Basil's Blog. Root, root, rooting for the home team at The Crazy Rants of Samanthat Burns.|
Friday, February 03, 2006
|Had several things I'd thought of posting for Carnival of the Recipes, but I'm outa time. let this stand in: Recently, I've been using a rather full-bodied dark roast coffee. Rich flavor. But it needed... something. Hand grater. Nutmeg. Atop coffee grounds before brewing: a few scrapes of freshly-grated nutmeg. (Addendum: DO NOT use pre-ground sawdust packaged as "ground nutmeg". *spit* You really might as well just use sawdust. Old sawdust.) Very nice. Adds a distinct high note that is a nice addition to the dark roast coffee. S'all, folks. Have to stagger off to "St. Mattress Cathedral" now to dream of The Holy Brew.|
Call me lazy...
|...I don't care. It'd be the truth. Why, the other day, before I'd had even one cuppa The Holy Brew and hence was operating at a serious caffeine-deficient level, I wanted the square root of 232, but my wheels stopped spinning at 15 (common square 15X15=225. Knew cos I had to memorize squares of whole #s up to the square of 25 in gradeschool). So, caffeine-deprived and lazy, I did what anyone with two brain cells to rub together would do: I typed "square root 232" (w/o the quotes, of course) in my browser's Google search box. To seven decimal places: 15.2315462. So, call me lazy. I rounded it up (for my purposes) to 15.25. Confessed ("Sign ze papers, old man." "But I cannot sign the papers!...") at Bloggin' Outloud, where the Best So Far 2006 awards show will close ballots tonight.|
The War Against Democracy
Provocative enough post title for ya? :-)
Several things have converged to create this post: Reading (piecemeal) The Founders Constitution and steeping myself in the ground from which this country sprang. Antics in the Loony Left Moonbat Brigade, the Mass Media Podpeoples' Army, among Mixed Academia Nuts, the ACLU and all their ilk to sabotage what remains of the democratic republic the Founders and Framers bequeathed us. The fact that the next seven days will determine just how much of my money the Feds will have stolen from me over the last year (yeh, doing my taxes before Feb 10-"feds have stolen" refers to all the monies levied and spent by the feds for things NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY GENUINE CONSTITUTIONAL WRIT. Monies given to folks who ought instead to get it by earning it legitimately.)
Well, I guess I'll just focus on one aspect of The War on Democracy. Democracy, as Jerry Pournelle often reminds his readers, is rightly "rule by the middle class"-those citizens whose productive lives add value to the republic and who have a stake in its health.
[N.B. Click the link and read Dr. Pournelle's review of the SOTU address.]
The federal tax structure in this country (as well as how those monies are spent) is one of the most potent weapons the enemies of a democratic republic could ever have devised to effect its downfall. By robbing its productive members of the fruits of their labors for use for anything not specifically designed to protect those citizens from "enemies foreign or domestic" or mediating disputes among the states or other legitimate responsibilities of federal government, the feds grow stronger at the expense of the republic as a whole.
Briefly scan a history of the federal income tax, from Lincoln to the present day, and tell me it isn't unjust, unfair and antithetical to the Founders' democratic republic.
There is a better way, and The FairTax is a start down that path. I urge you to get and read this book:
Then call AND write your congresscritters, join a local FairTax group (or just go to a meetup) and do something to get this ever more in the public eye.
Your children and grandchildren will bless you.
Since tbs seem to be working well there today *s*, here's another at TMH's Bacon Bits, eh? :-)
Missing the point /OP
[NB. This is an 0pen Post. See the info below.]
Hollyweird has been influenced too much by mixed academia nuts and isolated from the real world by its own preoccupation with celebrity. Witness the behavior noted by Where Have You Gone Ronald Reaganwherein the Hollyweird "academy" nominated Brokeback Mountain for four times as many Oscars as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Seems Hollyweird missed the point of Holly Lisles' "Thirteen Sacred Commandments of Suckitudinous Fiction" and took those "commandments" as their bible for "art".
It's as though Hollyweird and its suckophants (no, I did not mean to write "sycophants") among the "critics" read Holly Lisles' rant and thought, "Hey! These are really good ideas! Let's follow these commandments as much as we can, at least a little at a time, until no one will even know when the Emperor is walking around in his birthday suit... "
This is an Open Trackback Alliance-affiliated Open Post. Link here and trackback.
Auditioning for the part of Critias "with Prometheus setting up a democracy and arming the peasants against their masters" at TMH's Bacon Bits.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Stop the ACLU
|This week's Stop the ACLU post is from Gribbit.
This has been a very disappointing period of time for the ACLU. Two strict constructionists appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. One of which reviews Supreme Court appeals from the 9th Circus, Justice Alito. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of cases from the 9th making it to the Supreme Court as well as an increase in the number of reversals nation wide. Just yesterday, the ACLU released 8 press releases in between their meals of sour grapes and Koolaid. They can't get their politicians elected at the ballot box. Some of those which they have gotten elected are proving impotent due to their lack of any real power in Congress. But now, the federal judiciary has been taken back by those who actually read what the Constitution says and not trying to look for some hidden meaning. I don't believe in the Davinci Code nor do I believe the Constitution says anything other that what is printed in it. [Note: see the links to the ACLU press releases at the foot of this post—ed.] The ACLU usually prefers to stay in the shadows. They lurk there like criminals waiting to roll some drunk for what little money that he may have. They send out "advisory letters" which advises that the city or town either comply with their wishes, or they will tie them up in very costly legal proceedings. And it isn't so much the fight for what's right that is important to the ACLU. No, it's that big payoff of legal fees reimbursements that will be ordered by the judge. Taxpayers money going into the hands of this Anti American institution. I received a letter from my Congressman a few months back in which he tried to assure me that the ACLU does not receive taxpayers money. Well, my Congressman is wrong. There exists a little law where the option of requiring the losing party to reimburse the legal fees of the winning party in civil rights cases. So if the respondent in a civil rights case is the federal government and the government loses, who's paying the ACLU? We are, John/Jane Q. Taxpayer is footing that bill. The same is true on the state and local level. So the ACLU uses this as a tool to intimidate cash-strapped cities and states to advance their agenda. For instance, the debate over public celebrations of Christmas. Every time it's been actually challenged in court, the ACLU loses. But yet, if your town puts up a nativity scene in your local park, the ACLU will send an "advisory letter." So your town will take it down and bow to the will of the mighty ACLU. The ACLU is a terrorist organization. They are more powerful than Al Qaeda. Why do I say that? Because they use our own laws against us. They are destroying us from within. And this is why they are concerned about the NSA eavesdropping program. Because they know, if we can listen in on Al Qaeda, we can listen in on anyone who is a threat to our way of life. And that means them too. That is using their twisted logic anyway. This is why they are pushing the domestic spying falsehood. If the NSA were listening in on your conversation with Aunt Mildred getting her cookie recipe, that would be domestic spying. In this program, one end of the conversation must be either known or suspected Al Qaeda. And at least one of the parties has to be outside of the United States. This being true, it cannot be labeled domestic can it? This was a production of Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join us, please email Jay at Jay@stoptheaclu.com or Gribbit at GribbitR@gmail.com. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll. Over 150 blogs already on-board.http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/24023prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/lgbt/discrim/24032prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/24037prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/24040prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/24029prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/24028prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/24009prs20060201.html http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spying/24036prs20060201.html
Also crossposted to the other third world county..
More MMPA Cultural Illiteracy
[Note: MMPA="Mass Media Podpeoples' Army"]
In yesterday's best of the Web, James Tarranto cites this lil graph that lends itself to some morbid amusement:
"In the original version of this report, Newsweek misquoted Falwell as referring to 'assault ministry.' In fact, Falwell was referring to 'a salt ministry'--a reference to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus says 'Ye are the salt of the earth.' We regret the error."--Newsweek online, Feb. 6 issue
Yep. Newsweak. Assigning culturally illiterate (let alone biblically illiterate) reporters with no grounding in the memes* of Western Civilization or the Bible to write about comments of someone who is steeped in the single greatest influence on the English language: the Bible. But never fear, as Rolling Stone's Jeff Sharlet is equal to the task of matching Newsweak's cultural illiteracy by accusing Senator Sam Brownback of homosexual-bashing with a reference to Matthew 7:20.
BTW, ABCNews online doesn't fare much better in reporting the incident. Apparently no one at ABCNews could find a Bible to check the reference, so they said Brownback's comment, ""You'll know them by their fruits," was a reference to Matthew 7:19, instead of correctly noting it was a close paraphrase of verse 20. If this were an exam, I'd have to mark ABCNews' article wrong on the facts. Close, but no cigar.
Ahh, it's just a sign** of the ever-growing cultural illiteracy of American society. Perhaps even of functional illiteracy as well-at least among the members of the MMPA. Who can check the facts when reading is so haaaaarrrrrrd?
h.t. to John at Powerline, who note also that Jerry Falwell's Liberty University debate team took the Harvard debate team to the cleaners a month ago... *heh*
[*Heck, everyone's heard of the meme "salt of the earth" haven't they? Here's its origin, in context. Makes a difference, doesn't it?
**Sign, not symptom. A symptom is something a patient can describe to a physician. These folks are so clueless it takes an outside observer to see the signs of their subliteracy in their grunts and squeals.]